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Check out the 2014 Conference Posters

See a poster presentation at the conference that you just wish you'd had a chance to take another look at? Now you can. Just visit the Conference section of the Forms & Tools Library.

See a poster presentation at the conference that you just wish you’d had a chance to take another look at? Now you can. Just visit the Conference section of the Forms & Tools Library.

We know that not every ACDIS member gets to come to the conference every year—and those that do attend can’t get to every session. That’s why we make sure to post the materials to the Forms & Tools Library on the ACDIS website. ACDIS members have access to all the session presentations—not only from this year’s outstanding 2014 schedule but from all our previous conferences as well.

As a cheat sheet, this year’s conference tracks were as follows:

  • Track 1: ICD-10
  • Track 2: Physician engagement and education
  • Track 3: Quality and CDI
  • Track 4: Documentation and coding
  • Track 5: New initiatives
  • Track 6: Program management

To find materials, visit the page, type “control F” and type in your keyword into the search bar (usually on the lower left-hand side of the screen). For example, if you are searching for presentations by Sara Baine you would type in her name and the search function would highlight any references on the page matching that search. If you know the topic but cannot recall the presenter simply type in the topic such as “outpatient.”

We’ve posted photos of the posters from the 2014 ACDIS conference to the web site and invite you to visit and take a look. A number of the participants submitted a document that supplements their poster image.

Topics include:

With more than 30 presentations to chose from there was an educational tid-bit for everyone.

With more than 30 presentations to chose from there was an educational tid-bit for everyone.

  • Outdated Coding System
  • Hydrocephalus: Congential v. Acquired
  • Physician education: How to avoid a query
  • Integrated CDI model
  • Pediatric documentation acute respiratory distress
  • Clinical validation
  • Charting compliance and query success
  • Malnutrition documentation
  • Countdown to ICD-10
  • Collaborate with coding
  • CMI increase
  • Ensuring quality and safety for patients
  • Pneumonia
  • Role of CDI in ICD-10 physician education
  • Gambling on EHR to solve ICD-10 physician education
  • Undocumented diagnoses and query opportunities
  • Coding Type 2 myocardial infarction
  • Oncology secondary diagnosis
  • Program evolution, two facilities to system-wide
  • Pediatrics and physician education
  • Computer assisted coding
  • Effective provider communication and education
  • Malnutrition documentation program
  • Accurate documentation, code assignment, reimbursement
  • Anatomy of an effective query
  • DRG denial prevention
  • Transforming from ICD-9 to ICD-10
  • Mortality: Don’t be the biggest loser
  • Data quality
  • Physician education
  • CDMP manual for CDS
  • Implementing ICD-10 changes
  • Urology physician champions
  • Enhancing accuracy of PSI data
  • Road to query suspension
  • Pre-bill review

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If you presented a poster and your description document isn’t part of the file, please email it to Penny Richards and she’ll update the web file.

Thanks to the ACDIS Support Team

The 7th annual ACDIS conference has come and gone and I wanted to pause for a moment and thank the (in some instances) behind-the-scenes staff for all their tremendous efforts in Las Vegas. As some of attendees well-know, these conferences are a ton of hard work—(very) early mornings, long days on sore feet, and some long evenings as well. I know that our attendees and ACDIS members were as impressed as I was with our staff members’ hard work and dedication. It was truly all hands on deck. A few note-worthy performances I wanted to recognize:

Steven Andrews, David Horvath, Laurie Prescott, Sharme Brodie: These folks did a terrific job as room moderators, dealing with rooms filled to capacity and overflowing, as well as a breakout track on the 26th floor of the hotel. Steven works with us on JustCoding for outpatient services. David is a marketing specialist in our HCPro revenue cycle. Laurie and Sharme teach our CDI Boot Camps. Although this was their first time attending an ACDIS conference, I would never have known they were brand-new. Their professionalism and resourcefulness was much appreciated.

Shannon McCall and Julie McCoy: Too bad they weren’t born in the 1920s, because in my opinion they missed their calling as elevator operators. Although Shannon’s day job is leading our coding Boot Camp team and Julie is the Director of Live and Online Training for HCPro, they both jumped in to help guide attendees to the elevators and up to the 26th floor for breakout sessions and helped participants handle the wait time with a smile.

Cheryl Ericson and Laurie Prescott: Great job at our pre-con ICD-10 Boot Camps. The early reviews were impressive and it was a great way to kick off the conference.

Maggie Collins, Kerry Neenan, and Alexandra Datalo: These wonderful ladies did a fantastic job helping register more than 40 exhibitors in a huge hall. Behind the scenes in the weeks and months leading up to the conference they helped work through registration, established connections with the hotel staff, and generally ensured that the conference ran smoothly.

Chris Farris, Al Occhipinti, Maureen Croce, Brooke Drozdowicz, Rachel Dicker, Sheila McGrath, Erin O’Shea, Penny Richards, and Melissa Varnavas all did a terrific job explaining the various books, pocket guides, white papers, newsletters, and other products available to help CDI programs train their staff and grow. They  represent the best of HCPro and ACDIS and were ready to listen to attendees concerns and offer appropriate advice. I know they enjoyed being able to meet and reconnect with many of you.

Wendy Walsh: As our premier ACDIS conference producer, Wendy helped ensure that every speaker chosen received the best guidance possible. She kept track of speakers’ presentations, made sure their travel arrangements were set, ensured their presentations met ANCC continuing education requirements, and a host of other tasks required to keep the sessions full of quality information.

Kathy Wilson: As our events planner, Kathy did an outstanding job as usual helping to hold it all together. She is the glue.

Inevitably, I have left other helpful staff members off this list, members such as the production folks who created our workbooks and our operations manager who worked the weekend prior to the conference start to make sure all our shipments arrived on time despite inclement weather and delivery delays.

We have a great team here at HCPro, and I just wanted to take a moment to publicly thank them. More than ever it is important to acknowledge the greater team behind the faces you know as ACDIS. Just as your CDI efforts require the support of many different departments and individuals–so too is the success of ACDIS.

I know that 2015 in San Antonio will be just as amazing. See you there.

Vegasbaby! What you need to know before you go

Have you packed your purple and orange outfit yet?

Have you packed your purple and orange outfit yet?

We look forward to your participation in the 7th Annual Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) Conference in Las Vegas May 7-9.

Early Registration: Pre-registration takes place on Tuesday, May 6, 2-9 p.m. in the Grand Salon, located on Bally’s Casino Level of the North Tower. By pre-registering you will avoid waiting in line in the morning! When arriving at the registration counter please locate the line under which your last name falls; there will be four lines roped off alphabetically.

What’s in your bag: Spend some time looking through the goodies we’ve included in your materials package. There will be pens, pamphlets, and your session workbook. It also includes important information such as a map, and a quick reference agenda to help you make the most of your time at the conference.

A word about the workbooks: Workbooks will once again be included in your ACDIS Conference materials package. The workbook includes all the presenters’ slides and materials. Please note, however, that this will be the last year that workbooks will be included in the conference materials due to the expansion of the program. All the materials are available to download to attendees prior to the conference. Please see your ACDIS welcome letter for this information. ACDIS members also receive access to all the materials as part of their membership via the Forms & Tools Library roughly two weeks following the close of the conference.

IMPORTANT: In order to receive continuing education credit(s) for this program, you must complete the online evaluation which can be found  at the front of the workbook and at the bottom of the event agenda. You will also receive an email with this information on Friday, May 9, 2014.

Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony: This year, for the first time, ACDIS hosts joins with sponsor Elsevier Clinical Solutions for a cocktail reception and award ceremony Tuesday, May 6, 6-9 p.m., in the Event Center. (The 2014 CDI Professional of the Year award will be announced at 7 p.m.) Feel free to dress as formally or informally as you’d like.

The poster session at the ACDIS National Convention is always a popular event. Submit your entry by Friday, Feb. 1.

The poster session is always popular.

ACDIS Pride Day: Day 1 of the ACDIS Conference is a day to show your ACDIS pride. Wear your purple and orange, don your CCDS pin, and celebrate your profession. There is nothing quite like entering the conference area with your colleagues in a sea of such color.

Poster Session Presentations: Dedicated time with poster presenters takes place in the Grand Salon on Day 1, Wednesday, May 7, from 7-8 a.m., and 2:30-3:15 p.m. This is when you can view the posters and ask the presenters questions and catch up about how the presenters overcame documentation improvement challenges at their facilities. Although these are the only times the presenters will be on hand to respond to questions, the posters will be available throughout the conference and ACDIS members will have access to pdfs of the presentation in the Forms & Tools Library following the event.

Special Session: In light of the shift of the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date, ACDIS has convened a special panel to discuss the implications on Day 1, Wednesday, May 7, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Please see your agenda for more information.

State Pride Day: Day 2, Thursday May 8, of the ACDIS Conference is a day to show your state pride and network with CDI professionals from your region. We encourage you to wear your team’s football jersey, baseball cap, or other item to make it easier for those from your state to network with you. We also encourage attendees to contact your local ACDIS state chapter leaders (visit the local chapter page of the ACDIS website) and learn more about the networking opportunities they have planned during the conference and throughout the year.

Business Cards: Networking is one of the best things about the ACDIS Conference. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards so you can share contact information with colleagues and enter drawings in the Exhibit Hall.

Dress Code: There is no dress code other than what your own professionalism, program, and sense of fun prescribe. However, we encourage you to be comfortable in your decisions, wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as temperatures can vary in the meeting rooms.

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

PS

Bring your camera and try to capture a picture of yourself with ACDIS Director Brian Murphy. If you send your photo in to me via email after the conference you will be entered into a free drawing.

News: IPPS contains language for new ICD-10 implementation date

CMS says new date for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation set for 2015.

CMS says new date for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation set for 2015.

The new ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date looks like it could be October 1, 2015—that is, if CMS’ Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule becomes the law of the land. In anything but an overt revelation, the Proposed Rule includes three mentions of October 1, 2015—on p. 684, p. 1065, and p. 1074. Each section merely mentions that the transition is “scheduled to take place,” and “officially [will] be implemented,” on the new date.

The original implementation date of October 1, 2014, was delayed by the surprise inclusion in legislation in HR4302 “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” which, although it aimed to address problems with the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for physician Medicare reimbursement, included the delay and other “add-on” amendments.

Many in the healthcare industry—including AHIMA, ACDIS, AHA, and others—quickly voiced opposition to the delay. CMS itself indicated that the delay came as a surprise having adamantly endorsed its professed 2014 implementation.

Since the Congressional vote on March 31, the mantra from many in the industry has been to “stay the course” with ICD-10-CM/PCS training and implementation efforts. During AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS Summit at the end of April, Denise Buenning, MsM, acting deputy director for CMS’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services, told the group the agency was “close” to having a new official implementation date for the industry.

Regardless of whether the date in the Proposed Rule is simply a clerical error (on p. 121 it also lists October 1, 2014 as the implementation date), a suggestion of what the new hoped-for date may be, or an actual Proposed Rule, facilities should not be distracted by date debate, says ACDIS Director Brian Murphy. “Clarifying documentation in the medical record is what CDI is about. Continuing with documentation improvement efforts in ICD-9-CM will only help when the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition does finally come,” he says.

Editor’s Note: Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCD, CCDS, a founding ACDIS Advisory Board member and the National Director of Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support for the National Revenue Cycle of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals, joins CDI Education Director Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, Associate Director, Education for ACDIS, and Trey La Charité, MD, University of Tennessee Hospitalists at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville (UTMCK), for a special panel discussion regarding the ICD-10 delay during the ACDIS Conference on Wednesday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m., in Las Vegas.

Vegas Baby! CDI Search Group sponsors ticket give-away

VegasEvery year (around this time) the CDI Search Group does something extra to make the professionals they work with feel special – something to boost CDI morale, something to make the ACDIS Annual Conference even more exciting. In Nashville, they gave away a trip to Hawaii. In San Diego they chartered a boat and treated 200-plus people to a night of dining and dancing.

This year they are holding four drawings for Vegas show tickets worth up to $500! The first raffle was held last Friday and congratulations go out to Holly Romero, CDI physician advisor at Seattle Children’s Hospital. If you are attending the ACDIS conference in Las Vegas, you can get in on a chance to win one of the remaining three drawings being held April 18, April 25, and May 2.

To enter, complete a quick survey.  Of course there are some rules, so check out the contest page for full details.

Whether you’re into musicals, magic shows, or people in tights dangling from the ceiling, they want to make sure you have a good time! Whether or not you win stop by booth #124 during the conference to chat and find out who else won!

CDI Search

Take it from the King: ACDIS conference has much to offer

ACDIS Director Brian Murphy poses with Elvis during last year's conference in Nashville. Word on the street is he might don an Elvis costume at some point during this year's show in Vegas!

ACDIS Director Brian Murphy poses with Elvis during last year’s conference in Nashville. Word on the street is he might don an Elvis costume at some point during this year’s show in Vegas!

“Man, I really like Vegas.” ~Elvis Presley

After the big news about the ICD-10 delay, you may be wondering what it means for the 7th Annual ACDIS Conference. Perhaps you may even be debating whether it’s still worth coming to Vegas at all.

If so, I urge you to think again. As Elvis (patron saint of Las Vegas) might have said, “We can’t build our dreams on suspicious minds.”

CDI remains critically important, regardless of the code set being used. You’re still faced with difficult clinical discussions with your physicians, interrogating the record for a host of reasons—those related to code set and those regarding how the codes relate to so many quality improvement, healthcare research, and reimbursement reform efforts.

ACDIS continues to be the only association for CDI specialists—focused on the variety of ways documentation improvement efforts help address these concerns.

This year’s conference includes sessions such as “SOI/ROM Queries: Why is that “Healthy” Patient Dead in the Bed?” Where you’ll learn how to improve your quality metrics, along with “Integrating Quality into Your CDI Program: The Case for All Payer Review.”

To get physicians on board, we’re offering sessions like “Physician Partners for CDI: Strategies for Goal Alignment,” a case study of Novant Health’s successful techniques for engaging physicians. In “Changing Medical Culture and Influencing New Ideas: CDI for Medical Students” you can join the Mayo Clinic CDI team for a presentation on how it partnered with its medical school to create a CDI training program.

On top of sessions like these, it would be a mistake to forgo the ICD-10 sessions we’re offering. You still have to be ready for the (projected) Oct. 1, 2015 compliance date, and attendees will get that information straight from one of the nation’s foremost authorities on ICD-10, Nelly Leon-Chisen of Coding Clinic.

As of today we have our largest ever turnout with more than 950 attendees already registered. What better way is there to learn than from your peers? As always, ACDIS remains the go-to event for dedicated CDI networking.

Despite our large numbers, Vegas is a very big place and Bally’s Hotel still has vacancy. We’d love to have you out to enjoy our first-ever pre-conference cocktail reception on Tuesday evening, May 6, where we’ll be presenting the 2014 CDI Professional of the Year awards and starting out the conference in style.

To close with one final quote from the King: “The joint is always crowded, but you still can find some room.”

Conference Update: Read what previous attendees enjoyed most

Conference networking is one of the greatest benefits as these 2013 pre-conference no doubt would agree. During a lunch break they decided to venture out, enjoy the day, and talk shop about what they learned during the morning session.

Conference networking is one of the greatest benefits as these 2013 pre-conference no doubt would agree. During a lunch break they decided to venture out, enjoy the day, and talk shop about what they learned during the morning session.

We’re nearly down to the wire–there’s little more than a month left before the 7th Annual ACDIS Conference and pre-conference events. The ACDIS team begins to arrive on Saturday and Sunday and the Physician Advisor and ICD-10 for CDI Boot Camp sessions start first thing Monday morning, May 5. The main event kicks off Tuesday evening, May 6, with the award reception and welcome networking event with dozens of sessions, exhibitors, poster presentations, after hours activities, and other events taking place throughout the remainder of the conference May 7-9.

More than 900 attendees already signed up and we’re excited to welcome new CDI professionals and to network with those individuals we’ve come to regard as friends as we’ve met and networked at the conference over the past six years. While we like to think we’ve done our very best to make the conference a welcoming, informative event, it’s the past attendees who typically say it best. So we’ve gathered a few comments and thought we’d share them here.

  • “The conference gives attendees time to connect and network with others and recharges your batteries. There is just such a great level of excitement here.” Robin Jones
  • I have been to the conference three times and [the 2013 event] was by far the best one. The speakers were all great and the material is so relevant and helpful in my day-to-day work. Where else can we get such a wealth of CDI information in a few days? It’s fabulous.” Laura Bohls
  • “This was my first conference and the speakers were excellent and the material covered was relevant. It was a great conference.” Alex Gilman
  • I have been involved in CDI since October 2007 and ACDIS has always been my ‘go to’ resource. As programs across the country mature, I believe seasoned CDI specialists would appreciate a greater number of advanced presentations.” Kimberly Mineroldi
  • “Great conference!! Loved the opportunity and will be back next year!! Networking in our field of expertise is priceless. There is no better way to achieve this than here at the conference. Thanks to all who pulled this together.” Kimberly Ogle

Have you registered yet? #Vegasbaby! #ACDIS2014

Tips to convince your program to send you to the ACDIS conference

Conference ad_ET311437_300x250How tickled were we when the Maryland ACDIS Chapter re-circulated this updated letter which outlines talking points CDI staffers can use to convince administrators to send the team to this year’s conference. It reminded us of a blog post written a long time ago by founding ACDIS Advisory Board member Lynne Spryszak so we thought we’d share both documents with the community again here on the Blog. #VegasBaby! #ACDIS2014

How to afford the ACDIS conference in tough economic times, by Lynne Spryszak

In these tough economic times it may be difficult to get your facility’s approval to attend. Education and travel budgets have been whittled to the bone and conferences are often perceived  as vacations rather than work.  With this in mind, I offer some ideas you might present to your manager or chief financial officer to help you convince them that sending you to the ACDIS conference is a great investment!

  1. Share a hotel room with a colleague (or more) and split the cost. You only sleep there, after all. Do you really need a king-sized bed all to yourself?  Get a double and a roll-away-bed. There, now the room costs 1/3 of what you expected.
  2. Book airfare at least one month in advance. Everyone knows that the closer you book your flight to your departure date, the higher the rates.
  3. Consider booking your travel through online discounters, if appropriate: Travelocity, AARP, AAA, Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, Kayak, etc.
  4. Investigate whether booking air, hotel, and car together (package deal) will save money
  5. Look at connecting flights. Sometimes airfares with one (or two) stops are a cheaper alternative than direct flights.
  6. Use frequent flier miles for travel. Ask your facility if corporate miles are available.
  7. Share transportation with coworkers or CDI specialists you might have met from your local chapter. An extra 15 or 20 minute wait at the airport could save you 50% in taxis, shuttles, if share the cost with a friend.  There’s always someone going where you want to go and if not, ask around!
  8. Eat breakfast in the hospitality room (coffee, juices, bagels, etc.) – it’s free!
  9. ACDIS also provides breakfast, snacks, and lunches most of the conference. And don’t forget the opening ceremonies and reception the night before the conference starts!
  10. Buy “credit/debit” cards ahead of time to spread out the cost. For example, you can buy Starbucks cards, VISA or AMEX cards in small increments of $25, $50, etc., possibly one a week from now until conference time and by then you’ll have enough to cover your “incidentals” at the conference.
  11. Travel lite. Checked baggage fees can be expensive, so see if you can manage with two carry-on bags and save the checking fee.  If the plane is full, an overhead-sized bag will be gate-checked for free. Consider using soft-sided duffel that will hold a lot but can be squashed into the overhead or under the seat.  You’d be surprised at how much you can fit into a duffel!

Why the ACDIS conference is a good return on investment (for facilities and managers)

  1. $795 per attendee for ACDIS members – that’s only $66 a month (or $2.00 a day) out of the education budget!
  2. Send five attendees for only $2,780 (early bird member registrants). That works out to only $556 per attendee, saving even more!
  3. Compare to the cost of audio conferences or webinars to the cost of the conference: One audio or webinar may cost up to $300 (or more). The ACDIS conference provides dozens of presentations!!  If offered individually, these presentations could cost $6,900. By attending the conference you’ll receive a bound copy of all the presentations and save over $6,000.
  4. Compare the cost of the conference with purchasing updated training through a consulting company. At the ACDIS conference you’ll get a variety of viewpoints, and the most current, unbiased information at a fraction of the cost.
  5. Worried about the transition to ICD-10 and how you’ll train your CDI staff?  Specific documentation in the medical record will be more important than ever once the transition to ICD-10 is a reality.  Make sure your front-line people—your CDI team—is prepared. 
  6. Consider the Physician Advisor pre-conference event. Do you have a new physician advisor or one who would benefit from formal CDI training in order to become a more effective collaborator? This one-day session is $695.  Most physician advisor training programs, if acquired from outside companies cost thousands.  When you consider that the timely intervention by a trained physician advisor your facility could potentially recoup this amount by securing the response to one unanswered physician query. Your return on investment is substantial.
  7. You want your CDI program to succeed.  Your CDI specialists WANT to succeed.  You and your team deserve the tools critical to success!  And it’s all delivered at the ACDIS conference in only two days!

Here’s the letter and below that is additional tips and information previously posted

Attendance Proposal for the Annual ACDIS Conference

Dear [name of administrator]

I would like our CDI team to attend the ACDIS conference in Las Vegas, Nev., May 7-9, 2014. Understanding the careful attention we need to give to the budget and spending, let me outline why our attendance is a worthy expense.

First, it is a good investment that will help keep my CDI skills current and relevant by allowing me to network and share best practices with more than 600 of our peers. It is a great forum to network and share ideas with other CDI professionals. The ACDIS conference offers a diverse range of sessions on the latest trends and techniques to enhance not just my skills, but our CDI program as well. The 2014 conference offers 2 ½ days of training and education, including almost two-full days on ICD-10 targets for CDI professionals and a General Session opening session will be presented by Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, the Director of Coding and Classification at the American Hospital Association, and a leading authority on ICD-10 and the registration prices have not changed.

The agenda also includes session on SOI/ROM, quality in the CDI program, program management strategies, documentation compliance, coding guidelines, and much more to help strengthen our program. Here is a link to the conference webpage, which includes the agenda.

Plus, I can earn valuable CEUs from the ANCC, ACDIS, AAPC, AHIMA and more.

ACDIS always offers pre- and post-conference events that we may find important to consider. There will be an ICD-10 CDI Boot Camp and a Physician Advisor program. There is an opportunity to take the CCDS exam after the conference for anyone on our team who wants to become certified. Obviously, the pre- and post-conference events are an additional expense, and we can discuss whether I should attend them.

The conference offers us the opportunity to meet and problem-solve with CDI experts, and that alone makes this an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss.

Specifically, we should attend the conference to get information on:

1.            <Fill in>

2.            <Fill in>

3.            <Fill in>

Which will help us with our program implementation of:

1.            <Fill in>

2.            <Fill in>

3.            <Fill in>

Thank you!

[Name]

See you in Vegas!

ACDIS member weds while attending 2009 conference

This cake by Freed's Bakery in Las Vegas bears the title "Lucky in Love"! We're sure happy that ACDIS member Vicki McMahon decided to marry her sweetheart Ron! Talk about lucky!

This cake by Freed's Bakery in Las Vegas bears the title "Lucky in Love"! ACDIS member Vicki McMahon and now hubby Ron tied the knot while there for the conference-talk about lucky!

Vicki and Rod lived in the same small town most of their lives and although they each knew of each other’s families, they’d never met. Then about four years ago, Vicki and a friend decided to go out for dinner and drinks. Rod and his friend played music on the jukebox. They asked the ladies to dance. . .

Ah, romance.

Of course, there weren’t immediate sparks, but over time Rod and Vicki realized how much they enjoyed seeing each other. Soon they were inseparable. In February of 2008, Rod asked Vicki to marry him and of course she said “yes!”

When she signed up for the 2nd Annual ACDIS Conference in Las Vegas the couple joked about having “drive-thru” wedding. “We both laughed and then reality sat in,” says Vicki (now) McMahon RN, MSN, Clinical Documentation and Coding Nurse Manager at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. “We both lead very busy lives so a formal wedding was totally out of the picture, and besides that is not what we wanted. We played around with the idea and by January that is what we decided we would do.”

The couple kept it a secret from everyone and when they arrived in Vegas on May 12, they checked into their hotel, freshened up, put their “wedding attire” on, and off they went to the court house to pickup their paperwork.

“As we were traveling there, we joked about if we would go through a drive up or a walk through wedding. Yes, we are kinda cheesy that way,” McMahon jokes.

With the appropriate papers in hand however the couple headed over to the Stained Glass Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas, tied the knot, and proceeded to enjoy the Vegas highlights, and of course the ACDIS conference!

“I must say this was one of the better organized conferences I have ever attended,” McMahon says. While she and husband are looking forward to attending next year’s show in Chicago, she says, “I’m not sure what we will do to improve on this trip…”

Congratulations Vicki and Ron from all your ACDIS friends!

ACDIS conference photos posted

Believe it or not, I’m still jet-lagged from our whirlwind trip to that desert oasis. My husband and I planned to fly out of Vegas on Sunday

Here's a shot of ACDIS Director Brian Murphy before one of the sessions started.

Here's a shot of ACDIS Director Brian Murphy before one of the sessions started.

 but our flight was delayed due to some engine trouble. We missed our connection flight in Cleveland and had to spend the night there. So we arrived back in Boston on Monday. . . Better late than never!

Hope you’re all back in the swing of things. If you’re on Facebook I’ve posted a few photos from the trip on the ACDIS group page. There’s more on the way. These are just the ones I took with my little digital. If you have any please post them, too. If I took one of you and neglected to label you, please tag your photo to help us put “names to faces” as Mr. Murphy says. We’ll be compiling a photo page to publish in the next CDI Journal.