Health Information Management

Local Chapter Meetings: Michigan Plans Fall Blow-out

CDI Strategies, October 9, 2014

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Local ACDIS Chapters function in a wide-range of formats and meeting styles; some are more formal than others with sophisticated agenda, schedules, and rotations.

ACDIS Associate Director Melissa Varnavas and Membership Services Specialist Penny Richards were fortunate enough to join in the Indiana ACDIS Chapter conference call on Wednesday, October 8. During the call we reviewed the benefits of ACDIS membership and discussed the CCDS application and renewal process. We are always excited to have an opportunity to talk with the local chapters and look forward to doing more and more of this in 2015.

An additional tip-of-the-hat goes out to the Michigan ACDIS Chapter, which this month pulled out all the stops for its upcoming event Saturday, October 25, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the JW Marriot in Grand Rapids. They have a hefty agenda including Jon Elion, MD, FACC, founder and CEO of ChartWise Medical Systems, in Providence, Rhode Island, and Fran Jurcak, RN, MSN, CCDS, Huron Consulting.

Chapter leaders Sue Haley and Patti Nemeth also interspersed the event with great food—including a full breakfast, “Taste of the Mediterranean Buffet” for lunch, and afternoon snacks. For those arriving Friday, they’ve even set up a pre-conference gathering at the Grand Rapids Brewing Co., within walking distance of the hotel.

Haley and Nemeth also challenged attendees to an essay contest, the prize for which is a collection of Vera Bradley totes and bags. They’re planning additional giveaways and raffles too.

“The stories we share tell us important things about our values and ways of working,” they wrote in their email invitation. Through telling and sharing these stories “we also discover our strengths, those unique talents and skills that allow us to persevere and flourish in our work.”

We can’t wait to read some of the entries! Unfortunately the deadline to register was October 6 but if you’re interested in joining this exciting group, contact them via email at shaley@accrectivehealth.com and pnemeth@accretivehealth.com.

Additional meetings coming up include:

Arizona

The Arizona ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, October 15, 5:30-8 p.m., at Mimi’s Café at Desert Ridge in Phoenix. Debra Beisel-Denton and Diane Adrignola have gathered examples of denials and will discuss how CDI departments are involved in the denials process and clinical indicators needed to RAC proof charts. For information, or to RSVP by October 10, email Carlena Forsha at carlena2014@gmail.com.

Alabama

The Alabama ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Huntsville Hospital, featuring a speaker from Huff DRG Review, Inc., as well as continental breakfast and lunch.  RSVP to Margaret Stephens at 256-658-6113 or margaret.stephens@hhsys.org by October 14.

New Jersey

The New Jersey/Philadelphia ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, October 28, 8-10 a.m., at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For information, contact Deborah A. Dallen at dallend@einstein.edu.

Oregon

The ACDIS NW chapter will meet Friday, October 31, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Salem (Oregon) Health System. It’s Halloween and costumes are encouraged (but optional). The agenda includes:
  • 7:30-8:30: Registration, continental breakfast provided
  • 8:30–9:15: Business meeting and elections, ACDIS NW Chapter Members and Board
  • 9:15–9:30: Break (Basket Raffle)
  • 9:30–9:45: CDI Search Group presentation, Devon Santoro and Scott Ettinger
  • 9:45–10:45: How to Talk to Doctors About CDI, Dr. Claire Norton, Internal Medicine
  • 10:45–11:45: Diabetic Complications, Dr. Cort Garrison, Internal Medicine
  • 11:45-12:00: Halloween costume contest (Judged by honored speaker Dr. Garrison)
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch (Basket Raffle)
  • 1:00-2:00: Renal Failure, Dr. Lance M. Dicker, Nephrology
  • 2:00-3:00: Heart Failure, A-Fib After Heart Surgery, Dr. Priya Kansal, Cardiology and Mary Bedell, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • 3:00–3:15: Break (Basket Raffle)
  • 3:15–4:15: Encephalopathy, Dr. David Tate, Internal Medicine
  • 4:15–4:45: Wrap – Up (Final Basket Raffle)

Meeting cost is $30 for chapter members, $40 for non-members. Pay at the meeting, cash or check only. Reservations by October 6, please. Email Eileen Pracz at mrsmgd@comcast.net.

Florida

The Florida ACDIS Chapter meets November 8 in Margate (north of Ft. Lauderdale). Save-the-date; the agenda will include this year’s election of officers. For information, contact Kimberly Reichert at kimrichert01@gmail.com; or vice president Jamie Dugan at Jamie.Dugan@bmcjax.com.

South Carolina

Save the date: The next South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets at Baptist Hospital in Easley, SC on January 16. For information, email PJ Floyd, floyp@musc.edu.

 



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