ACDIS announces the agenda for its 7th Annual National Conference

Press Releases, December 19, 2013

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), the premier healthcare community for clinical documentation professionals, is proud to announce the agenda for its 7th Annual National Conference, to be held May 7–9, 2014, at Bally's in Las Vegas.

The agenda includes 46 speakers chosen from more than 130 applicants by this year’s 12-member conference committee. The 2014 conference features five tracks covering important topics such as:

  • ICD-10 implementation and documentation needs
  • Physician education and engagement
  • Healthcare quality reporting and clinical documentation improvement efforts
  • Documentation and coding guidelines and clinical indicators
  • New initiatives in documentation improvement such as emergency room and outpatient record reviews
  • Program management and assessment of CDI success


In addition, ACDIS welcomes Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, director of coding and classification at the American Hospital Association (AHA), where she is responsible for leading the AHA Central Office on ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS and the Central Office on HCPCS; in addition, she represents the AHA as one of the four ICD-9-CM Cooperating Parties. She is the editor of AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9-CM and AHA Coding Clinic® for HCPCS, as well as the author of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook 2012. Leon-Chisen will open the conference with a general session that offers an insider’s look at critical Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS updates.

This year’s keynote speaker, Rich Bluni, RN, will kick off the second day of sessions with a motivational discussion to remind CDI professionals of the important role they play in the healthcare continuum. With more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, Bluni is a Studer Group national speaker and the author of Inspired Nurse and Oh No! Not More of That Fluffy Stuff.

“We are excited to be celebrating our 7th Annual National Conference with such a terrific lineup of fantastic speakers,” said ACDIS Director Brian Murphy, CPC. “Clinical documentation is a crucial element of the fast-changing healthcare industry, an industry that is transitioning rapidly to electronic health records, ICD-10-CM/PCS, and more precise reimbursement policies that rely on standardized coding and documentation. For the past six years, ACDIS has helped CDI professionals keep up with those changes and stay motivated and informed in their day-to-day efforts. We are so thrilled to be able to say the same for our upcoming conference as well.”