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Advisory Board Voting is now open and will close at the end of the day (11:59 p.m., Eastern) on Thursday, January 29. Please click on this link and login to your ACDIS account to vote.



Registration is now open for the Eighth Annual ACDIS Conference being held May 19-21 in San Antonio, Texas!

Click this link to download the conference brochure. And click here to register!

ACDIS members receive $100 off their registration fee. Not a member yet? Call 800-650-6787 today!  

Ready to book your room? Call the Marriott at 800-648-4462 and mention "ACDIS HCPRO 2015" to get the conference discounted rate.

The 2015 Speaker Application period is now closed.

Applications are being accepted for the Poster Session. Click here to download the application. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2015.

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Click this link to learn about sponsorship opportunities. To become an exhibitor, e-mail Chris Driscoll


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    Context matters with excisional debridement

    By Glenn Krauss,BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI

    Excisional debridement procedures in the inpatient setting remain under intense scrutiny by Recovery Auditors, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC), CERT contractors, and other third-party payers given the high error rate associated with the ICD-9-CM Volume 3 procedure coding.

    CMS highlighted this high error rate in the Volume 1, Issue 2 February 2011 Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter under Recovery Auditor Finding; Excisional Debridement—Incorrect Coding. Recovery Auditors found that hospitals incorrectly reported excisional debridement when the provider debrided the wound using autolytic, enzymatic, or mechanical (whirlpool) debridement. They should have reported non-excisional debridement. The Recovery Auditors focused on whether the physician’s documentation explicitly supported the assignment of excisional debridement (ICD-9-CM code 86.22) within a specific range of MS-DRGs.

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    Measuring CDI Program Effectiveness: Using Metrics and Data Analysis to Advance Your Program

    Now that your CDI program is up and running, it?s time to transition your program from basic to advanced. In this 90-minute webcast, expert speakers Wendy Clesi, RN, CCDS, and Donald A. Butler, RN, BSN, describe metrics you should be monitoring in your CDI program and how to use these metrics to take your CDI program to the next level.

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