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Reserve your hotel room for the 2016 ACDIS conference

Hotel reservations for the 2016 ACDIS Conference in Atlanta, GA (May 24-26) are now open. Call the Omni Atlanta Hotel at the CNN Center at (800) 843-6664 and make sure to mention “ACDIS” to receive our special attendee rate. For more information, or to reserve your room,  click here

The speaker application period for the 2016 conference has closed.

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  • Associate Director's Note: Happy ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation day!
  • Membership Update: Library materials offer ICD-10-CM/PCS queries, tips, and education
  • CCDS Update: Certification to receive ICD-10 update in January

    ACDIS members receive a bimonthly journal with in-depth articles on data mining, improving documentation on disease-specific topics, physician query and communication strategies, case studies, and more. Click here to download the latest issue.

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    CDI Talk is a great way to interact with your clinical documentation improvement colleagues across the country. Click here to get more involved.

    Determine MS-DRG shifts ahead of ICD-10

    ICD-10 implementation will arrive in weeks, and many facilities are putting the final touches on their preparations. Yet many have not looked at looming MS-DRG shifts.

    Various assessments by CMS, Milliman, and 3M found that the MS-DRG assigned to an ICD-10 claim did not always match the MS-DRG assigned to an ICD-9-CM source claim. The change in DRGs in ICD-10 compared to ICD-9-CM is referred to as MS-DRG shift, says Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer with more than 30 years of experience in HIM.

    The CMS and 3M studies have determined that overall, approximately 1% of MS-DRGs will shift under ICD-10. "To most of us that seems very, very small," Bryant says.

    However, facilities need to break down which MS-DRGs are shifting. "If those shifts are in more common MS-DRGs that we see in our patient population, the impact could be greater," Bryant says.

    Of the 1.07% of MS-DRGs that will shift, 41% will shift to a higher-paying MS-DRG, while 66% will move to a lower-paying MS-DRG, according to a CMS study.

    CMS has indicated that the MS-DRG payment calculation under ICD-10 will be a replication of the current system, Bryant says. Although CMS has indicated that this change will be budget neutral, there will be some payment redistribution based on the differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10.

    Click here to read more.
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    It's CDI Week!

    The Fifth Annual Clinical Documentation Improvement Week takes place on September 14-18, 2015. Our theme is Branching Out Into Healthcare.

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