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News: Three local CDI groups set to meet Friday, November 13

CDI Strategies, November 12, 2009

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CDI professionals across the country understand the benefit of informal, informational networking. ACDIS has a number of “official” local chapters and a number of fledgling organizations in more than half the country. This Friday three states hold local meetings—Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Georgia’s inaugural meeting takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dobb University Center at Emory University Hospital, 1364 Clifton Rd., in Atlanta, GA. Event organizer Bonnie Epps has a full day planned with door prizes, lunch, networking, survey responses, and brainstorming sessions. Epps also organized sessions on:
  • new coding changes for 2010
  • RAC
  • the physician’s role in CDI programs
For information, contact Epps at
Florida CDI specialists will meet at 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. The meeting features the following educational sessions:
  • This isn’t a Complication: Bridging the Communication Gap
  • Public Quality Measures and Mortality Risk Adjustment
  • Team Physician: CDI Keys for Success
  • Clinical Documentation Improvement Software Computer-Assisted Coding Demonstration with 3M
For information, contact Sylvia Hoffman at
The North Carolina ACDIS group gathers at Appalachian Regional Healthcare Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring the following topics:
  • ICD-9 coding changes – Effective 10/01/09
  • Certification of CDIS – What to expect
  • Study guide and work groups
The fact that CCDS certification is on the agenda comes as little surprise since the NC group challenged other CDI networks to see which group could boast the most CCDS certified professionals among its membership prior to the 2010 ACDIS conference in Chicago June 3-4.
Although RSVPs for Friday’s meeting were due October 22, for information about the NC Chapter e-mail President Leah Taylor at
All three groups set their meeting dates with an eye to allow for travel time, professional time, and relaxation time. Epps hopes CDI professionals come to Atlanta for the meeting and stay the weekend to enjoy the city and get some early holiday shopping. Taylor plans to enjoy a fall foliage weekend in the mountains. Hoffman says there’s always something going on in Tampa.
For information about ongoing local meetings, read the ACDIS Blog and look at the Local Chapters page on the ACDIS Web site

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