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Local Chapter Events: Multiple sessions offered throughout Sept., Oct.

CDI Strategies, August 29, 2013

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CDI specialists, coders, and HIM professional in the “hospitality state” are welcome to join the state’s first ACDIS Chapter meeting Thursday, Sept. 5, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The agenda includes:
  • Introductions 
  • Discussion of meeting parameters
  • Industry opportunities/challenges discussion
For information, email Shelia Bullock
Meets Friday, Sept. 12, 12:30-4 p.m., at the Anne and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The agenda includes:
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m., registration/lunch
  • 1:30 p.m., Official welcome
  • 1:45 p.m., Shellaine Kang, manager of HIM and CDI will provide an overview of pediatric APR-DRG methodology and pediatric CDI
  • 2:15 p.m., Anthony Chin, MD, pediatric surgeon and physician advisor and Cynthia Castiglioni, MD, hospitalist and physician advisor will discuss clinical documentation challenges                 
  • 3-4 p.m., tour of hospital
Registration required by Friday, September 5 to meeting host Lynne McCoy at For additional information regarding the Illinois ACDIS Chapter contact Colleen Stukenberg at
The Central Indiana ACDIS Chapter seeks volunteers for leadership positions including president, vice president, and secretary. Volunteers work with chapter members and ACDIS national to facilitate meetings and plan networking events. The chapter has been in existence for more than three years and seeks new leaders on an annual basis. If interested please contact current secretary Angie Green at by Monday, Sept. 9.
The next meeting will be held Friday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Center Pointe, Covenant Health, Knoxville. The agenda includes:
  • 8:30 a.m., Welcome and announcements
  • 8:45 a.m., Sherri Ernst, RN, MBA, corporate manager of revenue integrity and Mary Boruff, RHIA, revenue integrity supervisor, “RAC audits and appeals”
  • 10 a.m., John Adams, MD, “Sepsis/SIRS/septicemia”
  • 11 a.m., James Kennedy, MD, “Updates in Coding Clinic
  • 12 p.m., Lunch and presentation provided by CDI Search Group
  • 1 p.m., Tenn. ACDIS Chapter business meeting 
Registration required by Monday, Sept. 9 to Sherri Clark at  
The Connecticut ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, Sept. 12, noon to 2 p.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. Lunch will be provided. For additional information, email Maryann Shanley at
The next Georgia (formerly the Southeast) ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, Sept. 13, 9:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Athens Regional Medical Center. The agenda includes:
  • 9:15 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast
  • 10 a.m., Anne Mosomillo, director of care management, welcome and introductions
  • 10:15 a.m., Christy Williams, RN, BSN,  ICD-10 Certified Trainer, senior manager with 3M HIS Consulting “Severity of Illness and Risk of Mortality-The Basics”               
  • 11:25 a.m., Linda Franklin-Yildirim, RN, MN, MBA, CCDS, “From Paper to Electronic: Transformation to E-queries”                                                                                                               
  • 12:25 p.m., 3M HIS discussion and lunch
  • 1:30 p.m., GA-ACDIS business meeting
  • 2:15 p.m., Announcements
Register via email to, or visit the GA-ACDIS Facebook page.
New York
The New York City Five Boroughs ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, Sept. 19, 6-8 p.m., at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn. For information, email Wanda Mejias-Gonzalez
The Michigan ACDIS Chapter holds its next meeting Saturday, Oct. 12, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at North Central Michigan College (NCMC) in Petoskey. The agenda includes:
  • 7:30 a.m., Continental breakfast
  • 7:45 a.m., Welcome and introductions
  • 8 a.m., Nancy Ballinger, Ballinger Coaching and Consulting, Keynote address
  • 9 a.m., Kitty Kremer, BA, RHIT, director of coding education at Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, “ICD-10-CM/PCS Basics”
  • 10:15 a.m., Amy Rector, RN, CCDS, CDIP, director of CDI at Anthelio Healthcare Solutions, “Documentation and the Query Process”
  • 11:15 a.m., Dan Gerard, RPh, pharmacist for critical care services at McLaren Northern Michigan, “Sepsis: Clinical Indicators and Treatment Modalities”
  • 12:15 p.m., Lunch
  • 1 p.m., Debbie Rough, president of Namson Change Consulting, “Accountability”
  • 2 p.m., Fran Jurcak, RN, MSN, CCDS, senior director at Huron Healthcare, “Ensuring Quality through Accurate Documentation: Going beyond the low hanging fruit”
  • 3:15 p.m., Kathleen Luther-Huff, RHIT, director of Accretive Health, Beaumont, “The Building Blocks of Effective Queries”
Register by Wednesday, Sept. 25, to either chapter leader Sue Haley at or Patti Nemeth at
South Carolina
The SC ACDIS Chapter holds its meeting Friday, Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Agenda includes:
  • Karen Carr, discussing cardiac conditions
  • Ali Williams, discussing orthopedic CDI concerns
  • Peggy Likovich, discussing renal conditions and CDI
  • Brandy Mangum, discussing neurological concerns
  • Tara Bell, discussing respiratory conditions
For information, email Ali Williams at
The ACDIS NW Chapter holds its annual conference Friday, October 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the St. Charles Health System, in Bend. The agenda includes:
  • 8:30 a.m., Registration and continental breakfast
  • 9 a.m., Introduction by meeting host Charonne Sutherland
  • 9:15 a.m., NW Chapter business meeting
  • 9:30 a.m., CDI Search Group sponsor recognition
  • 10 a.m., Aaron Askew, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
  • 11 a.m., Bev Jackson, ICD 10 Ambassador
  • 12:30 p.m., Lunch provided with live music by Bill Keale
  • 1:30 p.m., John Blizzard, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 2:30 p.m., Break
  • 2:45 p.m., Mathew Hegewald, MD, Pulmonologist/Intensivist
  • 3:45 p.m., Kenneth Goode, RN, Orthopedic Specialty Coordinator
  • 4:30 p.m., Door prize (must be present to win)
To register, contact Eileen Pracz at
The Virginia ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at CJW Medical Center in Richmond. For information, contact Lisa Romanello at

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