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Local Chapter Events: Seven groups set to meet in October, more sessions slated for November

CDI Strategies, October 10, 2013

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The following ACDIS chapters plan upcoming networking events. For additional information visit the Local Chapter page of the ACDIS website or visit the ACDIS Blog and click on the “Local Chapters” category.

Texas: The Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter meets Thursday, October 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., via webinar. Cindy Pritchett, RN, CCDS, CDI consultant for MedPartners HIM presents “Importance of Capturing Shock in your Daily Practice.” For information, contact

Oregon: 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

Michigan: Meets Saturday, October 12, 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”

For information, contact Sue Haley at or Patti Nemeth at

Florida: Meets Saturday October 12, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Halifax Health, Daytona Beach. The theme is “Trauma and CDI.” The agenda includes:

  • 8 a.m., Registration and breakfast (provided)
  • 8:30 a.m.,  Welcome and introductions, Betty Garard, Director HIM
  •  8:45 a.m., Scott Klioze, MD, Interventional Radiologist, “Fat Metabolism in Obese Related Trauma”
  • 9:45 a.m., Kevin Captain, RN, trauma program manager, “Your Community’s Trauma Team: Ready in a moment’s notice”
  • 10:45 a.m., Break and raffle drawings
  • 11 a.m., Michelle Dragut, MD, CCS, CDIP, physician advisor, Florida Hospital Association, “Multi-Trauma & ICD 10” Part One
  • Noon, Lunch and raffle drawings
  • 1 p.m., Dragut, “Multi-Trauma & ICD 10” Part Two
  • 2 p.m., Kathy Jowers, RN, CWON, “Treatment of Trauma Wounds”
  • 3 p.m., Round table discussion and adjournment

For information, contact Donna 386-848-6555 or Dorie 386-631-5021.

Arizona: The Phoenix ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, October 16, 6-8 p.m., at Mimis Café in Desert Ridge. For information, contact Gloria Richardson at 602-316-6415, or email

Massachusetts: Meets Thursday, October 17, 1-3 p.m., at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. For more information, visit or email

Maryland: Meets Friday, October 18, 1:30–3 p.m. at the Maryland Hospital Association Headquarters in Elkridge. Agenda includes:

  • MedLearn presentation
  • MD ACDIS dues update
  • ACDIS presentation: “Fostering Physician Involvement and Education Under ICD-10”
  • CDI certification: Weighing options, determining the right time
  • 2-midnight benchmark for inpatient hospital admissions
  • New physician orientation – how do you access new physicians?
  • CMI vs. MHACs: Change of CDI focus
  • Physician pushback: Escalation policies and EHR concerns
  • Discussion: Physician education and ICD-10
For information, contact Andrea Norris at

North Carolina: Early registration for the NC ACDIS Chapter upcoming meeting is Friday, October 18. The event takes place Friday, November 1, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Moore Regional Hospital, in Pinehurst. Admission is $40 for chapter members, $45 for non-members, $50 at the door. For information, contact Leah Taylor at 704-878-7436 or email

New Jersey: The NJ ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, November 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m., at Reimbursement Review Associates, Inc., in New Brunswick. Deborah Gardner-Brown, RHIT, CCS, C-CDI, CI-CDI, CDIP, and Sandra Phillips Sperry, RN, MPA, APC, CMC, FACHE, present on ICD-10-CM/PCS guidelines and risks and opportunities for CDI programs. For information, contact Gardner-Brown at

Texas: The Houston ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, November 14, location TBD. For information, email or

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