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Local Chapter Events: Conferences set for May, June

CDI Strategies, April 24, 2014

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The following ACDIS chapters are planning 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.


The Maryland ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, April 25, 1:30-3 p.m., at Maryland Hospital Association Conference Room in Elkridge. For information, contact Andrea Norris at


ACDIS NW spring conference will be held Friday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Sacred Heart Riverbend Annex in Springfield, Ore. Please bring copies of sample queries related to agenda topics to share and critique with participants.

Agenda includes:

  • Continental breakfast
  • ACDIS NW business meeting
  • "Deciphering Sepsis," by Julie Hughes, MD, VP of Medical Affairs, Critical Care Hospitalist.
  • "Behavioral Health Diagnoses: Bipolar disorder, Type 1 and Type 2; acute and chronic dementia; acute delirium; and major depressive disorders," by Russ Sampley, MD, Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health Services.
  • Lunch (provided) and networking
  • HCPro/ACDIS Webinar: “Reducing the Fear of ICD 10 Cardiovascular Coding”
  • "Dual Coding: DRG shifts, missing documentation, coding challenges," by Hollis Brown, RHIT, CCS, System Consultant/Revenue Integrity Department, Legacy Health. After almost a full year of dual coding on inpatient and outpatient accounts, Hollis will discuss the trends in DRG shifts, missing documentation, coding challenges with ICD-10.
  • "Preparing for ICD-10," by Charonne Sutherland, RN, BSN, CHPN, CCDS, supervisor of clinical documentation, at St. Charles Medical Center; Wayne Johnson, RN, project director for ICD-10 implementation, at Sacred Heart Riverbend; and Linda Haynes, RHIT, CCDS, manager CDI, Legacy Health. A panel discussion on steps being used to educate physicians and implement ICD-10. Panel will share tips, hints and documents they are willing to provide to attendees and take questions/comments.
  • Door prizes

Reservation required, email Eileen Pranz at

South Carolina

The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, May 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Gazes Auditorium, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston.

Agenda includes:

  • "The Importance of Leadership,” by Barton Sachs, MD, MBA, PhD, Professor, Chair of Medical University Hospital Authority (MUHA) CDI Committee
  • "CDI is more than Reimbursement: Partnering with quality and analytic to increase CMI, improve mortality risk scores, and review patient safety indicators,” by Priscilla Browder, RN , PCCN, CDI specialist, Jackie Robinson, RN, MSN, CDI specialist, Danielle Scheurer, MD, medical director of quality and safety, and Amy Wilson, PhD, director of enterprise analytics
  • “Integration of the CDI Specialist into the Care Team: A process and outcome review,” by Eric Kimchi, MD, associate professor, department of surgery, Marsha Cisa, RN, CCDS, and Becky Green, RN, CCDS, MUHA CDI Committee
  • “Lunch and Learn,” featuring Brian Miller, RHIA, MBA, client relationship executive, 3M Health Information Systems, Inc.
  • “Obtaining Physician Buy in for CDI: A private hospital’s perspective,” by Johanne Brautigam, RN, BSN, CCDS, manager Roper St. Francis Hospital, Cynthia Flynn, RN, second level reviewer; Beth Wolf, MD, CDI physician champion
  • “Before the Bill Drops: Retrospective reviews and query follow-up, are they worth the time and FTE?” Pam Parris, RN, BSN, CCDS, MUHA CDI Committee
  • “The Role of CDI in ICD 10 Education,” Cindy Kicklighter, RN, MSN, PJ Floyd, RN, BSN, MBA, NE-BE, CCA, director of HIS/CDI MUHA
  • "A Joint Strategy: Developing teamwork between CDI and Coding,” by Christine Lewis, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, Manager, Health information Services, MUHA

Cost is $10 for chapter members and $25 for non-members. Registration is limited to 75. Call 843-792-8136 or email Staying overnight? Contact Guest Services at MUSC for discount hotel reservations (first come, first serve) at 843-876-8456. Identify yourself as a member of the MUSC ACDIS conference.


The Massachusetts ACDIS Chapter will meet on Tuesday, June 10, 1-3 p.m., at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I. For information, contact Sarah Eby at, or visit


The Philadelphia/Southern NJ Chapter ACDIS meets Thursday, June 12, 8-10 a.m. at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. For information, contact Mary Ellen Moakes at

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