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Local Chapter Events: Consider joining your regional CDI network

CDI Strategies, July 17, 2014

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If you haven’t joined your local ACDIS chapter yet, what are you waiting for? Local chapter leaders and meeting hosts put a ton of volunteer effort into making sure these events are both educational and fun. Perfect case in point was the June 18 meeting of the Evergreen (Washington state) ACDIS Chapter hosted by Susan Browne, RN, MN, CCDS, CDI director at Capital Medical Center in Olympia. (See a photo of the group on the ACDIS Blog.)


More than 20 attendees participated in the meeting which featured several education sessions including Capella Healthcare CDI Director Marcie Mofield’s, RN, CCDS, presentation on “Lessons Learned in CDI,” a review of ACDIS 2014 conference takeaways, shared ICD-10-CM/PCS queries and discussion during a working lunch, and an HCPro webcast on respiratory coding and documentation.
The group emphasized its meeting theme “Add some spice to your CDI career” by supplying small herbal garden starter kits as the table centerpieces and also made “CDI Survival Kit” gift bags which included:
  • A chocolate kiss: To remind you that everyone needs a hug, kiss, or word of encouragement every day.
  • Penny: To remind you of the value of your thoughts – BIG ones and little ones! Share them with others.
  • Life Savers: To remind you to think of your peers as your “life savers”. Care about each other and help each other through the stressful times.
  • Band-aid: For when things get a little rough!
  • Snickers: Take the time to laugh, it is an instant stress reliever.
  • Marble: For when you lose yours!
  • Gum: To remind you to stick to it!
  • Tissues: To remind you to see the tears and needs of others, including those of yourself and your peers.
  • Ice pack: For your ICD-10 headaches!
  • Stress Ball: Well … you know why!
Other local meetings taking place this summer include:
Minnesota ACDIS meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except July and December) from 1 to 2 p.m. Meetings are teleconferences (you will dial in). Host facilities are St. Cloud (August 27) and Park Nicollet (September 24). Agendas are emailed to chapter members in advance and CEUs will be offered. To RSVP, contact chapter leaders Tracy Boldt at; Barbara Smith at; or Laurie Engeldinger at
The Florida ACDIS Chapter held its quarterly conference on Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. CCDS CEUs were offered. For information on joining future meetings, call Sheila Smith at 941-917-1107 or email
The Arizona ACDIS Chapter met Wednesday, July 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at The Autumn Court (Chinese food), 3752 East Indian School Road, in Phoenix. For information on joining future meetings, e-mail Carla Forsha at
The Michigan ACDIS Chapter holds a “lunch and learn” conference call on Thursday, July 24, noon to 1 p.m. RSVP to Patti Nemeth at, or Sue Haley at
The Georgia ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 15, at Rockdale Medical Center in Conyers, featuring Jonathan Elion, MD, president of Chartwise Medical Systems. RSVP to
Kentucky/Southern Indiana
The Kentucky and Southern Indiana ACDIS Chapters join for their annual group meeting Wednesday, August 20, 1 to 4 p.m., at Baptist Health in Louisville. Topics include hepatorenal and cardiorenal syndrome. RSVP to Rita Fields at
The SW Ohio ACDIS Chapter will hold an informal gathering and cookout later this summer. If interested, contact Kay Kolb Huber at 937-298-3399 ext. 57809, or email


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