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Local Chapter Meetings; leaders sought

CDI Strategies, August 28, 2014

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ACDIS local chapter leaders frequently offer leadership in more than just CDI-related educational offerings for their state.

They typically rise to professional leadership as well, becoming content experts for ACDIS and other related association publications--just as former Oregon ACDIS Chapter leader Juanita Carriveau and former Washington ACDIS Chapter leader Jennifer Woodworth have, both having offered insight for the CDI Journal.

Such individuals often earn national recognition for their leadership receiving the CDI Professional of the Year Award or Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement from ACDIS, such as former Indiana leader Sandra Beatty, Long Island, New York leader Adelaide La Rosa, North Carolina leader Jennifer Love, and Maine leader Cathy Seluke, among others, have done.

Other chapter leaders offer their expertise on the ACDIS podium, during poster sessions, or even author books.

Some amazing chapter leaders somehow manage to do all these remarkable things, such as Nancy Rae Ignatowicz who was quoted in the most recent CDI Journal, earned the 2013 CDI Professional of the Year award, created the CDI Toolkit, and spoke at more than one ACDIS National Conference.

The point is, those who volunteer to become ACDIS local chapter leaders truly go on to accomplish great things. It is a testament to their efforts that this profession continues to grow.

If you think you might be ready to take on the mantel of local chapter leader please step forward and reach out to the current leaders in your region. If you do not currently have a chapter in your state, please contact Associate Director Melissa Varnavas at

For additional information, visit the Local Chapter page of the ACDIS website or visit the ACDIS Blog and click on the Local Chapters category.

South Carolina
The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, September 5, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Providence Hospital in Columbia. The agenda includes:

  • Registration/Check in
  • Welcome/Chapter Business
  • CDI Pre-Bill Review Process, Mary Hopkins, MSHI, RHIA, HCA, Division Manager, CDI
  • Managing Psych Diagnoses in CDI, Bradley Clayton, MD, Providence Hospital
  • CDI Reporting/Department Metrics, Kay Blue, RN, BSN, ACM, IQCI, Regional Director of CDI, Carolinas Healthcare
  • Lunch
  • Pressure Ulcers and Debridement, Elizabeth Jones, RN, CWOCN, CFCN, Providence Hospital
  • Compliant EHR Systems: CDI Tasks to Ensure Medical Record Accuracy, webcast, HCPro

The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter also seeks nominations for two open positions on the leadership board—secretary and vice president. Cost is $10; $20 for non-members, lunch and CCDS CEUs included. For information, email PJ Floyd at

The Colorado ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Lutheran Medical Center, Learning Center Room 1, 8400 W. 38th Ave., in Wheat Ridge. For information, email Natalie Esquibel at

The Michigan ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, October 25, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Street NW, in Grand Rapids. The day-long agenda includes:

  • Keynote speaker Jonathan Elion, MD, FACC, founder of ChartWise Medical Systems, Inc., presents “Challenges in Clinical Documentation: Stories from the Front Line” 
  • Pediatric CDI
  • Travel CDI
  • Door prizes and essay contest

Registration of $110 per person includes continental breakfast, lunch, and breaks. The event is open to all but limited to 150 attendees. An application will be made for CCDS CEUs. For information, contact

The Florida ACDIS Chapter meets November 8 in Margate (north of Ft. Lauderdale). Save-the-date; the agenda will include this year’s election of officers. For information, contact Kimberly Reichertat; or vice president Jamie Dugan at


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