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Local Chapter Meetings: Halloween Event and November Sessions Set

CDI Strategies, October 23, 2014

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Next Friday you may very well expect a visit from ghouls and goblins—Halloween is upon us. While most individuals will open their doors October 31 to Disney’s Queen Elsa or miniature zombies looking for candy, Salem (Oregon) Health System will open its doors to CDI professionals looking to network and to take away a few educational treats from the half-dozen presentations offered.

The meeting takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, four different raffles, and a costume contest (although costumes are optional, outfits addressing CDI puns could prove particularly frightening). Additional sessions include:

  • How to Talk to Doctors About CDI, Dr. Claire Norton
  • Internal Medicine Diabetic Complications, Dr. Cort Garrison
  • Internal Medicine Renal Failure, Dr. Lance M. Dicker
  • Heart Failure, A-Fib After Heart Surgery, Dr. Priya Kansal and Mary Bedell, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Encephalopathy, Dr. David Tate

We can’t wait to see the photos from this group meeting! For additional information regarding the Oregon (ACDIS NW) Chapter, email Eileen Pracz at

Additional meetings coming up include:


The Wisconsin ACDIS Chapter meets via webinar today, Thursday, October 23, 2 p.m., ET, featuring Trey La Charité, MD, CDI physician advisor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville. For information, contact Glenn Krauss at

New Jersey

The New Jersey ACDIS Chapter partners with the Delaware AHIMA Chapter for a 21-part webinar series on ICD-10-CM/PCS titled “Sharpening the Focus for Accurate Data and DRG Assignment,” which begins in November and continues through June 2015. For information, visit

The Michigan ACDIS Chapter meet Saturday, October 25, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids. The day-long event features keynote speaker Jon Elion, MD, CEO of ChartWise, and presentations on pediatric, NEU-NES, and travel CDI efforts. For information, contact

New Jersey/Philadelphia
The New Jersey/Philadelphia ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, October 28, 8-10 a.m., at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. For information, contact Deborah A. Dallen at

The Kansas City, Missouri ACDIS Chapter meets Tuesday, November 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Research Medical Center. For information contact Joann Agin at

North Carolina
The North Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, November 7, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. The agenda includes:William Fanning, MD, Physician Advisor for Carolinas Healthcare Panel Discussion: Various topics with audience participation Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, CPHQ, Senior Vice President , HIM and Consulting Services for Peak Health Marie A. Thomas, RHIT, CCS, CPC-H, CCDS; AHIMA  Approved ICD-10-CM and PCS trainer, Patient Revenue Management Organization, at Duke University Health System

For information, contact Brenda Harris at

The Florida ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, November 8, in Margate (north of Ft. Lauderdale). For information, contact Kimberly Reichert at; or vice president Jamie Dugan at

The Connecticut ACDIS Chapter meets Thursday, November 13, 1:30-3 p.m., at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, in New Britan. For information, contact Maryann Shanley at

The Virginia ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond. An agenda and speaker information will be sent to participants. For information, contact Lisa Romanello at

South Carolina
Save the date: The next South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets at Baptist Hospital in Easley, SC on January 16. For information, email PJ Floyd,

Editor’s Note: For additional information about ACDIS networking and state and local events, visit the Local Chapter page of the ACDIS website or visit the ACDIS Blog and click on the Local Chapters category.

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