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Local Chapter Events: Puerto Rico, North Carolina, and Wisconsin meeting fill out February

CDI Strategies, February 19, 2015

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Puerto Rico
Carmen Y. Ibarrondo and Sandra E. Cruz host the first CDI networking meeting in Puerto Rico on Saturday, February 21, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Neptuno Networks Building in Guaynabo. The topic is “Impacto de la documentación medica con ICD-10-CM/PCS.” Click here to view the meeting information and agenda. For information, contact Ibarrondo at

North Carolina
The early bird registration date for non-chapter members is Friday, February 20 for the SC ACDIS Chapter’s next meeting slated for Friday, March 6, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Searle Center, Duke University Medical Center. The agenda includes:

  • “Acute Respiratory Failure and other Pulmonary Considerations,” by Momen Wahidi, MD, chief medical officer of the Patient Revenue Management Organization, at Duke.
  • “Diagnosing Malnutrition: The contradictions, controversies, and current state,” by Erin L. Kerrigan, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, at Duke.
  • “A Practical Application of Clinical Indicators,” by Marie A. Thomas, RHIT, CCS, CPC-H, CCDS, AHIMA  Approved ICD-10-CM and PCS trainer, PRMO Patient Revenue Management Organization, at Duke.
  • “Alternative Principal Diagnoses: Impact on MS-DRG Assignment,” by Beth E. Bumgarner, RN, MS, Alumnus CCRN, Senior Manager of Data Services, for 3M  Consulting Services.
  • “Educating ‘The Next Generation’ of CDI’s and Coders featuring ‘How to Live Long and Prosper’ as a Collaborative Team,” by Renii Modisette, DHEd, RHIT, CCS, and Virginia Bailey, RN, CCDS, from MedPartners CDI.

To register, fill out the form and email Brenda Harris at For additional information, contact or

Wisconsin ACDIS Chapter holds its next teleconference Wednesday, February 25, 1-2 p.m., CST. The guest speakers will be Anita Bennett RN, BSN, Patient Safety Officer and Director of Performance Improvement and Risk Manager and Julie Howard, RN, CCM, CCDS, Director of Care Management and CDI at Memorial Hospital in Towanda, Pennsylvania. The Minnesota ACDIS Chapter will also be joining this call. For information, contact Glenn Krauss or Teresa L. Hegard

The Mississippi Chapter of AHMIA (MSHIMA) hosts a CDI-focused event Friday, March 6, at the Itawamba Community College auditorium in Tupelo. The agenda includes:

  • CDI 101: What is it, how do I start and grow a program at my facility?
  • Query guidance: Tips for adhering to industry best practice
  • Physician engagement: Tools to ensure medical staff support

For information, contact Shelia Bullock at

The next Florida ACDIS Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, March 21, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee. The agenda includes:

  • “Types of Anemia with focus on Acute Blood Loss Anemia,” by Mickey Liao, MD
  • “Chronic Kidney Disease,” by Banji Awosika, MD
  • “Sepsis,” by Antonio Velardi, MD
  • “ICD-10,” by MedPartners CDI
  • Roundtable discussion and Q&A

RSVP requested by March 6 to Cynthia Knight at

The Arizona ACDIS Chapter Desert Documenters meets Wednesday, April 1, 5:15-8 p.m., at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI, C-DAM, Executive Director of the Foundation for Physician Documentation Integrity presents “Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs: Reinvention is the Key to Longevity.” For information, email Brenda Pierce at or Judy Schade at

The next N. Illinois ACDIS Chapter takes place Wednesday, April 15, noon to 4 p.m., at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. For information, email, Colleen M. Stukenberg at

The MaHIMIA hosts a three-day conference Sunday, May 3 through Tuesday, May 5 at the Sea Crest Hotel in Falmouth. The agenda includes sessions on:

  • Advanced ICD-10-CM/PCS
  • CDI efforts and overview
  • Healthcare policy
  • Leadership

For information and registration, visit the MaHIMA website.


The newly formed Heart of Missouri (Columbia) ACDIS Chapter holds its first meeting on National Nurses’ Day, Wednesday, May 6. For information, email Karen Elmore at

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