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Local Chapter Update: California hosts first in-person event Friday; summer sessions offered

CDI Strategies, June 25, 2015

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The following local networking groups will be holding CDI-related educational events over the next few months. For additional information, visit and click on “Local Chapters.” Click on your state to find out information about the leadership team. Click on “Chapter Meetings” for a calendar of upcoming events.

The California ACDIS Chapter hosts its first in-person conference on Friday, June 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Henry Mayo Hospital in Valencia. The chapter has been going strong for nearly six years now. Initially, there were three separate groups for each distinctive region of the state. After a few months, however, the northern and southern sections joined the central group for its monthly web-based networking groups. After three years, the time came for a leadership change and new volunteers stepped forward.

The new team changed meetings from a monthly to bi-monthly cadence and began recruiting help in the form of speakers and leadership assistance from its state-wide membership. Soon, the leadership swelled from three to nearly a dozen. Each volunteer agreed to take on a specific task and before long the chapter began planning a live full-day event for the state.

We gratefully acknowledge their efforts and congratulate the team for what we’re sure will be an amazing day of networking and education for the nearly 200 attendees.

For information, contact Emily Emmons at 858-677-6813 or email


The New Orleans CDI networking group meets Wednesday, July 8, hosted by East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie. For information, email Melissa Mayer at


The Iowa ACDIS Chapter meets Wednesday, July 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Unity Point Health Methodist West Hospital in Des Moines. For information, email meeting host Hanh Ly at or chapter leader Sherry Morreau at


The Heartland Missouri ACDIS Chapter hosts its next meeting Tuesday, July 14, 2 p.m., at Lake Regional Health System, Osage Beach. For information, email Karen Elmore at


The Massachusetts and New York AHIMA Chapters joins ACDIS national and regional networking groups for a CDI education summit, Thursday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. For information, email


The joint Indiana/Kentucky ACDIS Regional meeting takes place Friday, August 21, at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. The agenda includes:

  • “Compliant Query Process,” by James Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, Associate Director, Huff DRG Review
  • “HAC, VBP, and Readmission Reduction,” by Shannon Newell, of HCQ Consulting
  • “Hitting a Home Run: How to Transform from a Mortality Loser to the Best In League,” by Gracie Gomez-Meeker, RN, MBA, CDI, Conway Regional Medical Center and Harvey Blair, Director, Clinical Services Consulting
  • “Why Is That Healthy Patient Dead in the Bed?” MedPartners
  • “ICD-10-PCS for the CDI,” by Cheryl Barbee, RHIA, CCS, HIM Indiana University Health, Revenue Cycle

The deadline to reserve hospital tours is July 1; email Terri Leap at deadline for hotel reservations with Candlewood Suites is July 21. The deadline for conference registration is August 2. For additional information, contact Angie Green at or download the agenda and registration forms.

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