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Local Chapter Update: Iowa holds second meeting; dozens of events planned

CDI Strategies, July 9, 2015

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A big ACDIS congratulatory shout-out to the Iowa ACDIS Chapter which held its second meeting yesterday Unity Point Health Methodist West Hospital in Des Moines hosted by Hanh Ly, MSHI, RHIA

Director of HIM/CDI at the facility. During the meeting, the gathering shared information about their own facility’s CDI efforts and program structure and discussed their plans for ICD-10 preparedness including query compliance and educational efforts. Although still in its infancy, the comradery and excitement the group embodies appears to be infectious. We’re proud of their efforts thus far and look forward to further networking efforts in the state. For additional information, email Sherry L. Morreau at

The following listing includes this summer’s upcoming meetings and a handful of items to mark on your calendar. For additional information about local chapter activities, getting a networking group going in your area, and a calendar of events across the nation visit

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 Florida ACDIS Chapter hosts a meet and greet event Friday, July 24, 7 p.m., at the Hangar restaurant St. Petersburg, followed by a full-day event Saturday, July 25, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg. The agenda includes:

  • Registration and breakfast
  • Welcome and introductions
  • “Engaging Your Physicians to Improve Documentation,” by Marc Tucker, DO, FACOS, FAPWCA, MBA, VP, Compliance and Physician Education, of Executive Health Resources an Optum Company
  • “Ebola/Physician’s Role in Disaster Preparedness,” by Ajoy Kumar, MD, FAAFP, Physician Executive, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, Chief Medical Officer, FL3 Disaster Medical Assistance
  • “Value Based Purchasing in Today’s World,” by Michael Barozzini, BSN, BSM, RN, CCRN, CPHQ, Chief Quality Officer, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
  • “Pre-Payment Review: Is Your Organization Prepared?” by Mark Michelman, MD, MBA
  • “Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine,” by William Welch, MD, of Nautilus/Healogics Group, in Jacksonville.
  • Round Table Q&A

For information, email

The Ohio ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 7, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Wooster Community Hospital. The agenda includes:

  • Registration and welcome
  • “Emerging CDI Trends in 2015: CDI Survey Findings and Tips to Elevate Physician Engagement”
  • “CDI and PSIs: Leverage Query Efforts to Capture Patient Safety Indicator Documentation”
  • Lunch & Networking
  • “Documentation for ICD-10 PCS”

Admission is $10. 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.

The Tennessee ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 21, at TriStar Medical Group in Brentwood. For information, contact, Sherri A. Clark at


Save the date: The Georgia ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 28, at Piedmont Atlanta Healthcare in Atlanta. For information, email

South Carolina
Save the date: The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, September 11, in Georgetown. For information, email PJ Floyd at

Save the date: The Michigan ACDIS Chapter meets Saturday, September 12, in Novi. For information, contact Susan Haley at  

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