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Local Chapter Update: Summer events in full swing

CDI Strategies, July 23, 2015

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ACDIS Director Brian Murphy and Associate Director Melissa Varnavas will head out to western Massachusetts to the town of Springfield for CDI Summit slated for Thursday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Baystate Medical Center. The event is the brain child of ACDIS Advisory Board member and Massachusetts AHIMA Chapter President Walter Houlihan, MBA, RHIA, CCS, who reached out to ACDIS and fellow AHIMA leaders. The full-day agenda includes analysis of CDI best practices, tips on employing electronic health records in CDI review, and panel discussions on CDI in ICD-10 and effective practices. Space is limited. To register visit the NYHIMA site. For additional information, email

The summer is busy with local events. Visit the ACDIS website for additional information. Upcoming meetings include:

Pennsylvania/New Jersey

Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey Local Chapter ACDIS Quarterly Meeting will be held Thursday, July 30, 8-10 a.m., at Princeton Healthcare System. The agenda includes networking and discussion of ICD-10-CM/PCS preparations. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of ICD-10 queries to share. For information, email Mary Ellen Moakes

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  


The Mass. ACDIS Chapter meets, Friday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 1p.m., at Newton Wellesley Hospital.

Eleanor Paglia, MD, will present us on pneumonia, and Joel Auslander, MD, will presenting on AKI, Cardiorenal Syndrome, and Cor Pulmonale. Lunch will be provided, but admission is limited to 50 people. RSVP to Cathy Farraher at 617-243-6397 or

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