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Local Chapter Update: Summer events focus on ICD-10 and emerging trends

CDI Strategies, August 6, 2015

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ACDIS Associate Director Melissa Varnavas will be traveling to the AHIMA CDI Summit in Alexandria, Virginia, Thursday, August 6-8. Included among the speakers are ACDIS influencers and frequent podium pundits Melinda Tully of J.A. Thomas, a Nuance Company, Jennifer Woodworth of Swedish Medical Center, ACDIS Advisory Board member James Fee of Huff DRG Review, past-ACDIS Advisory Board member Sue Belley of 3M, and Jennifer Cavagnac of Baystate Health among others.

We’re looking forward to catching up with old friends and maybe making a new acquaintance or two. Stop by our table and say hello if you happen to be attending, too.

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”
  • “Documentation for ICD-10-PCS”

Admission is $10. For information, email

New York
The New York City Five Boroughs (NYC5B) Chapter meets Thursday, August 13, 5:15 p.m., at the VA Medical Center, on East 23rd Street. The presentation will be “Beyond the Basics of CC Capture; Understanding Profiling and Risk Adjustment Methods,” by Wendy Clesi, RN, CCDS, CDIP, Director CDI Services at Huff DRG Review.

Admission is $10/$25 annual membership. Food will be served. 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, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at TriStar Medical Group in Brentwood. The agenda includes:

  • ICD-10-CM/PCS overview, by Karen Feltner, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, CDI Senior Auditor/Educator, Erlanger Health System
  • “Emerging CDI trends in 2015: CDI survey findings and tips to elevate physician engagement,” by Joseph E. Crea, MD, Vice President of Compliance and Physician Education, at Executive Health Resources
  • ICD-10-CM/PCS roundtable discussion/QA

RSVP by August 17. For information, contact, Sherri A. Clark at

The Georgia ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, August 28, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Piedmont Atlanta Healthcare in Atlanta. The agenda includes:

  • “Emerging CDI Trends,” by John Zelem, MD, FACS, Vice President, Compliance and Physician Education from Executive Health Resources
  • “Outpatient CDI program in the Ambulatory Setting,” by Jennifer Bratz, MS, RHIA, Executive Director of Healthcare Data Integrity and Clinical Documentation Excellence and Letitia Rushin, RN, BS, CCM, CCDS, Team Lead at Wellstar Health System Outpatient CDI.
  • “The CDI ICD-10 Quick Survival Guide,” by Linda Renee Brown, RN, MA, CCDS, CCS, CDIP, Director, Clinical Documentation at Tanner Health System

For information, email

South Carolina
The South Carolina ACDIS Chapter meets Friday, September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Tidelands Health Willbrook Center in Pawleys Island (commonly referred to as Litchfield Beach). The agenda includes:

  • “CDI: Out of the Silo and Into the Arena,” by Joni Dion, RHIA, CDIP, CCDS, CPC, Associate Director of Berkeley Research Group, LLC.
  • “Second Level CDI Review Process,” by Cindy Kicklighter, RN, MSN, CCDS; from MUSC
  • “Emerging CDI Trends and Physician Documentation,” by John Zelem, MD, FACS, Vice-President, Compliance and Physician Education, Executive Health Resources
  • “A Review of ICD-10 Cardiovascular diagnoses,” by Karen Carr, RN, Grand Strand Hospital
  • “ICD-10 Jeopardy,” by Valerie Miller, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDI Coordinator, Tidelands Health
  • SC ACDIS Business

The cost for meetings is $10 for SC ACDIS members; $20 for non-members. 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 MA ACDIS Chapter meets, Friday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 1p.m., at Newton Wellesley Hospital. Eleanor Paglia, MD, will present on pneumonia, and Joel Auslander, MD, will present 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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