9th Annual ACDIS Conference–May 23–26, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia

Press Releases, January 29, 2016

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), the nation’s only healthcare community for clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professionals, is pleased to announce the agenda for its 9th annual national conference, to be held May 23–26 in Atlanta.

The agenda includes more than 50 sessions presented by the nation’s foremost CDI experts. The 2016 conference features five tracks covering important topics such as:

  • Clinical and Coding
  • Management and Leadership
  • Quality and Regulatory
  • CDI Expansion
  • Innovative CDI

Attendees will enjoy a conference-wide focus on CDI expanding into pediatrics, along with sessions on outpatient CDI/risk-adjusted payment, postacute CDI, readmissions, and medical necessity. They will learn the latest diagnostic criteria for difficult diagnoses like sepsis and respiratory failure, as well as important documentation and coding nuances under ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. The conference will also offer three special panel discussions, including two with the ACDIS Advisory Board and one with a physician perspective on ICD-10.

In addition, ACDIS welcomes CMS Chief Medical Officer Richard E. Wild, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, from the Atlanta regional office. Wild will open the conference with a general session, “CMS Value-Based Purchasing and the Transformation of Healthcare.”

This year’s keynote speaker Vicki Hess, RN, MS, will kick off the second day with a motivational discussion, “Becoming a Champion of Change: Your Checklist for CDI Success.” Hess will provide insights to help attendees transform the way they work and bounce back when hit with challenges.

ACDIS will also recognize recipients of the prestigious ACDIS Achievement Awards. The awards were significantly updated and expanded this year to include four categories: CDI Professional of the Year, Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement, Excellence in Provider Engagement, and Rookie of the Year. Winners will be honored with an award and recognition during the conference.

Finally, conference attendees will enjoy breakfast and lunch with admission, complimentary drinks and appetizers at a pre-conference networking reception, and the ability to network face-to-face or via an interactive conference app with more than 1,500 of their peers.

“If you are a new, experienced, or aspiring CDI professional, there is nothing quite like the ACDIS Conference to enhance personal and professional growth,” said ACDIS director Brian Murphy. “The networking is amazing, the energy at this event needs to be seen to be believed, and simply put, you will not find the same depth or breadth of CDI-specific education anywhere else.”

Now in its ninth year, ACDIS is a community of more than 4,800 CDI professionals who share the latest tips, tools, and strategies to implement successful CDI programs and achieve professional growth. ACDIS’ mission is to serve as the premier healthcare community for CDI specialists, providing a medium for education, professional growth, professional certification, and networking through its annual conference, local chapter outreach efforts, regular webinars, website, and social media outlets.

For more information about ACDIS and its offerings, please visit www.acdis.org or call 877-240-6586.

About the annual conference
The annual ACDIS national conference is the nation’s biggest and best conference dedicated to the unique needs of the CDI profession. The conference offers unparalleled peer-to-peer networking with over 1,500 CDI professionals, and the nation’s foremost CDI experts present more than 50 diverse sessions on the latest trends and cutting-edge techniques to enhance CDI programs.

For more information, visit http://hcmarketplace.com/9th-annual-acdis-conference or call 877-240-6586.

About the ACDIS Achievement Awards
The ACDIS Achievement Awards are designed to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the CDI field, who make a difference in the profession, or are outspoken advocates of CDI. For 2016, ACDIS will be recognizing four award recipients:

The CDI Professional of the Year award will honor an individual who stands out as a consummate representative of the best attributes of a CDI professional, and has served at least five years as a CDI professional.

The Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award will recognize an individual who has made significant achievements as a CDI professional in his or her facility or broader organization.

The Excellence in Provider Engagement award will honor a physician advisor, quality administrator, CDI/coding educator, or other leader who has made a substantive difference within his or her organization, or within the broader CDI/HIM/coding community, through enhancing medical staff understanding, collaboration, and engagement.

The Rookie of the Year award will recognize an individual who has served in the CDI profession less than two years, but has made a significant contribution in that time frame.

For more information, visit www.hcpro.com/acdis/contact_us.cfm?email_topic=award or call 877-240-6586.