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2011 FOuRTH annual COnFEREnCE

Hilton, located in the Walt disney World® Resort | Orlando, Fl april 7­8, 2011


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track 1: day One: Data Mining and Reporting day Two: ICD-10 track 2: New Initiatives and Ideas track 3: Clinical and Chart Review

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April 5­6, 2011--ICD-10 Basics Boot Camp® | April 6, 2011--The Physician Advisor's Role in CDI April 9, 2011--Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist Exam

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The 2011 Fourth annual aCdIS Conference continues the tradition of offering a diverse range of sessions on the latest trends and cutting-edge techniques to enhance CDI programs. See what your peers are doing in hands-on poster sessions--expanded this year based on enthusiastic reviews of last year's session. This is great way to network and share tools and ideas with other CDI professionals across the nation. You will learn program improvement techniques, expand your knowledge, and return to your facility recharged and with a new level of proficiency for continued success. Don't miss the awards luncheon on Day One when we introduce the 2011 CDI Professional of the Year and Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement winners.


· · · · Day Two track on ICD-10 Healthcare lawyer to discuss legal aspects of documentation and coding Practicing surgeons to discuss surgical complications and documentation local chapter networking opportunity during lunch on Day Two

Join aCDis for only $129 and save an additional $100 on your early-bird registration!


· · · · CDI specialists CDI managers/directors Coding compliance directors/managers HIM directors · · · · Coding compliance specialists DRG coordinators Inpatient coders Coding managers/supervisors · · · · Case management directors/managers Revenue cycle directors Physician champions/advisors to CDI Quality improvement professionals


· Develop strategies to improve physician participation in CDI programs · Create a plan to ensure Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) preparedness through CDI · Construct optimal techniques for medical record review and appropriate queries in traditional and severity of illness-based CDI programs · Modify existing CDI programs to include outpatient review and electronic health records processes · Apply greater clinical knowledge of complex diagnoses and conditions to strengthen physician queries · use data mining and reporting in your CDI program · Explain how CDI specialists can assist with documentation under Medicare Advantage and risk-adjusted payment methodologies · Develop policies for integrating physician champions and HIM/coding staff into CDI programs


Membership in ACDIS--the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists--offers great ideas and strategies for on the floor CDI specialists as well as managers of CDI departments, case managers, and physician advisors. Join the more than 2,000 members and benefit from the new ideas and initiatives developed to help you to run successful CDI programs and achieve professional growth.

Join aCdIS today for only $129 and save an additional $100 on your early bird conference registration!


ACDIS is proud to sponsor the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential, the certification designed by CDI specialists for CDI specialists. Hundreds of CDI professionals possess the CCDS. To learn more about the CCDS credential, visit the ACDIS Web site at and click on the certification tab.


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THERESa (TERRI) adEll, Rn, MS, CnRn, CCM, is a case manager/ clinical documentation specialist supervisor for Stony Brook university Hospital and Medical Center in NY. JaMIE BEnnETT is an assistant u.S. attorney with the united States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland. JanET kaSOFF, Rn, Edd, nEa-BC, BC, CPHQ, CPHIMS, is the project director for care management programs at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. andREW ROTHSCHIld, Md, MS, MPH, FaaP, CCdS, is an associate director in the Navigant Consulting healthcare practice in Austin, TX. ElIzaBETH kEnnEdy, Rn, BS, CCS, CCdS, is the associate director for the documentation improvement program at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. JaMES S. kEnnEdy, Md, CCS, is a director in the FTI Healthcare group of FTI's Corporate Finance practice in Brentwood, TN. TRICIa TRuSCOTT, MBa, RHIa, CHP, oversees the HIM department, CDI program, correspondence, transcription, coding and scanning at Carle Foundation Hospital in urbana, Il. kaTHy vERMOCH, MPH, is the project manager with the quality operations team for the university HealthSystem Consortium (uHC) in Oak Brook, Il. kaTHlEEn Wall, MS, RHIa, is a clinical documentation specialist with 3M Health Information Systems in St. Paul, MN.

PaMEla P. BEnSEn, Md, MS, FaCEP, is CEO of Medical Education Programs, Inc., in Buffalo Junction, VA.

ElIzaBETH BOnETTI, Rn, Ma, MS, is an account management manager with Dell Services Revenue Cycle Solutions and co-manages the revenue cycle at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in NY. MaRGI BROWn, RHIa, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CCdS, is an independent consultant working with several companies, including HCPro as an adjunct boot camp instructor. dOnald BuTlER, Rn, BSn, is the CDI manager at Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC.

adElaIdE M. la ROSa, Rn, BSn, CCdS, is the initiator, developer, and director of the CDI program at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY.

SHannOn MCCall, RHIa, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCdS, is the director of HIM and coding for HCPro, Inc., and an official ICD-10 educator through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). JOEl MOORHEad, Md, PHd, is associate medical director for FairCode Associates in Baltimore, MD.

alan E.WIllIaMSOn, Md, FaCS, is vice president of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA.

dIann WInGlER, Rn, oversees the concurrent documentation improvement program at Carle Foundation Hospital in urbana, Il.

dOnna WIlk CaRdIllO, Rn, our keynote speaker, is a leading expert in nursing career development, an author, and writes a daily online advice column for nurses and a monthly column for Nursing Spectrum. TRudy CaSTaGna, Rn, is the nurse liaison and CDI specialist for the hospitalist division of the Schumacher Group in lafayette, lA.

CaTHERInE MORRIS, Rn, MS, CCM, CMaC, is the executive director of care management and CDI program administrator at Stony Brook university Hospital and Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY. TRICIa nORTOn, Rn, BSn, CCdS, is the manager of the CDI program at Thomas Jefferson university Hospital in Philadelphia.

BRIan J. WInklEMan, Md, is director of bariatric surgery at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Il.

JEnS ("Jay") yaMBERT, Md, FaCP, FaCEP, is physician advisor and a member of the documentation improvement team at Carle Foundation Hospital in urbana, Il. JEnnIFER C.yanak, Rn, MSn, MBa, is a clinical documentation specialist at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Il.

kaTHy dEvaulT, RHIa, CCS, CCS-P, is a professional practice manager in the Practice Resources division of AHIMA in Chicago.

MICHaEl POWEll, Md, is a head and neck surgeon and a physician consultant with 3M Health Information Systems in St. Paul, MN.

WIllIaM E. HaIk, Md, is director of DRG Review, Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, Fl.

CaROlInE RadER, MBa, MS-HCa, is an associate director with Navigant Consulting's healthcare practice in Baltimore, MD.

nanCy RaE IGnaTOWICz, Rn, MBa, is the system manager of clinical documentation for Provena Health in Frankfort, Il.

WalkER l. ROBInSOn, Md, FaCS, FaaP, is physician advisor and a member of the documentation improvement team at Carle Foundation Hospital in urbana, Il.

Please visit the ACDIS Conference website at for complete faculty bios.

AGENDA Day One: Thursday, April 7

7:00­8:00 am 8:00­9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Position Yourself for Success: How you can increase your impact and expand your sphere of influence Donna Cardillo, MA, RN This empowering program explores all the things that clinical documentation specialists need to do to become vital players in a new healthcare market. It will provide you with tools that will help you to develop confidence, poise, and energy to face the future. 9:15­10:15 am GENERAl SESSION: legal aspects of CDI: A case study. Jamie Bennett, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Maryland leading vs. non-leading queries and compliant vs. non-compliant documentation improvement practices are often a matter of theory and debate--until decided in a court of law. Hear from the lawyer who prosecuted Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Maryland, which agreed to pay the united States $2.75 million to settle claims that it submitted false claims to federal health benefits programs over a 20 month period between July 1, 2005 and February 28, 2007. 10:15­10:45 am 10:45­11:45 am Networking break in exhibit hall BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three)

Data mining and reporting

TRaCk 1

Using data to recharge your CDi program Elizabeth Bonetti, RN, MA, MS Does your CDI program still have the momentum that it once did? This session will review a program that failed and later got a "new" beginning that has proven successful. The session will include the process of how to build consensus to re-start a program with a focus on getting physicians to "buy in" and using data to move the program forward. It will also share a review of data tools used for reporting the facility's financial and clinical data.

New initiatives and ideas

TRaCk 2

"stayin' alive" in today's healthcare market: Bettering your observed to expected mortality rates Terri Adell, RN, MS, CNRN, CCM; Catherine Morris, RN, MS, CCM, CMAC using case studies, this session will discuss how CDS's were able to reduce observed to expected mortality rates through better documentation of severity of illness, and how accurate data impacts hospital and physician report cards as well as financial reimbursement. It will describe methods used to identify opportunities for documentation improvement and share results/outcome data and expectations for the future. It will also explain how to develop a mortality review process, describe some of the differences in reviewing records for accurate coding vs. accurate risk of mortality; and present at least two pro-active interventions to ensure accurate documentation of SOI/ROM.

Clinical chart review

TRaCk 3

Point-counterpoint: Discussing differences in interpretation of clinical situations and coding guidelines Joel Moorhead, MD, PhD Physicians may differ in their interpretation of the same clinical findings. Coders may differ in their interpretation of clinical documentation with regard to coding guidelines. This session will discuss factors that may be responsible for different interpretations of clinical documentation, ways that CDI specialists can help to resolve differences when they occur, and taking advantage of the educational opportunities offered by differences of opinion.

12:00­1:30 pm 1:30­2:30 pm

Networking lunch and awards ceremony BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three)

Benchmarking CDi: a study of 37 academic medical centers Kathy A. Vermoch, MPH; Donald Butler, RN, BSN This session will present the findings, data, strategies, and metrics for a university HealthSystem Consortium (uHC) clinical documentation benchmarking study and improvement collaborative that included 37 academic medical centers. It will cover highlights of successful projects and take an in-depth look at the cardiothoracic surgery CDI initiative conducted by Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), including data mining and analysis, findings, action plan, results, and lessons learned. the impact of CDi on quality and safety initiatives in an academic medical center Tricia Norton, RN, BSN, CCDS This session will describe the interventions used by clinical documentation specialists in an academic medical center environment to impact certain quality initiatives, including National Hospital Quality Measures (NHQM), risk-adjusted mortality indices, readmission rates, lengthof-stay (lOS), hospital-acquired-conditions (HACs), and Patient Safety Indicators (PSI). The session will also provide potential pitfalls and best practices in concurrent NHQM abstraction, abbreviated abstract tools and NHQM-specific query stickers, a measurement of the program's current impact, and an evaluation of future goals. surgical complications in general surgery, bariatric surgery, and the endoscopy population Jennifer C. Yanak, RN, MSN, MBA; Brian J. Winkleman, MD A surgeon and a CDI specialist team up to discuss surgical complications in the general surgery, bariatric surgery, and endoscopy population, including what is expected vs. unexpected.Their presentation will include the importance of physician documentation linking post operative conditions; opportunities to capture documentation of acute blood loss anemia, malnutrition, wound infections, atalectasis, post operative ileus, and other post operative conditions; appropriate parameters, interventions, treatment, and timeframes, and other CC/MCC opportunities in the surgical arena.

2:30­3:00 pm 3:15­4:15 pm

Networking break in exhibit hall

BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three)

Using the "dashboard" to drive the CDi process Elizabeth Kennedy, RN, BS, CCS, CCDS; Janet Kasoff, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, BC, CPHQ, CPHIMS CDI specialists require decision support tools in order to organize daily workloads to maximize program effectiveness and operational productivity. learn how one organization with a mature CDI program partnered with IT to pose fact-based queries using clinical information derived from data mining. This session includes case scenarios demonstrating how data mining helps guide the CDI specialist's case review priorities. turn "What's in it for me?" into "What's in it for us?" Trudy Castagna, RN The huge elephant in the room when it comes to CDI is the question, "What's in it for me?" This session will help you realize the benefits of using E/M physician fee reimbursement to work synergistically with your CDI program. Participants will receive a grounding in the required documentation of the components of medical decision making, helping them open the door to a collaborative discussion with the physician on "What's in it for us?" a clinical review of the CC/MCC list William Haik, MD Recognizing complex diagnosis such as acute tubular necrosis with renal failure in the health record is a challenging part of any CDI specialists' job. learn to recognize clinical indicators and query opportunities from a physician with an active medical practice and over 25 years of experience in the CDI field. This session features fast-hitting highlights from the FY 2011 MS-DRGs CC/MCC list with associated clinical indicators.

4:15 pm


Day Two: Friday, April 8

7:00­8:00 am 8:00­9:00 am Continental Breakfast

BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three) TRaCk 1

iCD-10-CM/PCs . . . What's the impact on CDi? Kathy DeVault, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P With the increase in specificity in both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, the need for complete and comprehensive documentation becomes much more important than today. Clinical documentation specialists play a unique role in organizations by bridging the gap between the clinical world and the coding world. Presented by the lead from AHIMA's popular ICD-10 "train the trainer" series, this session will lay the groundwork for CDI professionals on appropriate ICD-10CM/PCS training in the new code sets, the associated guidelines, and set the stage for the documentation challenges that will result from this significant change.


New initiatives and ideas

TRaCk 2

getting down to the nitty-gritty with RaC, Qio, and other denials Margi Brown, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CCDS In an atmosphere of increasing auditor scrutiny, it's crucial to push documentation and coding issues back up to the front lines to the CDIs for solutions and prevention using the fullcircle approach for denial management.This session is not just spitting back the guidelines: using real life (de-identified) denial examples with documentation and coding specifics, it will walk participants through cases and explain how an effective CDI program can help with proactive prevention.

Clinical chart review

TRaCk 3

Dealing with difficult physicians and thorny query situations Pamela Bensen, MD, MS, FACEP One of the most difficult parts of any CDI specialists' job is dealing with difficult physicians. Presented by a physician, this scenario will role-play some problematic clinical situations and offer effective methods for clarifying documentation. It will also include best practices for working with reluctant physicians and helping to ensure their participation in your CDI program.

9:00­9:15 am 9:15­10:15 am

Networking break in exhibit hall BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three)

on your marks, get set, go: Prepare physicians and mid-level practitioners for iCD-10 Adelaide M. La Rosa, RN, BSN, CCDS In 2013 an entirely new and more detailed and extensive code set--ICD-10--will be unveiled nationally for physician practices and hospitals. The level of documentation specificity has expanded dramatically for every physician specialty. using a case study of a hospital that has already begun to train its physicians in ICD-10, this session will present an introduction for the CDI specialist on developing a timeline and educational program for their physicians and mid-level practitioners to prepare them for the increased demands of ICD-10. organizational definitions for common diseases: Why you need them and how to get them Tricia Truscott, RHIA, CHP; Diann Wingler, RN; Jens Yambert, MD; Walker Robinson, MD This session will cover one facility's struggle with defining specific diseases and conditions. learn how they established clinical definitions for diagnoses like acute renal failure and acute renal injury, helping CDI reviewers and coders to determine when and when not to query. Participants will walk away with best practices and lessons learned for establishing standardized definitions at their own facility that aid in RAC defense, increase quality and consistency of treatment, and decrease unnecessary queries of the program's current impact, and an evaluation of future goals. a review of Coding Clinic: CDi highlights James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS This session will review the highlights of the American Hospital Association's Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM, providing a special focus on those issues of greatest relevance to CDI specialists. long considered a publication for HIM/coding professionals only, this session will demonstrate the importance of Coding Clinic for the CDI profession. It will also provide important updates from the last year of issues, including principal diagnosis considerations and documentation improvement opportunities from a severity of illness/ risk of mortality perspective.

10:15­10:45 am Networking break in exhibit hall 10:45­11:45 am BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three)

CC/MCC lists: a comparison of iCD-9-CM to iCD-10-CM Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS This session will present a comparison between the current ICD-9-CM CC/MCC list and the draft ICD-10-CM CC/MCC list to determine areas where increased documentation will be necessary for the transition to ICD-10-CM on October 1, 2013. It will target diagnoses for CDI programs that wish to begin the process of obtaining additional documentation in the medical record in preparation for ICD-10. outpatient CDi:the new frontier? Caroline Rader, MBA, MS-HCA Hospital outpatient providers are at equal risk for the same poor documentation (and resulting coding and billing errors) as inpatient providers.Traditional CDI programs have mitigated these risks; however, the approach to a traditional CDI program doesn't neatly fit into the fast-paced outpatient environment. This session will review the basics of introducing outpatient CDI to a hospital facility and provide an understanding of how outpatient CDI differs from inpatient. using a case study it will offer a review of key indicators and sample workplans and staffing structures. expected event or surgical complication? a surgeon's perspective Alan E. Williamson, MD, FACS Today's physicians are faced with increasing scrutiny of their performance and documentation, both from hospitals seeking increased reimbursement as well as regulatory agencies, payers, and watchdog agencies. With increasing transparency and "Pay for Performance" initiatives, the physician is often faced with what can appear to be conflicting priorities--documentation of possible complications to improve reimbursement may have negative consequences on publicly reported outcome measures and ultimately on physician payment. Presented by a practicing surgeon with more than 18 years' experience in medical staff leadership and quality improvement, this session will explore some of these challenges from a physician's perspective.

12:00­1:30 pm 1:30­2:30 pm

lunch in the exhibit hall BREAKOuT SESSIONS (choose one of three)

iCD-10: addressing the top ten documentation issues Michael Powell, MD; Kathleen Wall, MS, RHIA Working to improve clinical documentation for ICD-10 should be the current focus of every hospital's ICD-10 transition plan. Early education will prepare physicians to capture more specificity in the patient record and help medical staff adjust documentation practices in advance of ICD-10 implementation. learn the top ten ICD-10 documentation issues that should be addressed in physician education. CoCoa: a multi-disciplinary collaboration to reduce haCs through appropriate documentation. Nancy Ignatowicz, RN, MBA This session will focus on CAuTI (catheter associated urinary tract infections) and CABSI (vascular catheter associated blood stream infections) infections. It will include a discussion of the coding rules versus the infectious disease criteria to determine when to report the condition as an infection and how to overcome discrepancies. It will also cover immediate and longterm financial impacts this data has on severity of illness, risk of mortality, third party contractual negotiations, and physician and hospital report cards.This session will also share process flow maps outlining one facility's guidelines for resolution to keep its DNFC (discharged not final coded) down. Physician queries: an effective and compliant method for success Andrew Rothschild, MD, MS, MPH, FAAP, CCDS Ever since the debut of the AHIMA physician query practice brief, many CDI specialists have wondered whether its added focus on compliance would hamper their effectiveness. This session provides practical advice for creating compliant and effective verbal and written physician queries. It will also provide updates on the latest compliance initiatives and RAC activity in the physician query arena.

2:45­3:45 pm 3:45 pm

Q&A panel discussion



HCPro ICd-10 Basics Boot Camp®

april 5­6, 2011

The biggest change to the coding industry is coming in October, 2013. It's time to start training your team now. This two-day intensive, custom-designed course will give you an introduction to the fundamentals of ICD-10 coding. You'll learn the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, understand major changes to official coding guidelines, and develop the confidence to tackle the new system.

note: You must provide your own copy of the current Ingenix ICd-10 manual, which is available from HCPro.


The Physician advisor's Role in CdI: a Collaborative approach for Success

april 6, 2011

This one-day seminar provides an in-depth session on the essential functions of the physician advisor and his or her successful integration with the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) department. Participants will walk away with a thorough grounding in the goals and objectives of a CDI program, definitions of problematic terms in ICD-9 and ICD-10 and solutions for resolving coding vs. clinical clashes, and strategies for promoting physician engagement.

Note: A program workbook will be provided at the seminar. The material will also be available online following the seminar.


· Introduction to ICD-10-CM - Historical Perspective ­ Why Do We Need ICD-10-CM? - Structural Differences in ICD-9-CM versus ICD-10-CM · ICD-10-CM Conventions/Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting - Placeholders - 7th characters - laterality - Excludes notes - Default codes - The "dash" (-) · Individual Exercises · ICD-10-CM Chapter Specific Coding · Introduction to ICD-10-PCS - Historical Perspective ­ Why Do We Need ICD-10-PCS? - Structural Differences in ICD-9-CM Volume 3 versus ICD-10-PCS - Review of ICD-10-PCS Coding Guidelines · ICD-10-PCS Procedure Coding - Overview of the Sections - Section 0 ­ Root Operations · Take Out Some or All of a Body Part · Take Out Solids/Gases from a Body Part · Put in/Put Back or Move Some/All of a Body Part · Alter the Diameter/Route of a Tubular Structure · Always Involve a Device · Involve Examination Only - Include Other Repairs - Include Other Objectives - Section 1 ­ Obstetrics - Overview of Ancillary Sections 2-9 and B-D and F-H - Exercises


7:00­8:00 am: Registration and continental breakfast 8:00­9:00 am: CDI foundations--What is clinical documentation improvement? · Foundations of ICD-9-CM · ICD-9-CM Official Coding Guidelines and Coding Clinic · Impending implementation of ICD-10 · use of coded data in physician and facility profiling, reimbursement, and credentialing · Differing DRG methodologies: MS-DRGs, APR-DRGs, and AP-DRGs · The role of the CDI process to clarify illegible, inconsistent, imprecise, conflicting, or unclear documentation. 9:00­10:30 am: A pathophysiologic approach to ICD-9/ICD-10 coding and DRG assignment 10:30­10:45 am: Break 10:45 am ­12:00 pm: A pathophysiologic approach to ICD-9/ICD-10 coding and DRG assignment (continued) · Includes definitions of most problematic terms and their handling in ICD-9/ICD-10 databases 12:00­1:30 pm: lunch on your own 1:30­2:30 pm: Ready, set, intervene! · A practicum in addressing common circumstances encountered in day-to-day CDI 2:30­2:45 pm: Afternoon break 2:45­3:30 pm: Systems development in CDI · Applications of CDI principles in the documentation infrastructure (EMRs, anesthesia notes) · Quality measurement and compliance concerns in CDI 3:30­4:00 pm: Position development and practical consideration: A panel discussion · Contract development · Getting paid · Time budgeting · Keeping up and networking · Credibility building and maintenance 4:00 pm: Adjourn


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Identify the differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM and PCS Explain the new structure for procedure coding for inpatient services Categorize procedures by root operation Master the use of ICD-10-PCS tables Identify the benefits of transitioning to ICD-10 Apply new conventions in the ICD-10-CM coding guidelines

· Explain the objectives and elements of a successful CDI program · Describe the most problematic terms in ICD-9 and ICD-10 and best practice for resolving coding vs. clinical disagreement · Construct optimal techniques for engaging physicians in a CDI program · Develop best practices for capturing documentation in the hospital's workflow · Develop methods for building credibility with medical staff and peers



Non-members: $995

ACDIS members: $795

ACDIS members: $595

Non-members: $695



SHannOn MCCall, RHIa, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCdS, is the director of HIM and coding for HCPro, Inc., and an official ICD-10 educator through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

JOnaH FOx, Md, MHa, is a director in the FTI Healthcare group of FTI's Corporate Finance practice and is based in Atlanta. JaMES S. kEnnEdy, Md, CCS, is a director in the FTI Healthcare group of FTI's Corporate Finance practice in Brentwood, TN. anGEla WORdEn, Rn, Ba, BS, is a Managing Director and Practice leader for the Clinical Documentation and Coding IntegrityTM division in the FTI Healthcare Division of FTI's Corporate Finance practice based in Atlanta, Georgia.


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For the discounted room rate, reservations must be made by March 11, 2011. Be sure to mention HCPro to receive the discounted room rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis and often sell out before the cutoff date. Make your hotel reservations immediately to guarantee rate and availability.

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What aCdIS attendees are saying . . .

"Our CDI program is home grown and the information and tips that we take away each year have helped us grow and have contributed to our success. Congratulations on a great year ... Can't wait until next year!"

~Kris Shocaroff, RN, St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, IN


Saturday, april 9, 2011

WHaT IS IT? The Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential is the recognized professional certification for CDI specialists. WHEn IS THE TEST? A paper-and-pencil administration will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Hilton, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando from 8:00­11:00 am. Registration begins at 7 am. Exams are also held at computerized testing centers nationwide. WHO IS ElIGIBlE? Candidates who wish to take the exam must meet general requirements and one of four specified routes. HOW dO I aPPly? Candidates must complete and submit an application form by March 18, 2011. Go to to learn about prerequisites or to apply. HOW MuCH IS IT? $295 for non-ACDIS members $255 for ACDIS members

"I have gone all 3 years. Overall the conference continues to improve every year! I continue to take away new pearls of wisdom every year."

~Colleen Stukenberg, RN, FHN, Forreston, Il

"First time I've attended the ACDIS conference and very glad I did. Great conference!"

~Ruthie Komprood, RHIA, Monroe Clinic, Browntown, WI

" Very informative conference in which the topics discussed, knowledge acquired and the ability to network with other attendees will only enhance my CDI program at my facility."

~lisa Camardo, RN, Forum Health-Northside Medical Center, Youngstown, OH

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~Robin Jones, RN, Mercy Hospital Fairfield, Fairfield, OH


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2011 FOuRTH annual COnFEREnCE

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faculty Disclosure HCPro, Inc., has a conflict-of-interest policy that requires course faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentation materials. It is not assumed that these financial interests or affiliations will have an adverse effect on faculty presentations; they are simply noted here to fully inform the participants. Cancellation policy 1. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing. Written cancellations received by HCPro, Inc. 30 days or more prior to the seminar are eligible for a refund, less a $200 cancellation fee. 2. Written cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the seminar date(s) are not eligible for refunds but are eligible for payment transfer (credit) to another HCPro, Inc. seminar (less the $200). The credit will be valid for up to 6 months from the date of the cancelled seminar. 3. Participant(s) who do not cancel in writing will be considered as "no shows" and will not be eligible for refunds/credits.

aDa We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling 800/650-6787. Continuing education Please visit us at for more information about continuing education credits that will be provided for these programs. for information about exhibiting, please contact an: ACDIS representative HCPro, Inc., 75 Sylvan Street, Suite A-101, Danvers, MA 01923 Telephone: 877/233-8828, Fax: 781/639-0529, E-mail: [email protected]



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