ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI Conference

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ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI Conference 

November 8-9, 2018  |  Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs™ Area

The ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI Conference features two days of education and networking dedicated to clinical documentation improvement (CDI) in the outpatient setting. Join us for this one-of-a-kind conference featuring two concurrent educational tracks of diverse sessions, including how to get started in the ambulatory setting, query techniques and nuances, metrics and analytics, staff training, and demonstrating return on investment.

Learn from your peers and the nation’s foremost outpatient CDI experts while you take advantage of a unique networking experience.

Topics include sessions on:

  • Building an outpatient CDI program
  • Risk adjustment: Common diagnoses often missed in outpatient documentation
  • Outpatient query practices: Building compliant queries
  • MACRA and MIPS: A look at physician quality and payments
  • Critical differences between inpatient vs. outpatient coding guidelines
  • How to teach physicians E/M—medical school did not
  • From inpatient to outpatient: Defining the different documentation, coding, and reimbursement requirements

Also included is a special “lightning round” ideas-sharing session and a dedicated Q&A panel to help answer your most pressing questions.

Who should attend?

  • Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists 
  • CDI managers/directors 
  • Coding compliance directors/managers 
  • Coding compliance specialists 
  • Outpatient coders 
  • Case management directors/ managers 
  • HIM directors 
  • Revenue cycle directors 
  • Physician champions/advisors to CDI 
  • Quality improvement professionals 
  • Coding managers/supervisors 
  • Chief medical officers 
  • Denials and appeals managers 
  • Compliance officers 
  • Chief financial officers

At the conclusion of the 2018 ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI Conference, you will be able to:

  • Develop strategies to begin or improve outpatient CDI programs
  • Modify existing CDI programs to include review of outpatient documentation and risk-adjusted methodologies such as HCCs
  • Design CDI education for physicians related to outpatient practice
  • Incorporate CDI data to track and report program progress and drive improvements
  • Recognize compliance risks in the query process

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ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI Conference 

Pre-Registration — Wednesday November 7, 2018

4:00 P.M.—6:00 P.M. Pre-Registration


Day 1 — Thursday, November 8, 2018

7:00 A.M.—8:00 A.M. Registration and continental breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00 A.M.—8:15 A.M. Introduction and welcome remarks
8:15 A.M.—9:15 A.M.

General Session: Keynote
It's Growing Season: A Fresh Way to Lead Change
Jones Laflin
You already know how things could go at this Symposium. You’ll get excited about all the fantastic ideas you glean from the education sessions and networking with your peers. You’ll leave with a renewed sense of purpose about outpatient CDI, knowing you will be equipped to lead change in amazing ways. But then reality comes roaring back when you go home, and you slowly return to just maintaining the status quo.

What if there was a way for things to be different this time? Our keynote speaker Jones Loflin says there is such a way: think like a gardener. And the best part is you only have to remember four words: Grow, Cultivate, Prune, and Harvest.

In this powerfully practical and engaging session, expect to learn a myriad of tips and strategies on how to move the ideas you get from the Symposium into reality once you return home, including getting others on board with your change efforts. Let’s get growing!

9:30 A.M.—10:30 A.M.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
How CDI and Coding Can Travel Together in the Outpatient Realm: Goals and Initiatives
Deanne Wilk, BSN, RN, CCDS, CCS, CMS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and Melissa Maguire, BSN, RN-BC
This session looks at how CDI and coding can work collaboratively and with their own initiatives in the outpatient realm. Covering both CDI and coding initiatives, it examines what to review and how to engage providers from both aspects to complete the documentation picture.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Thinking Outside the Box: Building an Effective and Sustainable Ambulatory CDI Program
Rebecca Willcutt, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC
Ambulatory CDI is truly a "new frontier" and the process for developing a mature and sustainable program is not well understood. It is critical to develop strict definitions of exactly what you want to accomplish and what problem(s) you are trying to solve using Ambulatory CDI. This session will trace the evolution of a successful ambulatory CDI program and provide strategies to implement at your own organization. We will also discuss how to ensure administrative support and provider engagement as well as the measurement of metrics to gauge success of your program.

 10:30 A.M.—11:00 A.M.  Networking and refreshment break—Exhibit Hall
 11:00 A.M.—12:00 P.M.  General Session: ACDIS Outpatient Position Paper (plus Q&A with ACDIS Advisory Board)
 12:00 P.M.—1:00 P.M.  Lunch provided—Exhibit Hall
 1:00 P.M.—2:00 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
Promoting Physician Buy In: Communicating Key Concepts
Laurie Prescott, RN-MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC
Physician engagement is a key component to a successful CDI program. In the high volume, fast paced environment of outpatient CDI, we must ensure our education is properly targeted and relevant. This presentation offers guidance in teaching strategies with a goal of fostering physician buy in and support of your CDI efforts.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Five Pillars for Building a Successful CDI Program in Emergency Services
Autumn Reiter, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10 Trainer
Getting CDI specialists involved at the point of entry in the emergency department (ED) provides important benefits to downstream documentation and coding accuracy. However, CDI programs in emergency services carry a unique set of challenges for everyone involved: CDI specialists, case managers, and physicians. These five strategies will position CDI directors to launch a successful documentation improvement initiative within their own emergency departments.

 2:00 P.M.—2:30 P.M.  Networking and refreshment break—Exhibit Hall
 2:30 P.M.—3:30 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
Is Reporting a Bad Thing? Complete Diagnosis Coding for OP/Provider Encounters
Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC
A new focus on accurate diagnosis coding in an outpatient environment has emerged leaving providers and coders constantly debating whether or not they should assign a diagnosis code for co-existing conditions. For some the perceived issue may be considered a time factor, lack of knowledge or a potential fear of inaccurate reimbursement. No matter the reason, please join us to explore how capturing diagnosis code data impacts reimbursement and data collections for all outpatient reimbursement methodologies.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Creating an Outpatient CDI Program Integrated into an Existing Inpatient CDI Program
Carrie Horn, MSHA, BBA, RN, CNOR, CCDS and Mary Carol Brouwer, MSHA, BSN, RN, CCDS
Find out how Spectrum Health created and sustained an outpatient CDI program with the collaboration of an inpatient CDI program. Hear the challenges of two different teams joining with one common goal for improving clinical documentation.

 3:45 P.M.—4:45 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
Is Your Outpatient Query Process Compliant?
Susanne M. Warford, MBA-HCM, Rn CCDS and Rita Field, BSN, RN, CCDS
Outpatient programs continue to grow and integrating queries into the outpatient process is still fairly new. There remain many questions regarding a compliant process. This presentation focuses on practical guidelines for writing a compliant query and developing a compliant process.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Development of Ambulatory CDI at Christiana Care Hospital
Susan A. Carrier, RN, BSN, MBA, CCDS, CPC and Karen Frosch, CCS, CCDS, CRC, CPHQ
Hear how Christiana Care Hospital developed a viable ambulatory CDI program from initial concept to the present day. Carrier shares their development timeline, analytics used, results to date, provider educational support materials, and the query templates used.

 4:45 P.M.—5:45 P.M.

Networking Reception—Exhibit Hall
Sponsored By: ScribeEMR



Day 2—Friday, November 9, 2018

7:00 A.M.—8:00 A.M. Continental breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00 A.M.—9:00 A.M. General Session: Lightning Round 
9:15 A.M.—10:15 A.M. 

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
Clinical Validation: Expanding Clinical Validation into Outpatient CDI
Tara Bell, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCM
This session provides obtain key information regarding clinical validation and industry standards for documentation. It assists seasoned CDI professionals in training others and providing education to providers as they embark on expanding essential requirements for compliant documentation.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Ambulatory CDI Data and Analytics on a Budget
Yvonne Whitley, RN, BSN, CPC, CRC, CDEO
Ambulatory CDI is a new frontier and it may be difficult to convince leadership of the need for a program when budgets are tight. If you are beginning to build your ambulatory CDI program, or are considering adding one, come hear how Novant Health has leveraged their available resources to provide the data and analytics leadership desires and developed a robust program with a five-year track record.

10:15 A.M.—10:45 A.M. Networking and refreshment break—Exhibit Hall
10:45 A.M.—11:00 A.M. Sponsored Session
11:15 A.M.—12:15 P.M.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
Claims Submission vs. RAPS Submission: Understanding the Difference
Sonia Trepina, MPA and Brett Senor, MD, CRC, CCDS
So often we wonder why numbers are not consistent from one analysis to the next. We assume that one of the analyses is wrong. Maybe the analyses are just different? If you are entering into a Medicare Advantage risk adjustment contract or have been in one for a while, it is important to be aware of the differences in the claims submission and the impact on the risk scores and data. Awareness is the first step to change! Understanding the differences in process and impact can help CDI teams understand how they can best support their organization on the journey of risk adjustment.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Two Worlds Collide: Integrating Inpatient and Outpatient CDI
Jessica Vaughn, RN, MSN, CCDS Melinda Matthews, RN, BSN, MHA, CCDS, CDIP, Sandra Love, RN, BSN, CCDS
The CDI program at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a pioneer in CDI and since its inception, nearly 20 years ago, the program has demonstrated national success in quality outcomes and revenue enhancement, while providing a focus on accurate, complete, and compliant documentation practices through integrated education and multidisciplinary partnerships. Under the same leadership, Wake’s outpatient program began more than three years ago and has become an innovator in industry initiatives, procedures, and outcomes. This session provides insight into the development of a successfully integrated CDI department and strategies to align outpatient objectives with inpatient objectives in meeting organizational goals.

12:15 P.M.—1:15 P.M. Lunch provided—Exhibit Hall
1:15 P.M.—2:15 P.M. 

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Clinical and Coding
Diabetic Complications: Diagnosis, Documentation, Coding, and Compliance
Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS
Participants will learn the diagnostic criteria for diabetic complications that constitute HCCs, documentation requirements, and coding. The Official Coding Guideline requirements for coding and reporting of outpatient diagnoses will be presented as well as CMS compliant billing and reimbursement.

Track 2: Management and Strategy
Meeting the Challenge of Provider Documentation in the Ambulatory Setting
Provider education is imperative to any CDI program and the unique dynamic that is ambulatory CDI makes educating the masses a challenge. Hear how Novant Health ambulatory CDI nurses educate providers, from initial interactions to maximizing each communication opportunity. Plus the impact of a 2017 CDI initiative around two HCC diagnoses. 

 2:15 P.M.—3:00 P.M.

Panel Session: Q&A, Takeaways, and Wrap Up

3:00 P.M. Adjourn


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Pricing Details:

  • Regular pricing for ACDIS: $805
  • Non-Members Regular pricing: $905

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Continuing Education Credit

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
HCPro is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

HCPro designates this educational activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
This program has been approved for 11 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for 11 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.

Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)
This program has been approved for 11 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 11 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

California Board of Registered Nursing
HCPro is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 13.2 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494.

Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)
This program has been submitted to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 11 clock hours.

National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
This program has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality for 11 continuing education credits.

Location Information

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - Disney Springs™ Area
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Hotel Website

  • Room rate $209/night 
  • Hotel cut-off date is Friday, October 12, 2018
  • Reservation Center: 1-800-782-4414 and reference the H3.Group-CDI and ACDIS Outpatient Symposium


Platinum Sponsor

Chartwise Medical Systems, Inc.

Gold Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

3M Health Information Systems



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