Untangling the Sepsis Web: Surviving Sepsis in 2019 - On-Demand

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Untangling the Sepsis Web: Surviving Sepsis in 2019 - On-Demand

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Presented on: Thursday, July 18, 2019 

Avaialbe ON-DEMAND

Presented by: 
Rhoda Chism, BSN, RN, CCDS, & Laura White, MHA

Each year, nearly 2 million adults develop sepsis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sheer volume of cases makes sepsis a common subject for CDI clarifications. However, confusing clinical definitions and coding rules complicate effective record review and query creation. Add in clinical validation audits and denials, and CDI professionals face a number of difficult decisions when clarifying sepsis-related records.

Join two recent ACDIS Conference speakers—Rhoda Chism, BSN, RN, CCDS, and Laura White, MHA—for an in-depth look at the various sepsis clinical definitions, coding requirements, and quality programs, and learn how The Medical Center at Bowling Green developed a sepsis clinical pathway to ease the confusion.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the changes in international sepsis definitions, particularly Sepsis-2 versus Sepsis-3
  • Understand hospital submission and abstraction requirements for core measure bundle SEP-1 compliance
  • Understand the current disconnect for hospitals when coding sepsis amidst the ongoing debate over sepsis definition and identification
  • Understand why physician documentation is important in receiving full reimbursement for sepsis inpatient care, given the debate
  • Adopt strategies to improve hospital SEP-1 performance and maximize sepsis reimbursement


  • Defining sepsis and understanding evidence-based care
    • The cost of sepsis care
    • Evolution of sepsis definitions over time
    • Surviving Sepsis Campaign treatment bundles
  • Coding and quality programs
    • CMS SEP-1 bundle
    • ICD-10 sepsis coding
    • Data abstraction
  • Physician, CDI, and coding opportunities
    • The Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for reporting sepsis
    • Clinical validation
    • Physician education opportunities
    • Denials management and appeals
    • Clinical case studies
  • Developing a sepsis pathway
    • Creating the team
    • EHR updates
    • Measuring outcomes and identifying opportunities
    • Integrating quality, coding, CDI, abstraction, and appeals teams


  • Sample queries


Who Should Listen?

  • CDI specialists
  • CDI managers/directors
  • HIM managers/directors
  • Inpatient coders
  • Physician advisors
  • Denial managers
  • Quality professionals

Meet the Speakers

Rhoda Chism

Rhoda Chism, BSN, RN, CCDS, is a CDI educator at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, Kentucky, having played an integral part in rolling out the CDI program in 2001. She has more than 30 years nursing experience with an extensive background in critical care, emergency care, case management, utilization review, and clinical documentation improvement. Chism serves as the CDI liaison for the hospital's Surviving Sepsis Campaign and heart failure management improvement project.


Laura White

Laura White, MHA, is a performance improvement engineer at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, Kentucky. With eight years of healthcare experience and five years focused on quality and performance improvement, White focuses on inpatient quality metrics. She acts as the liaison for the contracted abstraction teams and for clinical informatics on electronic health record updates. She collaborates daily with CDI and coding leaders and conducts one-on-one training with physicians. White has ongoing projects in registration operations, obstetrical safety, pressure ulcer prevention, psychiatric patient safety, and sepsis treatment, including serving as the co-chair on her organization’s Sepsis Pathway Committee.

Continuing Education

(Live + on-Demand) This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Ability to claim credits for this webcast expires on: 7/17/2020

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)
This program has been approved for 1.5 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).

National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI)
This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI), offered as a service of the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI).

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 1.5 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.



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