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2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

May 2 – 5, 2022 | Orlando, FL

Imagine the possibilities and join your CDI peers in Orlando May 2–5, 2022, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center!

There is something magical about the clinical documentation integrity (CDI) community: the way those working in the field leverage their clinical and coding knowledge to help improve the veracity of the medical record; the way they’re always quick to share their understanding; the way they step forward, so often, to offer a helping hand.

As we reconnect after the COVID-19 pandemic, we all need a little magic in our lives, and we all need to Imagine what might be in store for us professionally—in the most positive and the most practical light. So, we invite you to join us for Imagine: ACDIS 2022, our annual conference, taking place in Orlando, Florida, May 2–5, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center.

The ACDIS annual conference provides countless opportunities to engage personally and professionally with like-minded individuals across the healthcare spectrum. The educational offerings are unparalleled. The networking opportunities are extensive. Our exhibitors are waiting to share their national knowledge. The only necessary ingredient remaining is you. So, bring your imagination—your inherent curiosity, your drive to learn, your love for the work you do—and help us make this Imagine: ACDIS 2022 conference magical.

The 2022 conference brings you dozens of sessions across five tracks filled with educational information for all experience levels and backgrounds.

You also get access to an app that includes all session materials, a session planner, and unparalleled networking with your peers.

As always, ACDIS provides continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages during breaks, and an opening night reception, all included with registration.

New in 2022

There are more reasons than ever to attend ACDIS 2022! 

Imagine Dedicated Outpatient Content
If your practice area is outpatient CDI—or you want to expand into that setting—ACDIS 2022 has a whole track dedicated to issues relevant to CDI in outpatient settings, including guidance on getting started, how to set program focus, and analyzing metrics and outcomes.

Imagine Lessons to Help You Grow as a Professional
ACDIS 2022 features a track dedicated to professional development, including key sessions on personal growth, leadership strategies, and interpersonal management skills. Imagine how uncovering new communication tactics will help build team confidence. Discover how to boost your professional aspirations and uncover the potential of your CDI career. ACDIS 2022 is designed to supercharge your professional growth through sessions that explore employee retention and training, preventing burnout, and nurturing advanced staff.

Imagine Being Inspired by Our Lineup of Keynote Speakers
ACDIS 2022 can help you reset your priorities and prepare to tackle challenges with confidence. Take a look at our keynote lineup:

  • Everyday Improviser: Say Yes & Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities: You were built to make waves, live out loud, and take action in your life, says Day 1 Keynote Judi Holler. Yet most of us remain in our comfort zones because we’re afraid to take chances. Join us to learn how to break out.
  • Sepsis Transition Update: Hear from one of the country’s foremost authorities on sepsis who helped craft the Sepsis-2 and Sepsis-3 definitions: Mitchell M. Levy, MD, MCCM, FCCP.
  • Limitless: Diversity in STEAM from a Real-Life Guardian of the Galaxy: Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping Mars safe from the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is passionate about empowering organizations and others to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles. Listen as she conveys her successes through her life story and love of her work.

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

Learning Objectives

You will learn:

  • Understand key clinical indicators for common diagnoses necessary for effective query creation
  • Identify elements of compliant physician queries
  • Determine data elements necessary to ensure your CDI program’s return on investment
  • Define metrics to support physician education and engagement
  • Incorporate clinical validation and denials management into mature CDI program capabilities
  • Determine which quality of care elements your CDI program can best address
  • Identify CDI program measures to ensure staff productivity and professional growth
  • Explore new settings for CDI program growth and advancement


Who Should Attend:

  • Clinical documentation integrity specialists
  • CDI staff
  • Inpatient coders
  • CDI mangers/directors
  • HIM managers/directors
  • Case managers
  • Revenue integrity specialists
  • Chief financial officers
  • Chief medical officers
  • Physician advisors

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

Pre-Conference

The Physician Advisor’s Role in CDI

Sunday, May 1, 2022 — Monday, May 2, 2022
Join us for The Physician Advisor’s Role in CDI, the nation’s only event dedicated to the CDI physician advisor. Our most popular pre-conference event returns for its 11th straight year with new content delivered by some of the best physician advisors and educators in the country.


Outpatient CDI Expansion: Getting Started

Sunday, May 1, 2022 — Monday, May 2, 2022
During this two-day session, participants will learn about fundamental differences in coding systems, rules for applying different code sets, and documentation requirements affecting code assignment. On day 1 ACDIS’ own CDI Education Director Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, will help participants explore common documentation concerns seen in outpatient settings, assess necessary coding and clinical criteria, and address concerns related to compliant query practices.


Coding Essentials for Non-Coders

Sunday, May 1, 2022 — Monday, May 2, 2022
Designed with the CDI professional in mind, this course will arm you with critical coding skills by exploring the intricacies of accurate ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and MS-DRG assignment. Join Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, CCDS, CCDS-O, for this two-day preconference that will equip you with the fundamental coding knowledge that you need to bolster your skillset as CDI professional.

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

Agenda


Day 1 — Monday, May 2

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Pre-Registration

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening/Welcome Reception



Day 2 — Tuesday, May 3 (Purple & Orange Day)

Attendees are encouraged to wear ACDIS colors (purple and orange!) in celebration of the profession and to facilitate networking.

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks and ACDIS Update from Brian Murphy, ACDIS director

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session
Everyday Improviser: Say Yes & Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities!
Keynote speaker Judi Holler, best-selling author, improviser, and entrepreneur
You’re not on mute! You were built to make waves, live out loud, and take action. Yet most of us remain in our comfort zones because we are afraid of taking chances, which leads to loads of regret.

Fear isn’t something to be afraid of, and neither is failure. Both are incredible data streams that illuminate the path toward innovation, confidence, and collaboration. This interactive keynote will help participants use the experimental ideas from the improv theater and apply them to the unscripted stage of everyday life.

The improv mindset will build confidence in individuals and teams so they can turn obstacles into opportunities and remain flexible inside of disruption. Participants will learn how to identify the ways that fear shows up in their lives and embrace failure in order to maintain their forward momentum.

Yes, you are working in business, but you are also running a business: the business of YOU! When you start thinking like a CEO, you will begin to transform the quality of your life and your work.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
Mastering the Art of Difficult Conversations
Joan Peterson, vice president, master facilitator, and leadership coach at Bluepoint Leadership Development, a Simplify Compliance brand, in Brentwood, Tennessee
Everyone hates having difficult conversations. In this session, participants will learn how to constructively hold others accountable. Attendees will learn a process for overcoming the barriers to courageous conversations, gain tools for preparing for difficult conversations, and develop action plans for integrating these skills into everyday leadership interactions. This session focuses on the best practices that successful leaders use to raise, discuss, and resolve difficult emotion-evoking concerns.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
Coding Clinic & Official Coding Guidelines Updates
Katy Good, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCDS, manager of education services, and James Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, CEO at Enjoin in Collierville, Tennessee
Session participants will explore quintessential elements of CDI practices as speakers review recent updates to the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, American Hospital Association’s Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS, and other documentation and code assignment requirements.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
OIG Work Plan: A CDI-Focused Examination of Compliance Priorities
Leigh Poland, RHIA, CCS executive director at ASG Health in Washington, D.C.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) regularly focuses its auditing efforts on high-dollar, high-quantity clinical conditions at risk of being incorrectly documented and/or coded. Understanding the OIG focus areas can help CDI programs protect their organizations against compliance risk, educate providers, and conduct internal auditing to ensure their organizations do not become a post-payment statistic. Participants will learn the new, updated, and ongoing target areas applicable to Medicare Parts A and B that have been selected for elevated enforcement. New target areas will be specifically discussed, and attendees will walk away with recommendations for assessing and reducing post-payment risk associated with OIG target areas.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
Tips and Tricks for CDI Managers and Professionals: Forging Team Cohesion, From Basic to Advanced
Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCIP, CCDS, director of CDI and UM/CM at The Brundage Group in Tampa, Florida, and Judy Cassetty, RN, CCDS, clinical program manager at Iodine Software, LLC, in Austin, Texas
This session will explore CDI query opportunities and job responsibilities covering basic to advanced experience levels. During this session, participants will learn to see the medical record review as an investigative process and identify critical thinking tools to develop CDI skills. Participants will identify pitfalls related to CDI program scope and identify solutions in CDI workflow and metrics that tie into team cohesion, staff proficiency, and departmental mission to improve program outcomes.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Building an OP CDI Program: Where Do You Start?
Tamara Hicks, MHA, RN, CCS, CCDS, ACM-RN, CCDS-O, CDI director, and Sandra Love, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CPC, outpatient CDE manager at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist launched one of the first outpatient CDI programs in the country in 2015. Since then, the team has worked closely with primary care providers in the ambulatory clinics to optimize the capture of HCCs in the Medicare population. In the last year, they expanded efforts into seven specialty clinics. During this presentation, the first of two, participants will learn how Wake Forest built its outpatient CDI program. They’ll take home tools to develop their own outpatient workflows and focus outpatient CDI efforts for successful outcomes.

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
Assert Yourself
Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, CDI education director at HCPro, in Middleton, Massachusetts
No matter the message, assertive communication can help ensure that message gets received. In contrast to passive or aggressive communication, both of which can skew the emotional thrust of a message, assertive communication allows speakers to express themselves clearly among a group. CDI professionals need to hone these skills to successfully communicate with a wide range of stakeholders: fellow CDI staff, coders, physicians, and others. Join us to identify some well-crafted communication tips and tools to assert your best professional self.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
Coagulopathy: A Multidisciplinary Concern, Documentation Challenge, and Coding Complexity
Kelly Burns, CCS, education analyst, and Lynn Miller, DO, FACOS, director of education at Accuity in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
A true coagulopathy can manifest in multiple forms, from traumatic disseminated intravascular coagulation to thrombophilia in weight loss surgery to newborn coagulopathy. During this session, participants will obtain a basic understanding of pathways and various documentation patterns to help facilitate proper diagnosis capture, coding, and query generation.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Medicare Program Integrity and the Progressive Role of the Recovery Auditor
Sherry Goyal, MBA, MD, CPC-A, EPIC CDM-Certified, CRCS, revenue integrity analyst at Monument Health in Rapid City, South Dakota
This session will discuss the current and future endeavors of the Medicare Center for Program Integrity (CPI) and the role of Recovery Audit Contractors. Participants will learn about CPI’s goals and CDI specialists’ role in finding opportunities for improvement in the current clinical workflow. Come see how CDI can help ensure compliance requirements are met and reduce future revenue leakage.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
All Aboard! Practices to Promote a Positive Onboarding Experience
Patty King-Musser, DNP, RN, CCDS, senior director of CDI, and Wendy Baloga-Truschel, M.Ed, RN, regional CDI manager at Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, Pennsylvania
During this session, attendees will hear how Geisinger’s CDI program handled two waves of staff turnover and leveraged the challenge into an opportunity to educate and train new staff. Attendees will develop a comprehensive appreciation of onboarding and orienting new CDI staff to ensure individual and departmental success, obtain tips to ensure success of new staff, and identify practices to address challenges and promote positive onboarding experiences.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Annual Wellness Visits: Creating a Process Using CDI Specialists
Tamara Hicks, MHA, RN, CCS, CCDS, ACM-RN, CCDS-O, CDI director, and Sandra Love, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CPC, outpatient CDE manager at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Once you have a successful outpatient CDI program, where do you take it? At Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, the outpatient team recently piloted a process for helping primary care providers complete annual wellness visits in order to improve HCC capture for Medicare. In this presentation, participants will learn how to establish a pilot program, target outcomes, and expand their outpatient CDI scope.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
How to Hold Powerful Coaching Conversations
Joan Peterson, vice president, master facilitator, and leadership coach at Bluepoint Leadership Development, a Simplify Compliance brand, in Brentwood, Tennessee
Today’s successful leaders need to understand the motivation of their teams—as a unit and as individuals. They need to be able to coach and inspire staff to improve personal performance and organizational outcomes. In this session, participants will learn how to leverage every conversation into a coaching opportunity and obtain tips for creating an environment of trust and accountability.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
COUGH to Determine a Gram-Negative Pneumonia
Adriana Cecchini, MSN, RN, CIC, CDI specialist at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
Participants will learn to use the COUGH acronym—a fun and easy way to evaluate the diagnosis of pneumonia for possible query opportunity—when evaluating a case admitted with pneumonia. Additionally, attendees will learn about collaboration and query opportunities within their own organization along with rationale behind recommendations on selected diagnostic and treatment strategies for adult patients with Gram-negative pneumonia.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Understanding Risk Adjustment: Comparing Comorbidity Indices and Steps Toward Quality Improvements
Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, senior enterprise director for HIM, coding, and CDI at PeaceHealth in Portland, Oregon, and Cheryl Manchenton, RN, CCDS, CPHM, senior inpatient consultant/project manager at 3M Health Information Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah
Understanding how comorbidity indices are used to measure the likelihood of adverse events such as readmissions and mortality is essential for risk adjustment. This session will compare the various comorbidity indices, emphasizing the importance of accurate present on admission assignment and the criteria for each index. PeaceHealth will share its challenges with various risk-adjusted methods to improve the reflection of quality and describe how the lack of transparency into Elixhauser diagnoses and other conditions posed a challenge with external quality ratings. Participants will learn how to harvest opportunities for increased capture rates, improve observed-to-expected mortality ratios, and leverage technology for code sequencing and worklist enhancements.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
Leadership: The Highs and Lows of Developing and Retaining an Exceptional CDI Team
Alison L. Bowlick, MHA, BSN, RN, CCDS, CRCR, AVP, CDI director at Ensemble Health Partners in Toledo, Ohio
Do you ever wonder what it really takes to not only lead a team, but keep them engaged in an ever-growing field of healthcare and CDI? From interviewing to onboarding to growing a successful tenured team, this session will offer insight for both new and established leaders to promote the best of the best. Participants will also dig deep into solutions on programmatic challenges such as associate accountability, setting expectations, tracking and trending performance, and developing an action plan for underperforming staff.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Outpatient CDI Metrics and Management on a Shoestring Budget
Lori LaFaver, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDI director, and Barbi Kantner, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, lead CDI outpatient specialist at Tower Health System in West Reading, Pennsylvania
How do you start an outpatient CDI program without dedicated financial resources? This session will demonstrate how to identify the goals of your program, leverage your EHR to create workflows, develop processes for reviewing patient encounters prospectively and retrospectively, and implement a prospective and retrospective query process with providers. Measuring the success of an outpatient CDI program is vital to obtaining and maintaining administrative support. To do this, your program needs key performance indicators (KPI) that appropriately reflect its success and workload. This session will help identify relevant KPIs to use in this endeavor.

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
Documentation Accuracy: Defining Quality as Process or an Outcome
Deb Jones, MSN, RN, director of CDI at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and Fran Jurcak, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, chief clinical strategist at Iodine Software in Austin, Texas
The challenges of managing a CDI program are not isolated to the CDI department. There is a trickle-down effect that impacts not only financial reimbursement, but also quality outcomes. Does the solution lie in the quality outcome or the documentation process? If you can minimize documentation leakage, can you achieve documentation accuracy that results in accurate quality reporting? Even high-functioning CDI teams can have documentation leakage that results in lost revenue or inaccurate quality reporting. In this session, participants will identify ways to minimize leakage through attention to process over outcomes and develop solutions to maximize documentation accuracy.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
Why All the Confusion? The Fallacy of ICU Delirium
Merle Zuel, RN, CCDS, CDI advisor at VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and Vajeeha Sadi-Ali, MD, physician advisor for CDI at South Texas VA Healthcare System, Audie Murphy Campus, in San Antonio, Texas
ICU delirium is a fantasy diagnosis that only exists in the mind of the writer. So why do providers insist on using it? Because they believe delirium and encephalopathy are interchangeable—but in terms of ICD-10-CM, they are not. An acute encephalopathy diagnosis would be supported by the same clinical indicators many providers label as “ICU delirium” or “delirium NOS.” Participants will learn various terminologies that better describe the patient’s clinical condition, how to distinguish clinical indicators and formulate queries more confidently. Don’t undersell your organization’s SOI/ROM by invoking a psychiatric rather than a neurological diagnosis—join this session to discover the difference.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Under the Microscope: The Focus Shift With Value-Based Purchasing
Sonja Racke, RN, CPC, BSBM, director of CDI at Ensemble Health Partners in Fort Wright, Kentucky
CMS has made drastic changes to the healthcare reimbursement system in the past 40 years. The focus of those changes is to reimburse for hospital systems that are efficient in their utilization of resources, holistically focused, and providing optimized outcomes in patient care. As a result, the medical record is now under a high-powered microscope of payer scrutiny. Learn how (and why) CDI programs must shift their focus from the limited magnification of revenue to a broader lens that captures an encompassing picture of an admission.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
A CDI Career Ladder: Encouraging Professional Development and Growing Leadership From Within
Leyna Belcher, MSN, RN, CCDS, enterprise system CDI educator, Dawn Diven, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCDS-O, enterprise system CDI director, and Tonya Demyon, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CDI manager at West Virginia University Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia
Learn how to harness your CDI team’s inherent curiosity to encourage professional growth and advance your CDI program’s efforts. Participants will learn tools to energize the CDI staff into owning their actions, work toward program advancement, and achieve buy-in for success.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Why Risk It All? Creating a Multidisciplinary Ambulatory CDI Program for a Fee-for-Service–Driven Academic Medical Center
Tricia McDonough, MS, RN-BC, CCDS, CDI specialist, and Sarah Kirchofer, NP, CDI specialist at Mass General Brigham in Boston, Massachusetts
After more than a year and half of projecting potential return on investment for risk capture in shared savings contracts, identifying the links to quality measures, and raising awareness of the need to decrease documentation fatigue for providers, the CDI team at Mass General Brigham created a pilot program to support primary care's redesign for value-based care. Participants will learn how risk capture—through appropriate, specific documentation and coding—represents a critical component of improving measures related to value-based care. Attendees will understand the core groundwork elements needed to help close the covered lives gap and to create an education platform based on identified trends and bidirectional feedback, as well as how to take an expansion brainchild from concept to pilot to enterprise-level endeavor.

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Special Session
The ACDIS/AHIMA Compliant CDI Technology Standards
Steven Griffin, DNP, RN, CCM, CCDS, senior director of CDI at Ascension Health in St. Louis, Missouri
Join this exciting session outlining new recommendations from committee members who crafted a joint release from ACDIS and AHIMA related to the use of technology in CDI and coding query efforts. This panel will offer information on the variety of technology that is available today, strategies on assessing compliance with CDI and coding practice guidelines, and methods for creating synergy between CDI, coding teams, and novel technological solutions.



Day 3 — Wednesday, May 4 (State Pride Day)

Attendees are encouraged to wear sports jerseys or other clothing symbolizing their home state to make it easier to connect with other CDI professionals in their geographic proximity to facilitate networking.

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
General Session
ACDIS Achievement Awards
Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, CDI education director at HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts
Come celebrate the 2022 winners of the ACDIS Achievement Awards and learn how these amazing individuals were able to step forward and not only advance their careers, but help their organizations and the larger profession along the way.

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
General Session
Talking CDI! (No Punches Pulled)
Join Brian Murphy, director of ACDIS and host of the ACDIS Podcast: Talking CDI, as he interviews three panelists for an honest assessment of the state of the CDI profession. Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, trauma surgeon, surgical intensivist, medical director of CDI, and associate chief medical officer at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, Kelli Hill, RN, CCDS, BSN, ACM-RN, system CDI manager at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, and Christopher Petrilli, MD, SFHM, CCDS, medical director of CDI and hospitalist at NYU Langone Health in New York City, will discuss the strengths and limitations of present-day CDI, the promises and threats of advanced technology, why CDI fails in some organizations and succeeds in others, and how the profession needs to evolve to stay relevant in an environment increasingly dominated by value-based reimbursement.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
CDI and UR: Collaboration for Success
Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, CDI education director, and Kimberly A. Hoy, JD, CPC, director of Medicare and compliance at HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts
CDI and utilization review (UR) professionals often work in parallel universes—universes that can conflict when intersecting priorities aren’t met with effective collaboration. Although each department approaches record reviews differently, they both work closely with providers, who may be left confused if CDI tells them one thing and UR tells them another. Participants will learn how working to align CDI and UR benefits everyone.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
Sepsis Coding and Documentation Perspectives
Rhoda Chism, RN, CCDS, CCS, manager of CDI audit and education at Steward Healthcare in Dallas, Texas, Sheila Duhon, MBA, RN, CCDS, A-CCRN, CCS, CDI director at Steward Healthcare, Cindy Hestir, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDI specialist at University of Missouri (Columbia) Healthcare System, and Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, hospital coding educator at SSM Health in St. Louis, Missouri
Attendees will delve into the coding and documentation nuances of sepsis, examine applicable Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and Coding Clinic guidance, and appreciate how present on admission indicators affect patient safety data. Learn how sepsis definitions have evolved, explore clinical considerations related to quality-of-care measures, and identify opportunities for clinical validation, managing denials, and appeal opportunities. Using sample queries and case examples, participants will gain tips for effective query construction and take-home tools for physician education.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Optimizing AMI Quality Metrics and 2022 Updates
Hassan Rao, MD, practicing hospitalist at Denver Health in Denver, Colorado, and physician advisor at The Brundage Group in Tampa, Florida
This session will review CMS AMI quality metrics with a specific focus on optimizing mortality and readmission metrics. Each year there are slight nuances and updates to these metrics, and participants will review the updates for 2022. There are several strategies and lessons to be learned from the documentation, provider education, and coding perspectives.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
We Survived a Cyberattack...In a Pandemic! Preparation Lessons for Your CDI Program
Courtney Spangler, RN, CCDS, CCS, CDI educator, and Catherine Testerman, CCDS, CCS, EMT, manager of CDI and coding at Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) in Towson, Maryland
In December 2020, Greater Baltimore Medical Center found themselves in the crosshairs of a cyberattack. The organization had to ensure patient and staff safety while deciphering the best tactics for EHR redeployment, all in the middle of a COVID-19 census surge. Learn how the coding and CDI department adapted to alternate roles and overcame their backlog after a month-long downtime. Participants will learn how to prepare for a number of potential disasters by applying simple lessons learned through the speakers’ experience.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Risky Business: Introduction to Risk Adjustment
Ashley Comiskey, MSN, RN, CCDS, quality director at Baptist Health in Paducah, Kentucky
During this session, participants will learn the basics of value-based care in the outpatient and inpatient settings, including the HCC risk adjustment methodology. With CMS shifting its focus from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, risk adjustment of patient populations is essential for the financial success of organizations and providers.

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Networking Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Breakout Session

Track 1: CDI Master Class
The Best of Both Worlds: Leveraging CDI and UR for Status Assignment, Denial Prevention, and Appeals
Alyce Reavis, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDI specialist, and Debra Runkle, RN, CDI specialist at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
In this session, participants will learn strategies to implement a collaborative effort between CDI and utilization review (UR) to secure status assignment, prove medical necessity, and establish proactive steps to prevent denials. Learn how to distinguish between InterQual® and Milliman Care Guidelines for inpatient admission criteria and take home real-world lessons from case study examples on achieving collaboration between these two vital departments.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
To the Heart of the Matter: Congestive Heart Failure Clinical Indicators for Documentation and Coding Accuracy
Andrea Rush, RN, CCDS, CDI specialist at Baylor, Scott, and White in Dallas, Texas
This presentation will take an in-depth look at congestive heart failure clinical indicators, including anatomy and physiology of heart failure and underlying conditions that cause heart failure. Participants will examine documentation considerations related to acuity, specificity, and etiology, as well as special considerations, coding guideline quirks, and conditions that may affect principal and secondary diagnosis assignment. Attendees will look at a variety of case study examples to better comprehend how to interrogate the medical record and compose compliant queries physicians can understand.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Clinical Quality Value Index: Advancing CDI in Clinical Quality
Deanne Wilk, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, manager of CDI at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania
During this session, participants will learn how to advance CDI efforts into quality care assurance and quality measure clarifications.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
Getting Back to Grass Roots: How to Maintain CDI Critical Thinking in an AI/NLP Environment
Kristie Alexander, RN, CCDS, CDI manager, and Jacqueline Melsha, MBA-HM, RN, RHIA, CCDS, CDI analyst at Texas Health in Arlington, Texas
Artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) have the potential to increase CDI workflow and performance. But are CDI staff using them to supplement team efforts, or have we allowed these tools to take the steering wheel while leaving CDI critical thinking skills in the back seat? How can programs ensure that critical thinking is not lost while incorporating tools designed to increase our efficiency, workflow, and performance? During this session, participants will learn the importance of maintaining strong critical thinking principles in chart review, the dangers of relying completely on AI, and how to blend critical thinking and AI to achieve excellent CDI results.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Managing HCCs for Better Capture of Chronic Conditions and Improved RAF Scores
Tonya Motsinger, MBA, RN, CDI system director at Ohio Health in Columbus, Ohio
In this case-study session, participants will learn best practices for implementing an HCC management program with outpatient CDI as its foundation. Attendees will obtain firsthand lessons learned and recommendations for achieving the goals of improved HCC capture and more accurate risk adjustment factor (RAF) scores. During this session, attendees will learn how an effort to capture a complete diagnostic profile for every patient—including a pre-visit review process, proactive provider engagement, staff education, process redesign, and technology tools—helped create an outpatient CDI workflow that prioritizes patient record reviews based on gaps in patient risk scores.

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (Provided)

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
Engaging Physicians Proactively With AI-Powered CDI
Tami McMasters Gomez, BS, CCDS, CDIP, CCS-P, director of coding and CDI services, and Dana Burnap, lead CDI at UC Davis Health in Davis, California
Building a gold-standard CDI program is fraught with challenges. At UC Davis Health, however, implementing an advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) system helped its CDI team streamline workflows, letting physicians focus on patient-centered care. After implementing AI and NLP in 2020, the team extended its strategy to HCC management and outpatient CDI in 2021. During this session, participants will learn from the UC Davis team how to engage physicians and tailor AI to improve CDI outcome measures.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
Acute Kidney Injury: Developing Dashboards for Early Identification and Validation
Stacy Reck, MBA, RHIA, CDIP, CDI/UR director, Clarissa Barnes, MD, FACP, physician advisor, and David Balt, DO, system physician advisor for CDI/UR at Avera Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is an often-underreported diagnosis. Participants will learn how the Avera CDI team partnered with its clinical intelligence staff to produce a real-time AKI dashboard. The tool helps identify patients who meet AKI clinical criteria using current admission data, cross-visit labs from transferring facilities, or information from clinics within the Avera system. Attendees will learn how this tool allows for real-time validation of AKI as well as the ability to pose a provider query when clinical indicators support impaired kidney function. Through this case study, participants will obtain take-home tips on implementing such efforts at their own facilities.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
The Joint Commission PC06 Newborn Quality Measure: How to Improve Your Hospital Rate
Yasmeen Daud, MD, pediatric hospitalist at St. Louis (Missouri) Children’s Hospital
This session will take a deep dive into explaining The Joint Commission’s newborn quality measure as it relates to unexpected outcomes in otherwise healthy, full-term newborns—now a publicly reported Joint Commission data set. As maternal and newborn health have come to the forefront, hospitals must be aware of the quality measures that reflect care within their institution. Attendees will receive a thorough overview of the measure, along with inclusion and exclusion criteria, and get a hands-on look at newborn records to outline documentation and coding opportunities to accurately reflect the true PC06 rates.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
The Team Approach to Denials: The Best Defense Is a Good Offense
Christi Drum, RN, CCDS, CCS, clinical validation and coding appeals team lead, and Garnette McLaughlin, DBA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CHDA, CHPS, CICA, senior director of strategic operations and compliance officer at Intersect Healthcare in Towson, Maryland
Healthcare entities tend to compartmentalize job duties, unknowingly creating silos and closing off workflows and processes. The same holds true for management of denials and appeals, typically seen as a post-billing issue that can be tasked to an independent department or entity. However, the best approach to successful denials/appeals management is proactive, incorporating a multidisciplinary team focusing on a solid educational foundation, robust prevention tactics, and a well-developed process for data analysis.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Alternative Payment Models (APMs): Oncology and CDI
Beth Wolf, MD, CPC, CCDS, medical director of HIM at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina
The Oncology Care Model, a five-year project (2016–2021) initiated by CMS, aimed to reduce the cost of cancer care while improving quality and patient outcomes. In APMs, physicians not only have an opportunity to share in cost savings, but they are actually paid based on risk adjustment. Documentation specialists who partner with these motivated physicians are paving the way for much-needed CDI expansion into the outpatient and performance-based payment arena.

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break & Exhibit Hall Finale

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
The Heavyweight: Using a Physician Advisor/Champion to Knock Out Your CDI/Coding Struggles
Juliet Ugarte Hopkins, MD, CHCQM-PHYADV, FABQAURP, physician advisor for case management, utilization, and CDI at ProHealth Care, Inc. in Wisconsin
Despite continuous demands imposed on hospitals and health systems—value-based care, regulatory compliance, and clinical validation—providers remain reluctant to consider any concepts outside the fundamental “practice of medicine.” Consistently turning a blind eye to the business of medicine, however, can be disastrous. Participants will explore how physician advisors can closely collaborate with CDI and coding teams to ensure important messages get through to the medical staff in a way they can understand, appreciate, and put into action.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
COVID-19: Clinical Manifestations
Emmel Golden, MD, FCCP, chief clinical officer at Enjoin in Eads, Tennessee
During this session, participants will learn clinical indicators for common manifestations, as well as acute and post-COVID-19 complications from respiratory illnesses such as viral pneumonia—the most common secondary diagnosis in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Attendees will learn how to recognize the long-term sequelae seen in patients following COVID-19 infections and appreciate the role of CDI and coding in creating the data that illustrates how COVID-19 is affecting hospitalized patients.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Regulatory Cafe: ICD-10-CM and FY 2023 IPPS Proposed Rules
Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CDI education specialist at HCPro/ACDIS in Middleton, Massachusetts and Kay Piper, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, inpatient coding educator at SSM Health System in St. Louis, Missouri
This session will review proposals for new and revised ICD-10-CM/PCS codes presented at the CMS/NCHS ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meetings in March 2022, as well as CDI implications of the CMS FY 2023 IPPS proposed rule. Co-chairwomen of the ACDIS Regulatory Committee will share information related to the group’s most recent outreach efforts on behalf of the CDI industry and ACDIS community. They will also outline ways CDI programs and professionals can affect government proposals and implementation plans.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
Data as a Catalyst to CDI Program Performance and Physician Engagement: A Four-Step Approach
Carrie Willmer, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CDI director at SCL Health in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Kaycie LeSage, MSHCM, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, performance outcomes manager at 3M Health Information Systems in New Orleans, Louisiana
In this presentation, attendees will hear how SCL Health leveraged claims data to conduct an in-depth CDI performance reporting and analysis. Participants will learn how SCL Health created a targeted strategy to then engage and educate physicians in a four-step data-driven approach focused on key outcomes, early wins, expansion to all payers, and increased commitment from leadership.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Supporting MDM Under the 2021 E/M Guidelines for Office Visits
Betty Hovey, CCS-P, CDIP, CPC, COC, CPMA, CPCD, CPB, CPC-I, senior consultant at Compliant Health Care Solutions in Port Charlotte, Florida
On January 1, 2021, the AMA made the first big changes to evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines and codes in decades. CDI professionals need to have a deep understanding of how documentation from physicians and other qualified healthcare professionals has had to change to keep up. In this session, attendees will take a look at real documentation examples to see the good, the bad, and the compliant.

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Special Session
Expanding Diversity in CDI Efforts
Join members of the ACDIS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force for a panel discussion about diversity and its place in CDI. The panel will discuss the work the task force has accomplished since its inception, share case studies and experiences highlighting best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion, illustrate how organizations can grow in the area of diversity and inclusion, and showcase lessons from the 2021 and 2022 Diversity in CDI award winners.



Day 4 — Thursday, May 5

7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Session
Limitless: Diversity in STEAM From a Real-Life Guardian of the Galaxy
Moogega Cooper, MD
Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with its highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021. Her work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could be habitable for humans and ensure that we don’t harm what’s already there—a job she has been working up to for most of her life.

Moo is passionate about empowering organizations and others to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles, which she articulately conveys through her life story and love of her work.  A role model for women in science and technology, she is also passionate about introducing more people to the wonders of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) world, including by talking about her work to children from underrepresented communities and appearing on shows like “Because Space” and “Bill Nye Saves the World.”

Moo inspires others with her love of STEAM, her personal journey and the obstacles she overcame, and her fascinating tales of what it’s like to be a real-life guardian of the galaxy. She also shares how important it is for people from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of leaders in the fields of science and technology. 

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: How Payers Use Your Documentation and Claims Data
Virginia (Jennie) Bryan, MBA, RHIA, CCS, director of consulting services at CGI in Louisville, Kentucky, and Leah N. Savage, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDI auditor/educator at Baptist Health in Louisville, Kentucky
Payers leverage claims and other data to identify potential errors but organizations can use this same information to turn the tables and prevent claims denials and improve processes. During this session, participants will learn not only how to identify certain data elements but how to turn that information into actions for CDI efforts.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
Updates in Challenging Pediatric Diagnoses: Kawasaki Disease, MIS-C, Heart Failure, and Immunodeficiency
Amy Sanderson, MD, physician advisor at Boston (Massachusetts) Children's Hospital, Lucinda Lo, MD, physician advisor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and Sheilah Snyder, MD, physician advisor at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska
Do you know how to distinguish between Kawasaki disease and MIS-C? And when does COVID-19 become MIS-C? Come hear answers to these questions, learn about the clinical aspects of challenging pediatric diagnoses, and get recommendations for query opportunities from three experienced pediatric physician advisors. Other hot topics will include heart failure and immunodeficiency.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Bridging the Gap Between Quality and CDI
Loni Johnston, RN, MSN, CDI division director at Optum360 in Santa Maria, California, and Tamra O'Bryan, MHA, RHIA, CPHQ, at CommonSpirit Health in Redding, California
Collaboration between CDI and quality teams is essential in helping to ensure the correct capture and reporting of quality events. This session will include tips on querying, the importance of correctly capturing hospital-acquired conditions and Patient Safety Indicators, and tools to effectively identify and manage potential quality events.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
Shifting Gears: The Value of Concurrent CDI Audits
Shawn MacPhee, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, corporate director of CDI at McLaren Health Care in Grand Blanc, Michigan
Examine the benefits of shifting from retrospective, post-bill CDI educational audits to a concurrent pre-bill model in this case study discussion. Attendees will learn how McLaren Health Care has been able to capture real-time education and feedback to enhance CDI development and program performance metrics through focused, concurrent CDI audits.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
Capturing Severity in the Outpatient Setting
Sue Egan, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CEDC, associate director, and Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCS, CRC, CCDS, managing consultant at Guidehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina
What is the current state of outpatient landscape? During this session, participants will understand how the outpatient CDI landscape continues to expand through technological advances, telehealth-specific efforts spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic, social determinants of health, and changes in E/M code assignment rules and regulations. Attendees will learn how outpatient programs are growing and adapting to meet these needs in 2022 and beyond.

10:15 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Networking Break

10:35 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: CDI Master Class
Upskilling: The Importance of Bots and Bodies in CDI
Andres Jimenez, MD, MS.Ed, MBA, MS, chief medical informatics officer at CorroHealth in Centerport, New York
During this session, participants will learn the importance of tech enablement, its progression in the industry, and its importance for easing the burdens and time consumptions that come with documentation. Additionally, Jimenez will focus on the importance of upskilling, behavioral changes, and improving CDI education opportunities.

Track 2: Clinical & Coding
794 or 795: Identifying Complicating Factors in Newborns and Neonates
Glen Nielson, MSN, RN, CDI consultant at Optum360 in Chandler, Arizona, and Heather Sandstrom-Schipma, RN, CDI specialist at Dignity Health-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona
Denial prevention has become a paramount strategy within CDI practice, with a lot of attention toward adult DRGs. But what about the realm of newborns and neonates? Caring for a newborn with complicating factors frequently requires additional hospital days, plus more monitoring and consumption of resources. MS-DRGs include representation for this increased complexity with a move from DRG 795 (normal newborn) to DRG 794 (neonate with other complicating factors), but it is often targeted by insurers for downgrade because it represents an 800% payment increase. This presentation will focus on how 795 can become 794 and how it can solidly remain there with the support of clinical knowledge, coding, and denials.

Track 3: Quality & Regulatory
Break Down Those Silos! Creating a Collaborative CDI, Quality Management, and Provider Leadership Team for Harm and Mortality Reviews
Mary Alice Dewees, RN, CCDS, CRC, CDI manager, and Padmanabhan Premkumar, MD, CDI medical director at Hartford (Connecticut) HealthCare System
Organizations can feel like they are in a “push and pull” situation dealing with multiple workflows and competing priorities—particularly when it comes to quality and CDI efforts. During this session, participants will learn how Hartford Healthcare broke down those siloed workflows to create a collaborative team of CDI, coding, quality management, physician leaders, infection prevention, and specialty department chiefs all working in the same direction to improve harm and mortality metrics. Attendees will get real-life tips on how to bring a team together, obtain insight into specific case study examples of collaborative processes, and identify CDI query opportunities. Learn how to break down those silos to improve patient safety and get it right for the patient.

Track 4: Management & Program Development
There’s No Place Like Home: Remote CDI
Autumn Reiter, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, vice president of CDI services at CorroHealth in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Laura J. Werner, DC, RN, BA, BSN, MSN-ed, CDIP, CSS, senior director of CDI at Huron Consulting Group serving Adventist Health
During this session, speakers will address multiple facets of remote work, including general management, privacy issues, communication, virtual meeting participation, time management, self-motivation, and stress reduction. Attendees, both managers and remote workers, will obtain pearls of wisdom to ensure home-office success.

Track 5: Outpatient & Expanded Settings
HCCs, Queries, and the Meteoric Rise of Telemedicine Encounters
Mary Rogers, CCDS-O, CCS, CRC, COC, CPC, CDI provider practices supervisor, and Patricia Swierczynski, RN, CCDS, CRC, CCDS-O, CDI specialist II at Cooper University Health Care in Camden, New Jersey
In recent history, telemedicine has moved from a small caption on a back-page photo to the proverbial front page. The surge of telemedicine in the ambulatory sector still needs documentation reinforcement, including the crucial need to capture HCCs appropriately. Learn how coding queries can elicit opportunities to educate and engage the provider, particularly in the telemedicine setting.

11:35 a.m.
Conference Adjourns


— Agenda subject to change —

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

Keynote

ACDIS 2022: Get inspired and imagine the possibilities with our lineup of keynote speakers

Judi Holler

Everyday Improviser: Say Yes & Turn Obstacles Into Opportunities
Day 1 — May 3, 2022

You’re not on mute! You were built to make waves, live out loud, and take action in your life. Yet, most of us remain in our comfort zones because we are afraid to take chances which leads to loads of regret.

Fear isn’t something to be afraid of, neither is failure. Both are incredible data streams that illuminate the path towards innovation, confidence, and true collaboration. This interactive keynote will help participants use the experimental ideas from the improv theatre and apply them to the unscripted stage of everyday life.

The improv mindset will build confidence in individuals, and teams, so they can turn obstacles into opportunities and remain flexible inside of disruption. Participants will learn how to identify the ways that fear shows up in their lives and embrace failure in order to stay in forward momentum.

Yes, you are working in business but you are also running a business: the business of YOU!  When you start thinking like a CEO you will begin to transform the quality of your life and your work.


Moogega Cooper, MD

Limitless: Diversity in STEAM from a Real Life Guardian of the Galaxy
Day 3 — May 5, 2022
A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with its highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021. Her work with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is integral to the ongoing mission to discern whether Mars could be habitable for humans and that we don’t harm what’s already there—a job she has been working up to for most of her life. 

Moo is passionate about empowering organizations and others to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles that she articulately conveys through her life story and love of her work.  A role model for women in science and technology, she is also passionate about introducing more people to the wonders of the STEAM world, including by talking about her work to boys and girls from underrepresented communities and appearing on shows like Because Space and Bill Nye Saves the World.

Moo inspires others with her love of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), her personal journey and the obstacles she overcame, and her fascinating tales of what it’s like to be a real life guardian of the galaxy. She holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from Earth’s contaminants. She also shares how important it is for people from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of leaders in the fields of science and technology.

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

Location

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, FL, 34746
(407) 586-0000
Hotel website: https://www.marriott.com/en-us/hotels/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/

  • Room rate: $229.00 single/double occupancy (inclusive of the resort fee). These rates are subject to applicable taxes, currently at 14.5%
  • Hotel cut-off date: Friday, April 8, 2022
  • Toll-Free Reservation Center: 1-407-586-2000 (attendees must reference the ACDIS Conference)
  • For room reservations: Attendees are able to make their hotel reservations online at: https://book.passkey.com/go/ACDIS2022GP. However, if you prefer to make your hotel reservation by phone, the hotel reservation number is (877) 491-0442. Please reference ACDIS 2022.
    All reservation will need to be guaranteed with a deposit of one night’s room & tax at the time of booking; deposits are refundable for cancellations 3 days/72 hours prior to the arrival date.
    All reservations must be received via reservation link or individual call-in no later than Friday, April 8th, 2022 (hotel cut-off date). After the hotel cut-off date, additional reservations will be accepted on a space-available basis. The rates are $229.00 single/double occupancy for Florida View rooms, inclusive of the resort fee. These rates are subject to applicable taxes, currently tax is 14.5%.
  • Room block expiration date is Friday, April 8, 2022. Hotel rooms may sell out earlier than the cut-off date, so book early!
  • Simplify Compliance/HCPro has no affiliation with any third-party companies or travel assistance providers. Rooms should be booked directly with the event hotel using the official information provided on the website and in the brochure.

* The prevailing daily resort fee covers several in-room amenities, which include:

  • Resortwide internet access:
    • Enhanced in-room wireless internet access for up to six devices
    • Basic wireless internet access in public areas and convention center on a shared network
  • Two bottled waters replenished daily in your guest room
  • 24-hour access to Relâche Fitness Center
  • Scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks & Disney Springs®; available to all guests, first come first serve (shuttle can hold up to 55 people)
  • Local, toll-free, and domestic long-distance telephone calls
  • $10 credit toward dry cleaning services
  • Private training session (15 minutes) at Relâche Fitness Center (Limited sessions available Tue–Sat from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. Appointments required; please visit the fitness center to sign up.)
  • One bucket of range balls at the nearby Celebration Golf Club

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

Pricing

  • Retail price: $1,050.00
  • Early Bird price: $950.00 EB deadline – February 28, 2022
  • Membership price: $950.00
  • Membership Early Bird: $850.00 EB deadline: February 28, 2022
  • Register five attendees for the price of four!
    Your discount will automatically appear in your cart when you register your Team of Five.

2022 Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

COVID Safety

Simplify Compliance places the highest priority on the safety of our guests. We will follow safety guidelines and advisements for meetings as outlined by the CDC and the WHO, as well as state and local mandates. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and well-being.

  • At this time, all hotel guests are required to wear a mask while in public areas of the hotel and anywhere that social distancing measures cannot be met.
  • Meeting rooms will be set up to comply with CDC, WHO, and applicable locally recommended social distancing guidelines.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center has implemented, please see the information listed on their website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/details-2/mcogp-gaylord-palms-resort-and-convention-center/ 

Simplify Compliance will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines, and we will communicate any adjustments to the on-site policies and procedures as we approach the live event date.