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Due to limited space and high demand this event is CURRENTLY ONLY available to CDI Professionals working at or within healthcare organizations

ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI

May 7 – 8, 2023 | Chicago, IL

It’s back!!!

For the first time since 2019, the ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI is back for an in-person experience!

The ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI is focused exclusively on clinical documentation integrity (CDI) efforts in the outpatient and ambulatory setting and features innovative sessions and dynamic speakers you won’t find anywhere else.

Dedicated to the fastest-growing area of CDI, this two-day event includes diverse sessions for both managers/leaders and clinical chart reviewers, including how to get started in the ambulatory setting, query techniques and nuances, metrics and analytics, staff training, and demonstrating return on investment.

Plus, take advantage of the many networking opportunities to connect with and learn from your peers!

Smaller and more intimate than the annual ACDIS Conference, the ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI is the perfect place to ask your questions about outpatient CDI, listen to case studies from organizations with successful programs, and equip yourself with practical resources and information that you can implement immediately.

If you want to stick around for the ACDIS National Conference immediately following the Symposium, special discounts are available!


  • NETWORKING RECEPTION: Enjoy a social hour at the end of Day 1 and get to know your peers across the country as you browse our exhibit hall.
  • EXHIBITORS: Visit the exhibit hall dedicated exclusively to outpatient CDI and find out what innovative solutions could be available to you.
  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ignite your fire with a dynamic opening keynote speaker.
  • FABULOUS DESTINATION: The hotel is a destination in its own right! Experience a fantastic location in the heart of downtown Chicago, and enjoy sites like Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and the scenic Riverwalk with ease.

ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI


Day 1 — Sunday, May 7, 2023

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)

8:00 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, Interim Director, ACDIS

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Keynote: Keeping the Flame: How to Stay Motivated No Matter What
Denise Ryan, MBA, CSP
One of the greatest challenges we all face is keeping ourselves motivated. This is particularly difficult and extremely important with our fast-paced, high-responsibility jobs. It’s easy to lose enthusiasm and get burned out, stressed out, and finally—checked out. This high-energy session gives attendees six steps for getting the fire back in their lives professionally and personally. It’s not just a motivational speech; it’s a method attendees can apply long after the speech.

9:25 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.
Building a Successful Outpatient Program: Steps for Success
Jennifer Boles, BS, CPC, CRC, CCDS-O
Follow the five-year adventure of developing and expanding an ambulatory CDI program, including how to choose staff and which certifications make for a good fit. Boles will cover varied ways to track productivity, examine focus areas, select projects, determine strategies, and identify specialties on which to focus resources.

10:25 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
The Art and the Science of Outpatient Query Compliance
Kim Conner, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCDS-O
Compliant query writing in the outpatient setting is a learned skill that is both an art and a science. Join Kim Conner for a look at best practices for querying in the outpatient setting, including a review of the 2022 ACDIS/AHIMA Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Networking Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Dessert (Exhibit Hall)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Importance of Risk Adjustment in Value-Based Care Contracts
Jason Jobes, BA, MSPA
In this session attendees will get a refresher on the risk- and value-based landscape while learning tactical things they can do to succeed in risk adjustment. In a world where information and patient complexity are communicated via codes, it is more important than ever to have an accurate depiction of the population. With continued shifts from volume- to value-based care, organizations are learning that they must control the cost of care while ensuring patient complexity is accurately shown. Failure to do this represents an imbalance in actual vs. expected cost of care and could jeopardize an organization’s success in value-based contracts.

2:10 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Establishing a Gold Standard Outpatient CDI Program Through Analytics and AI/Technology
Charles “Reggie” Ahlfield, MBA-HA, BSHI, RN-BC; Loretta Broadnax, MSW; and Tami L. McMasters-Gomez, MHL, BS-HIM, CCDS, CDIP
This session covers the evolution of outpatient CDI at the University of California Medical Center at Davis. The speakers will cover the adoption and implementation of HCC management, including AI-powered queries, on-demand provider notification, contextual awareness, and evidence-based reasoning.

3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Effective and Compliant Hierarchical Condition Category Auditing
Gregory L. Davis, MHIIM, RN-BC, CCDS, CCDS-O, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CAHIMS, and Kim Pardini-Kiely, RN, MS
This session will define and help attendees understand risk adjustment and why accurate Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) capture is important. By the end of the session, attendees should understand how to measure risk adjustment and HCC program performance.

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Networking Reception (Exhibit Hall)

Day 2 — Monday, May 8, 2023

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast (Exhibit Hall)

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Risk Adjustment and CDI Through a Population Health Lens
Wilson Gabbard, FACHE, and Jessica M. Vaughn, DNP, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CRC
At Advocate Aurora, risk adjustment is viewed as a core tenet of the population health strategy, where interdisciplinary teams work collaboratively to improve documentation integrity and patient engagement across the enterprise. During this session, population health leaders from Advocate Aurora will share how they developed a broad, multipronged approach to risk adjustment to address the critical needs of value-based care. This session will help participants understand and identify potential approaches for a layered design across a matrixed healthcare system.

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
How to Set Up a Successful Outpatient CDI Program
This interactive session will discuss how to set up a successful outpatient CDI program, including how to staff your team, provider engagement strategies, and how to measure and report on the success of your program.

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Networking Break (Exhibit Hall)

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 am.
Transforming Your Outpatient CDI Program Through an Evaluation of People, Process, and Technology
Jared Brock, MBA, and Carrie Horn, MSHA, BBA, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CRC, CPC, CHFP, CRCR
In this session, learn how Baylor Scott & White Health has transformed their outpatient CDI program through an evaluation of people, processes, and technology to support expansion beyond the primary care office, all while engaging key stakeholders to support system performance.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch (provided)

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Networking Dessert (Exhibit Hall)

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Assigning E/M Levels: MDM Straightforward or Highly Complex?
During this session, Shannon McCall will help you understand how E/M services may be assigned based on complexity of medical decision-making (MDM) and cover all the most important E/M issues for outpatient CDI.

1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
Tines on the Same Fork: Supporting Physician Engagement in Ambulatory CDI Through a Dyad Partnership
Sarah Hartley, MHA, RHIA, CDEO, CRC, and Purvi Shah, MD
Hear how NorthShore University HealthSystem uses a dyad leadership structure for quality improvement efforts and how it has been successful in ambulatory CDI as the program develops and expands. The model allows for impactful engagement with physicians in the ambulatory risk adjustment space.

2.55 p.m.
Symposium Adjourns

— Agenda and speakers subject to change —

ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI


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ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI


Keeping the Flame: How to Stay Motivated No Matter What

Denise Ryan

Denise Ryan

One of the greatest challenges we all face is keeping ourselves motivated. This is particularly difficult and extremely important with our fast-paced high responsibility jobs today. It’s easy to lose enthusiasm and get burned out, stressed out, and finally—checked out. This high-energy session gives attendees six steps for getting the fire back in their lives professionally and personally. It’s not just a motivational speech; it’s a method attendees can apply long after the speech.

ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI


  • Retail price:  $955.00
  • Membership price:  $855.00
  • 15% discount when purchased with main conference

Want to talk to a member of our dedicated team? Contact Us via email at or 855-225-5341 ext. 4005.

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ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI

Continuing Education

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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.

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

This program has been approved for 11 continuing education unit(s) (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting of Approved CEUs from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program provider.

HCPro is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurse Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation 11 contact hours for nurses are available for this activity.

This program has been approved for 11 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).

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