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Staying Engaged: ACDIS Presents Virtual Education & Community

Wednesday, June 17 – Friday, June 19, 2020

Practicing social distancing is a must during the COVID-19 outbreak. But that doesn’t mean education and networking must stop. In fact, they’re more important than ever.

Please join us for Staying Engaged: ACDIS Presents Virtual Education and Community. Earn valuable CEUs, receive the same quality content you've come to expect from ACDIS, and network with your colleagues and peers in a series of moderated chats—all from the easy-to-use conference app, that you’ve come to know and love!

Attendees of this one-of-a-kind event will receive ongoing access to all educational sessions, and the opportunity to network long after the event ends through ongoing app access. Learn, stay in touch with the CDI community, and help support your professional association—all in one convenient, easy-to-use package.

Here are some important details on how this one-of-a-kind virtual event will work:

  • Daily opening sessions will be webinars featuring video chat component with host, ACDIS Director Brian Murphy and panelists. These sessions will also be recorded and uploaded to the conference app for later access.
  • Educational sessions will be pre-recorded and uploaded on a daily basis to the conference app.
  • Conference agenda is a suggested schedule; participants may view any sessions at any time during the day at their convenience.
  • Educational session recordings will be available to attendees through November 2020!
  • Breaks take place within the conference app and are optional opportunities to network with your peers.
  • Watch for special in-app networking events and discussions both leading up to and during the event!

All orders will receive on-demand access through November 30, 2020.


Day 1 — Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Opening Remarks — ACDIS Podcast: Talking CDI
10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)
ACDIS Director Brian Murphy, ACDIS Boot Camp Instructor Laurie Prescott, and a Special Guest
We’ll cover the value of engagement, networking, and community in a time of quarantine. Murphy will also provide an overview of the virtual event and agenda.

CDI Pertinent Coding Clinic Updates
11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, and Kathryn DeVault MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA
Session attendees will learn the latest must-have advice to leverage the American Hospital Association’s Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS and coding fundamentals in daily record review practices.

Lunch-n-Learn: Sponsor Lightning Round
12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Advancing the “Joy of Johns Hopkins Medicine’ Initiative with Innovative Approaches to Increase Provider Response Rate and Identify Provider Educational Opportunities
Sponsored by: Artifact Health, Inc.

The Changing Face of Telemedicine
Sponsored by: 3M Health Information Systems

New CDI Products and Tools to Increase Productivity and Outcomes
Sponsored by: Chartwise Medical Systems

The Impact of COVID-19 on ACOs – What We Know So Far
Sponsored by: Enjoin

Augmenting the Best Minds in Healthcare
Sponsored by: Iodine Software

Stop, Drop, and Roll! Managing Your CDI Programs’ Unexpected Fires
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS
Session attendees will learn about the numerous problems and pitfalls that lie in wait for CDI team leads, managers, directors, or senior administrators, and obtain advice to be prepared for these eventualities and be ready to adeptly respond. Additional lessons learned from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Networking Coffee Break
2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

  • Coffee or tea? What’s your preference for an afternoon pick-me-up? Bonus points for sharing a photo of your favorite coffee cup or name + link to your favorite coffee/tea shop.
  • What “unexpected fires” has your CDI team had to weather either within the context of COVID or in general? Through the years ACDIS has checked-in with those working in CDI through natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Is there anything weathering these disasters has in common with COVID?
  • What’s on your plate work-wise? How has your workload changed since the COVID-19 outbreak? Did you organization experience a reduced census? What type of educational activities did you or your team do/have access to? When (if at all) did you see a spike in the census again?

It’s Critical: Applying Critical Thought to CDI Practice
3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC
Session attendees will learn that despite technological tools, CDI staff’s best instrument is their critical thinking skills. Through the presentation attendees will obtain additional methods to further hone them to support record review efforts.

Virtual Gala
4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Break out the tux or the black dress and dust off the pearls you’ve haven’t had a chance to wear in a while. Grab your favorite drink and join us online for a CDI networking event. Remember we are stronger together, and although we can’t be onsite with one another we can still benefit from networking together. You never know when sharing a word can lead to insight and long-term friendship, so join us.

  • What do you think makes a good leader? Did any of the award winners from this morning’s ceremony inspire you to branch out your practices? What qualities do you admire most in a manager? Bonus points for tagging colleagues you admire and sharing why.
  • You know the saying How do you eat an elephant—one bite at a time? What project or professional development goal did you have for 2020 that might have taken a back seat due to COVID-19 and what bites can you take to get back on track to meet those goals? What new opportunities have the changing and challenging times opened up for you?
  • What types of professional development do you wish you had access to on an ongoing basis? [Online learning? Webinars? virtual education platforms/programs? Books? in-person events?]
  • What’s been your family’s favorite comfort food to enjoy together? Bonus points for recipes/photos shared.

5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Day 2 — Thursday, June 18, 2020

ACDIS Achievement Awards Virtual Ceremony
10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)
ACDIS Director Brian Murphy, ACDIS Boot Camp Instructor Laurie Prescott, and this year’s Award Winners
Learn about the innovative efforts that make these amazing CDI professionals’ achievements something to celebrate.

Keynote: Getting Your Voice Heard
11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Joan Peterson
Learn valuable leadership lessons from a Bluepoint Master Facilitator and Leadership Coach. Participants will receive lessons on adopting a proven communication model that shares how to get others’ attention and how to make your message memorable. 

Lunch-n-Learn: Sponsor Lightning Round
12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Rochester Regional Health SNF CDI Program
Sponsored by: Medovent Solutions

AI Documentation Improvement for CDI, Coding and Quality Metrics
Sponsored by: Nuance Communications

Truman Medical Centers: A Success Story
Sponsored by: Optum360

Second Level Reviews: Two Heads are Better Than One
Sponsored by: UASI

Clinical Guidelines: Your Ace in the Hole
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Karen Elmore, BSN, RN, CCDS, and Samantha “Sam” Cantin, RN
Even though we can’t be in Vegas right now, let’s have a little fun and education at the same time—Vegas style. Session attendees will learn how to up the ante by using diagnosis-specific clinical guidelines to decrease confusion among providers, CDI, and coders when the cards are stacked against you.

Networking Break: Engaging with CDI
2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

  • What are the most common query opportunities you see at your facility?
  • What’s the most outrageous response to a query you’ve ever received? What is your biggest success story concerning provider engagement? What one thing do you wish physicians knew about you, your program, or their own documentation? What physician engagement efforts have worked for you/your facility? Have your physician engagement efforts changed in the virtual environment?
  • What one thing do you wish physicians knew about you, your program, or their own documentation? Bonus points for photos of the CDI team with their physician counterparts. Bonus points for supportive shout-outs for specific physicians who did a great job or has been a huge help to your CDI team

Special Edition of the ACDIS Podcast: Talking CDI (exclusive to ACDIS Presents listeners)
2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Living on the Edge: CDI for the Critically Ill and Injured Patient
3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, CPE, and Rebecca Willcutt, BSN, RN, CCDS, CCS, CRC
Session attendees will learn how CDI can assist with documentation accuracy of quality metrics, mortality reviews, and charge capture through the trauma activation fee, with additional attention to COVID-19 related situations.

Regulatory Committee Session: 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule and Advocacy
4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Learn what’s in the 2021 IPPS proposed rule that may impact your organization. Hear how you can make a difference through commenting to CMS (it’s not as hard as you think!)

5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Day 3 — Friday, June 19, 2020

Open Q&A Panel
10:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Join the ACDIS Advisory Board for a live question and answer session focused on physician engagement, COVID-19, and general questions from the event community.

Let’s Work from Home! Transitioning Your CDI Team from Onsite to Remote
11:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)
Sharon Cole, MSN, RN, CCDS, and Amanda Suttles, BSN, RN, CCDS
During this combined session, attendees will explore how to transition from an onsite CDI program to a hybrid or fully remote CDI program. They’ll review important steps to consider including pros and cons of working remotely, policies and procedures, establishing a home office, communication, accountability, and program oversight.

Lunch-n-Learn Networking: Handling a “Virtual” Life
12:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

  • Bonus points for sharing photos of your work-from-home station. Are you 100% remote? Will you go back to being hybrid? Will you or some of your team go back to the hospital or office?
  • If you’re a manager/director, what were some of the challenges of moving your team to remote? If you’re a CDI specialist, how did you find the transition to remote? Did you have any actual technical challenges? What do you miss most about being onsite?
  • How are you handling the work/life balance (kids at home, husband at home, housework)? Bonus points for sharing a photo of your work-from-home companions (children, pets, husbands, Jimmy Fallon style).

CDI in the ED: Where Outpatient Meets Inpatient
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Erica Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS
Session attendees will learn how ED record reviews can support medical necessity for appropriate status determination, as well as depicting the patient at presentation, often when they are at their worst.

CDI Educator and Audit Team: A Partnership for Actionable Education
2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Elisa Sninchak, MEd, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, Dana Walker, BSN, CCDS, and Alissa Brown, RN, CCDS
Session attendees will learn how the CDI educator and CDI audit roles work together to identify educational opportunities. Attendees will also learn how to develop a concurrent secondary review process, including potential workflow challenges.

3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

— Agenda subject to change —


Retail price: $399.00
ACDIS Members pricing: $379.00

Group pricing is as follows:

  • 4-10 attendees = each attendee receives 10% discount off retail price
  • 11-15 attendees = each attendee receives 15% discount off retail price
  • 16-20 attendees = each attendee receives 20% discount off retail price
  • 21 or more attendees = each attendees receive 25% discount off retail price

To receive your discounts, call Customer Service at 
800-650-6787 ext. 4111.

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

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 of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI)
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).

National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ)
This activity has been submitted to the National Association for Healthcare Quality for CPHQ CE credit.


Title Sponsor



Platinum Sponsor

Chartwise Medical Systems, Inc.


Iodine Software

Medovent Solutions


Optum 360

Diamond Sponsor


 3M Health Information Systems


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