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May 20, 2020
With special guest Jugna Shah, MPH, CHRI, the president and founder of Nimitt Consulting, Inc., and co-host Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CCDS, the CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. Featured solution: 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 June 17-19 for Staying Engaged: ACDIS Presents Virtual Education and Community. Earn valuable CEUs, receive a part of the same educational sessions you’ve come to love at the ACDIS conference, 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. In the News links: “News: FY 2021 IPPS proposed rule includes 600 code changes, 3.1% pay increase for acute care hospitals” ACDIS update links: Quarterly Membership Conference call, Thursday, May 21
May 13, 2020
With special guest Timothy N. Brundage, MD, CCDS, medical director of the Brundage Group and former ACDIS advisory board member, and co-host Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, a CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. Featured solution: 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 June 17-19 for Staying Engaged: ACDIS Presents Virtual Education and Community. Earn valuable CEUs, get educated, 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. ACDIS update link: Download the May/June 2020 edition of the CDI Journal In the news links: “Will life and medicine go back to normal after COVID-19?” by Milton Packer, MD, in MedPage Today Resources shared by Dr. Brundage following the show: Documentation and coding tip sheet for COVID-19 COVID-19 documentation essentials webinar
April 29, 2020
With special guest Christopher Petrilli, MD, SFHM, assistant professor for the department of medicine and the clinical lead of value-based management at NYU Langone Health in Manhattan, and co-host Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, a CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. Featured solution: 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 June 17-19 for Staying Engaged: ACDIS Presents Virtual Education and Community. Earn valuable CEUs, receive a part of the same educational sessions you’ve come to love at the ACDIS conference, 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. ACDIS update link: COVID-19 impact survey “Hybrid engagement model: Orlando Health, NYU Langone offer flexible approaches,” ACDIS case study from the Provider Engagement Series   In the news links: “Almost half of med practices furloughing staff, 1 in 5 have layoffs: Survey” from Medscape
April 22, 2020
With special guest Deborah Jones, MSN, RN, the director of CDI at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a large academic medical center affiliated with Harvard Medical school in Boston, and co-host Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, the CDI education director for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. Resources mentioned during the show: U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020 Best Hospital and Conditions Ratings A Modification of the Elixhauser Comorbidity Measures Into a Point System for Hospital Death Using Administrative Data In the News links: “News: Medicare Advantage plans get 1.66% payment increase in 2021” from CDI Strategies “Pandemic delays federal probe into Medicare Advantage health plans” from Kaiser Health News ACDIS update links: "Note from the ACDIS Editor: Staying sane while working from home" from CDI Strategies Working from home conversation on the ACDIS Facebook page
April 8, 2020
With special guests James Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, the chief medical officer at Enjoin in Eads, Tennesee, and Shannon Wyatt, a clinical informatics analyst II at Enjoin, and co-host Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, a CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. ACDIS update link: The third and final case study in the ACDIS Advisory Board’s Provider Engagement Series
April 1, 2020
With special guest Cesar Limjoco, MD, the chief medical officer of T-Medicus LLC, and co-host Laurie L. Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, the CDI education director for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. Resources mentioned during the show: “Secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis and severe sepsis/system inflammatory response syndrome/multiorgan dysfunction syndrome/macrophage activation syndrome shar common intermediate phenotypes on a spectrum of inflammation,” from Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, volume 10, issue 3 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting supplement regarding COVID-19 coding Dr. Limjoco’s article on mitigating COVID-19 documentation confusion Dr. Limjoco’s article on hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis ACDIS update links: Note from ACDIS: Open note to the CDI community—how can we help you?
March 25, 2020
With special guests Angie Comfort, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, CICA, senior director of CDI and coding operations for LifePoint Health in Brentwood, Tennessee, and Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, a CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. In the news links: COVID-19 ICD-10-CM code coming April 1 ACDIS update links: 2020 ACDIS conference postponement announcement Certification testing centers closing till April 13 2020 ACDIS Advisory Board voting open till March 31
March 18, 2020
With special guests Kerry Seerkircher, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP, director of CDI at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, Julie Foley, MSN, RN, CDIP, CCDS, director of documentation excellence at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Michelle Knuckles, RHIT, manager of inpatient coding and CDI at the University of Utah Health in Salt Lake City, and Julie Salomon, BSN, RN, 360e chief product owner at 3M Consulting Services. The show is co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, the CDI education director for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. The March 18 show was supported by 3M Health Information Systems. 3M Health Information Systems, now with M*Modal, delivers innovative software and consulting services designed for a wide range of healthcare environments. From closing the loop between clinical care and revenue integrity, to computer-assisted coding, clinical documentation integrity and performance monitoring, 3M can help you reduce cost and provide more informed care. In the news links: ACDIS articles related to the COVID-19 pandemic ACDIS update links: 2020 ACDIS Advisory Board voting open now
March 11, 2020
With special guest Beth Wolf, MD, CPC, CCDS, medical director of HIM at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina. The show is co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, the CDI education director for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. In the news links: “EMR nudge decreases inappropriate hospital c. difficile testing” from Healio ACDIS update links: 2020 ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI speaker application details Featured product: Today’s featured ACDIS solution is the 2020 ACDIS Conference, which will take place May 5-8 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. With six educational tracks, inspirational keynotes, and unparalleled networking, you won’t want to miss our lucky 13th event. If you register by March 27, you’ll get the early bird discount rate, so don’t hesitate.
February 26, 2020
With special guest Vicki Galyean, RN, BSN, CCDS, clinical documentation excellence (CDE) team leader, and Gina Fones-DiCrocco, MEd, CPC, CRCR, director of coding quality review and education at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The show is co-hosted by Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, a CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. In the news links: “CDC publishes ICD-10-CM addenda for new vaping code” from CDI Strategies ACDIS update links: ACDIS Achievement Awards nomination form Featured product: Today’s featured ACDIS solution is the 2020 ACDIS Conference, which will take place May 5-8 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. With six educational tracks, inspirational keynotes, and unparalleled networking, you won’t want to miss our lucky 13th event. If you register by March 27, you’ll get the early bird discount rate, so don’t hesitate.
February 14, 2020
With special guest Adelaide La Rosa, RN, BSN, CCDS, CHS vice president for HIM, CDI, DRG appeals, and EMPI for Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, a CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. In the news links: “Preeminent hospitals penalized over rates of patients’ injuries” from Kaiser Health News ACDIS update links: ACDIS Achievement Awards nomination form Featured product: Today’s featured ACDIS solution is the 2020 ACDIS Conference, which will take place May 5-8 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. With six educational tracks, inspirational keynotes, and unparalleled networking, you won’t want to miss our lucky 13th event. If you register by March 27, you’ll get the early bird discount rate, so don’t hesitate.
January 29, 2020
With special guests Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDI education specialist for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts, and Shannon McCall, RHIA, CPC, CCS, CCS-P, CPC-I, CCDS, CCDS-O, CEMC, CRC, director of coding and HIM for Simplify Compliance, ACDIS’ parent company. In the news links: Sepsis likely to blame for 20% of worldwide deaths, study shows ACDIS update links: CDI for Outpatient Boot Camp Risk Adjustment Documentation and Coding Boot Camp Featured product: Today’s featured ACDIS solution is the 2020 ACDIS Conference, which will take place May 5-8 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. With six educational tracks, inspirational keynotes, and unparalleled networking, you won’t want to miss our lucky 13th event. If you register by March 27, you’ll get the early bird discount rate, so don’t hesitate.
January 15, 2020
With special guest Justin Satterfield, founder and president of Norwood Staffing Solutions. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, the CDI education director for ACDIS/HCPro in Middleton, Massachusetts. In the news links: AMA checklist for transition to E/M office visit changes ACDIS call for board & committee volunteers ACDIS membership survey Featured product: Today’s featured ACDIS solution is the 2020 ACDIS Conference, which will take place May 5-8 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. With six educational tracks, inspirational keynotes, and unparalleled networking, you won’t want to miss our lucky 13th event. If you register by March 27, you’ll get the early bird discount rate, so don’t hesitate.
January 2, 2020
With special guest Cesar Limjoco, MD, the chief medical officer of T-Medicus in Las Vegas, Nevada. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps and subject matter expert for ACDIS. In the news links: Risk Adjustment Data Validation (HHS-RADV) White Paper from CMS "RADV audits to intensify in 2020, OIG says," from CDI Strategies
December 18, 2019
This episode--part 3 of a 3-part clinical series, sponsored by 3M--covered common diagnosis questions sent in from listeners of the ACDIS Podcast. With special guest Dawn R. Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, the CDI manager of education at Ardent Health Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps and subject matter expert for ACDIS. To view the OIG Medicare Hospital Provider Compliance Audit: St. Vincent Hospital, please click here: https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region5/51800040.pdf To view the OIG Medicare Hospital Provider Compliance Audit: Carolinas Hospital, please click here: https://oig.hhs.gov/oas/reports/region4/41808063.pdf To view a list of ACDIS' 2019 accomplishments as featured on ACDIS Update, please click here: https://acdis.org/articles/note-acdis-director-saying-thanks-great-2019
December 5, 2019
November 20, 2019
With special guest Analyn Dolopo-Simon, ACM, CCDS, the CDI Program Director for UCSD Health in San Diego, CA. Co-hosted by Melissa Varnavas, Associate Editorial Director for ACDIS. To view "CMS will pay hospitals $1.9 billion in bonuses for inpatient care" as reported on In the News, please visit the Modern Healthcare website: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/payment/cms-will-pay-hospitals-19-billion-bonuses-inpatient-care To learn more about UCSD's T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, please visit their website at https://medschool.ucsd.edu/vchs/compassion/Pages/default.aspx
November 7, 2019
With special guest Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. She is the developer and lead instructor for the ACDIS boot camp line and an ACDIS subject matter expert. Prescott is a former CDI manager and a nursing manager with experience in med/surg, ICU, PACU, and endoscopy. She is also co-author of our upcoming indispensable CDI reference, the ACDIS Pocket Guide. To view the CDC supplement to the ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines for coding encounters related to e-cigarette/vaping product use as featured on In the News, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/icd/Vapingcodingguidance2019_10_17_2019.pdf To learn more or to purchase a copy of the 2020 ACDIS Pocket Guide, please visit: https://hcmarketplace.com/2020-acdis-pocket-guide
October 24, 2019
October 11, 2019
With special guests Haaris Ali, MD, CDIP, the Regional Director of CDI for Prospect Holdings, and Cesar Limjoco, MD, CMO of T-Medicus. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. To view CDC Tally of Vaping-Related Injuries Now at 805 (since revised upwards to 1,080, with 18 deaths, as of Oct. 1) please visit the Kaiser Health News website: https://khn.org/morning-breakout/cdc-tally-of-vaping-related-injuries-now-at-805/. To view The Next Epidemic: Vaping, visit childrenshospitals.org: https://www.childrenshospitals.org/Newsroom/Childrens-Hospitals-Today/Spring-2019/Articles/Next-Epidemic-Vaping-Teens
October 9, 2019
With special guests Haaris Ali, MD, CDIP, the regional director of CDI for Prospect Holdings, and Cesar Limjoco, MD, the chief medical officer of T-Medicus. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, Massachusetts. To view CDC Tally of Vaping-Related Injuries Now at 805 (since revised upwards to 1,080, with 18 deaths, as of October 1) please visit the Kaiser Health News website: https://khn.org/morning-breakout/cdc-tally-of-vaping-related-injuries-now-at-805/. To view The Next Epidemic: Vaping, visit childrenshospitals.org: https://www.childrenshospitals.org/Newsroom/Childrens-Hospitals-Today/Spring-2019/Articles/Next-Epidemic-Vaping-Teens
September 25, 2019
With special guests Valerie A. Bica, RN, BSN, CPN, the lead CDI specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and Joan Oliver, MHA, BSN, RN, ACM, CCDS, a CDI specialist covering the cardiothoracic and CCU teams at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert. To view the 2020 IPPS final rule and the CC/MCC tables, visit the CMS website: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/AcuteInpatientPPS/FY2020-IPPS-Final-Rule-Home-Page.html To read Price hikes, upcoding drive Massachusetts inpatient spending, as featured on In the News, please click here: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/operations/price-hikes-upcoding-drive-massachusetts-inpatient-spending
September 11, 2019
With special guest Deanne Wilk, BSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CCS, the Manager of CDI for Penn State Health in Hershey, PA. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert. To read "Tell Congress to pass the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act and close the 'observation status gap'" as featured on In the News, please visit: https://acmaweb.salsalabs.org/acmaobservationstatuspetition/index.html To apply to speak at the 2020 ACDIS conference (note: deadline is Friday Sept. 13; accepted speakers receive free admission) please click here: https://acdis.org/articles/conference-corner-2020-speaker-application-period-extended-friday-september-13
August 28, 2019
With special guests Yvonne Whitley RN, BSN, CPC, CRC, CDEO, CCDS-O, Manager for the Novant Health (NC) Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Improvement team, and Jessica M. Vaughn MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CRC, the Manager of Outpatient Clinical Documentation Excellence at Wake Forest Baptist Health, an academic organization in Winston-Salem, NC. Co-hosted by Melissa Varnavas, the Associate Editorial Director for ACDIS. To read “Baylor wins FCA (false claims act) case over alleged fraudulent upcoding" as featured on In the News, please visit the Modern Healthcare website: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/legal/baylor-wins-fca-case-over-alleged-fraudulent-upcoding. To apply to speak at the 2020 ACDIS conference (May 5-8, Las Vegas), please visit acdis.org: https://acdis.org/articles/conference-corner-acdis-2020-conference-speaker-application-window-extended-sept-13
August 14, 2019
With special guest James Manz, MD, a consultant in spine and neurological surgery with the Mayo Clinic Health system NW WI. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. To read a summary of the 2020 OPPS proposed rule and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule as discussed on In the News, go to: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cy-2020-medicare-hospital-outpatient-prospective-payment-system-and-ambulatory-surgical-center To take advantage of the early bird discount (and enter a drawing to win tickets to a brewery tour) to the upcoming ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI conference in Austin, TX on Nov. 14-15, please visit: https://acdis.org/acdis-symposium
July 31, 2019
With special guest Dawn R. Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, CCDS, the CDI manager of education at Ardent Health Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. Click here to view the Medscape article ‘Big Three’ Diseases Account for Most Diagnostic Error Harm as featured on In the News. Learn more about the ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI here: https://acdis.org/acdis-symposium.
July 17, 2019
With special guests Caryl Liptak MSHAI, RHIA, System Director of CDI and coding at Baptist Health Kentucky in Louisville, KY, and Regene’ Collier, RN-BC, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, the Home Health Coding/CDI Specialist Manager at Baptist Health Kentucky. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. To read CEO outlines plan to save Hahnemann University Hospital as featured on In the News, please click here. To read Poor documentation training cited as one reason for possible hospital closure, please click here. To visit the AHCC website and its home health resources, please go to https://ahcc.decisionhealth.com/. To take the poll on whether ACDIS should change the "i" in its name from improvement to integrity, please click here.
July 2, 2019
With special guests Rhoda Chism, BSN, RN, CCDS, a CDI specialist at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Laura White, MHA, a performance improvement engineer at Med Center Health in Bowling Green, Kentucky. To view ACDIS' comments on the FY 2020 IPPS proposed rule as featured on In the News, please click here.
June 20, 2019
With special guest Kristi Fahy, RHIA, an Account Executive with DVS, a premier partner of Dolbey. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the ACDIS CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert. To view the Forbes.com article “There are no accurate machine learning models, only agreeable ones” as covered on In the News, please click here. To view ACDIS' commentary to CMS on the 2020 IPPS proposed rule, please click here.
June 12, 2019
With special guests Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS, Physician Advisor for Clinical Documentation Integrity at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida, and Candace Blankenship, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDI specialist at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. To view a summary of proposed 2020 changes to the IPPS, click here. To view sample comment templates prepared by the ACDIS Regulatory Committee, click here. To comment on the FY 2020 IPPS rule, visit regulations.gov.
June 5, 2019
With special guest Adrienne Commeree, CPC, CPMA, CCS, CEMC, CPIP, a regulatory specialist for the HCPro Certified Coder Boot Camp® programs. She is an instructor with extensive knowledge of inpatient coding guidelines as well as E/M and auditing guidelines. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. To read Physicians often unsure of diagnoses, underestimate error rate from Medscape.com as featured on In the News, please click here.
May 15, 2019
With guest and co-host Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. Allen teaches clinical documentation improvement boot camps and serves as a subject matter expert. He is an accomplished consultant with a background in coding and documentation. To view CMS’ Innovation Center Announces Five New Transformative Models as featured on In the News, please click here.
May 9, 2019
With special guest Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, principal of Pinson and Tang in Chattanooga, TN, and co-author of the CDI Pocket Guide. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To read about the sweeping changes proposed by CMS in the 2020 IPPS proposed rule, or to comment, please click here. To read Pinson's answers to additional ARDS questions recieved after the show, please click here.
April 24, 2019
With special guest Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS, the Physician Advisor for Clinical Documentation Integrity at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps and ACDIS subject matter expert. Click here to read More layoffs at Miami hospitals as patient admissions dwindle and operating costs rise ,as covered on In News. To view the results of our poll on CDI professionals' workspaces, please click here.
April 10, 2019
With special guest Cassi L. Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, CPHQ, FAHIMA, director of HIM and revenue integrity for UC San Diego Health, where she provides enterprisewide leadership and strategic direction for HIM, coding, charge capture, clinical documentation, and revenue integrity. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS.  To read Hospital revenue cycle trends to watch in 2019--8 thoughts as featured on In the News, click here. To view the newly elected ACDIS advisory board members as featured on ACDIS update, click here.
March 27, 2019
With Erica E. Remer, MD, FACEP, CCDS, the president of Erica Remer, MD, Inc. in Beachwood, Ohio. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. To read AMA on track to revise E/M codes, set new documentation guidelines as covered on In the News, please visit the Part B news website. To register for the 2019 ACDIS conference, please click here.
March 13, 2019
With special guest James P. Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, CEO at Enjoin in Eads, TN. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To view Medicare Trims Payments to 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents as featured on In the News, please click here. To apply to speak at the 2019 ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI conference in November in Austin, TX, learn more here.
February 28, 2019
With special guests Katy Good, RN, RBS, CCS, CCDS, Training Materials Specialist for Enjoin CDI, and Fran Jurcak, MSN, RN, CCDS, Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Iodine Software. Both were contributors to the new query brief. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. To read Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice--2019 update in its entirety, please click here.
February 13, 2019
With special guests Ann Donnelly, RN, BSN, CCDS, manager of CDI for Ardent Health Services, Tulsa Region, Hillcrest Medical Center, and Darcy Watts, RN, CDI specialist with Hillcrest Medical Center. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert.  To download the slides presented on today's program, please click here. To view the article "AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017" as featured on In the News, please click here. To nominate a colleague for the 2019 ACDIS Achievement Awards, please click here.
January 29, 2019
With special guest Abby Steelhammer, MBA, MHA, RN, director of clinical documentation excellence at Novant Health, a multi-facility system based in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, North Carolina.  Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, a full-time instructor for the ACDIS CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert. To learn more about the CDI Managment Essentials pre-conference event to the 12th annual ACDIS Conference as featured on today's show, please click here. To view The Expanding Role of Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs in Research and Analytics as covered on In the News, please click here.
January 16, 2019
With special guests Tamara A. Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCDS, ACM, the director of clinical documentation excellence (CDE) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Yvonne Whitley RN, BSN, CPC, CRC, CDEO, the Manager for the Novant Health Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Improvement team. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To learn more about ACDIS' new CCDS-O certification, please click here.
January 2, 2019
With special guest James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, president of CDIMD-Physician Champions, a Nashville-based group of physicians, coders, and clinicians engaged nationwide as CDI physician advisors, ICD-10 medical informaticists, and DRG and HCC compliance advocates. Co-hosted by Melissa Varnavas, the Associate Editorial Director for ACDIS.  To view the article "CMS releases rule on the risk adjusment program for the 2018 benefit year," please click here. To view the article "3M to acquire M*Modal's Technology Business" as featured on In the News, please click here. To review the categories for the 2019 ACDIS Achievement Awards or nominate a colleague, please click here. After the show, Dr. Kennedy provided the following link, which provides a map of ICD-10 codes to HCCs. Please click here to access.
December 19, 2018
With special guests Katy Good, RN, RBS, CCS, CCDS, a Training Materials Specialist for Enjoin CDI, and Jeff Morris, RN, BSN, CCDS, the supervisor of CDI at the University of South Alabama Health System in Mobile. Both are ACDIS advisory board members, and were two of the authors who collaborated to write the ACDIS white paper "How to conduct a medical record review." To download the white paper discussed on this show, please click here (requires ACDIS membership). To read "Florida, California lead Leapfrog's Top Hospital List" as covered on In the News, please click here.
December 5, 2018
With special guest Sheila M. Duhon, MBA, RN, CCDS, A-CCRN, CCS, the national director of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) education at Tenet Healthcare in Dallas, Texas. Co-hosted by ACDIS editor Linnea Archibald. To view $188.1M Providence Health alleged upcoding lawsuit set for potential dismissal in January as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more about or order a copy of CDI Workbook: Investigating Complex Cases and Formulating Queries as featured on ACDIS Update, please click here.
November 21, 2018
With special guest Karen Elmore, RN, BSN, CCDS, documentation quality coordinator for BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, Missouri. Elmore serves on the ACDIS Chapter Advisory Board and is a chapter leader for the ACDIS Heart of Missouri local chapter. Co-hosted by Melissa Varnavas, the Associate Editorial Director for ACDIS.  To read CMS Delays E/M Payment Changes to 2021 in Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule as covered on In the News, please click here.
November 14, 2018
With special guest Brian Cui, RHIA, CDIP, an HIM professional with more than 15 years of experience in a variety of roles in health information technology, clinical documentation improvement, adult education, and social media marketing. Brian is founder of Medical Coding Geek, and the creator and host of Not Elsewhere Classified, a podcast created to share stories and insights from professionals in the medical coding, HIM, and CDI community. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. Check out the Not Elsewhere Classified podcast here. To view "Proposed changes to Medicare Advantage audits could put insurers on the hook for billions" as covered on In the News, please click here.
October 24, 2018
With special guest Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, principal of Pinson and Tang in Chattanooga, TN. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To download the slides presented on today's program, please click here. Source: GLIM Criteria for the Diagnosis of Malnutrition: A Consensus Report From the Global Clinical Nutrition Community (in press) online pre-publication. To view the article "UHC adopts sepsis-3 criteria" as presented on In the News, please click here.
October 23, 2018
This interview on Building a Best Practice HCC Audit Program with Autumn Reiter, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, director of staffing services for TrustHCS, was re-recorded after sound problems experienced during the original ACDIS Radio broadcast on Oct. 10, 2018.
October 10, 2018
With Autumn Reiter, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, director of staffing services for TrustHCS. To view the article Medicare Eases Readmission Penalties for Safety-Net Hospitals as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more about CDI Workbook: Investigating Complex Cases and Formulating Queries as featured on ACDIS Update, please click here. Please note that we experienced some sound issues during the recording of this progam.
September 26, 2018
With special guests Pauline O’Dowd, RN, BSc, CCRN, CCDS, CDIP, managing director of CDI at Huron Healthcare in Chicago, IL, and Gerri Birg, MSN, RN, CCDS, the national lead for Huron’s Clinical Documentation Improvement solution practice.  Co-hosted by Penny Richards, coordinator for the ACDIS Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential program.  To learn more about the CCDS certification, please visit https://acdis.org/certification.
September 12, 2018
Talking denials and appeals, with special guests Timothy N. Brundage, MD, CCDS, medical director of the Brundage Group, and Brett Hoggard, MD, chief medical officer of Brundage Group.  Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. To view a slideshow of the FY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and the documentation and payment changes to E/M codes as detailed on "In the News," please click here.
August 29, 2018
With special guest James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, president of CDIMD-Physician Champions, a Nashville-based group of physicians, coders, and clinicians engaged nationwide as CDI physician advisors, ICD-10 medical informaticists, and DRG and HCC compliance advocates. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS. To download Dr. Kennedy's slides presented on today's program, please click here. To read the article Note from the ACDIS Director: $188.1M Providence Health lawsuit has profound implications for CDI, healthcare, as featured on "In the News," please click here.
August 15, 2018
With special guest Dawn R. Valdez, RN, LNC, CDIP, the CDI manager of education at Ardent Health Services in Nashville, Tennessee. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To view the 2019 IPPS final rule as featured on "In the News," please click here. To learn more about the 2018 ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI, as featured on "ACDIS Update," please click here.
August 1, 2018
With special guests Jennifer Cooper, MHIIM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, the HIM regional director and privacy officer at Hunt Regional Healthcare in Greenville, Texas, and co-leader of the Texas ACDIS Chapter, and Faisal Hussain, MD, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, the corporate CDI director in clinical services at CHSPSC, LLC, in Franklin, Tennessee. Today's show is hosted by Melissa Varnavas and co-hosted by Sheila A. Bullock, DHA, BSN, MBA, CCDS, CCS, CAHIMS, an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, a past member of the ACDIS Advisory Board, and the nurse planner for ACDIS. To learn about the 2018 Clinical and Coding Series mentioned in the ACDIS update, click here. To learn about the August ACDIS Live! event, "Malnutrition OIG Investigations and Auditor Denials," click here.
July 18, 2018
With special guests Marisa MacClary, CEO and co-founder of Artifact Health, and Aaron Brauser, Vice President of CDI Solutions at M*Modal. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To read the OIG report University of Wisconsin Hosptials and Clinics Authority Incorrectly Billed Medicare Inpatient Claims with Severe Malnutrition as featured on In the News, please click here.
June 27, 2018
With special guest Karen Chase, MS, BSN, RNC, CCDS, Executive Vice President of Operations for Accuity Delivery Systems, LLC in New York. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, ACDIS CDI Boot Camp instructor. Thank you for listening to the first 100 episodes of ACDIS Radio. We hope to see you for show no. 200!
June 20, 2018
With special guest Faisal Hussain, MD, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, corporate CDI director in Clinical Services at CHSPSC, LLC. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS.  To read Declines in "Hospital-Acquired Conditions Save 8,000 Lives and $2.9 Billion in Costs" as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more about ACDIS Conference: Clinical and Coding Highlight Webinar Series or to order, please click here.
June 6, 2018
With Vaughn M. Matacale, MD, CCDS, the director of the clinical documentation advisor program at Vidant Health in Greenville, North Carolina. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert. To read the OIG audit report "Vidant Medical Center Incorrectly Billed Medicare Inpatient Claims With Severe Malnutrition," please click here. You can read further analysis of this report in an article written by Dr. James Kennedy, available in Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies. To read the 2019 updates to ICD-10-PCS as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more about the Clinical and Coding track webinar series featured on the ACDIS Update, please click here. To learn more about the three-hour case study webinar featuring Matacale and members of the Vidant team, please click here.
May 17, 2018
We're headed to San Antonio next week for the 11th annual conference! With special guests Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA, and Shannon McCall, RHIA, CPC, CCS, CCS-P, CPC-I, CCDS, CEMC, CRC, Director of Coding and HIM for Simplify Compliance. To view 2018 Update to Surviving Sepsis Guidelines: Cue Backlash, as covered on In the News, please click here.
May 10, 2018
With special guests Valerie A. Bica, RN, BSN, CPN, lead CDI specialist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and Leah Savage, RN, MSN, CCDS, system CDI manager at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert.  To read the 2019 IPPS proposed rule annoucement and summary as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more or register for the 2018 ACDIS conference, please click here.
April 25, 2018
With special guest Susan Schmitz, JD, RN, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, Regional Director of Clinical Documentation Improvement for SCAL Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS.  To read the 2019 Medicare Advantage and Part D Rate Announcement and Call Letter as featured on "In the News," please click here. To learn more about the 11th annual ACDIS conference and 10 reasons to attend, please click here.
April 12, 2018
With special guest Trey La Charité, MD, FACP, SFHM, CCS, CCDS, the medical director for CDI and coding at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville, Tennessee. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To read "SIRS beats qSOFA for sepsis screening" as featured on In the News, please click here. To view the new 2018 ACDIS Advisory Board members as featured on ACDIS Update, please click here.
March 28, 2018
With co-host Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA, and Beth Wolf, MD, CCDS, CPC, the medical director of HIM at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina.  To read "Diagnostic Errors Tops New List of Patient Safety Concerns" as featured on In the News, please visit Medscape.com. To vote in the 2018 ACDIS advisory board election, please click here. Note that you must be an ACDIS member and signed in.
March 14, 2018
With special guests Dawn Diven, BSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CDI specialist for West Virginia University Medicine and MedPartners, and Shari Nay, RN, CCDS, a clinical documentation specialist with West Virginia University Hospital. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, full-time instructor for the ACDIS CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert.  To view a CMS fact sheet on the BPCI Advanced program, please click here. To register or learn more about the 2018 ACDIS 11th annual conference, please click here.
February 28, 2018
With special guests Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, and Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS. Both are CDI Education Specialists for ACDIS and serve as full-time boot camp instructors and subject matter experts.  To read "EHRs are Overflowing with Copy and Paste Records" as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more about ACDIS boot camps, please visit www.acdis.org.
February 14, 2018
With special guests Brett Senor, MD, Physician Associate for Enjoin providing guidance and support for CDI quality initiatives and MS-DRG assurance programs, and Sonia Trepina, MPA, the Director of Ambulatory CDI Services for Enjoin. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA.  To view Executive Leadership and Physician Well-Being as featured on In the News, please click here.
January 31, 2018
With special guests Madhura Chandak Bajaj, FACHE, MSPT, RHIA, Executive Director of Clinical Integration at JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX, and James Montgomery, RN, BSN, Clinical Documentation Improvement Manager for JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, TX. Co-host Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. To view the 2018 ACDIS Conference brochure, please click here.
January 17, 2018
With special guest James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, president of CDIMD-Physician Champions, and co-host Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CDI education specialist with HCPro. To view and download the slides Dr. Kennedy presented on today's program, please click here.
January 3, 2018
Our first show of 2018 featured special guest Autumn Reiter, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, director of CDI Staffing Services for TrustHCS, and co-host Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. To view the OIG report "Medicare Improperly Paid Hosptials for Beneficiaries Who Had Not Received 96 or More Consecutive Hours of Mechanical Ventilation, please click here. To sign up for MLN Connects newsletter (free), please click here.
December 20, 2017
With special guest Rita Fields, BSN, RN, CCDS, regional CDI manager for Baptist Health in Louisville, KY. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS in Middleton, MA. To view “The Physician’s Voice: Is Anyone Listening?” by Paul Keckley of The Keckley Report as featured on In the News, click here.
December 6, 2017
With special guests Glenn Krauss, RHIA, BBA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, CCDS, C-CDI, PCS, FCS, C-CDAM, Managing Director of Precision Health Systems, Paul Evans, RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P, Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialist in San Francisco, and Anny Pang Yuen, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, Principal of AP Consulting Associates.  Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CDI education specialist with ACDIS. To read CDI: More than a credential, please click here. To view ICD-10 embraces definitions of MI as featured on In the News, please click here.
November 22, 2017
With special guest Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, former National Director of Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support for a national healthcare delivery system. Gloryanne recently retired after more than 35 years in the HIM and CDI professions. Co-hosted by Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS.  To view "UnitedHealth Group, Inc. vs. the United States of America: The Case for CDI" part 4 as featured on In the News, please click here.
November 15, 2017
With special guests and CDI Pocket Guide authors Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, principal of Pinson and Tang based in Chattanooga, TN, and Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS, coding, CDI, and health information management consultant and principal of Pinson and Tang based in Houston, TX.
November 8, 2017
To view the slides presented by Dr. James Kennedy on this program, please click here. To read the article "CMS Administrator Verma Announces New Meaningful Measures Initiative and Addresses Regulatory Reform" as featured on In the News, please click here.  To read the article "“Making Progress on Regulatory Relief" as featured on In the News, please click here.
October 25, 2017
With special guest Sam Antonios, MD, FACP, SFHM, CPE, CCDS, board certified internist and chief medical officer, medical director of information systems, utilization management medical director, physician advisor, and HIM committee chair for Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas, and co-host Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, the CDI Education Director for ACDIS and developer and lead instructor for the ACDIS boot camp line. To read the article Emergency Physicians Push Back Against Anthem ED Policy as featured on "In the News," please click here. To view the article New Sepsis and Septic Shock Definitions: Clinical Implications and Controversies, referenced by Sam Antonios, please click here (purchase required to read full article). To read the ACDIS White Paper Where Are We Now With Sepsis, authored by Sam Antonios, please click here. Following are additional recommended readings on sepsis provided after the show by Antonios (note: some require registration and/or payment): Rhee C, Dantes R, Epstein L, Murphy DJ, Seymour CW, Iwashyna TJ, Kadri SS, Angus DC, Danner RL, Fiore AE, Jernigan JA, Martin GS, Septimus E, Warren DK, Karcz A, Chan C, Menchaca JT, Wang R, Gruber S, Klompas M, for the CDC Prevention Epicenter Program. Incidence and Trends of Sepsis in US Hospitals Using Clinical vs Claims Data, 2009-2014. JAMA. 2017;318(13):1241–1249. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.13836.: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2654187 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0891552017300314?via%3Dihub http://journals.lww.com/ccmjournal/Abstract/2017/09000/The_Impact_of_the_Sepsis_3_Septic_Shock_Definition.2.aspx http://journal.chestnet.org/article/S0012-3692(17)32897-0/pdf (free online) http://journals.lww.com/ccmjournal/Citation/2017/09000/What_Is_the_National_Burden_of_Sepsis_in_U_S_.23.aspx
October 11, 2017
With special guests Abby Steelhammer, MBA, MHA, RN, director of clinical documentation excellence at Novant Health, Michelle Walters, MSN, RNC-OB, women’s services CDS with Novant Health System, and Sandra Surratt, RNC-OB, BSN, women’s services CDS with Novant Health System. Co-hosted by Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CDI education specialist with ACDIS.  To view the article "Your 2018 IPPS Final Rule questions, answered," as featured on In the News, please click here. To take advantage of the 20% off 10 items in celebration of ACDIS' 10-year anniversary as featured on ACDIS Update, please click here.
September 27, 2017
With special guests William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, director at DRG Review, Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, and Tamara A. Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCDS, ACM, director of clinical documentation excellence (CDE) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Co-hosted by ACDIS CDI Editor Linnea Archibald. To read the article "AMA demands EHR overhaul, calls them 'poorly designed and implemented'" as featured on In the News, please click here.
September 20, 2017
With co-host Karen Newhouser, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CCM, CDIP, director of education for MedPartners, and member of the ACDIS advisory board and the ACDIS advisory board liaison to ACDIS’ new CDI Practice Guidelines Committee, and special guest Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, manager of clinical documentation services with DHG Healthcare and chair of the ACDIS CDI Practice Guidelines Committee. To read "Clinical Validation and the Role of the CDI Professional," please click here. To read "Shrinkage of Mandatory Bundle Program a Blow to Value" as referenced on In the News, please click here.
September 13, 2017
Join us for a sneak preview of CDI Week 2017! With guests Melissa Varnavas, Associate Editor Director, ACDIS, and Linnea Achibald, CDI Editor, ACDIS.
August 30, 2017
With co-host Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for ACDIS, and special guests and CDI Pocket Guide co-authors Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, and Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS. To view the blog post UnitedHealth Group, Inc. vs. the United States of America: The case for CDI please click here. For more information on the 2018 Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide, please click here.
August 16, 2017
ACDIS Director Brian Murphy offers tips and suggestions for submitting a thorough and focused conference speaking application. With special guests Debbie Mackaman, RHIA, CPCO, CCDS, regulatory specialist with HCPro, and Andrea Kraynak, CPC, director of NAHRI. To view the list of tracks and suggested sessions for the 2018 ACDIS annual conference (note: original ideas also welcomed!), please click here.
August 9, 2017
With special guest Howard Rodenberg, MD, MPH, CCDS, the adult physician advisor for CDI at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida.  To view the article "CMS seeks feedback on changing E/M billing guidelines" as referenced on today's show, please click here. To view the "Documentation Training for Hospital Residents" webinar, please click here.
July 26, 2017
Melissa Varnavas, Associate Editorial Director, and CCDS Coordinator Penny Richards take over the ACDIS Radio studios while ACDIS Director Brian Murphy is away and have a lively conversation with Massachusetts ACDIS Chapter co-leader Aimee Van Balen who also serves on the ACDIS Chapter Advisory Board helping local chapter leaders across the country provide education and networking opportunities to their local communities.
July 12, 2017
With special guests Martin Conroy, RHIA, director of CDI for Temple University Health System (TUHS) in Philadelphia, PA, and Deborah Dallen, BSN, RN, CCDS, Clinical Documentation Manager for the Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia/Montgomery County. Co-hosted by Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, CDI Education Director for ACDIS. To view "The Renal Treatment: Getting Ahead of Kidney Disease" as featured on In the News, please click here. To take the 2017 CDI Week Industry Overview Survey, please click here.
June 28, 2017
With co-host Paul Evans, RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P, manager of a regional CDI program located on the West Coast and a member of the ACDIS advisory board, and guest Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist at HCPro and ACDIS where he teaches clinical documentation improvement boot camps and serves as a subject matter expert for ACDIS.  To view "CMS releases 2018 ICD-10-CM codes for October 1, 2018 implementation" as featured on In the News, please click here. To learn more about the Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI boot camp, please click here. To view the third universal definition of myocardial infarction as referenced by Allen Frady, please click here.
June 14, 2017
With special guest Sandra Routhier, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, VP of Revenue Integrity for CloudMed Solutions, and co-host Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, CDI Education Director for ACDIS and BLR Healthcare in Middleton.  To view the article "For First Time, Under Half of Physicians Own Their Practices" as covered on In the News, please click here. Following are some recommended resources for further education and study, as recommended by Routhier: CMS DRG Definitions Manual (Version 34): https://www.cms.gov/ICD10Manual/version34-fullcode-cms/fullcode_cms/P0001.html CMS ICD-10: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html   ICD-10 Coordination & Maintenance Committee: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD9ProviderDiagnosticCodes/meetings.html and https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd9cm_maintenance.htm
May 31, 2017
With special guest Glenn Krauss, RHIA, BBA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, CCDS, C-CDI, PCS, FCS, C-CDAM, Senior Consultant with Federal Advisory Partners in Washington, D.C., and co-host Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, CDI education specialist with ACDIS and full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps.  To view "Writing an Effective Daily Progress Note," please click here.  To view "Documentation Guidelines for Medicare Services," please click here. To view "Senate committee advances bill that expands telehealth access for chronically ill Medicare patients" as featured on In the News, please click here.
May 17, 2017
With special guest Ronald Hirsch, MD, FACP, CHCQM, vice president at R1 Physician Advisory Services in Chicago, IL, and co-host Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, CDI Education Director for ACDIS. To view the RACMonitor article discussed on today's show, please click here.
May 3, 2017
With special guest Kathryn DeVault, MSL, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, manager of health information management (HIM) consulting services at United Audit Solutions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and co-host Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, CDI education specialist with ACDIS.  To view a copy of the 2018 IPPS proposed rule, please click here.
April 19, 2017
With special guests Lori Sackela, RN, CCM, CCDS, regional director of clinical documentation at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, and Seth Kirschner, senior manager at the Claro Group, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois.  To view the article "I want to hear from you: Is CDI only about money?" referenced on this show by co-host Allen Frady, please click here.
April 5, 2017
With special guests James P. Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, vice president at Enjoin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Michael D. Teague, MD, SFHM, CCDS, associate director of hospital medicine service and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) advisor at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  To view the article "Medicare Delays Expansion of Bundled Payments Program" discussed on today's program, please visit the Healthleaders Media website: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/finance/medicare-delays-expansion-bundled-payments-program
March 23, 2017
With special guest Frances Frank, RN, MBA/MSN/HCM, CPHQ, Manager of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) at Stanford Health Care, and co-host Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, CDI Education Director for ACDIS and BLR Healthcare in Middleton. To view the Kaiser Health News article “By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care is ‘Observation’ Only” presented on this show, visit KHN.org: http://khn.org/news/by-law-hospitals-now-must-tell-medicare-patients-when-care-is-observation-only/.
March 8, 2017
With special guests Adelaide M. La Rosa, RN, BSN, CCDS, assistant vice president of HIM and CDI for six acute care facilities part of Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and Robin Jones, RN, BSN, CCDS, MHA/Ed, assistant vice president for revenue integrity and clinical documentation excellence for Mercy Health in Mason, OH.  To view the news story "Scheme tied to UnitedHealth Overbilled Medicare for Years, Suit Says," visit The New York Times website. To learn more about the Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp shown on this program, please click here.
February 22, 2017
With special guest Connie Chappelle, RN, MN, CLNC, risk management coordinator for Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, and Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist at HCPro and the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).
February 8, 2017
With special guest Dr. Richard Pinson, principal of Pinson and Tang CDI educators and consultants based in Houston, TX, and Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS,CDI education specialist with ACDIS and full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps. To download a copy of the slides presented on today's program, please click here.
January 25, 2017
With special guest Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDI Education Specialist for HCPro and the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).  To view the OIG audit report on malnutrition referenced on this show, please click here. To view the opinion piece "Stop the insanity related to the 2017 coding Guidelines," please click here.
January 11, 2017
With special guest Timothy Brundage, MD, CCDS, medical director of Brundage Medical Group and a former member of the ACDIS Advisory Board, and co-host Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, CDI education specialist with HCPro, instructor for the CDI Boot Camps, and subject matter expert for ACDIS.  To view Dr. Brundage's Heart Failure: Framingham Criteria document featured on this weeks' program, please click here. To view the Healthleaders Media story on bundled payments featured on this week's program, please click here.
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