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The Mirage

3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV 89109

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13th Annual Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) Conference

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Registration is now open for our 13th annual conference, to be held May 5-8 at The Mirage in Las Vegas, NV.

The annual ACDIS Conference features unparalleled networking, the ACDIS Achievement Awards, and six concurrent educational tracks with a diverse range of sessions, covering best practices for staff management, physician engagement, clinically focused chart reviews, and critical regulatory updates to improve every aspect of your CDI department.


  • CDI specialists
  • CDI managers/directors
  • HIM directors
  • Case management directors/managers
  • Revenue cycle directors
  • Physician champions/advisors to CDI
  • Quality improvement professionals
  • Coding compliance specialists
  • DRG coordinators
  • Inpatient coders
  • Coding managers/supervisors
  • Chief medical officers
  • Denials and appeals managers

The annual ACDIS conference averages 90-100 speakers, presenting 50+ breakout sessions on all aspects of clinical documentation improvement.

2019 Highlight Speakers

"Running Toward Chaos"

Natalie Stavas, MD

On April 15, 2013, Dr. Natalie Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away she heard explosions, and she ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets, and triaging the wounded.

What led her to make that fateful decision to run into a terrorist attack? An expert on chaos, Natalie Stavas attacks every obstacle with the same attitude: "You run towards that which you fear, that which challenges you, that which is oppositional." Running toward chaos actually makes chaos more manageable. Attendees of the 2019 ACDIS national conference will learn these lessons first-hand, and how to apply them to their careers and their personal lives.

Following these actions President Barack Obama, Katie Couric, and Anderson Cooper honored Natalie for her role as a first responder. Improper Bostonian magazine named Dr. Stavas one of "Boston's Best" and The Boston Globe awarded her with "2013 Bostonian of the Year”—an honor bestowed upon those that shape the biggest story of the year in a remarkable way.

After the bombings Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence and improving the health of urban communities. She is a mentor for Sole Train- a non-profit organization guiding inner-city youth on a path towards their full potential through running. She is also the medical advisor for the Appalachian Mountain Club, helping improve the health of children by getting them outside.

Dr. Stavas' work goes beyond borders- traveling to Haiti throughout the year, she provides medical care to children and helps strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure. A documentary featuring this work as a medical pioneer premiered at the 2014 South by Southwest film festival.

Dr. Stavas has written for multiple outlets including the Huffington Post, the Center for Disease Control, Self Magazine and the Medical Bag. She has been featured in Runners World, The New York Times, LA Times, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, Time and People Magazine. Described as a healer, educator, and community leader she received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation.

Dr. Natalie Stavas is currently a physician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Trained and educated at Harvard University, Natalie's area of experience is in childhood trauma, decreasing youth violence and researching how we can better protect and serve high-risk children.

She is pursuing fellowship training in Child Protection pediatrics and obtaining a Masters in Health Science and Public Policy at The University of Pennsylvania. She was recently named the wellbeing/work-life integration specialist for the Department of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Keep an eye out for her upcoming book, Sole to Soul, about the transformative power that running has on high-risk youth, a simple solution to the complicated problem of childhood poverty and violence.

"OIG Work Plan and Current Initiatives"

Truman Mayfield, CPA, CPE, and Scott Perry, CPA

The Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is charged with protecting the integrity of HHS programs as well as protecting the health and welfare of program beneficiaries. Participants learned directly from OIG representatives how the OIG develops its work plan, how it plans its work, and how it updates the Work Plan. OIG representatives also discussed what to expect during an HHS audit in the healthcare arena.

The session also included discussion of ongoing OIG initiatives such as the hospital compliance project, current areas of focus in hospital compliance audits, and findings from recent audits.

"How to be the lion in your mirror"

Joe Tye

Have you seen the picture of a tabby cat looking into a mirror and seeing a lion look back? That is a great metaphor for life – how do we overcome our own inner barriers and self-imposed limitations to fulfill our true potential and achieve our most authentic goals? In this dynamic closing keynote, Values Coach CEO Joe Tye will share seven practical strategies to “be the lion in your mirror” and inspire you to put them to work in your personal and professional lives.

Joe Tye is CEO and Head Coach of Values Coach Inc., which works with healthcare organizations to design and build a culture of ownership on a foundation of values. He is the author or coauthor of 15 books and dozens of journal articles on personal achievement and organizational culture and a frequent speaker for healthcare association conferences and hospital leadership programs. Prior to founding Values Coach in 1994 he was chief operating officer for a large community teaching hospital.

ACDIS Achievement Awards

The ACDIS Achievement Awards are bestowed annually at the ACDIS national conference to honor excellence in the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) profession. All ACDIS Achievement Award winners have made measurable improvements in their organization and have gone above and beyond to advance the interests and best practices of the CDI profession.

The nomination period for the 2020 award nomination period is not yet open. The ACDIS conference committee will review nominations and will select the winners.

CDI Professional of the Year: This award recognizes an individual who stands out as a consummate representative of the best attributes of a CDI professional. The nominee must have at least five years as a CDI professional at the time of their nomination. To read the bios of the CDI Professional of the Year award winners over the years.

Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement: This award recognizes an individual who has made significant achievements as a CDI professional in their facility or within their broader organization. The nominee must have at least three years as a CDI professional at the time of their nomination.

Excellence in Provider Engagement: This award recognizes an individual who has made a substantive difference within their organization and the broader community through enhancing medical staff understanding, collaboration, and engagement. The nominee must have two or more years of experience in this role at the time of their nomination.

Rookie of the Year: This award recognizes an individual who has served in the CDI profession less than two years from the time of his or her nomination but has made a significant contribution in that time frame.

Pediatric CDI Professional Achievement: This award recognizes an individual who exhibits dedication and service to the pediatric CDI profession and has made significant achievements in their facility or within their broader organization.

Non-Traditional Setting CDI Professional Achievement: This award recognizes an individual who exhibits dedication and service to the CDI profession and has made significant achievements in a non-traditional setting such as outpatient, physician practice, long-term care, rehabilitation or other setting type.

Winners will be honored with an award and recognition during the annual ACDIS annual conference, and the CDI Professional of the Year receives free admission. All nominations will be reviewed and voted on by the ACDIS conference committee in conjunction with ACDIS administration.

Closing Night Reception

The annual ACDIS conference is all about education, networking, and honoring excellence in the CDI community. This year at our 12th annual conference kept the CDI celebration going even longer with an optional Closing Night Awards Reception.

The Closing Night Awards Reception celebrated the ACDIS Achievement Award winners at the Coquina Lawn in the Gaylord Palms. The reception took place on the last full evening of the conference, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 5-6:30 p.m. (shortly after the conclusion of sessions).

The 13th annual ACDIS Conference will be held May 5-8, 2020, at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. ACDIS has a number of rooms reserved at a discounted attendee rate.

The Mirage

3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

- Room rate: $203/night (includes a $35 resort fee)

- Hotel cut-off date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

- Toll-Free Reservation Center: 800-374-9000 and referring to ACDIS 2020 Annual Conference

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