Keynote and General Session Speakers

Get a sneak peek at some of the wonderful keynote and general session speakers who graced the podium at the 2019 ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI!

The 2019 ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI featured presentations on all aspects of outpatient CDI. Click here to download the event brochure, which includes a complete agenda.

Joan Peterson

2019 Keynote
Day 1

November 14, 2019

Joan Peterson
Vice President, Master Facilitator, & Leadership Coach
BluePoint Leadership Development, a Simplify Compliance brand

Joan Peterson is vice president, master facilitator, and leadership coach at BluePoint Leadership Development, a Simplify Compliance brand. She is a highly skilled facilitator and coach with over 15 years of hands-on experience working with leaders at all levels and in many different industries. She is noted for her passion for what she does and for her energetic and interactive facilitation style. Her feedback typically includes the words: engaging, excellent, enthusiastic, informative, and professional. She is equally adept at working with front line emerging leaders as she is with executive teams.

Joan is noted for her unique workshop design and delivers measurable results by inspiring participants to build on their strengths to improve their bottom line results. Her growing renown as a facilitator is equaled by her growing reputation as a thought leader and a respected authority on what it takes to deliver a learning experience that will last the test of time.

Her areas of expertise include helping organizations, teams, and individuals understand how to lift the performance of others, how to improve team execution by way of innovation and creativity, and how to create an aligned and engaged organization that is primed to deliver on its vision.

She will present the Day 1 keynote address, titled "Living and Working with Passion and Purpose."

Christopher G. Bresette, CPA

2019 General Session
Day 2
November 15, 2019

Christopher G. Bresette, CPA
Assistant Regional Inspector for Audit Services
Office of Inspector General (OIG)

Our day 2 general session will be a presentation by Christopher G. Bresette, CPA, Assistant Regional Inspector General for Audit Services, Office of Inspector General.

Bresette was involved with a recent audit of particular interest to attendees of the ACDIS Symposium: Outpatient CDI. The report is entitled “Some diagnosis codes that Essence Healthcare, Inc., submitted to CMS did not comply with federal requirements.” You can find it here.

In this audit the OIG reviewed a Medicare Advantage organization, Essence Healthcare, Inc. (Essence), and focused on two areas that included high-risk diagnosis codes. Its objective was to determine whether selected diagnosis codes that Essence submitted to CMS for use in CMS’s risk adjustment program complied with Federal requirements. The OIG selected 218 unique enrollee-years with high-risk diagnosis codes during calendar years 2012 through 2014. The 218 enrollee-years included 52 diagnoses of acute stroke and 166 diagnoses of major depressive disorder. It determined that Essence received $158,904 of overpayments.