The annual ACDIS conference averages 90-100 speakers, presenting 50+ breakout sessions on all aspects of clinical documentation improvement. Click here to read the 2019 brochure, complete with session descriptions.

Following is a list of some of the highlight speakers who will be featured on the podium in 2019.



Natalie Stavas, MD

Day 1 Keynote
Tuesday, May 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
"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.



Scott Perry, CPA


Truman Mayfield, CPA, CPE

Day 2 General Session
Wednesday, May 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
"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 will learn 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 will also discuss what to expect during an HHS audit in the health care arena.

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



Joe Tye

Day 3 General Session
Thursday, May 23, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
"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.

Take a look at what Tye has to say about his session below!