The annual ACDIS conference averages 90-100 speakers, presenting 50+ breakout sessions on all aspects of clinical documentation improvement. Our 2018 conference brochure provides a representative sample.

Following is a list of some of the highlight speakers who were featured on the podium in 2018. Check back on this page for details about our 2019 keynote speakers as they are announced!


Joe Flower

Joe Flower, healthcare futurist

Joe Flower recognized long ago that healthcare couldn't make sense until seen as a system-as-a-whole. He has devoted his career to understanding the dynamics of this complex adaptive system, observing the multi-level interactions of underlying trends in technology, demographics, and economics that have driven the evolution (or devolution) of the healthcare we know today.

Flower has interviewed many in and outside of healthcare who have driven conceptual and technological innovation, and has learned from their mistakes. It’s all brought him to a vision of a future healthcare that is far better, far more available, and far less expensive than today’s, a future that is achievable and, in some places, is being achieved.

Flower is the author of thousands of articles over the last 37 years on healthcare, a contributing editor at, a featured columnist for The American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) Daily, and a member of the AHA’s speaking faculty. His most recent two books explore the practical possibility of a better healthcare system that costs half as much, and the trends and tools that may be getting us there.

Flower’s hundreds of speaking and consulting clients have included a wide array of organizations from the U.N.’s World Health Organization, the U.S. Defense Department, and the Centers for Disease Control, to governments around the world, most U.S. state and Canadian provincial hospital associations, many Fortune 500 companies, the giants of the health insurance industry, major medical systems such as Kaiser, Cleveland Clinic, and Johns Hopkins, to small community hospitals and associations of free clinics.

Flower will present the keynote session. The title of his presentation is "Will AI Eat My Job? Healthcare 2028: The Big Reveal."

General Session, day two

David S. Nilasena, MD, MSPH, MS

David S. Nilasena,

Dr. Nilasena is the Chief Medical Officer for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Dallas Regional Office. He has been with the agency since 1995. He is the regional lead for the agency’s Value-Based Purchasing initiatives, including quality reporting and pay for performance programs in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and ambulatory care settings. He is also a lead contact for the HITECH EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and is also part of the regional team implementing the Health Insurance Marketplace. Dr. Nilasena has been the CMS lead for national quality improvement efforts in acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and stroke. He has served as a clinical and technical consultant to Quality Improvement Organizations and End Stage Renal Disease Networks in CMS Region 6.

Dr. Nilasena received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, Texas. Following an internship in internal medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Science Center, he completed a two-year research fellowship in immunology at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He completed residency training in general preventive medicine and public health and a fellowship in general internal medicine and medical informatics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Nilasena has masters of science degrees in both public health and medical informatics from the University of Utah. He is board certified in general preventive medicine/public health.

Dr. Nilasena will present the general session presentation on day two of the conference. The title of his presentation is "The CMS Quality Payment Programs--Changes for Year 2."

General Session, day three

Allison Massari

Allison Massari

Hailed by audiences worldwide as “life-changing,” “riveting,” “extraordinary,” “bold,” and “deeply moving,” Massari’s message of courage, kindness, and resilience resonates with participants long after an event has finished. Listed as one of the Top 10 Best Speakers for “motivation” and “personal development” in the United States by Meetings & Conventions Magazine, Massari has been featured on ABC, NBC and FOX networks. Her diverse client list includes: GE Healthcare IT, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, LPL Financial, PEI (Petroleum Equipment Institute), MDRT – Million Dollar Round Table, Eli Lilly and Co., Allscripts, Fresenius, HIMSS/CHIME, Teva Pharmaceutical, Siemens Medical, CVS Health, Beryl Institute, The Mosaic Company, American Family Insurance Group.

Massari has dedicated her career to catapulting individuals and organizations toward total success, mastery, and fulfillment. As an international keynote speaker, executive coach, and interdisciplinary artist, she provides an exceptional blend of business acuity, clarity, creative perspective, and real understanding. Her highly effective methods have enabled her to form bonds as a trusted confidante to CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs. Having triumphed over two traumatic accidents, one where she was severely burned on over 50% of her body, Massari captures the hearts of audiences, demonstrating how to move forward with speed and grace. Prepare to be taken on a journey.

Massari will present the general session presentation on day three of the conference. The title of her presentation is "The Survival Guide to Being Human--and the Art of Happiness."