ACDIS is led by the following volunteer boards and committees:

ACDIS Advisory Board

Task: Providing leadership, expertise, and an industry voice for the ACDIS membership.

View the qualifications, responsibilities, and nomination/election process for the ACDIS Advisory Board.

View ACDIS Advisory Board Frequently Asked Questions .

Sam Antonios, MD, FACP, SFHM, CPE, CCDS
Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director Information Systems
Via Christi Health

Antonios is a board certified internist. He is a chief medical officer, medical director of information systems, utilization management medical director, physician advisor, and HIM committee chair for Via Christi in Wichita, Kansas.

In his role, he serves in planning, implementing, and managing the hospital EHR system and all required updates. In an ever-changing regulatory world, he works closely with the quality leaders to stay ahead of the operational needs to manage and tackle challenging documentation and quality requirements.

He engages with physicians in clinical documentation improvement initiatives and quality initiatives. He works closely with the CDI team across the health system in documentation efforts. He has a large focus on data stewardship and use of analytics to identify opportunities and implement changes needed to improve outcomes. Dr. Antonios is also a practicing hospitalist and sees patients in the hospital.

Elected to the board in 2016; serving through April 2019

  Angie Curry, RN, BSN, CCDS
  CDI Director
  Conifer Health, Frisco, TX

Curry’s experience covers 19 years of experience in both nursing and CDI. Her nursing expertise includes cardiovascular, education, and now CDI. As a CDI Director she develops program metrics for reporting, monitoring, and distribution. Also, she’s responsible for DRG-based denial management, including case reviews and working with the HIM physician advisor during the appeals process. Curry has spoken at both local and national CDI events, allowing her to share her passion and enthusiasm for accurate documentation.

Elected to the board in 2017; serving through April 2020

Paul Evans, RHIA, CCDS, CCS, CCS-P
Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialist
Sutter West Bay Area

Based in San Francisco, Evans holds degrees in business administration and healthcare information management. He has previously worked as a data quality coordinator, senior internal auditor, a project manager for a national consulting firm, and as the director of various HIM departments.

A member of both the American Health Information Association and ACDIS, he has published or contributed to multiple articles regarding quality and data management and has been a featured speaker for various educational seminars.

Elected to the board in 2016; serving through April 2019

James P. Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS
Vice President

Board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics, Fee maintains a clinical practice in hospital medicine and has been actively involved in operations and process development of CDI programs across the country, including ground level training of physician advisors, coders, and CDI specialists. He has provided clients with specialized risk-adjusted quality and Accountable Care Organization audits. His participation in CPT (E/M) audits and physician education bridges inpatient and outpatient care delivery mirroring the future of CDI. 

Fee is also a Hospitalist at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has authored articles for ACDIS, ICD-10 Monitor, Journal of AHIMA, and Advance Executive Insight targeting physician integration and collaboration in CDI and has worked to incorporate advancing technology with data analytics and ongoing physician education through a point-of-care mobile application.

He is a graduate of Tulane Health Sciences Center and is an active member in Alpha Omega Alpha, Society of Hospital Medicine, and American Association of Physician Leadership.  Fee is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and provides local, state, and national presentations for a variety of state and national associations including ACDIS, AHIMA, and American Association of Physician Leadership. 

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

  Katy Good, RN, BSN, CCS, CCDS
  Training Materials Specialist
  Enjoin CDI

Good is a registered nurse with a clinical background in the ICU and ED. As the lead training materials specialist, she is responsible for the overall development and oversight of both internal and client training materials focusing on documentation improvement across the continuum of care. She works side by side with Enjoin’s physician team to develop clinical, coding, and documentation materials based on the principals of high quality documentation, evidence based medicine and the most up to date clinical best practice guidelines, coupled with clinical coding concepts that are impactful to patient care and value-based outcomes in all settings. 

In 2011, Good was tasked with expanding and systemizing a CDI program across facilities. Over the following six years, she gained extensive management and operational experience ultimately designing an operational model of success which improved the accuracy of both payment and quality outcomes while mitigating risk associated with denials. As the CDI program coordinator, she provided comprehensive education to CDI, coding, and medical staff, thorough audits of both CDI and coding, and developed processes to provide mortality, PSI, and HAC reviews. 

Good has been a frequent ACDIS conference speaker and is a regular contributor to industry publications and CDI blogs. Her achievements include recipient of the 2-14 ACDIS CDI Professional Achievement Award and the Academic Achievement Award for graduating first in her nursing class in 2006. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New Mexico State University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Mexico. 

Elected to the board in 2017; serving through April 2020

Tamara A. Hicks, RN, BSN, MHA, CCS, CCDS, ACM
Director, Clinical Documentation Excellence 
Wake Forest Baptist Health

Tamara is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience, 15 years in critical care and more than 17 years in CDI and management. She is responsible for all CDI activity at Wake Forest Baptist Health system, an 885 bed academic medical center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

She previously had management responsibility for case managers, social workers, and utilization managers. She was a founding member of the CDI team at Wake Forest in 1999, and continues to lead the team expanding its efforts into all-payer reviews, reviews related to HACs/PSIs and SOI/ROM, and the implementation of ICD-10. The team is now expanding into the outpatient arena.

She previously served as a founding member of the Advisory Board and continues to serve on the CCDS Certification Board. She has spoken at several local and national association meetings. She is also a member of AHIMA and ACMA. She is also an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

Hicks earned a diploma in nursing from the Watts School of Nursing, a bachelor degree in nursing from Gardner-Webb University, and a master degree in health administration with a concentration in leadership and organizational change from Pfeiffer University.

Elected to board in 2016; serving through April 2019

Robin Jones, RN, BSN, MHA/Ed, CCDS
Regional Director CDI, West Florida Division
Adventist Health Care, Tampa, Florida

A registered nurse, Robin has clinical experience in Med/Surg and NICU, and began her CDI career in 2004 with Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. She began as a CDS and through growth was promoted up to a AVP of CDI and Revenue Integrity. In her AVP role she had direct oversight of 24 facilities. Her most important work was increasing physician awareness regarding CDI as well as collaborative work processes within the health care team including; Coding, Case Management, Quality, Revenue Cycle and Ancillary departments to ensure the documentation is accurate for the care provided.  

Most recently, Robin has relocated to Tampa, Florida where she is working as the Regional Director of CDI for the West Florida Division of Adventist Health Care. In her role, she will have direct oversight of nine facilities and will work to instill that same collaborative approach to make a positive impact for the patients and healthcare organization. 

She received her RN Diploma from Christ Hospital School of Nursing in 2000, BSN from University of Phoenix in 2008, and MHA/ED from University of Phoenix in 2013. Robin presented at the ACDIS conference in 2016 and has been on ACDIS radio discussing her passion for CDI and healthcare of the future. 

Elected to board in 2016; serving through April 2019

Karen Newhouser, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CCM, CDIP
Director of Education

An RN with 36 years’ experience, and a specialization in critical care, Newhouser transitioned to a role in case management in 2001 and CDI in 2004. In 2011, she earned a certificate in medical coding and billing as well as the CCDS credential. That same year, Newhouser co-presented a poster for the 4th Annual ACDIS Conference and joined MedPartners as the CDI supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Having been a mentor and preceptor throughout her career, she transitioned to the position of director of CDI education for MedPartners in 2014.

Newhouser has extensive experience in quality initiatives involving patient safety indicators, hospital acquired conditions, core measures, sepsis, and malnutrition, as well as education in ICD-9 and ICD-10, query template and tip card development, auditing, data analysis, and reporting.

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

  Laurie Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC 
  CDI Education Director

Prescott is the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Education Director with HCPro, a division of BLR. Prescott serves as a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert for the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement (ACDIS). Prescott is a frequent speaker on HCPro/ACDIS webinars and is the author of the CDI Complete Training Guide.

Prescott started her nursing career in 1985 as a graduate of the University of Vermont School Of Nursing. Since that time she has worked at a variety of organizations including academic, large and small community hospitals. She has worked in a number of nursing roles including as manager in the areas of medical/surgical, ICU, PACU and endoscopy. Her experience also includes specialization as a compliance officer.

She completed her MSN with a focus in nursing education at the University of Phoenix and taught nursing as an adjunct instructor to ADN students. She continued her focus of nursing education in various roles. In 2007, Prescott left this role to develop and implement a CDI program and remained in this role until joining HCPro in August of 2013.

Serving on the board since January 2017

Judy Schade, RN, MSN, CCM, CCDS
Quality and Education Specialist--CDI
Mayo Clinic Health System

A nurse with more than 30 years’ experience, Schade has experience in a variety of clinical areas, including acute and home health nursing, discharge planning, case management, utilization and denial management, medical auditing, and bill review specialist. Over the years, she has gained insight into healthcare reimbursement practices, and how complete and accurate documentation affects quality care. Her CDI experience spans more than 15 years and includes establishing the CDI program for Mayo Clinic Hospital-Arizona, where she helped lead the development of educational materials, presentations, and a CDI resource booklet. Her current position is Quality and Education Specialist-CDI for Mayo Clinic Health System.

Schade received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, and Master of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix. A member of the Mayo Clinic Arizona-Care Management Subcommittee and Mayo Clinic Health Systems-CDI Subcommittee, she served as a former board member and editor for Wisconsin Nursing Association district 5, obtained certification in case management in 2005, and her CCDS certification in 2011.

An ACDIS member since 2008, she served as co-leader of the Arizona ACDIS Chapter in 2015. In 2013, received the Recognition of CDI Professional Achievement award from ACDIS.

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

  Susan Schmitz, JD, RN, CCS, CCDS, CDIP
  Regional Director of Clinical Documentation Improvement
  SCAL Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, California

Schmitz’s experience includes 36 years as a Registered Nurse and 19 years in the CDI field – from consulting, to managing hospital-based CDI programs, to serving as regional CDI director over 14 SCAL Kaiser Permanente medical centers. She is one of the authors of the CDI Reference app published by Elsevier and is considered one of their subject matter experts for their online CDI course. Additionally, she has been an ACDIS member since 2009, taking the second CCDS exam ever offered.

Elected to the board in 2017; serving through April 2020

  Deanne Wilk, BSN, RN, CCDS, CCS
  Manager of CDI
  Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania

Wilk’s experience spans 35 years in the healthcare field. Her primary nursing background includes Telemetry and Home Health nursing, transitioning into an education role and then CDI. From her original CDI role, she transitioned into consulting and management. Over the years, she has worked on numerous educational projects, articles, contributed as a subject matter expert to CDI and coding coursework, and spoken at numerous national and local conferences. Since 2015, she has been the co-host and founder of the Central Pennsylvania ACDIS chapter.

Elected to the board in 2017; serving through April 2020

  Anny Pang Yuen, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CDIP
  AP Consulting Associates LLC

Anny Pang Yuen is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS), and Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP). She has a strong background in clinical documentation improvement, healthcare administration, health information management department processes, revenue cycle, ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS inpatient coding, electronic health record and computer-assisted coding implementations. She has implemented and re-invigorated many CDI programs nationwide and has also provided on-site CDI support to major health systems. She is the author of First Steps in Outpatient CDI: Tips and Tools for Building a Program and the co-author of The Complete Guide to CDI Management published by ACDIS/HCPro.

She currently serves on the ACDIS advisory board and is a recognized HIM and CDI subject matter expert. She is also an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Anny is a member of the AHIMA Outpatient Query Toolkit Committee, CCS Exam Development Committee and the CDIP Item-Writing. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in HIM from Temple University where she minored in business, and is an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer.

Elected to the board in 2015; serving through April 2018

CCDS Certification Board

Task: Maintaining and updating the CCDS Certification Program, including the exam and its prerequisites.

Board Members: Deborah Bisker, Karen Bridgeman, Sharme Brodie, Margi Brown, Cheryl Ericson, Rita Fields, Fran Jurcak, Laurie Prescott, Melinda Matthew, Mary McGrady, Irina Zusman

CCDS-O Certification Committee

Task: Developing and maintaining the CCDS-O Certification Program, including the exam and its prerequisites.

Committee Members: Tracy Boldt, Judy Dokken, Tamara Hicks, Fran Jurcak, James Manz, Shannon McCall, Karen Newhouser, Diana Ortiz, Laurie Prescott, Jessica Vaughn, Yvonne Whitley, Michelle Wieczorek.

To readthe committee members’ bios, please click here.

2018 Conference Committee

Task: Selecting all speakers and sessions for the 2018 conference; selecting the 2018 ACDIS Achievement Awards Winners.

Committee Members: Jennifer Cooper, Vicki Davis, Margaret Foley, LaDonna Harbour, Faisal Hussain, Jeffrey Morris, Chaka Prior, Teri Ryan, Courtney Spangler, Michele Thornton, Susanne Warford, Kathleen Brady-Wiesler, Melissa Varnavas (ACDIS Associate Editorial Director), Shelia Bullock (nurse planner).

To read the committee members' bios, please click here.

2017 CDI Week Committee

Task: Planning activities for the 2017 CDI Week activities; participating in Q&As based on the 2017 CDI Week Industry Survey.

Committee Members: Terry Simmons, Rosita Waddell, Rhonda Peppers, Leigh Wolff, Nancy Ignatowicz, Kristie Perry, Caryn Nowak, Laurie Morelle, Cornelius Delogramtic, James Wall, Elaine Maldonado, Brenda Ng, and Linnea Archibald (ACDIS editor).

To read the committee members' bios, click here.

Forms & Tools Review Committee

Task: Reviewing materials donated to the ACDIS community for publication in the Forms & Tools Library for accuracy, compliance, relevance, and effectiveness. Click here to download the committee scope of work.

Committee Members: Jillian Bisbe, Alicia Gordon, Stephanie Haase, Melissa MaGuire, Ashely Vahey, and Linnea Archibald (committee coordinator).

Chapter Advisory Board

Task: Serving as liaisons between local chapter leaders and ACDIS national administration by participating on chapter leadership conference calls, promoting best practice, and providing guidance to leaders across the country.

Board Members: Deb Dallos from Florida, Lillian Dickey from Washington, Karen Elmore from Missouri, Lori Ganote from Kentucky, Lori LaFaver from Pennsylvania, Kerry Seekircher from New York, Molly Seibert from Oregon, Aimee Van Balen from Massachusetts, and Alma Yap from Arizona.

To read the committee members' bios, click here.

CDI Practice Guidelines Committee

View the purpose, composition, and scope of work of the CDI Practice Guidelines Committee.

Task: To define and publish best practice for the CDI profession and provide commentary to the appropriate coding authorities and/or medical specialties.

Committee Members: Amy Gerhart, Angelisa Romanello, Julie Geiger, Emmanuel Damalie, Allen Frady, Cathy Farraher, Patricia Hartman, Karen Carr, Cynthia Stefl, Cheryl Ericson (Committee Chair), Karen Newhouser (ACDIS Advisory Board Liaison).

Previous Advisory Board Members

  • Dee Banet, RN, BSN, CCDS (2011-2013)
  • Cindy Basham, MHA, MSCCS, BSN, CPC, CCS (2007-2010)
  • Susan Belley, M.Ed., RHIA, CPHQ (2011-2013)
  • Timothy N. Brundage, MD (2011-2013)
  • Gloryanne Bryant, BS, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Shelia Bullock, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS (2009-2011)
  • Donald Butler, RN, BSN (2013-2015)
  • Jean S. Clark, RHIA (2007-2010)
  • Wendy Clesi, RN, CCDS (2014-2017)
  • Wendy De Vreugd, RN, BSN, PHN, FNP, CCDS (2007-2010, 2014-2017)
  • Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP (2014-2017)
  • Garri L. Garrison, RN, CPC, CMC, CPUR (2009-2011)
  • Colleen Garry, RN, BS (2007-2010)
  • Robert Gold, MD (2007-2010) (2011-2013)
  • William E. Haik, MD (2007-2010)
  • Tamara Hicks, RN, BSN, CCS, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Sylvia Hoffman, RN, CCDS, CCDI, CDIP (2013-2015)
  • Robin R. Holmes, RN, MSN (2009-2011)
  • Walter Houlihan, MBA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA (2013-2015)
  • Thomas W. Huth, MD, MBA, FACP (2015)
  • Fran Jurcak, RN, MSN, CCDS (2011-2014)
  • James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS (2010-2012)
  • Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI (2010-2012)
  • Mark LeBlanc, RN, MBA, CCDS (2014-2017)
  • Trey La Charité, MD (2011-2013)
  • Pam Lovell, MBA, RN (2007-2010)
  • Gail B. Marini, RN, MM, CCS, LNC (2010-2012)
  • Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CPC-I, CCDS (2007-2010)
  • Michelle McCormack, RN, BSN, CCDS, CRCR (2014-2017)
  • Lynne Spryszak, RN, CCDS, CPC (2007-2012)
  • Colleen Stukenberg, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS (2009-2011)
  • Heather Taillon, RHIA (2007-2010)
  • James E. Vance, MD, MBA (2014)
  • Donna D. Wilson, RHIA, CCS, CCDS (2011-2013)
  • Lena N Wilson, MHI, RHIA, CCS, CCDS (2010-2012)