Karen Newhouser, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CCM was recently appointed as Director of CDI Education at MedPartners.  She is responsible for providing support and educational opportunities in the interest of setting people up for success using ACDIS and AHIMA Standards of Practice as guiding principles to advance the profession of CDI.  Ms. Newhouser began her career with MedPartners in 2011 as the CDI Supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  During her three year tenure in that position, the CDI program grew from 11 to 30 strong, which included a concurrent & retrospective second level review team.  In March, 2014, Ms. Newhouser led the CDI team through a seamless transition of assigning principal and secondary diagnoses solely in ICD-10-CM/PCS.

Ms. Newhouser was nominated for a volunteer advisor position on the ACDIS Advisory Board.  When asked why she felt she would be a good fit for the positions, Ms. Newhouser stated “As a visionary, I will look ahead on the path and assist ACDIS to continue to guide us in the right direction as we run together, arm in arm, enjoying the journey that has no end. I feel I can best serve the CDI community on the ACDIS Advisory Board by collaborating with ACDIS in ongoing education, best practices, and leadership as they continue to set us up for success.”

Please join us in welcoming Karen Newhouser and supporting her nomination for the ACDIS Advisory Board.  Vote for Karen today at: http://hcpro.com/acdis/advisory_board_poll.cfm

About Ms. Newhouser

Karen’s RN nursing career has spanned 36 years and 2 countries (U.S. and Canada) and was rooted in critical care before she transitioned to Case Management. CDI has been a part of her professional life for over 10 years and she is committed to education and advancing the field, centered on the CDS, all the while knowing that the true beneficiary to clear, complete, consistent and precise documentation is the patient.

Karen holds certifications in Clinical Documentation Improvement (CCDS), Coding (CCS), and Case Management (CCM), and is a member of ACDIS, AHIMA and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.  Karen is currently enrolled in Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Health Informatics Program.

About the ACDIS Advisory Board

ACDIS advisors are important, volunteer positions that help shape the direction of the association and provide leadership, expertise, and representation for the membership. The term of service is a maximum of three years. – See more at: http://www.hcpro.com/acdis/