Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Recognition for Arena, Charlton, Jones, Karlan, Spiegel

Elizabeth A. Arena, MD, has been awarded board certification in complex general surgical oncology, Timothy P. Charlton, MD, represented the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons this month in Washington, Heather Jones, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for lung research, Beth Y. Karlan, MD, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, and Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, has been named co-editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - March 2015 (PDF)


Do you know of a significant event in the life of a medical staff member? Please let us know, and we'll post these milestones in Medical Staff Pulse. Also, feel free to submit comments on milestones, and we'll post the comments in the next issue. Click here to email us your milestones and comments.

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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Clinical Documentation Integrity Course Set

Members of the medical staff can take a "Clinical Documentation Integrity Power Course for Physicians" that will meet the first Tuesday of each month from April 7-Dec. 1. Sessions will take place from 3:30-6:30 p.m. in various locations. Participants need to attend just one session.

Under the Affordable Care Act, physicians will have to justify treatments and demonstrate satisfactory quality outcomes. Clinical documentation therefore will need to be accurate and timely and to reflect the scope of services provided.

Objectives of the course:

  • Explain the role of the Clinical Documentation Integrity Department at Cedars-Sinai
  • Discuss how hospitals and physicians are rated
  • Explore the DRG system and how documentation affects profiles
  • Understand the interplay among SOI, ROM, LOS and reimbursement
  • Compare ICD-9 and ICD-10 documentation requirements
  • Compare Cedars-Sinai’s score to those of similar hospitals
  • Learn definitions for common diagnoses
  • Recognize documentation that is vague and nonspecific
  • Identify documentation strategies to reflect the true severity of illness of the patient

Two continuing medical education credits will be available.

For more information, call Clinical Documentation Integrity at 310-423-3052.

CDI Power Course for Physicians (PDF)