Tammy Combs, RN, MSN, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Director, HIM Practice Excellence

Tammy Combs, RN, MSN, CDIP, CCS, CCDS, is director and lead nurse planner of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA. She provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, the media, and outside organizations on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) practice issues. Ms. Combs authors material for and supports AHIMA online CDI education platforms. She also serves as faculty for the AHIMA CDI Academies and CDIP Exam Preps, and is a technical advisor for the Association on CDI publications.

Ms. Combs received her master's in nursing (specializing in health systems management) from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Prior to joining AHIMA in 2015, she served in both management and director-level positions, leading CDI teams in large acute care hospitals. She held various nursing positions before specializing in CDI. She served in several nursing roles including medical surgical staff/charge nurse, ICU staff/charge nurse, electrophysiology, case management, and public health. Ms. Combs is a frequent presenter on CDI issues to a wide array of audiences including physicians, nurses, coders, quality analysts, and HIM professionals.