Clinical documentation is at the core of every patient encounter. In order to be meaningful it must be accurate, timely, and reflect the scope of services provided. Successful clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs facilitate the accurate representation of a patient’s clinical status that translates into coded data. Coded data is then translated into quality reporting, physician report cards, reimbursement, public health data, and disease tracking and trending.
The convergence of clinical, documentation, and coding processes is vital to a healthy revenue cycle, and more important, to a healthy patient. To that end, CDI has a direct impact on patient care by providing information to all members of the care team, as well as those downstream who may be treating the patient at a later date.
A CDI program includes a myriad of people, processes, and technology that must work together to ensure success. Organizations need a well-rounded individual who can effectively articulate all the pieces: documentation requirements, code assignment, coding guidelines, and quality reporting.
CDI professionals come to the role from a variety of backgrounds, the two backgrounds seen most often are health information management (HIM) professionals and nurses. HIM professionals, through their education, are familiar with compliant documentation rules and regulations as well as accreditation standards that affect timely documentation. In addition, HIM professionals are also familiar with important areas such as privacy, security, and confidentiality that also impact sharing of clinical information. Nurses have a strong clinical background which helps them identify gaps in the clinical evidence and documentation. Both of these backgrounds provide a good foundation to become a CDI professional.
AHIMA is committed to advancing clinical documentation improvement (CDI) by providing education and training, certification, and other valuable resources to CDI professionals. Whether you are new to the CDI career, transitioning from a coding or clinical background, or an experienced CDI professional, AHIMA provides education and resources to support your lifelong learning and continued advancement.
Now, more than ever, CDI professionals are in high demand. By obtaining AHIMA’s Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP®) certification, professionals distinguish themselves as knowledgeable and competent in this field.
Learn more about the CDIP certification and resources to prepare for the exam.
CERTIFIED DOCUMENTATION IMPROVEMENT PRACTITIONER (CDIP): ADVANCING THE PRACTICE VIRTUAL LEARNING
CEUs: 9 (for all six webinars and one interactive learning session)
Using webinars, this series prepares you for the CDIP exam. The program reviews the six domains covered in the exam to help you improve your performance
Webinar series includes:
DOMAIN 1: CLINICAL CODING PRACTICE
DOMAIN 2: LEADERSHIP
DOMAIN 3: RECORD REVIEW & DOCUMENT CLARIFICATION
DOMAIN 4: CDI METRICS & STATISTICS
DOMAIN 5: RESEARCH & EDUCATION
DOMAIN 6: COMPLIANCE
CERTIFIED DOCUMENTATION IMPROVEMENT PRACTITIONER (CDIP): ADVANCING THE PRACTICE ONLINE COURSES
The CDIP Exam Prep online courses are designed to prepare the CDI professional to sit for the exam by reviewing the six domains covered in the CDIP exam. Real-world examples and learning activities are incorporated into the training. The courses also include more than 100 review questions to help prepare for the exam.
Domain 1: Clinical Coding
Domain 2: Leadership
Domain 3: Rec Review & Document Clarification
Domain 4: CDI Metrics and Statistics
Domain 5: Research and Education
Domain 6: Compliance
SELF-PACED CDI ACADEMY
This comprehensive series of 18 on-demand webinar lessons cover CDI best practices through real-life examples and assessments from lesson-specific clinical and coding topics for both inpatient and outpatient settings.
SELF-PACE CDI OUTPATIENT ACADEMY
This series of three webinar lessons cover CDI best practices through real-life examples and assessments from lesson specific clinical and coding topics for outpatient settings.
ADVANCED CDI COURSES
These courses are a set of 21 on-demand webinars that deliver both the clinical and coding perspectives when reviewing healthcare documentation. The courses can be purchased individually or as a complete bundle.
The Principles of CDI
Eye, Ear, Nose, Mouth, and Throat
Blood and Immunological Disorders
Injuries and Poisonings
THE FUNDAMENTALS FOR CDI EXCELLENCE
This CDI program contains four self-paced online courses directed toward clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists or related roles in healthcare settings. The focus of these courses is on identifying high quality clinical documentation that supports accurate ICD code assignment. The four courses in this program are:
Clinical Documentation Improvement: Principles and Practice
Identifies the fundamentals of clinical documentation, how to implement a CDI program, and how to grow and refine an existing program.
Documentation for Health Records
This publication addresses health record documentation requirements and practices, issues related to paper and EHRs, and offer an applicable orientation and overview of healthcare documentation.
Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP®) Exam Preparation
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) competencies are becoming more valued in healthcare professionals of all kinds, including health information management (HIM) professionals, nurses, and physicians. Test your knowledge of these concepts and prepare to sit for AHIMA's Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP®) examination with this guide, which includes two full exams comprised of 280 total questions.
Clinical Documentation Improvement for Outpatient Care
Outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is a vital step in the evolution of a comprehensive, overarching CDI program. Clinical Documentation Improvement for Outpatient Care: Design and Implementation is an all-inclusive guide to establishing and enhancing CDI programs for the outpatient and professional fee setting. It explains how to ensure sustainability and is a one-stop shop for information about regulatory changes that affect the healthcare industry.
Diving into Documentation Webinar Series-These are monthly 30-minute presentations created and presented by CDI industry experts. Each presentation is available free of charge and will be pre-recorded and available on-demand.
CDI Webinars available for purchase
Medical Residents as Key Players in Clinical Documentation
Policies, Training, and Systems to Protect the Integrity of the Medical Record
CDI Hot Topics
Complex CDI Clinical Scenarios, Query Opportunities and MS-DRG/APR-DRG Analyses with Questions and Answers
AHIMA Practice Briefs that Impact CDI
AHIMA offers a number of resources to assist organizations, CDI professionals and those interested in a career in CDI.
HIM Body of Knowledge™ Online Library
Monthly Blog: Documentation Detective
Infographic: The CDI Journey
Practice Briefs and Toolkits Member only resource; join during July and save $30 on your membership
Now more than ever, a strong, highly respected clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program can make a difference in achieving the goals of RAC audits, ARRA/HITECH, and other important initiatives aimed at improving the quality of healthcare. In response to industry demand, the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) developed the CDIP credential.
Professionals earning the CDIP credential will:
AHIMA certification can also help to:
As technology changes the way documentation is captured through the use of EHRs, AHIMA is leading the effort to ensure it is still clear, concise, and compliant. AHIMA has extensive expertise in CDI guidance, knowledge of documentation requirements relative to compliant coding and billing, in addition to EHR functionality to support documentation capture.
At the heart of AHIMA’s mission and vision is documentation that supports quality health information. The CDIP certification confirms the commitment of AHIMA to globally improve and maintain quality information for those involved in healthcare as well as support the integrity of the patient’s health record.
Candidates who would like to sit for the CDIP exam must meet one of the eligibility requirements below: