Clinical documentation is at the core of every patient encounter. In order to be meaningful, the documentation must be clear, consistent, complete, precise, reliable, timely, and legible to accurately reflect the patient’s disease burden and scope of services provided.
Successful clinical documentation integrity (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, disease tracking and trending, and medical research.
The convergence of clinical care, documentation, and coding processes is vital to appropriate reimbursement, accurate quality scores, and informed decision-making to support high-quality patient care. 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 who may be treating the patient at a later date.
AHIMA is committed to advancing CDI by providing education and training, certification (CDIP® credential), and other valuable resources to CDI professionals. Whether you are new to CDI, 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.
1 COURSE | 18 CEUS
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Documentation Integrity Practitioner (CDIP) credential is recognized as a symbol of a CDI professional’s outstanding clinical and coding competency, leadership skills, and commitment to excellence. The CDIP preparation course is a comprehensive series of five modules that represent the five domains tested on the CDIP exam.
1 COURSE | 10 CEUS
Discover how artificial intelligence (AI) can support the healthcare revenue cycle through clinical documentation integrity (CDI) in our latest on-demand, professional development course for executives. Gain insights on how to secure buy-in from clinicians and work effectively alongside a variety of stakeholders to maximize the value from AI initiatives.
The CDI and Quality Outcomes course provides information on the impact CDI programs have on quality reporting within various healthcare settings. This course is composed of three modules, each focuses on a specific healthcare setting.
This course was designed for clinicians working in CDI who are preparing to take the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) exam. The course delivers a comprehensive overview of the CCS exam as well as a practice exam.
18 lessons | 26.5 CEUs
The Self-Paced CDI Inpatient-Outpatient Academy is a comprehensive series of 18 lessons that cover the best practices of CDI.
18 CEUs | 18 Contact Hours
Becoming an AHIMA-Approved Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Trainer can help you take your CDI career to the next level. Learn how to train others using CDI best practice standards. There is no travel required with the purchase of this digitally delivered, on demand course.
eBook | First Edition
Learn the fundamentals of clinical documentation, how to implement a CDI program, and how to grow and refine an existing program.
Hardcover | First Edition
This book is for experienced CDI professionals to test their knowledge regarding high-quality documentation and prepare to sit for AHIMA's CDIP exam.
Hardcover | First Edition
This is an all-inclusive guide to establishing and enhancing CDI programs for the outpatient and professional fee setting.
Hardcover | Sixteenth Edition
Keep vital information at your fingertips with the 2023 edition of the original CDI Pocket Guide®.
eBook | Sixteenth Edition
Take your clinical documentation integrity (CDI) department completely online and mobile.
On-Demand | Up to 3 CEUs
This three session series guides CDI professionals through their artificial intelligence (AI) CDI program journey. Sessions highlight the benefits of AI in CDI programs, the role CDI professionals play in integrating and managing CDI technology, and the process of auditing the AI process in CDI programs.
June 14 | 11:30 a.m. CT
Participate in an expert-led panel discussion on the value of open EHR platforms and the use of third-party applications to bring patients the best care. In this session, ChristianaCare will recount its collaboration with Story Health and Cerner to implement a SMART on FHIR application.
21 Webinars | 29 CEUs Total
This course series includes 21 webinars that provides a comprehensive educational approach to CDI based on body systems and diagnostic categories.
Practice Brief | Available for download
Download the Brief to learn best practice standards for the clinical documentation integrity query process. The new AHIMA-ACDIS practice brief serves as an essential resource for coding and clinical documentation integrity (CDI), and other healthcare professionals with the underlying goal of validating the clinical documentation within the health record to accurately represent the clinical status of the patient.
The CDI Progression Ladder represents and supports all stages of a CDI professionals career, including the educational level of each product.
Learn best practices for topics such as denials prevention and management as well as the art and science of CDI.
Be prepared to handle any situation in the workplace with toolkits covering topics such as disaster planning, breach management, and telemedicine.
A compliant query process is an essential element of a CDI program. AHIMA has developed a query template library that includes more than 140 templates covering documentation needs in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Implementing clinically intelligent compliance programs is imperative for hospitals, as eliminating healthcare fraud and abuse is a top government regulator priority. Accuity’s compliance expert, Dr. Bringham Strelow, VP of Revenue Integrity, offers guidance in this whitepaper for creating a plan to implement and maintain a solid compliance program.
March 18, 2021
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March 10, 2021
A white paper written by a group of global HIM professionals and published by IFHIMA discusses how early planning, coupled with HIM leadership, is critical for countries transitioning to ICD-11 in an increasingly digital and data-oriented world.
January 27, 2021
When COVID-19 emerged in early 2020, new ICD-10-CM codes to identify this condition were not available. Subsequent ICD-10-CM codes and guidelines for reporting COVID-19 changed many times as the pandemic evolved throughout 2020.