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Clinical Validation Practice Brief

Clinical Validation Practice Brief

Are you struggling to maintain consistency and accuracy in clinical validation within your organization? Clinical validation is a crucial process that demands seamless collaboration between providers, clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialists, and coding professionals. We understand the challenges when it comes to identifying diagnoses that lack clinical evidence. That's why we're excited to introduce our new Clinical Validation Practice Brief! Get started with essential guidance and tools to incorporate clinical validation seamlessly into your daily workflow.


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.

Training and Resources

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.


Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Certificate

Developed in partnership with Health I-SAC, this certificate is tailored specifically to help healthcare leaders to build a resilient and knowledgeable cybersecurity workforce in their organization. This five-hour course can help provide your team with the expertise needed to secure your digital infrastructure, protect patient data, and maintain the trust your organization has worked tirelessly to establish.



Certified Documentation Integrity Practitioner (CDIP®) Preparation Course

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.



Clinical Data for CDI: Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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.


CDI and Quality Outcomes Training

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.

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) Training for CDI Clinicians

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

Self-Paced Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Inpatient-Outpatient Academy

The Self-Paced CDI Inpatient-Outpatient Academy is a comprehensive series of 18 lessons that cover the best practices of CDI. 

eBook | First Edition

Clinical Documentation Improvement: Principles and Practice

Learn the fundamentals of clinical documentation, how to implement a CDI program, and how to grow and refine an existing program. 

Hardcover | First Edition

Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) Exam Preparation

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

Clinical Documentation Improvement for Outpatient Care

This is an all-inclusive guide to establishing and enhancing CDI programs for the outpatient and professional fee setting. 

Hardcover | Sixteenth Edition

2023 CDI Pocket Guide®

Keep vital information at your fingertips with the 2023 edition of the original CDI Pocket Guide®.

eBook | Sixteenth Edition

2023 CDI Pocket Guide® Unbound Edition

Take your clinical documentation integrity (CDI) department completely online and mobile. 


On-Demand | Up to 3 CEUs

The Impact of Technology on Clinical Documentation Integrity

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

Care Beyond the Specialist Clinic: A collaboration to Bring Heart Failure patients the Best Care Using Technology

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.

Practice Brief | Available for download

Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice

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.

Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) Progression Ladder

The CDI Progression Ladder represents and supports all stages of a CDI professionals career, including the educational level of each product.

Practice Briefs (Members only)

Learn best practices for topics such as denials prevention and management as well as the art and science of CDI. 

Toolkits (Members only)

Be prepared to handle any situation in the workplace with toolkits covering topics such as disaster planning, breach management, and telemedicine. 

AHIMA Query Template Library

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. 

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