The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists is a community in which CDI professionals share strategies for successful CDI programs and achieve professional growth. Its mission is to bring CDI specialists together. Become a member today.




Reserve your hotel room for the 2016 ACDIS conference

Hotel reservations for the 2016 ACDIS Conference in Atlanta, GA (May 24-26) are now open. Call the Omni Atlanta Hotel at the CNN Center at (800) 843-6664 and make sure to mention “ACDIS” to receive our special attendee rate. For more information, or to reserve your room,  click here

The conference agenda has been finalized. To view, click here. 

Click here to view a list of our 2015 sponsors and exhibitors.

Join the Poster Session in Atlanta!

Want to save $200 on your ACDIS conference registration? Present a poster at the conference! It's a great opportunity for you to showcase your organization's CDI program and its success with a national audience. Click here to download the application and submit it by January 15, 2016.


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    ACDIS members receive a bimonthly journal with in-depth articles on data mining, improving documentation on disease-specific topics, physician query and communication strategies, case studies, and more. Click here to download the latest issue.

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    CDI Talk is a great way to interact with your clinical documentation improvement colleagues across the country. Click here to get more involved.

    Tips for capturing chronic kidney disease documentation

    By Doreen V. Bentley

    To understand how to appropriately assign codes for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and acute kidney injury (AKI), instead of just reporting the codes that correspond with each and every note in the record, coders need to take a closer look at the clinical picture. Generally speaking, people with AKI are more likely to develop CKD in later years, and people with CKD are more likely to develop AKI.

    “A lot of this relationship is modified by the severity of AKI, the stage of CKD, the duration of AKI, and the number of episodes,” says Garry L. Huff, MD, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and president of Enjoin, formerly Huff DRG Review, in Eads, Tennessee.

    This may start to sound like alphabet soup if coders don’t take the time to investigate what is actually going on with the patient and query the physician when necessary.

    Click here to read more.
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    Decoding HCCs: Strategies for Risk Adjustment Success

    Hierarchical condition category (HCC) risk adjustment began in Medicare Part C but has extended into the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program. As CDI moves into the outpatient realm, it becomes crucial that healthcare professionals understand which areas of documentation will have the greatest impact. During this program, ACDIS Advisory Board members James P. Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, and Anny Pang Yuen, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, CDIP, explain HCC coding, define HCC methodology, and offer strategies for HCC auditing and an integration into CDI programs.

    Click here to learn more