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Membership Update: CDI Journal features e-query tips, ICD-10 benchmarking survey

CDI Strategies, October 14, 2010

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The latest edition of the CDI Journal published October 1 and is now posted to the ACDIS website. Its online pages feature a number of different voices speaking to the importance of clinical documentation improvement.

The first pages of this quarter’s edition feature a number of different e-query vendors who offer suggestions of what program leaders should look for when seeking to add such systems to their current programs.
The Journal also offers a number of first-person perspectives, including a column by Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CCDS, regarding the importance of CDI efforts on Medicare Advantage Hierarchical Condition Categories, a discussion by Jon Arnott, MD, regarding the National Kidney Foundation’s definitions of renal disease, and a commentary from Leah Taylor, RN, CCDS, regarding her experiences taking the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) exam.
Special to this edition of CDI Journal is an eight-page benchmark report regarding CDI specialists’ role in planning for ICD-10 implementation. More than 300 people responded to the survey. The report includes analysis from experts such as Kathy DeVault, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, manager of professional practice resources at AHIMA
in Chicago, Stanley Nachimson, principal of Nachimson Advisors, LLC, in Reisterstown, MD, Bryant, and Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, CCDS, C-CDI, manager of clinical documentation services at YPRO, Inc., in Madison, WI.
ACDIS members can download the PDF of the entire October issue of the CDI Journal
or visit and click on the “Quarterly Journal” button in the left navigation bar.
For information on how to become a member, call the ACDIS Member Relations Department at 877/240-6586 or e-mail

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