ACDIS announces CCDS certification holders top 500

Press Releases, February 21, 2011

In testament to one of the fastest growing segments of the healthcare profession, more than 500 clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists have earned the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification.

The credential was developed by a committee of volunteers in conjunction with the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) in 2009. CDI specialists possess knowledge of a wide range of specialized disciplines, including education in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as well as knowledge of official medical coding guidelines, CMS, and private payer regulations, according to Brian Murphy, ACDIS director.

Beyond the knowledge required for the role, CDI specialists need the ability to analyze and interpret medical record documentation and formulate appropriate physician queries, as well as to benchmark and analyze clinical documentation program performance. The CCDS exam tests candidates on all of these core content areas.

"The CCDS is a mark of distinction and professionalism for CDI specialists," says Murphy. "Hospitals, healthcare systems, and other employers have come to view this certification as the standard of excellence in the field. In the past year, we have begun receiving requests from prospective employers and healthcare organizations for verifications of CCDS credentials."

The CCDS exam is administered at more than 170 computerized testing centers across the country; and is also offered at the annual ACDIS conference via paper and pencil. This year’s conference will be held April 7-8 in Orlando, FL, with the CCDS exam offered on Saturday April 9. Please visit for more details or to apply to take the exam.

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) is a community in which CDI professionals share the latest tested tips, tools, and strategies to implement successful CDI programs and achieve professional growth.  ACDIS members believe in the inherent benefit of appropriate and complete medical record documentation on the quality of healthcare. The ACDIS mission is to serve as the premier healthcare community for clinical documentation specialists, providing a medium for education, professional growth, program recognition, and networking.

ACDIS will hold its fourth annual conference in Orlando April 7 and 8. Visit for additional information, the agenda, and the post-conference CCDS exam.

Since its inception, ACDIS has grown to more than 2,000 members with local chapters in more than 20 states. ACDIS is sponsored by HCPro, Inc., a portfolio company of Halyard Investments, providing information, advice, consulting, and research on healthcare regulation and revenue cycle management.