Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) releases new Code of Ethics

Press Releases, Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) releases new Code of Ethics, October 13, 2015

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) last week updated its membership Code of Ethics. The ACDIS Code of Ethics applies to anyone who is a member of ACDIS or who holds the ACDIS Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential; in addition, ACDIS strongly recommends that anyone operating as a CDI specialist follow its principles of ethical behavior.

“CDI specialists operate in a high-pressure world of rapid clinical decision-making and documentation of clinicians’ thought processes and practice of medicine, which in turn has significant consequences on reimbursement and publicly reported quality outcome measures,” says Brian Murphy, director of ACDIS. “It’s easy to see the ethical dilemmas they face when pressured with high-stakes outcomes and getting their work done in a timely fashion, often with productivity and other expectations.”

The new Code of Ethics was reviewed and approved by the ACDIS Advisory Board, an elected 13-member board of volunteers from the CDI community who provide leadership for the ACDIS membership. Two members of the ACDIS Advisory Board—Mark LeBlanc, director of CDI services for the Wilshire Group, and Michelle McCormack, director of CDI for Stanford Health Care—undertook the main process of revision before seeking board review and approval.

The ACDIS Code of Ethics is intended to assist in decision-making processes and actions, outline expectations for making ethical decisions in the workplace, and demonstrate CDI professionals’ commitment to integrity. It contains 11 ethical principles, guidelines for interpreting these principles, and scenarios/questions regarding application of ethical principles taken from actual ethical scenarios posed by the ACDIS membership.

You can read the Code of Ethics in its entirety here: