2018 CDI Pocket Guide

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2018 CDI Pocket Guide

Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS
Cynthia L. Tang, RHIA, CCS

Keep vital information at your fingertips with the new 2018 edition of the best-selling, authoritative CDI Pocket Guide by authors Dr. Richard Pinson and Cynthia Tang.

This succinct yet thorough resource sharpens your diagnostic accuracy for coding, minimizes inconsistencies, improves quality measures, and boosts DRG accuracy. Its five sections—Guidelines, Key References, Comorbid Conditions, DRG Tips, and the MS-DRG Table—are designed for quick and easy reference.

Whether you’re a CDI specialist, coding specialist, or physician advisor, with this handy reference guide you will be able to:

  • Access best-in-class clinical knowledge 
  • Understand the major clinical diagnostic challenges
  • Find authoritative answers to all your questions
  • Zero in on the most pertinent coding rules to collaborate effectively with your coding colleagues
  • Expand your clinical knowledge to improve your communication with physicians

The CDI Pocket Guide continues to be the essential, go-to resource for anyone involved in CDI, whether new or experienced.

Each year, the authors research, revise, and clarify the content within the CDI Pocket Guide. They capture significant changes in clinical diagnostic standards, ICD-10 codes, the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, Coding Clinic, and compliance issues, as well as accommodate useful feedback from readers. They also share the wisdom they have accumulated in their decades of experience as consultants helping hospitals sculpt their documentation and coding practices to their needs.

Important updates for 2018 include:

  • Big news about myocardial infarction
  • Vital clinical updates to respiratory failure
  • Clarification of “with” and “code also” coding guidelines
  • Coding of organ dysfunction with sepsis
  • Updated Sepsis-3 content with SOFA scale
  • Authoritative clarification of the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting regarding code assignment and clinical validation
  • Significant diabetic complications
  • Coding and documentation of encephalopathy with CVA
  • Expanded HCC content and diagnoses
  • Interpreting lab values for pancytopenia


“The CDI Pocket Guide changed my practice on a daily basis!”
–Cindy P., CDI consultant, MedPartners

“Just wanted to say your CDI Pocket Guide and your ACDIS pre-conference put me in a great position for success on the ACDIS exam and I passed the exam on my first try two weeks ago. I was very proud of the accomplishment and owe the success heavily to your Pocket Guide and materials. Thank you for all you do to make CDI the promising and important field that it is today.”
–James S., CDI specialist, Anaheim Regional

“I wish to compliment you both on this reference, which I am now reading page by page. Probably the most comprehensive, yet digestible reference on the market relating to the CDI profession.”
—Paul E., CDI manager, Sutter Health

“My CDI Pocket Guide is an invaluable tool! I reference it daily in my reviews, writing queries and educating physicians regarding documentation opportunities. I would be lost without it!”
—Norma B., coding and CDI specialist, Bay Medical Center

“An essential tool for our documentation specialists and coders—each section provides the clinical criteria needed to recognize documentation improvement opportunities in the medical record!”
—Karen S., HIM director, Nanticoke Hospital

About the Authors

Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, is an educator, author, and CDI consultant with expertise in improving coding and clinical documentation; conveying diagnostic and evidence-based criteria; educating physicians, coders, and CDI specialists; and transforming physician practice patterns and behaviors. He practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine for 25 years and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has authored the ACP Hospitalist Coding Corner for the past seven years and is the co-author of the new Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide: Focusing on HCCs, also published by ACDIS.

Cynthia L. Tang, RHIA, CCS, is an educator, author, and CDI consultant with expertise in health information management, coding, and clinical documentation improvement. She has more than 25 years of consulting experience in redesigning operations to streamline clinical documentation processes, optimize reimbursement and compliance, identify areas to improve quality of care and cost efficiency, and enhance the financial health of hospitals around the country. She is the co-author of the Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide: Focusing on HCCs, also published by ACDIS.

Digital Editions

The CDI Pocket Guide is also available in the following digital formats:

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Published: 11/17/2017

Page Count: 304

ISBN: 978-1-68308-662-8