Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp

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Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp


Move your CDI practice from query to collaboration 

The Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp is a three-day class focusing on key pathophysiological concepts that will improve the quality of clinical indicators used in provider queries. The hands-on, practical format enhances critical thinking skills and prepares CDI specialists to be leaders in their field and communicate collaboratively with providers. 

Are you looking for in-depth clinical documentation training and want to take CDI discussion to the next level? Do you want to go beyond quoting buzzwords and reminding physicians to capture the next CC? If you do, this Boot Camp is for you. It will increase your understanding in a way that will move your CDI practice from query to collaboration. 

Goals/benefits of the Boot Camp

The Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp will: 
  • Increase your understanding of key pathophysiological concepts 
  • Improve the quality of clinical indicators used when you query 
  • Cultivate critical thinking skills for use with data involving complex clinical concepts 
  • Improve your ability to distinguish evidence-based clinical indicators from other data in the record 

ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your special discount rate or sign up to become an ACDIS member today! 

Need to train a group? 
Bring our industry-leading instructors to your facility to teach one of our existing Boot Camps or a program customized specifically for your organization. 

In addition to best-in-class regulatory and compliance education, hosting an on-site class gives your staff: 
  • Access 
    Our instructors are all yours, so you can ask them questions and apply concepts specific to your organization. 
  • Consistency 
    Bring staff together to hear the same message—everyone leaves with the same understanding of the regulations. 
  • Unmatched knowledge 
    Each instructor has years of both in-the-field and adult education experience. They know exactly how to simplify the complex issues facing your staff. 

Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp

Course Locations & Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp classes. 

  • $1,399 for non-members 
  • $1,249 for ACDIS members 
  • ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your special discount rate or sign up for membership today! 

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To register multiple attendees, please call Customer Service at (800) 650-6787.

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April 2017

Nashville (Brentwood), TN


April 24 – 26, 2017
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Nashville/ Brentwood
202 Summit View Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027

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Hotel Rate: $139/night
Hotel Rate Cut-Off: March 31, 2017


August 2017

Chicago (Schaumburg), IL


August 7 – 9, 2017
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Chicago/Schaumburg
1851 McConnor Parkway
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Hotel Rate: $127/night
Hotel Rate Cut-Off: July 14, 2017


October 2017

Denver (Englewood), CO


October 23 – 25, 2017
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 East Crescent Parkway
Englewood, CO  80111
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Hotel Rate: $145/night
Hotel Rate Cut-Off: October 2, 2017

Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp

Agenda/Course Outline

  • Module 1: MDC 1: Neuro
    • Understanding encephalopathy
      • Medical-related brain malfunction
        • Seizure disorder
        • Alzheimer’s disease
        • Metabolic encephalopathy
        • Toxic encephalopathy
        • Post-ictal and diabetic hypoglycemic mental status changes
      • Psychiatric-related delirium
        • Medication-related (adverse effect—drug-induced delirium) 
        • Drug-related psychosis (drug abuse combo codes)
        • Psychiatric combo coded conditions
        • ICD-10 code F05: What does it mean?
        • Functional quadriplegia
    • Stroke vs. CVA
      • 24 hours of symptoms vs. radiological findings
      • TPA therapy
      • Late effects—hemiparesis
      • Hemorrhagic conversion
      • NIH score
    • Glasgow Coma Scale
      • Areas of assessment
      • Severity scores
  • Module 2: MDC 4: Respiratory 
    • Respiratory failure
      • Criteria-based
      • P/F ratio
      • Treatment
      • Audits
      • Sequencing
      • Differentiating chronic respiratory failure
      • Defining cor pulmonale
    • Complex pneumonia vs. simple pneumonia
      • What is a gram stain?
      • Antibiotic resistance
      • Risk factors
      • Physical assessment
    • Major chest trauma (two rib fractures)
  • Module 3: MDC 5: Cardiac
    • Third universal definition of an MI
      • Criteria-based
      • False positives
      • The AD diagnosis issue
    • Understanding arrhythmias
    • CHF
      • Criteria-based
      • Echo
      • BNP/proBNP
      • Physical assessment
      • Treatment
    • Peripheral vascular disease: PAD vs. PVD
      • Diabetic angiopathy
      • Venous insufficiency
      • Acute DVT
      • Chronic DVT
      • Chronic hypercoagulopathy
    • How to calculate mean arterial pressure
    • Hypertension
      • Hypertensive urgency
      • Hypertensive crisis
      • Hypertensive emergency
      • Hypertension with CHF/CKD
  • Module 4: MDC 6: Gastric
    • Postop ileus
    • Ulcer specificity for documentation (difference between complicated, simple, and GI bleed)
    • Diverticulitis with perforation
    • Non-gluten wheat sensitivity (new code)
    • Bleeding due to circulating anticoagulants
  • Module 5: MDC 7: Liver
    • Acute liver failure
    • Encephalopathy
    • Pancreatitis
  • Module 6: MDC 8: Musculoskeletal
    • Identifying pathological fractures
    • Correctly understanding episode of care for injuries
    • Gustilo-Anderson and Salter-Harris
  • Module 7: MDC 9: Skin
    • Pressure ulcers
    • Non-pressure ulcers
      • Chronic venous stasis
      • PAD with ischemia and ulcers/gangrene
    • Present on admission
    • Varying DRGs related to associating ulcers to the etiology (diabetic, neuropathic, cellulitis, etc.)
  • Module 8: MDC 10: Endocrine
    • DKA—cannot be reported with DM II (Coding Clinic)
      • How to calculate anion gap
    • Diabetic autonomic neuropathy
    • HHS
    • SIADH
    • DI
    • General diabetes documentation issues (linkages)
    • Malnutrition
      • Criteria
      • Audits and denials
      • Holistic CDI approach
    • Diabetes Type 1, Type 1.5, and Type 2
  • Module 9: MDC 11: Renal
    • AKI
      • Criteria-based
        • RIFLE vs. AKIN vs. KDIGO
      • Pre-renal vs. intra-renal vs. post-renal
      • Creatinine measurements
      • Retrospective vs. prospective measurements
      • Treatment/recovery
    • CKD
      • Baseline
      • GFR
      • Disease progression
    • ATN 
      • Intra-renal
      • Signs and symptoms
      • Risk factors
      • UA/urine electrolytes
    • Other intra-renal lesions (usually need a biopsy to diagnose)
  • Module 10: MDCs 16 and 17: Blood and Myeloproliferative
    • Hemorrhage due to anticoagulant therapy (reminder)
    • Anemia with neoplasms
      • CBC/blood studies (iron, ferritin, etc.)
      • Pancytopenia
      • Aplastic anemia due to medications
    • Acute blood loss anemia
    • Precipitous drop in HCT
    • What is the trigger for the high-dose chemotherapy DRG?
  • Module 11: MDC 18: Infectious Disease
    • Sepsis history
      • SIRS
      • Sepsis-2
      • Sepsis-3
        • MS position vs. independent audits
    • Shock 
      • Septic
      • Cardiac
      • Hypovolemic
      • Anaphylactic, etc.
    • Labs: Lactate/procalcitonin, CBC w/diff, creat, bili, etc.
    • Treatments
    • Audits and denials (Sep1 vs. Sep2/c) (commercial insurances)
  • Module 12: MDC 19: Mental Health
    • Commonly missed psychiatric opportunities
      • Bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, substance dependence
      • Identifying treatment for withdrawal/psych
      • Other specified mood disorder
      • Code F05 for sundowning, delirium superimposed on dementia, etc.
  • Module 13: MDC 20: Alcohol and Drug Abuse
    • Substance abuse
    • Substance dependence
      • Withdrawal
  • Module 14: MDC 24: Multiple Significant Trauma
    • What constitutes a “significant trauma”?
    • How many injuries do you need?
    • Radiological findings, definition of reportable condition review, and treatments
    • Sequencing of multiple injuries

Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp

Continuing Education

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) 
This program has been approved for 30 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).

Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this Boot Camp, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss clinical indicators associated with key findings of various organ failures 
  • Differentiate between indicators that support an evidence-based clinical query and those that do not 
  • Identify key lab imaging and physical assessment findings that suggest a more specific reportable diagnosis 
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills and ability to collaborate with providers 

Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI Boot Camp


Who is the class for? 
Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI is aimed at intermediate to advanced CDI specialists. It is also designed for experienced coders looking to increase their clinical knowledge, as well as physicians looking for a refresher in CDI. 

This Boot Camp is not recommended for new CDI specialists as it does not concentrate on the process of CDI or the basics of reimbursement and MS-DRGs. If you have never had any training, then our foundational CDI Boot Camp is the program for you. Similarly, physicians seeking to learn the fundamentals of CDI would likely benefit more from that basic course. 

Mastering Clinical Concepts in CDI also doubles as a refresher course for anyone who had formal training prior to ICD-10 implementation. It includes many of the key changes to coding guidelines and Coding Clinic advice under ICD-10. Think of it as a two-for-one—a course with a focus on pathophysiology and a review of what you’ve already learned. 

Are there any prerequisites? 
The Boot Camp is intended for students who have already taken basic CDI training: either on the job or in a general CDI specialist course. 

The material presented is at an intermediate level and assumes students have a baseline understanding of DRGs, coding guidelines, and basic query opportunities. 

Who should attend? 

  • CDI specialists, CDI supervisors, CDI managers/directors 
  • Inpatient coders, coding supervisors, coding managers/directors 
  • HIM managers/directors 
  • DRG coordinators 
  • Coding compliance specialists, coding compliance supervisors/managers/directors 
  • Quality improvement professionals, quality department managers/directors 
  • Utilization review/case management managers/directors 
  • Revenue cycle managers/directors 
  • Physician advisors/champions to CDI 
  • Hospitalist leadership 

Is there a discount for ACDIS members? 
ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your special discount rate or sign up to become an ACDIS member today! 

How is the course taught? 
The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and hands-on exercises/case studies. 

What do I need to bring to class? 

  • Highlighter 
  • Sticky notes 
  • Pen/pencil 

Does HCPro ever share contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) with other companies? 
Historically, we have not shared contact information with anyone outside of our company. However, it is possible that at some point we might share contact information with other companies that offer products and services that we think would be of interest to our customers. If you would like us to keep your contact information confidential, please let us know so that we can flag your information in our customer database as "Do Not Share." 

How do I get more information? 
Contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email

Need to train a group?

Bring our industry-leading instructors to your facility! Hosting a Boot Camp is a cost-effective and convenient solution for training your staff on the latest regulations. For more information, call 877-233-8734 or contact one of our account managers.