CCDS Exam Prep Class
The CCDS Exam Prep Class prepares you to take the CCDS exam and advance in your professional career. By equipping you with test-taking skills and CDI knowledge, the class will allow you to tackle the exam with confidence.
In two days, our instructors cover the main focus areas of the CCDS exam as outlined in the examination content outline (see the CCDS Exam Candidate Handbook):
- Healthcare regulations, reimbursement, and documentation requirements related to the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS)
- Anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology
- Medical record documentation
- Healthcare facility CDI program analysis
- Communication skills
- Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
- Professionalism, ethics, and compliance
- Impact of reportable diagnoses on quality of care
Plus, our instructors cover real-world study strategies for adult learners.
If you’ve attempted to gain CCDS certification before, this class will break down the material covered in the exam to ensure you feel confident and competent when you next sit for it. The program also covers test-taking skills, which helps students who have mastery of the subject matter but do not excel in the stress of a test-taking situation.
You’ll also receive access to the CCDS Exam Study Guide online practice exam, allowing you to practice in a realistic scenario.
The CCDS Exam Prep Class is an intense two-day course covering 10 modules that will prepare candidates to take the CCDS certification exam, plus a short introduction.
Attendees will also receive access to the CCDS Exam Study Guide practice exam.
Who should attend?
- CDI specialists: RNs/MDs
- CDI managers/directors
- Case management directors/managers
- HIM directors/coding managers
- Revenue cycle directors
- DRG coordinators
- Physician advisors/champions
- Quality improvement personnel
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! For more information about the CCDS Exam Prep Class, contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CCDS Exam Prep Class
Course Locations & Dates
Below is the current course schedule for upcoming classes of this Boot Camp. We update this schedule on a regular basis.
Registrations are processed in the order received. Class size is limited, and classes often sell out. We recommend against making travel arrangements until after we have confirmed your course registration.
Locations marked as "Tentative" are subject to change. To view our cancellation policy, click here.
To register multiple attendees (or groups), please call Customer Service at (800) 650-6787.
San Diego, California
April 27–28, 2017
Hyatt House San Diego Sorrento Mesa
Hotel Rate: $159/night
CCDS Exam Prep Class
- Introduction: Examining the CCDS Exam
- Module 1: Healthcare Regulation and the IPPS
- Module 2: Medical Record Documentation
- Module 3: The Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
- Module 4: Tutorial on DRG Expert
- Module 5: Anatomy/Physiology/Pharmacology
- Module 6: Communication, Physician Education, and Query
- Module 7: Professionalism, Ethics, and Compliance
- Module 8: Impact of Reportable Diagnoses on Quality Care Measures
- Module 9: CDI Program Analysis
- Module 10: The Exam Experience and Test-Taking Tips
*Agenda is subject to change.
CCDS Exam Prep Class
Introduction: Examining the CCDS Exam
This introduction looks at the outline of the exam and the types of questions asked. It discusses recall, application, and analysis as well as the domains and objectives covered in the exam.
Module 1: Healthcare Regulation and the IPPS
- Define the IPPS and the process by which it is updated and revised
- Demonstrate a knowledge of MS-DRGs
- Define and recognize a complication/comorbidity under the MS-DRG system
- Explain the impact of documentation on reimbursement through diagnosis and procedure code assignment
- Discuss the relationship between documentation, principal diagnosis selection, and medical necessity of setting
- Define case-mix index and its relevance to CDI programs
Module 2: Medical Record Documentation
- Explain what elements of the health record can be used for diagnosis and/or procedure code assignment
- Explain how the provider’s role in relation to the patient affects diagnosis code assignment
- Identify documentation that must be clarified for accurate code assignment
- Explain the types of physician queries (concurrent, retrospective, verbal)
- Demonstrate an understanding of different query formats (open-ended, multiple choice, yes/no) and their proper application
- Define the concept of clinical indicators
- Demonstrate the formation of a compliant query
- Demonstrate an understanding of current professional guidance related to querying
- Explain the proper mechanism to address diagnoses that appear to lack clinical support
Module 3: The Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
- Explain when the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting are updated and where to obtain them
- Explain the role of AHA Coding Clinic® in code assignment
- Define and apply the principles of principal diagnosis selection
- Define and apply the principles of secondary diagnosis selection
- Define the basics of the present on admission indicator assignment and explain its impact on payment
- Explain how to assign a working DRG when multiple diagnoses are in play
- Identify conditions considered HACs by CMS
Module 4: Tutorial on DRG Expert
- Identify the main components of DRG Expert
- Discuss how to navigate DRG Expert
Module 5: Anatomy/Physiology/Pharmacology
- Demonstrate how to interpret medications as a clinical indicator to support query opportunities
- Identify diagnostic tests as possible clinical indicators to support query opportunities
- Identify and apply clinical indicators and query opportunities typically targeted by CDI professionals related to common medical conditions, such as:
- Respiratory failure
- Ventilation support
- Acute MI
- Heart failure
- Acute kidney injury
- Infectious disease
- Poisonings/adverse reactions
- HIV infections
Module 6: Communication, Physician Education, and Query
- Describe the traditional role of the clinical documentation specialist
- Define the role of a query in CDI/coding
- Demonstrate what constitutes a leading query
- Identify and discuss the resources that detail when and how to query based on professional industry standards
- Incorporate industry guidance in the construction of simple queries
- Identify situations in which verbal, personal communication with physicians is more favorable than written communication
Module 7: Professionalism, Ethics, and Compliance
- Maintain confidentiality of the medical record and of information relevant to CDI
- Identify initiatives that ensure DRG compliance
- Identify areas of potential DRG creep as identified by the OIG
- Explain the goals and objectives of a clinical documentation department beyond reimbursement
- Identify potential compliance risk as identified by PEPPER data
Module 8: Impact of Reportable Diagnoses on Quality Care Measures
- Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of documentation and code assignment upon the mortality index
- Demonstrate knowledge of mortality reviews and interpreting observed to expected ratios
- Define how quality data are acquired through record abstraction and claims data
- Explain the significance of these CMS quality metrics:
- Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
- Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program
- Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
- 30-day mortality measures
- Analyze the financial impact of the Hospital Quality Reporting Program on an organization and the role of CDI regarding CMS quality initiatives
- Identify the components of PSI 90 and its impact on quality measures
Module 9: CDI Program Analysis
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze data and evaluate a CDI program’s trends:
- CDI productivity metrics
- Provider response rates
- Case-mix index
- Recognize the importance of the following CDI program performance metrics:
- CC/MCC capture
- Severity of illness/risk of mortality
- Hospital value-based purchasing measures
- Patient Safety Indicators
- High-frequency DRGs
- Identify methods for measuring physician performance related to documentation
- Demonstrate an ability to track and trend data to measure individual physician performance over time
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of PEPPER
Module 10: The Exam Experience and Test-Taking Tips
This module discusses the experience of sitting for the exam and includes test-taking tips and strategies.
CCDS Exam Prep Class
What is the focus of the CCDS Exam Prep Class?
The focus of the CCDS Exam Prep Class is on preparing students who wish to sit for the CCDS examination.
Will this class guarantee a passing score for the CCDS?
No. This class will assist you in your exam preparation. During the comprehensive review conducted in this class, you are likely to identify areas in which you need further study due to your experience level or the type of organization in which you work.
How does this class complement the exam?
The class follows the content outline of the exam, touching on the specific domains of learning that the exam assesses. It provides an overview of the topics relevant to CDI practice and CDI competency.
Does the class provide a practice exam?
Yes! Class attendees will receive access to the CCDS Exam Study Guide practice exam.
What manuals are needed for class?
You will need to bring a copy of DRG Expert to class. You will also need this manual if you plan on taking the CCDS Exam.
What is the focus of this class?
This class highlights the core skills of a practicing CDI professional, including reimbursement, coding practices, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, CMS quality measures, CDI metrics and professionalism.
Are continuing education credits provided?
This class does not offer continuing education credits.
Who should attend?
• CDI specialists: RNs/MDs
• CDI managers/directors
• Case management directors/managers
• HIM directors/coding managers
• Revenue cycle directors
• DRG coordinators
• Physician advisors/champions
• Quality improvement personnel
How long does the course last?
Two days. Typically, class runs from 8:00 a.m. until at least 5:00 p.m. on both days.
Call 800-650-6787 or email email@example.com for more information.
Is this course available as on-site training?
If you have a group to train, holding this class at your organization is easy and cost-effective. Eliminate travel costs and enjoy a group discount while ensuring your staff is up-to-date on the latest regulations and guidelines. For more information, call 877-233-8734 or click on “Train Groups On-Site” above.
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What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?
Please click here to view our cancellation policy.
How do I get more information?
Contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.