CDI Specialist's Training Guide, Third Edition

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CDI Specialist’s Training Guide, Third Edition

CDI Boot Camp Instructor Dawn Valdez brings a fresh perspective to the latest edition of the CDI Specialist’s Training Guide, building on the foundation ACDIS Interim Director Laurie Prescott created in the first two editions. The training guide aims to teach new CDI specialists key concepts in an easy-to-digest format. Chapters consist of detailed definitions, summaries of common CDI processes, real-life examples, tips for performing CDI tasks, and questions new CDI specialists should ask mentors or managers. The guide also contains a link to online exercises so that readers can test their knowledge at the conclusion of each chapter.

Topics covered in the training guide include:

  • Coding and reimbursement
  • Queries
  • Clinical indicators
  • Quality measures
  • CDI metrics (and so much more!)

The CDI Specialist’s Training Guide is intended to foster relationships among new CDI specialists, program managers, and educators as they work together during onboarding and orientation. Designed to be both an introduction to the profession as well as a reference for veteran CDI specialists looking to brush up on the basics, this guide is the perfect resource for any CDI program.


Published: November 2022

Page Count: 220
Dimensions: 8.5" X 11" Spiral Bound
ISBN: 978-1-64535-215-3

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Clinical Documentation: An Overview
  • Chapter 2: Medical Coding and Billing for New CDI Specialists
  • Chapter 3: Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)
  • Chapter 4: The Art of Record Review
  • Chapter 5: The Importance of Clinical Criteria
  • Chapter 6: Developing Compliant Query Practices
  • Chapter 7: CDI and Quality Measures
  • Chapter 8: Risk Adjustment for Inpatient and Outpatient Documentation
  • Chapter 9: Physician Education
  • Chapter 10: The Value of CDI Metrics
  • Glossary

About the Authors

Dawn Valdez, RN, LNC, CCDS, CDIP

Dawn Valdez is a CDI education specialist for ACDIS at HCPro, a division of Simplify Compliance LLC, in Middleton, Massachusetts. Valdez serves as a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps and a subject matter expert for ACDIS. She has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including in ICU nursing and legal nurse consulting. Prior to joining ACDIS, she was a clinical educator and manager of CDI for a large hospital system. Valdez has given numerous lectures on healthcare-related topics, including at the national ACDIS conference and for ACDIS state chapters. She is a frequent guest on the ACDIS Podcast and has had several articles published in CDI Strategies as well as on HCPro’s JustCoding website.

Laurie L. Prescott, MSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC

Laurie Prescott is the interim director of ACDIS and the CDI education director at HCPro. Prescott’s 35 years in healthcare encompass a variety of roles within nursing, management, education, and compliance. She is the lead instructor for the CDI Boot Camps, a subject matter expert for ACDIS, and a member of the CCDS-O exam and ACDIS advisory boards. She is also the author of the best-selling ACDIS Pocket Guide series.