The CDI Director's Cut: A Guide for Effective Program Management

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The CDI Director’s Cut: A Guide for Effective Program Management

When individuals are asked to step into CDI leadership roles, they often have little to no guidance on the skill set needed to lead effectively. But given that documentation integrity is vital to reimbursement and quality initiatives, CDI leaders must be able to leverage their staff’s talents to achieve the best results for their health system.

The CDI Director’s Cut: A Guide for Effective Program Management is the most comprehensive resource designed for CDI managers and directors to help them successfully lead and grow their departments. This book provides guidance on everything from onboarding new hires to working with vendors to managing remote CDI staff. It also offers hands-on information and tools, such as staff assessment worksheets, career ladder templates, sample audits, and models for data analytics.

Perfect for new and experienced CDI directors and managers, this book will help readers:

  • Manage and execute the expectations placed on CDI directors/managers
  • Implement strategies for onboarding and educating new CDI staff members
  • Leverage data and metrics to identify key performance indicators and establish return on investment for CDI efforts
  • Improve communication and collaboration across departments


Published: September 2019

Page count: 106
Dimensions: 8.5” X 11” perfect bound
ISBN: 978-1-68308-956-8

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: CDI Fundamentals: Establishing a Mission and Getting Started

Chapter 2: Staff Onboarding and Development

Chapter 3: Clinical Validation

Chapter 4: CDI Communication and Relationship Building

Chapter 5: Data Analytics, Key Performance Indicators, and CDI Return on Investment

Chapter 6: Vendor Involvement and Technology Tactics

About the Authors

Johanne Brautigam, RN, BSN, CCDS

Johanne “Jo” Brautigam is the manager of the clinical documentation integrity department at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare, in Charleston, South Carolina. Brautigam graduated with an associate degree in nursing from Santa Ana College in California in 1986, and she earned her certified critical care RN in 1989 and bachelor of science in nursing in 1999 from the University of Utah. After 25 years in critical care, Brautigam took the leap into clinical documentation in 2011. She became Roper’s first certified clinical documentation specialist (CCDS) in 2012 and took on the manager’s role in 2013. Brautigam currently manages a team of 11 specialists covering four hospitals and serves as president of the South Carolina chapter of ACDIS. She also serves on ACDIS’ inaugural Leadership Council and is part of ACDIS’ Scholarship Committee.


Mindy Davis, RHIT, CDIP, CCS, CCDS

Mindy Davis is a health information management (HIM) and clinical documentation integrity (CDI) professional with more than 10 years of experience in healthcare management. She currently oversees the HIM, Coding, and CDI teams at Rutherford Regional Health System in North Carolina, which is part of Duke LifePoint Healthcare. Davis is experienced with designing and implementing successful CDI programs in community hospitals. She is especially interested in promoting collaboration among CDI, coding, and quality initiatives.

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ACDIS members receive: 

  • Advocacy and leadership from a peer-elected ACDIS Advisory Board, including peer-reviewed Position Papers and White Papers.
  • Weekly tips, news, and strategies in our e-newsletter, CDI Strategies
  • In-depth news and regulatory information, clinically-based articles, case studies on building successful CDI programs, and membership profiles in our bi-monthly electronic journal, the CDI Journal
  • An opportunity to network with peers and colleagues in the ACDIS Forum
  • Access to live and archived quarterly conference calls, hour-long networking discussions and an open Q&A with the ACDIS Advisory Board
  • Helpful tools accessed in our electronic Resource Library, including sample queries, policies, and archived conference presentations
  • Two free job postings a year, discounted additional posts, and the ability to post your resume on our Career Center
  • Opportunities to participate in an Official ACDIS Local Chapter in your area, under the leadership of the Chapter Advisory Board
  • Discounts to the annual ACDIS conference, CCDS certification, and CDI Boot Camps


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