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CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library


CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library is an essential training tool for any new CDI specialist or CDI department onboarding new staff. Whether your new CDI specialist is a nurse who needs to learn coding and reimbursement basics, or an HIM/coding professional who requires additional training in pathophysiology and techniques for physician engagement, ACDIS’ CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library provides the core skills needed to get staff up to speed in an engaging, interactive learning format.

CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library

Course Objectives

The library consists of nine courses total. Five of these courses introduce key concepts and responsibilities of the CDI specialist:

  • Introduction to CDI: Core Concepts and Professional Skills: Defines the roles and responsibilities of the CDI profession and explains its value to the healthcare system
  • Understanding the DRG and IPPS Systems: Describes how to assign MS- and APR-DRGs, how hospitals are paid under the IPPS, and the nuances of the Medicare reimbursement system.
  • Coding Essentials for the CDI Specialist: Provides an overview of principal diagnosis, reportable secondary diagnoses, and ICD-10. Also includes a brief concept overview of present on admission and hospital-acquired conditions.
  • Conducting the Health Record Review: Describes how CDI professionals should interrogate the medical record, identifying which sections are most important, which documentation can be used for coding vs. querying, and where to find clinically relevant data.
  • Introduction to Queries and the Query Process: Provides guidance on how to formulate an effective, compliant query, and reviews major industry developments in query standards and compliance guidance.

ACDIS has also identified four clinical conditions that every CDI specialist must master. The clinical courses in the CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library review the pathophysiology, critical coding guidelines, and documentation requirements for these conditions, as well as providing sample queries. The courses are:

  • Documentation Requirements for Sepsis: Explains the difference between SIRS and sepsis, identifies clinical indicators for sepsis, and discusses the AHA sepsis coding guidelines.
  • Documentation Requirements for CHF: Differentiates between heart failure type and acuity, and explains the AHA coding guidelines for heart failure.
  • Documentation Requirements for Acute Respiratory Failure: Identifies the clinical indicators and explains AHA coding guidelines for respiratory failure.
  • Documentation Requirements for Malnutrition: Differentiates between the types of malnutrition, identifies the diagnostic characteristics for adult malnutrition, and explains the AHA malnutrition coding guidelines.

Each course in the library is highly interactive, with voice-over narration, and includes “Test Your Knowledge” questions throughout to reinforce major concepts. In addition, each course concludes with a final exam consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions to ensure that the user has mastered the content.
ACDIS has identified the top topics and clinical conditions new CDI specialists need to learn in order to hit the ground running. Use this training to:

  • Introduce new CDI specialists to their roles and responsibilities
  • Provide accurate training on important topics and clinical conditions, like querying and sepsis
  • Save time and resources developing internal training

CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library


Karen Bridgeman, MSN, CCDS, assumed the role of CDI educator for the Medical University of South Carolina in September 2013. In this role, she provides CDI education to the CDI staff consisting of educational reading materials, a bulletin board, updates on new developments in CDI and coding, and updates to the AHIMA query guidelines. Her role also entails serving as a resource for CDI and the coding department. Bridgeman provides presentations for the CDI-Coding quarterly meetings, and presented ICD-10 physician education for the Children’s Hospital physicians, including hospitals as well as the pediatric general surgery, cardiology, and critical care units. She is also a past presenter at the ACDIS national conference.

CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library

CE Credit


HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for 8.4 contact hours is provided by HCPro.

Disclosure Information: The planners, presenters, and contributors of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


The educational activity has been approved for 9 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).


This educational activity has been approved for 9 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting prior approval from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.

CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library


Disclosures: The planners, presenters, content experts and contributors have disclosed no real or potential conflicts of interest related to this CNE activity.

Terms: You will have access to your CDI Essential Skills Online Learning Library for 180 days from the purchase/order date.