CDI Mail: Ongoing Physician Training

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CDI Mail: Ongoing Physician Training – CD-ROM

Cathy Farraher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS

Finding effective ways to continuously remind physicians of documentation improvement methods can be an arduous task for CDI managers and directors. To support this effort, ACDIS has developed CDI Mail, a compilation of 52 separate easy-to-use, customizable email reminders that CDI managers can send to physicians and other providers who document in the heath record. CDI Mail provides a year's worth of training and documentation tips on common CDI problem areas and allows managers to distribute user-friendly education quickly and easily across multiple departments.

These email reminders will present continuous learning opportunities, reinforce training, and provide the effective, ongoing CDI education necessary now and in advance of ICD-10.


CDI Mail: Ongoing Physician Training:

  • Supplies messages that are ready-made for CDI managers to provide to their staff, but customizable as necessary
  • Provides ongoing CDI education for an entire year
  • Reinforces training for new and/or veteran physicians
  • Provides ICD-10 education in preparation for 2015 implementation

Table of Contents


 1. CDI and Quality Measures
 2. Present on Admission
 3. Coding From Physician, PA, and NP Only
 4. Respiratory Failure
 5. Malnutrition
 6. Sepsis
 7. Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality Example
 8. Diabetes
 9. Lab Values vs. Diagnoses
10. CHF Specificity
11. Principal Diagnosis vs. Signs and Symptoms
12. Functional Quadriplegia
13. Coding Accuracy and Queries
14. Encephalopathy
15. CKD Stage and Linkage
16. Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality Example
17. Substance Use, Abuse, and Dependence
18. Anemia
19. Midline Shift
20. Postoperative Pulmonary Insufficiency
21. Acute Non-Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema
22. AKI and ATN
23. Pneumonia
24. Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality Example
25. Suspected or Presumed Diagnoses
26. Drug-Induced Delirium
27. Pancytopenia 2/2 Chemotherapy
28. Late Effect of CVA
29. PMH vs. Chronic Condition
30. Procedural Complication vs. Unavoidable or Expected
31. End of Life Comfort Care
32. Fracture Specificity
33. Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality Example
34. Septic Joint
35. Ischemic Stroke
36. Hemorrhagic Stroke
37. CHF vs. Respiratory Failure as PDx
38. Asthma
39. Morbid Obesity
40. Shock
41. Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality Example
42. Organ Failure Specificity
44. Psychiatric Diagnoses
45. Radiology Findings
46. Cause and Effect: Linkage
47. Neoplasm
48. Admission Decision
49. Dementia With Behavioral Disturbance
50. Excisional vs. Non-Excisional Debridement
51. Resolved and Resolving Diagnoses
52. Consistency vs. Conflicting Record

Meet the Author

Cathy Farraher, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CCDS, is currently a CDI specialist at a major teaching hospital in Boston. Farraher has more than 20 years of hands-on clinical nursing, case management, and clinical documentation specialist (CDS) experience. She obtained her BSN at Worcester State University and her MBA at Averett University. She is currently working as a CDS at a major teaching hospital in Boston, where she is also involved in presenting CDI education to clinicians.

Published: March 2015