Crafting Clinical Definitions for CDI: A Collaborative Process - On-Demand

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Crafting Clinical Definitions for CDI: A Collaborative Process - On-Demand

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Presented on: Thursday, August 25, 2022 

Presented by: Jera Van Damme, RN, CCDS, CCSI

Have you felt frustrated by a lack of consensus diagnostic criteria and limited interdepartmental collaboration in your organization? Have you recognized your organization’s need for clinical definitions, but don’t know where to begin? If you answered yes to these questions, this webinar is for you!

CDI programs often struggle with physician use of competing clinical definitions, confusion within the clinical community regarding diagnostic criteria, and identifying clinical indicators that are most relevant for effective query efforts. Developing uniform diagnostic criteria—and incorporating clinician voices, CDI priorities, and coding nuances along the way—not only helps with the process of documentation clarity but can aid in front-end denials management as well.

Join Jera Van Damme, RN, CCDS, CCS, senior CDI educator for Essentia Health, on this 60-minute informative webinar for a look at how the CDI program partnered with key stakeholders to develop clinical definitions for commonly queried diagnoses, as well as the specific clinical criteria the program used. 

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the collaborative process Essentia Health used to develop system clinical definitions
  • Describe factors to consider when selecting a clinical definition for development
  • Identify benefits and challenges related to developing system clinical definitions 


  • Determining priorities
    • Identifying data elements to validate organizational needs
    • Rounding up stakeholders
    • Establishing actionable timelines
    • Managing action items
  • Researching clinical indicators
    • Sepsis
    • Respiratory failure
    • Encephalopathy
    • Kidney disease
    • Heart disease/failure
  • Developing educational materials
    • Staffing efforts and timelines related to materials generation
    • Disseminating policies and procedures related to clinical criterial use
    • Educating CDI, coding, and other stakeholder departments
    • Rolling out physician education
      • Unique opportunities
      • One-on-one
      • CDI to clinical departments
      • Physician advisor efforts


Who Should Listen?

  • CDI directors and managers
  • CDI staff
  • HIM/coding directors and managers
  • Coding staff
  • Revenue integrity directors and managers
  • Revenue integrity staff
  • Denials and appeals staff CDI staff

Meet the Speaker

Jera Van Damme

Jera Van Damme, RN, CCDS, CCS, manager of Clinical Documentation Integrity at Essentia Health in Duluth, Minnesota, started working in CDI in 2014, transitioned into a CDI educator role in 2018, and was recently promoted to CDI manager. A recent co-leader of the Minnesota ACDIS chapter and member of the ACDIS Forms & Tools Committee, she has presented for Minnesota and Wisconsin Associations of Health Information Management and was the recipient of the 2021 MNHIMA Rising Star Professional Award.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 1 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).

Ability to claim this credit expires on: 8/24/2023

This program has been approved for continuing education unit(s) (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting of Approved CEUs from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program provider.

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 8/24/2023

HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity for 1 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro. 

Ability to claim this credit expires on: 8/24/2023

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI), offered as a service of the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI).

The ability to claim these credits for this webinar expires on 8/25/23.


Webinar system requirements and program materials: 
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following:

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: Access audio/video streaming from any browser on a computer, mobile, or tablet device

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location. 

No problem. The On-Demand version will be available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $229 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $229 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet.

Call your customer service representative toll-free 800-650-6787 or email if you have questions.