Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp

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Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp®

Course Overview

Launch a successful CDI career with help from the experts at ACDIS.

The Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp is ACDIS’ leading training for CDI specialists. Trusted by hundreds of CDI specialists as the go-to source for CDI education, this course clarifies the role of CDI specialists and provides comprehensive training on their responsibilities.

Improve your CDI know-how with ACDIS-backed best practices for medical record review and compliant physician querying. Learn the ins and outs of Medicare’s IPPS methodology and how it relates to CDI. Find out what a MS-DRG is, how it’s assigned, and how it impacts reimbursement.

Nearly two days of the Boot Camp are dedicated to exploring key diagnoses in several body systems typically in need of clarification. Armed with this knowledge, CDI specialists can credibly query physicians and ensure full reimbursement and accurate claims data.

Leave the Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp with a complete understanding of: 

  • A CDI perspective on ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS Official Coding Guidelines that affect hospital reimbursement and quality metrics
  • Common diagnoses in need of additional specificity and acuity in the medical record, across all major body systems
  • Tips for educating physicians on the basics of reimbursement and the value of complete documentation on organizational and professional profiling
  • IPPS methodology and the impact of specific and accurate documentation from providers on hospital reimbursement
  • CDI benchmarking and compliance initiatives and professional ethics


Click here to download the 2015 CDI Boot Camp catalog!

The CDI Boot Camp will help you:

  • Implement a step-by-step process for thorough medical record review based on industry guidelines 
  • Develop compliant verbal and written physician queries and understand how to effectively query providers
  • Recognize the important clinical indicators for problematic diagnoses such as heart failure, sepsis, acute renal failure, and encephalopathy 
  • Understand the impact of compliance initiatives, including the Recovery Auditor program and the Office of Inspector General, on CDI


CDI Boot Camp—see the difference for yourself

Check out all the benefits of this HCPro Boot Camp:

  • Custom-designed course materials: Course materials are developed by an adult education expert. The curriculum uses a “how to” approach where participants learn how to apply CDI concepts that they can customize to their organizational needs. Content is regularly updated based on changing industry practices and participant feedback. 
  • Live instruction: Classes are taught by an experienced instructor who is credentialed as a CDI professional and works as an industry subject matter expert for ACDIS.
  • Small class size: We limit the number of course participants in order to retain a low participant-teacher ratio. This allows us to provide individual instruction as needed when participants find a topic to be particularly challenging and allows time for discussion.
  • Well-established program: Brought to you by the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), this Boot Camp provides the best-in-class CDI education you expect from the industry’s leading association.

ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your special discount rate or sign up to become an ACDIS member today!

For more information about CDI Boot Camp, contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email

The bestselling CDI Boot Camp is also available online!

Can't take time away from work to train? Now take the course online! Click here for more information about our online version.

CCDS Examination Information

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) offers a certification for CDI specialists, the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS). We recommend the CCDS exam for individuals who complete this boot camp and desire to pursue certification.  However, the course may not cover all the content areas tested on the exam. 

Consequently, depending on your background and experience, additional independent study and/or training may be required to pass the CCDS examination. To download the CCDS Candidate Handbook and view the prerequisites required to take the exam, or to download an application form, visit the ACDIS website at

Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp®

Course Locations & Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming CDI Boot Camp classes. 

$1,399 Non-members
$1,249 for ACDIS Members

To view our cancellation policy, click here.

Rather attend online?

The CDI Boot Camp is also available as an online course. Click here for a list of start dates.

July | August | September | October | November | December


July 2015

Schaumburg (Chicago), IL


July 13 - July 16
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Chicago/Schaumburg
1851 McConnor Parkway
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Hotel website

Room Rate: $ 123 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: June 21, 2015


August 2015

Burlington (Boston), MA


August 17 - August 20
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

HYATT house Boston/Burlington
2 Van Graaff Drive
Burlington, MA 01803
Hotel website

Room Rate: $ 159 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: July 22, 2015


September 2015

Englewood (Denver). CO


September 14 - September 17
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center
8300 East Crescent Parkway
Englewood, CO  80111
Hotel website 


Room Rate: $ 129 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Aug 24, 2015


October 2015

Brentwood (Nashville), TN


October 26 - October 29
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

HYATT PLACE Nashville/Brentwood
202 Summit View Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
Hotel website

Room Rate: $ 129 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Oct 5, 2015


November 2015

San Diego, CA


November 2 – November 5
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
2576 Laning Road
San Diego, CA 92016
Hotel website

Room Rate: $ 169 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Oct 2, 2014


December 2015

Houston, TX


December 7 - December 10
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport
300 Ronan Park Place
Houston, TX 77060
Hotel website

Room Rate: $ 139 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Nov 11, 2015


Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp

Course Outline

The CDI Boot Camp has been recently revised to include the following:

  • ICD-10 along with ICD-9, comparing and contrasting differences in the code sets
  • More emphasis on procedures instead of just diagnoses
  • How principal diagnosis (Pdx) assignment affects reimbursement through the CMS Quality Initiatives of Hospital Value Based Purchasing, the Readmission Reduction Program, and medical necessity denials, as well as the new 2 midnight rule
  • The body systems section (the meat of the course), instructors cover key diagnoses using ICD-9-CM, but also address nuances associated with ICD-10-CM when it doesn't contradict the rules associated with ICD-9-CM. This approach allows participants to function as a CDI specialist using ICD-9-CM as well as to begin preparing for implementation of ICD-10-CM
  • Less emphasis on metrics/management issues than prior boot camp


Day One

Overview of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) and Record Review

  • What is CDI?
  • Who is the clinical documentation specialist (CDS)?
  • What is the role of the CDS?
  • Reviewing medical record documentation

Code Sets

  • What is coding?
  • Diagnosis coding
    • Official coding guidelines
    • Selection of principal diagnosis
    • Reporting of secondary diagnoses
    • Procedure coding
      • Official coding guidelines
      • Selection of principal diagnosis
      • Reporting of secondary diagnoses
      • Transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS

Provider Communication and Queries

  • What is a query?
    • Justification to issue a query
    • How to construct a query
    • Written vs. verbal query processes
    • Concurrent vs. retrospective queries
    • Available formats
      • Use of standardized query templates and clinical indicators

Day Two

Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and MS-DRGs

  • Overview of the Medicare system
    • Key terminology
    • What is an MS-DRG?
    • How is the DRG assigned?
      • Principal diagnosis
      • Complications/comorbidities (CCs) and major CCs
      • Principal procedure
      • Hospital Reimbursement
        • Relative weight
        • Blended/operational rate
        • Present on admission/HACs

Getting to Know DRG Expert for ICD-9-CM

  • Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC)
  • Medical vs. surgical DRGs
  • Alpha and numeric indexes
    • Diagnoses
    • Procedures
    • CCs/MCCs
    • Sample exercises

Diseases of the Neurological System (MDC 1)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
    • Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA)
    • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
    • Altered Mental Status (AMS)
    • Seizures vs. epilepsy
    • Pain

Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (MDC 18)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Infectious disease process
  • SIRS/sepsis/severe sepsis/septic shock
  • Postoperative and posttraumatic infections
  • Common Symptoms
  • HIV disease
  • Other

Day Three

Diseases of the Respiratory System (MDC 4)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Respiration and oxygen therapy
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Asthma and COPD
  • Pneumonia

Diseases of the Digestive and Hepatobiliary System (MDCs 6, 7)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Esophageal disorders
  • Major GI disorders and peritoneal infections
  • GI bleeds
  • Anemia
  • Ulcers
  • Obstructive disorders
  • Esophagitis, gastroenteritis & miscellaneous digestive disorders
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallbladder disorders

Diseases of the Cardiovascular System (MDC 5)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Hypertension
  • Chest pain/Angina/CAD
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI)
  • Cardiac catheterizations

Diseases of the Endocrine, Nutritional & Metabolic Disease & Disorders (MDC 10)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • DM Type I and II
  • Complications of DM
  • Common symptoms
  • Malnutrition
  • Obesity
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Amputations

Day Four

Diseases and Disorders of the Skin, Subcutaneous Tissue & Breast (MDC 9)

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Chronic skin ulcers
  • Cellulitis
  • Excisional debridement

Diseases and Disorders of the Kidney and Urinary Tract (MDC 11)/DRG Expert page 132

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Renal disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Urosepsis vs. UTI and sepsis/SIRS related to indwelling catheter

Other Diseases

  • Coding guidelines and key coding clinic references
  • Neoplasms
  • Injuries
    • Fractures
    • Multiple Significant Trauma
    • Poisoning and Adverse Effects


Measuring the Impact of a CDI Department and Professionalism

  • Basic CDI metrics
  • Minimizing vulnerabilities
    • Recovery Auditor Contractors (RAC)
    • Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT)
    • Federal guidance and monitoring
      • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
      • Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
      • False Claims Act
      • Hospital policies
      • Compliance
        • Professional ethics

*Agenda subject to change.

Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the goals and objectives of a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) department and the role of the CDI specialist (CDIS)
  • Describe what population of records to review, how often to review them, and when a review is complete
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Medicare’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and how it relates to the role of the CDIS
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how specific and accurate provider documentation affects hospital reimbursement and quality initiatives through the assignment of a principal diagnosis, secondary diagnoses, and coded data
  • Discuss general coding guidelines and apply these guidelines when selecting a principal diagnosis and secondary diagnoses as part of the DRG assignment process
  • Discuss the significance of Coding Clinic for ICD9CM© guidance when assigning codes and sequencing codes, and applying its guidance to documentation and query scenarios
  • Develop techniques for detailed medical record review in order to identify incomplete, vague and/or missing diagnoses based on clinical indicators within the medical record
  • Discuss physician education strategies related to the impact of improved documentation on hospital reimbursement, hospital quality metrics, and individual physician profiles
  • Develop compliant physician query techniques based on industry standards and best practices
  • Describe professional ethics associated with the CDI role as related to compliance initiatives, including those monitored by Recovery Auditors and the Office of Inspector General (OIG)
  • Discuss and apply key metrics that support the success and/or progress of a CDI department, individual CDIS’, and participating physicians


Who should attend?

  • CDI specialists, CDI supervisors, CDI managers/directors
  • Inpatient coders, coding supervisors, coding managers/directors
  • HIM managers/directors
  • DRG coordinators
  • Coding compliance specialists, coding compliance supervisors/managers/directors
  • Quality improvement professionals, quality department managers/directors
  • Utilization review/case management managers/directors
  • Revenue cycle managers/directors
  • Physician advisors/champions to CDI
  • Hospitalist leadership

Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp

Continuing Education


This program has prior approval of the AAPC for 28 Continuing Education Units. Granting of this approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program, content or the program sponsor.

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)

This program has been approved for 30 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).


American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

This program has been approved for 28 CE credits for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


American Nurses Credentialing Center

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

This educational activity for 30 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.


California Board of Registered Nursing

HCPro, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 36 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494.


Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC)

This program is approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 28 Continuing Education Units.

Continuing Medical Education

HCPro is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

HCPro designates this educational activity for a maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Disclosure Statement:

HCPro has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters, planners, or contributors have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp


What is the focus of the Documentation Improvement (CDI) Boot Camp

CDI Boot Camp is a four-day, classroom-based intensive training course that will teach CDI specialists the skills necessary to succeed in their jobs. CDI Boot Camp focuses on:

  • ICD-9-CM coding rules and regulations
  • Medical record review and physician query techniques
  • CDI program benchmarking and compliance initiatives

CDI Boot Camp will also benefit hospitals with established CDI programs that need additional development.

Where is the course offered?

Open registration courses are offered at various locations around the country, typically at mid-priced business hotels such as Hyatt Place or Hilton Garden Inn. For a current schedule of upcoming open registration courses, click on "Course Locations/Dates".

In addition to our open registration courses, we also offer CDI Boot Camp as an on-site course (with a substantial discount) for organizations that have a number of employees who need training. For more information on hosting an on-site course at your facility, call 800-650-6787 or email

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?

To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.

What material does the course cover?

To view the course outline, click on "Course Outline" above.

Does the course require any previous experience or training?

No. However, because of the course's fast-paced nature, it is recommended (but not required) that participants have at least one year of experience working in a hospital. This course is taught on a basic to intermediate level.

Is there a discount for ACDIS members?

Yes. ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your discount or click here for more information.

How is the course taught?

The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and hands-on exercises/case studies.

What do I need to bring to class?

  •     Highlighter
  •     Sticky Notes
  •     Pen/Pencil

Does HCPro ever share contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) with other companies?

Historically, we have not shared contact information with anyone outside of our company. However, it is possible that at some point we might share contact information with other companies that offer products and services that we think would be of interest to our customers. If you would like us to keep your contact information confidential, please let us know so that we can flag your information in our customer database as "Do Not Share."

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