Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® Online

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Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® Online

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Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® Online

Course Overview

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

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

Improve your CDI know-how with ACDIS-endorsed 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 short-term acute care hospital reimbursement, which is often a focus of CDI efforts. Specifically, participants learn about MS-DRG methodology, including how MS-DRGs are assigned and how documentation affects code assignment and sequencing.

A majority of the Boot Camp is dedicated to exploring diagnoses typically in need of clarification for proper code assignment and MS-DRG assignment. Armed with this knowledge, CDI specialists can credibly query physicians to ensure accurate claims data and reimbursement.

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

  • The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, as seen from a CDI perspective
  • Diagnoses frequently in need of additional documentation to support accurate code assignment across all major body systems
  • The value of querying the provider for clarification and best practices associated with the query process
  • Tips for educating physicians on the basics of hospital reimbursement under IPPS and the value of complete documentation on organizational and professional profiling
  • IPPS methodology based on MS-DRG assignment and the impact of diagnosis assignment and sequencing on hospital reimbursement
  • CDI benchmarking basics, compliance risks, and professional ethics

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The Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp Online 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 on CDI, including the Recovery Auditor program and the Office of Inspector General Work Plan

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 the CDI Boot Camp, contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email

The Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® is also available as a live four-day class in cities across the country as well as on-site at your organization. Click here to find dates and locations for live programs.

CCDS Examination Information
ACDIS offers a certification for CDI specialists, the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential. 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® Online


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

$1,499 Non-members
$1,349 for ACDIS Members
ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your special discount rate or sign up for membership today!

To view our cancellation policy, click here.

Rather attend in person?

The CDI Boot Camp—Online is also available as a live four-day class in cities across the country as well as on-site at your organization. Click here to find dates and locations for live programs.


Class Dates

Registration Deadline

April 2017 - June 2017

4/3/2017 - 6/2/2017


May 2017 - June 2017

5/1/2017 - 6/30/2017


June 2017 - August 2017

6/5/2017 - 8/4/2017


July 2017 - September 2017

7/3/2017 - 9/1/2017


August 2017 - October 2017

8/7/2017 - 10/6/2017


September 2017 - November 2017 

9/4/2017 - 11/3/2017


October 2017 - December 2017

10/2/2017 - 12/1/2017 


November 2017 - January 2018

11/6/2017 - 1/5/2018


December 2017 - February 2018

12/4/2017 - 2/2/2018


Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® Online

Course Outline - Agenda

Healthcare Data and the Health Record

  • UHDDS definitions
  • The attending provider
  • Common elements of the health record

Medicare and Medicaid

  • Overview of the Medicare system
    • Key terminology
    • Medicare Part A
      • Inpatient hospital care
      • Overview of quality initiatives
    • Medicare Part B
      • Outpatient/observation hospital care
  • Introduction to Medicaid

Diagnosis Codes and Sequencing

  • Diagnosis coding in ICD-10-CM
    • Coding conventions
    • Official coding guidelines
  • Principal diagnosis guidelines in ICD-10-CM
    • Selection of principal diagnosis
    • Reporting of secondary diagnoses
  • Present on admission

Introduction to Procedure Code Sets

  • Procedure coding
    • CPT
    • ICD-10-PCS
      • Coding conventions
      • Official coding guidelines
      • The characters of PCS 

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and MS-DRGs

  • How is a DRG assigned?
    • Impact of the principal diagnosis
    • Major Diagnostic Categories (MDCs)
    • Impact of complications/comorbidities (CCs) and major CCs (MCCs)
    • Impact of procedures
  • Determining hospital reimbursement

Record Review and Queries

  • Reviewing medical record documentation
  • What is a query?
    • Justification to issue a query
    • How to construct a query
      • Written vs. verbal processes
      • Concurrent vs. retrospective
      • Available formats
    • The importance of clinical indicators

Getting to Know DRG Expert (ICD-10-CM)

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

Key Infectious Diseases and Complications

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Infectious disease process
    • Identification of the causative organism
    • SIRS/sepsis/severe sepsis/septic shock
    • HIV disease
    • Complications of care

Key Diseases Associated With Injuries, the Musculoskeletal System, and the Skin

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Episode of care (7th character)
    • Injuries
    • Fractures
    • Wounds
    • Cellulitis
    • Poisoning, adverse effects, and underdosing
    • Excisional debridement

Key Diseases of the Respiratory System

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Pneumonia
    • Chronic respiratory conditions
    • Acute respiratory failure
    • Oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation

Key Diseases of the Digestive, Hepatobiliary, and Urinary Systems

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Acute kidney injury/renal failure
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Acute GI disorders
    • Chronic GI disorders
    • Liver disorders
    • Pancreatitis
    • Gallbladder disorders
    • Substance consumption

Neoplasms and Associated Diseases

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Neoplasms
    • TNM system
    • Anemia

Key Diseases Associated With the Circulatory System

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Hypertension
    • Chest pain/angina/CAD
    • Heart failure
    • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Key Diseases of the Nervous System and Mental Health

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)/cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
      • Hemorrhagic
      • Ischemic
    • Altered mental status (AMS)
    • Seizures/epilepsy and convulsions
    • Dementia
    • Depression

Key Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Malnutrition
    • Obesity

Basic CDI Metrics and Professionalism

  • Basic CDI metrics
  • Minimizing vulnerabilities
  • Federal guidance and monitoring
    • Recovery Auditors (aka Recovery Audit Contractors or RACs)
    • Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
  • Professional ethics

*Outline-Agenda subject to change.

Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® Online

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the goals and objectives of a 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 IPPS and how it relates to the role of the CDIS
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how specific and accurate provider documentation affects hospital reimbursement through the assignment of a principal diagnosis, secondary diagnoses, and coded data
  • Discuss general ICD-10-CM coding guidelines and apply these guidelines when assigning the principal diagnosis and secondary diagnoses as part of the MS-DRG assignment process
  • Discuss the significance of Coding Clinic for ICD‐10‐CM guidance when assigning 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 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 OIG
  • Discuss and apply basic metrics that support the success and/or progress of a CDI department, individual CDISs, and participating physicians

Clinical Documentation Improvement Boot Camp® Online

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits for this course have changed beginning with the February 1, 2016, start date. Please see below for updated credit hours.

In order to receive CE credits participants must complete the quiz that will be provided in the survey evaluation following the conclusion of this online boot camp. After successfully passing the quiz participants will receive their CE certificates via email.

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

HCPro designates this educational activity for a maximum of 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

This educational activity for 21.5 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)
This program has been approved for 21.5 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).

California Board of Registered Nursing
HCPro, is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 25.8 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494.

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® Online


CDI Boot Camp–Online: How does it work?

You'll receive the same content and instruction that you would experience at our classroom-based, nationally recognized Boot Camps.

Here's how it works:

  • 60-day access to online instruction: View sessions and complete all assignments including review of all answer keys.
  • 24-hour access: Instruction is available any time of day. You choose the time that works for you. You can also email questions to our instructors. We try to answer all questions either via email or phone within two business days.
  • Interactive learning: Course participants work more than 140 exercises and questions based on the course content.
  • Live interaction with experts: Class size is limited to ensure individual attention. You'll be able to ask questions and get guidance from our instructors during a live office hour call.
  • Well-established program: Backed by the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), this Boot Camp provides the same great education you've come to rely on.

What is the focus of CDI Boot Camp–Online?

CDI Boot Camp–Online is a 60-day educational experience that focuses on MS-DRGs and reimbursement under the IPPS; ICD-10-CM/PCS coding rules and regulations; medical record review and physician query techniques; CDI program benchmarking and compliance initiatives; and CDI reviews for quality initiatives such as hospital value-based purchasing and readmissions reduction. CDI specialists will learn the basic skills necessary for success in the profession. This Boot Camp will also benefit hospitals with established CDI programs that need additional development.

How long will the online content remain accessible after class ends?

The online portal for your class sessions and materials is accessible for 60 days.

Does HCPro offer this course on-site?

In addition to our online and open registration courses, we also offer the 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/offices, click here.

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?

Please click here to view our cancellation policy.

What material does the course cover?

To view the course outline, please see the Course Outline tab within this page.

What do I need to bring to class?

  • DRG Expert – suggested but not required
  • Highlighter
  • Sticky notes
  • Pen/pencil

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 several month’s experience working in a hospital. This course is taught on a basic to intermediate level.

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

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.

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."

How do I get more information?

Contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email 

Need to train a group?

Bring our industry-leading instructors to your facility! Hosting a Boot Camp is a cost-effective and convenient solution for training your staff on the latest regulations. For more information, call 877-233-8734 or contact one of our account managers.