Pediatric CDI: Physicians’ Perspective on Challenging Diagnoses

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Pediatric CDI: Physicians’ Perspective on Challenging Diagnoses

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Pediatric CDI: Physicians’ Perspective on Challenging Diagnoses

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Presented on: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 | 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

Presented by: 
Amy Sanderson, MD
Daxa Clarke, MD
Sheilah Snyder, MD, FAAP
Lucinda Lo, MD

The phrase “children aren’t just little adults” gets tossed around a lot in pediatric circles—for good reason. Conditions and disease processes in children don’t necessarily mimic those seen in adults, and ICD-10-CM/PCS codes are not always well-suited to pediatric patients. For CDI professionals to succeed in the pediatric setting, they need to be aware of the ins and outs of pediatric diagnoses and coding.

In this 90-minute program, our panel expert speakers—all of whom are practicing pediatric physicians themselves—will walk listeners through the basics of reviewing a pediatric chart and then help them apply that knowledge to chart reviews of commonly queried diagnoses, highlighting physician education opportunities along the way.

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

  • Identify the commonly underdocumented pediatric diagnoses
  • Define the role of the pediatric physician advisor in CDI
  • Explain pediatric terminology and clinical concepts
  • Provide education to physicians regarding pediatric documentation needs
  • Identify pertinent clinical indicators in the pediatric medical record to optimize query opportunities


  • Pediatric CDI basics
    • Record review priorities
    • Target areas for reviews
    • The role of the pediatric physician advisor
  • Case studies and query opportunities for common diagnoses
    • Encephalopathy (toxic and metabolic)
    • Cerebral edema
    • Asthma
    • Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS)
    • Acute respiratory distress and respiratory insufficiency
    • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Live Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • CDI specialists
  • CDI managers/directors
  • HIM managers/directors
  • Inpatient coders
  • Physician advisors
  • Hospital quality staff

Meet the Speakers


Amy Sanderson

Amy Sanderson, MD,
 is a pediatric intensivist at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been the physician advisor for the CDI program since its inception in 2014. She also serves as an assistant professor in anesthesia at Harvard Medical School. Sanderson has presented at the ACDIS Conference and is a contributing author to the book Pediatric CDI: Building Blocks for Success.


Daxa Clark

Daxa Clarke, MD,
 is the medical director of CDI/utilization management and a pediatric hospitalist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, where she serves as the physician champion for CDI and is responsible for helping manage the caliber of clinical documentation. She provides education to medical staff related to CDI, DRGs, CC/MCCs, severity of illness, audits, and denials management. She has presented at the ACDIS Conference.


Sheilah Snyder
Sheilah Snyder, MD, FAAP,
 is a pediatric hospitalist and CDI physician advisor for Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Snyder serves as a physician champion for the Epic inpatient team, which allows her to leverage the EHR to produce excellent CDI outcomes. Snyder has presented at the ACDIS Conference and contributed to the book Pediatric CDI: Building Blocks for Success.
Lucinda Lo

Lucinda Lo, MD,
 is a practicing pediatric hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is board-certified in pediatrics. She is currently the physician advisor for CDI and case management at her facility. Lo has spoken at the ACDIS Conference.


Continuing Education

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)
This program has been approved for 1.5 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).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 10/14/2020


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 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices 

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 $259 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $259 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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