2019 CDI Pocket Guide

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2019 CDI Pocket Guide

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2019 CDI Pocket Guide

Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS
Cynthia L. Tang, RHIA, CCS

Each year, authors Dr. Richard Pinson and Cynthia Tang research, revise, clarify, and update the content of the CDI Pocket Guide. They capture significant changes in authoritative clinical diagnostic standards, the ICD-10 classification, DRG assignment, Official Coding Guidelines, and Coding Clinic and accommodate useful feedback from readers. They also provide the wisdom of their experience as consultants helping organizations sculpt their documentation and coding practices.

Some of the important updates for 2019 include: 

  • New myocardial infarction definitions
  • Revamp of malnutrition and ASPEN clinical guidelines
  • New Key Reference topics:  Rhabdomyolysis, Bronchitis/COPD, Coagulation Disorders, Electrolyte Disorders, Plegia/Paresis, Pulmonary Heart Disease, Substance Abuse
  • Clarification of diabetic complications and “with” coding guidelines
  • Important changes for encephalopathy
  • New and updated medical resource references
  • Latest HCC version and diagnoses
  • And much more…  


“The CDI Pocket Guide changed my practice on a daily basis!”
–Cindy P., CDI consultant, MedPartners

“Just wanted to say your CDI Pocket Guide and your ACDIS pre-conference put me in a great position for success on the ACDIS exam and I passed the exam on my first try two weeks ago. I was very proud of the accomplishment and owe the success heavily to your Pocket Guide and materials. Thank you for all you do to make CDI the promising and important field that it is today.”
–James S., CDI specialist, Anaheim Regional

“I wish to compliment you both on this reference, which I am now reading page by page. Probably the most comprehensive, yet digestible reference on the market relating to the CDI profession.”
—Paul E., CDI manager, Sutter Health

“My CDI Pocket Guide is an invaluable tool! I reference it daily in my reviews, writing queries and educating physicians regarding documentation opportunities. I would be lost without it!”
—Norma B., coding and CDI specialist, Bay Medical Center

“An essential tool for our documentation specialists and coders—each section provides the clinical criteria needed to recognize documentation improvement opportunities in the medical record!”
—Karen S., HIM director, Nanticoke Hospital

About the Authors

Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, is an educator, author, and CDI consultant with expertise in improving coding and clinical documentation; conveying diagnostic and evidence-based criteria; educating physicians, coders, and CDI specialists; and transforming physician practice patterns and behaviors. He practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine for 25 years and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He has authored the ACP Hospitalist Coding Corner for the past seven years and is the co-author of the new Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide: Focusing on HCCs, also published by ACDIS.

Cynthia L. Tang, RHIA, CCS, is an educator, author, and CDI consultant with expertise in health information management, coding, and clinical documentation improvement. She has more than 25 years of consulting experience in redesigning operations to streamline clinical documentation processes, optimize reimbursement and compliance, identify areas to improve quality of care and cost efficiency, and enhance the financial health of hospitals around the country. She is the co-author of the Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide: Focusing on HCCs, also published by ACDIS.

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Published: November 2018

Page Count: 286
ISBN: 978-0-9827664-9-1