ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship

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ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship

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ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship

The Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) is proud to launch a new certificate program for those seeking to enter the clinical documentation profession in the fast-growing outpatient setting.

The ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship is a certificate program comprised of foundational outpatient CDI education, paired with case studies of successful programs and informative interviews with outpatient CDI directors who have solved the complex problem of how to get started in this emerging space. Candidates who pass the final exam receive a certificate of CDI foundational training and are allowed to designate themselves as an ACDIS-Approved Outpatient CDI Apprentice. 

Why become an ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprentice? 
The ACDIS CDI Apprenticeship demonstrates that an individual has foundational Outpatient CDI knowledge and has familiarity with the ACDIS Code of Ethics and other guiding principles for compliant query practice. Individuals who pass the final examination are allowed to use the designation ACDIS-Approved Outpatient CDI Apprentice in their resumes, biographical information, or email signatures. Designation as an ACDIS-Approved Outpatient CDI Apprentice demonstrates to potential employers that an individual has foundational knowledge of outpatient CDI.

Pathway to the CCDS-O credential 
The ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship has also been designed as a pathway to future Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist-Outpatient (CCDS-O) designation. Candidates interested in obtaining the CCDS-O credential must fulfil prerequisites, including one or two years’ experience in outpatient CDI (see for details). The ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship can be used as a pathway for progression toward the goal of CCDS certification and those who participate in the ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship will receive regular networking opportunities, special offers on further education, and support to continue on the journey.

What does the ACDIS CDI Apprentice comprise? 
The training includes three modules devoted to key concepts and responsibilities of outpatient CDI specialists, two case studies of successful outpatient programs, and two panel interview sessions with three outpatient CDI professionals who launched or ran thriving outpatient CDI departments. The course also includes additional reading curated by the experts at ACDIS, including a position paper on compliant queries in outpatient CDI and an adaptable job description.

Only after successfully passing a final exam does an individual receive the certificate stating they have demonstrated knowledge of foundational CDI education.

ACDIS has identified the key concepts and clinical conditions new outpatient CDI specialists need to learn in order to hit the ground running, as well as the principles they must master to ensure compliant practice. The ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship can be used to: 

  • Introduce new outpatient CDI specialists to their roles and responsibilities and ensure foundational competence 
  • Provide accurate training on important topics and chronic clinical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity 
  • Launch a new outpatient CDI program or improve the performance of a moribund program.

About Your Training

  • Seven e-learning modules and a final exam in 1 eLearning library.
  • Supplemental additional reading. 
  • Printable certificate and “ACDIS-Approved Outpatient CDI Apprentice” digital signature upon completion.

Seven modules include the following:

Module 1: What I wish I knew before I got started in outpatient CDI

Module 2: How to get started in outpatient CDI: Keys to success

Module 3: Outpatient CDI: The Basics

Module 4: Risk Adjustment

Module 5: Anatomy & Physiology

Module 6: An Evolution in Ambulatory CDI

Module 7: Simplifying Risk Adjustment Physician Education at Wake Forest Baptist Health

Continuing Education

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 7.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

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 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been approved for 7.5 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).

This program has been approved for 7.5 continuing education units for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 

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

This educational activity for 7.5 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.


You will have access to your ACDIS Outpatient CDI Apprenticeship for 180 days from the purchase/order date.

2023 ACDIS Outpatient Pocket Guide

CDI professionals need a day-to-day reference when conducting their outpatient medical record reviews—one that can provide trusted clinical indicators for compliant and effective physician clarifications, and at-a-glance, easy-to-use diagnosis and Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) references. The 2023 ACDIS Outpatient Pocket Guide is the essential resource for outpatient coding guidance, HCC updates, compliant query best practices and standards, E/M requirements, and diagnostic definitions.

Co-written by ACDIS’ interim director and CDI education director Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC; James Manz, MD, CCDS-O, a practicing physician at the Mayo Clinic who is steeped in the latest physician documentation terminology; and Autumn Reiter, MBA, BSN, RN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CCS, vice president of CDI services and tech enablement for CorroHealth, the 2023 ACDIS Outpatient Pocket Guide is a winning combination of practical, tailored CDI tips and resources; helpful references including ICD-10-CM code mappings organized by HCC; and clinical, regulatory, and coding guidance adapted from the official sources.

The 2023 ACDIS Outpatient Pocket Guide offers the latest information outpatient CDI professionals need to know, including:

  • Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 guidelines
  • AHA 2022 Coding Clinic guidance
  • COVID-19-related updates
  • New provider tips from James Manz, MD, CCDS-O of Mayo Clinic
  • 80+ conditions including updates to lung and other severe cancers, dementia, personality disorders, spinal cord disorders/injuries, cystic fibrosis, and others
  • A new entry for thalassemia

New for 2023!

The 2023 ACDIS Pocket Guide introduces two new icons designed to assist you in easily identifying conditions with specific considerations:

  • toad icon  indicates that that a TOAD status code may need to be reported with this HCC. TOAD is a quick mnemonic that can be used to remind providers to capture Z codes related to conditions such as *T*ransplants, *O*stomies, *A*mputations/*A*IDS and *D*ialysis Status.
  • caution icon indicates that this HCC infrequently occurs in the outpatient setting; therefore, if it is listed as a diagnosis, it may have been inadvertently carried over from a recent/past hospitalization and used on a postadmission visit.

Published: January 2023

Page Count: 528 + 5 Tabs
Dimensions: 4.5x7 Coil/Spiral
ISBN: 978-1-64535-190-0

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