CCDS Exam Prep Class (ACDIS Pre-conference)

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CCDS Exam Prep Class (ACDIS Pre-conference)

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CCDS Exam Prep Class

May 20-21, 2018 - San Antonio (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day)

The CCDS Exam Prep Class prepares you to take the CCDS exam and advance in your professional career. By equipping you with test-taking skills and CDI knowledge, the class will allow you to tackle the exam with confidence.

In two days, our instructors cover the main focus areas of the CCDS exam as outlined in the examination content outline (see the CCDS Exam Candidate Handbook): 

  • Healthcare regulations, reimbursement, and documentation requirements related to the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) 
  • Anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology 
  • Medical record documentation 
  • Healthcare facility CDI program analysis 
  • Communication skills 
  • Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting 
  • Professionalism, ethics, and compliance 
  • Impact of reportable diagnoses on quality of care

Plus, our instructors cover real-world study strategies for adult learners.

If you’ve attempted to gain CCDS certification before, this class will break down the material covered in the exam to ensure you feel confident and competent when you next sit for it. The program also covers test-taking skills, which helps students who have mastery of the subject matter but do not excel in the stress of a test-taking situation.

You’ll also receive access to the CCDS Exam Study Guide online practice exam, allowing you to practice in a realistic scenario.

Full Agenda

Day 1: Sunday, May 20 

Registration and breakfast
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Introduction to the CCDS Credentialing Exam

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

  • Exam Support and Design
  • Approved Resources 
  • Exam Questions
    • Recall
    • Application
    • Analysis
  • Exam Resources and Objectives
  • Question & Answer

Inpatient Prospective Payment System
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • MS-DRG Methodology
    • Principal Diagnosis
    • Secondary Diagnosis
  • MS-DRG Hospital Reimbursement
  • Question & Answer

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Medical Record Review & Query
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • The Role of the CDI
  • Medical Record Review
  • Compliant Query Practice
  • Question & Answer

Lunch (provided)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Guidelines for Coding & Reporting
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Official Guidelines for Coding & Reporting
  • Coding Conventions
  • Sequencing of Diagnoses
  • Clinical Validation
  • Present on Admission
  • Complications of Care
  • American Hospital Association Coding Clinic
  • Question & Answer

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

DRG Expert Tutorial
3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

  • Use of the DRG Expert as a resource for DRG assignment

Question and Answer
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

Day 2: Monday, May 21 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Anatomy & Physiology Review
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • CVA
  • Encephalopathy
  • Seizures
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Ventilation Support
  • Acute MI
  • Heart Failure
  • Neoplasms
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Anemia
  • Infectious Disease
  • Injuries
  • Poisonings/Adverse Reactions
  • HIV Infections
  • Question & Answer

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Ethics, Professionalism & Compliance
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • ACDIS Code of Ethics
  • Minimizing Vulnerability
    • Recovery Audit Program
    • Comprehensive Error Rate Testing
    • Office of the Inspector General
  • OIG Annual Work Plan
  • IPPS Final Rule
  • PEPPER Data
  • Question & Answer

Lunch (provided)
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Impact of Reportable Diagnoses on Quality Measures
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Publically Reported Data
  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting
  • Observed to Expected Mortality Rate
  • Inpatient Quality Measures
    • Hospital Value Based Purchasing
    • Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program
    • 30 Day Readmissions
    • PSI 90 Composite
  • Question & Answer

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

CDI Program Analysis
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Measuring Success & the CDI Mission
  • Measuring Staff Productivity
  • CC/MCC Capture
  • Case Mix Index
  • Mortality Rates
  • Question & Answer

Conclusion/wrap up
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

*Agenda is subject to change. The timing may change as the course is presented to allow for discussion.

Continuing Education

CE Credit information coming soon!

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.


Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, is a CDI education specialist with ACDIS and serves as a full-time instructor for the CDI Boot Camps as well as a subject matter expert for ACDIS. Her nine years of CDI experience includes a background in consulting in which she provided program reviews and training to the medical staff, including physician education to various healthcare facilities.


Event Site and Hotel Information

ACDIS Conference and Pre-Conference Boot Camps will be held May 20-24 at:
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
900 East Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205  

Contracted hotels that we have a discounted hotel block with:

San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel
889 E Market
San Antonio, TX, 78205 

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX,  78205 

Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, TX 78205  

La Quinta Inn & Suites
San Antonio Riverwalk
303 Blum St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205 

  • Room rate $159/night
  • Hotel cut-off date is Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Toll-Free Reservations Center: 866-527-1498 opt. #1
    • Hotel: La Quinta Inns & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk (property #0501)
    • Group Name: ACDIS 2018 Annual Conference
  • Or reservation requests can be emailed to
  •  Hotel website:

Hilton Palacio Del Rio
200 South Alamo
San Antonio, TX 78205