Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp

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Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp

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ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee.
To register multiple attendees, receive your special discount rate or sign up to become an ACDIS member, contact our sales team at 800-650-6787 or email

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This live boot camp is best for those looking for an interactive learning experience. Classes are led by our expert instructors, take place over the course of a week, and allow instructor/student interaction and engagement.

Clinical Validation in CDI


Move your CDI practice from query to collaboration 

The Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp is a three-day class focusing on key pathophysiological concepts that will improve the quality of clinical indicators used in provider queries. The hands-on, practical format enhances critical thinking skills and prepares CDI specialists to be leaders in their field and communicate collaboratively with providers. 

Are you looking for in-depth clinical documentation training and want to take CDI discussion to the next level? Do you want to go beyond quoting buzzwords and reminding physicians to capture the next CC? If you do, this Boot Camp is for you. It will increase your understanding in a way that will move your CDI practice from query to collaboration. 

This boot camp will help you to: 

  • Increase your understanding of key pathophysiological concepts 
  • Improve the quality of clinical indicators used when you query 
  • Cultivate critical thinking skills for use with data involving complex clinical concepts 
  • Improve your ability to distinguish evidence-based clinical indicators from other data in the record 

Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp—see the difference for yourself!

Check out all the benefits of this HCPro Boot Camp:

  • Expertly designed course materials: Course materials are developed by an adult education expert. The curriculum uses a “how to” approach where participants learn how to apply CDI concepts that they can then customize to their organizational needs. Content is regularly updated based on changing industry practices and participant feedback. 
  • Live instruction: Classes are taught by an experienced instructor who is credentialed as a CDI professional and works as an industry subject matter expert for ACDIS.
  • Small class size: We limit the number of course participants in order to maintain a low participant-teacher ratio. This allows us to provide individual instruction as needed when participants find a topic particularly challenging; it also allows time for discussion.
  • Well-established program: Brought to you by the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS), this Boot Camp from the industry’s only dedicated CDI association provides the best-in-class education you expect.

Our boot camps are a comprehensive and effective way to strengthen your understanding of CDI. “Our goal as instructors is to offer detailed, thorough, and timely education that can be simply broken down and easily understood and applied in daily practice,” says CDI education director at HCPro, Laurie Prescott.

ACDIS 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! 

Need to train a group?
Bring our industry-leading instructors to your facility to teach one of our existing Boot Camps or a program customized specifically for your organization.

In addition to best-in-class regulatory and compliance education, hosting an on-site class gives your staff:

  • Access 
    Our instructors are all yours, so you can ask them questions and apply concepts specific to your organization. 
  • Consistency 
    Bring staff together to hear the same message—everyone leaves with the same understanding of the regulations. 
  • Unmatched knowledge 
    Each instructor has years of both in-the-field and adult education experience. They know exactly how to simplify the complex issues facing your staff. 

Looking to train your whole team? We can bring our expert instructors to you! Learn more here!

For more detailed information about our Boot Camps, contact us at 800-650-6787 or email

Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp

Course Locations & Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp classes. 

  • $1,399 for non-members 
  • $1,249 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! 

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October 2024

Chandler, AZ


October 28 – 30, 2024
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hyatt Place Phoenix/Chandler – Fashion Center
3535 W. Chandler Boulevard
Chandler, AZ 85226
Hotel Website

Room Rate: $139
Room Rate Cut-Off: October 4, 2024



Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp

Agenda/Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

  • The Process of CDI and Coding
  • DRG Validation
  • Clinical Validation
  • Coding Guideline Review
  • Query & Clinical Indicators


  • Apply key pathophysiological concepts to CDI record review practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply clinical indicators in writing provider queries.
  • Apply critical thinking related to clinical concepts in CDI clinical validation responsibilities.

Module 2: Infectious Disease

  • Fever
  • Diagnostic Testing Interpretation
  • Systemic Inflammatory Response
  • Sepsis
  • Infection as a Complication of Care


  • Identify query opportunities from a diagnosis of fever
  • Discuss clinical indicators associated with sepsis
  • Differentiate criteria between SIRS, Sepsis-2, and Sepsis-3
  • Identify key lab imaging and physical assessment findings that suggest sepsis, severe sepsis, and/or shock

Module 3: Diseases and Disorders of the Kidney and Urinary System

  • Diagnostic Testing Interpretation
  • Pre‐ renal, Intra‐renal, Post‐renal
  • Etiology of Failure
  • Chronic Kidney Disease


  • Define diagnostic criteria supporting acute renal failure
  • Identify query opportunities related to acute tubular necrosis
  • Differentiate acute renal failure from chronic renal failure
  • Discern the etiology of renal failures as pre-renal, intra-renal, or post-renal and discuss the likely treatments of each

Module 4: Diseases and Disorders of the Digestive System and Hepatobiliary System

  • GI Bleeding
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • GI Obstruction
  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Liver Failure
  • Diagnostic Testing Interpretations
  • Gallbladder Disease 
  • Pancreatitis


  • Identify indicators supporting query for postoperative ileus
  • Differentiate the defining characteristics of complicated peptic ulcers, simple peptic ulcers, and GI bleeds
  • Discuss clinical indicators associated with liver failure
  • Identify clinical indicators supporting metabolic encephalopathy
  • Identify common comorbidities related to liver failure to include alcohol abuse, dependence, malnutrition, and esophageal varices

Module 5: Diseases and Disorders of the Cardiovascular System

  • Heart Failure
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pleural Effusions
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Cardiac Arrythmias
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Hypertension


  • Apply diagnostic criteria supporting heart failure, differentiating acute and chronic
  • Apply diagnostic criteria supporting acute myocardial infarction
  • Differentiate the associated types of myocardial infarction per the Universal Definition of MI
  • Differentiate the types of atrial fibrillation based upon the patient’s history
  • Define hypertensive urgency, emergency, and crisis

Module 6: Diseases and Disorders of the Blood and Neoplasms

  • Neoplasms/Cancer
  • Anemia
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • Pancytopenia
  • Neutropenia


  • Discuss and differentiate different types of anemia to include iron deficiency, vitamin deficiency, aplastic and hemolytic anemias
  • Define coagulopathy, differentiating acquired and inherited coagulopathies
  • Discuss pancytopenia and the importance of identifying the etiology
  • Discuss CDI considerations related to neoplasms and cancer diagnoses

Module 7: Diseases and Disorders of the Respiratory System

  • Pneumonia
  • Pleural Disorders
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Diagnostic Testing Interpretation
  • Chronic Lung Disease


  • Define clinical indicators supportive of the presence of acute respiratory failure
  • Discuss the considerations required to differentiate acute and chronic respiratory failure and the presence of an exacerbation
  • Define clinical indicators supportive of the presence of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Develop an understanding of interpretation of ABGs and P/F ratio
  • Differentiate between the complex respiratory infections and the simple pneumonias
  • Differentiate between the complex respiratory infections and the simple pneumonias

Module 8: Diseases and Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System

  • Trauma
  • Fractures
  • Organ Injury
  • Complications of Trauma


  • Identify clinical indicators associated pathological fractures
  • Identify imaging and physical assessment findings that suggest a more specific reportable injury type, location and fracture classification
  • Identify potential common complications

Module 9: Disorders of the Skin

  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Chronic Non-Pressure Ulcers
  • Wound Disruption
  • Cellulitis
  • Lymphangitis


  • Distinguish among the different types of wounds
    • Pressure Ulcers
    • Venous Ulcer
    • Arterial Ulcers
    • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Identify clinical indicators to support the presence of and the severity of the ulcer(s)

Module 10: Mental Diseases and Disorders, Alcohol and Drug Use

  • Depression Bipolar Disorders Schizophrenia
  • Substance Use, Abuse & Dependence


  • Discuss clinical indicators associated major depressive disorder, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. 
  • Differentiate the diagnoses of substance use, abuse and dependence.  
  • Identify key behavioral characteristics associated with the diagnosis of dementia with behavior disturbance.  
  • Differentiate intellectual disorders- defining the levels of mild, moderate, severe and profound

Module 11: Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Disorders

  • Fluid Imbalance
  • Electrolyte Imbalance
  • Acidosis/Alkalosis
  • Diabetes
  • Malnutrition
  • Morbid Obesity


  • Demonstrate CDI critical thinking related to electrolyte disorders related to comorbidities and etiologies
  • Define and differentiate the different types of diabetes and the associated complications (acute and chronic)
  • Discuss key clinical indicators associated with DKA/HHS
  • Apply ASPEN criteria in assessing the presence of malnutrition
  • Differentiate obesity from morbid obesity

Module 12: Diseases and Disorders of the Nervous System

  • Encephalopathy CVA/Stroke Coma
  • Persistent Vegetative State
  • Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia Brain Injury


  • Differentiate the conditions of encephalopathy and delirium
  • Identify and differentiate clinical indicators supporting encephalopathy, delirium and acute infective psychosis
  • Identify key indicators supporting a more specific diagnosis of CVA
  • Define hemorrhagic conversion and identify the timeline for consideration

*Agenda is subject to change.

Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp


Who is the class for? 
Clinical Validation in CDI is aimed at intermediate to advanced CDI specialists. It is also designed for experienced coders looking to increase their clinical knowledge.

This Boot Camp is not recommended for new CDI specialists as it does not concentrate on the process of CDI or the basics of reimbursement and MS-DRGs. If you have never had any training, then our foundational CDI Boot Camp is the program for you. Similarly, physicians seeking to learn the fundamentals of CDI would likely benefit more from that foundational course.

Are there any prerequisites?
The Boot Camp is intended for students who have already taken basic CDI training: either on the job or in a general CDI specialist course.

The material presented is at an intermediate level and assumes students have a baseline understanding of DRGs, coding guidelines, and basic query opportunities.

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
  • Denials Management

Is there a discount for ACDIS members?
ACDIS 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!

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?
Cancellation Policy
Please click here to view our cancellation policy.

How is the course taught?
The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and hands-on exercises/case studies. 

What do I need to bring to class?

  • Highlighter
  • Sticky notes
  • Pen/pencil

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 us at 800-650-6787 or email

Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp

Things to Know Before Attending Class

Directions and Hotel Information

The hotel address, phone number, URL, room rate and room rate cut-off date are posted on the Locations/Dates tab. The hotel websites give detailed directions to the hotel as well as information about the location.  Please call the hotel directly to make a room reservation.  Be sure to identify yourself as an HCPro Boot Camp participant.  Please be sure to make your reservation before the cut-off date.  After the cut-off date, contact the hotel to determine room availability and rates.

Course Materials

When you arrive at class, you will receive two books containing the class materials utilized throughout the boot camp.  These books will be yours to keep, so plan accordingly in allowing enough room in your luggage on the return trip home.  The books weight approximately 8 – 10 pounds.  Books may also be shipped from the hotel at your own expense.

Classroom Time

Other than short breaks and lunch, we will be in class from 8:00 a.m. to at least 5:00 p.m. each day.  In order to focus all attention on the course and to not distract other participants as well as the instructor, cell phone use during class is strictly prohibited. We will take short breaks (up to 10 minutes each) throughout the day that will give participants an opportunity to make calls, use the restroom, etc., in addition to an hour lunch break for lunch on your own.


We will take about a 45-minute break for lunch each day.  We typically provide coffee in the morning and drinks and a light snack in the afternoon, everyone is on their own for lunch.  Note that many hotels do not have restaurants on-site.  If you are flying to the course, we generally recommend renting a car, or investigating availability of hotel shuttle or ride share.

What to Bring to Class

Please bring the following to all classes:

  • Highlighter
  • Notepaper
  • Sticky Notes/flags
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Layered clothing  e.g., light sweater, light jacket, etc.


Business attire is not necessary.  Please dress comfortably.   Sometimes classrooms are on the cool side, even during the warmer months.  You may be more comfortable if you bring a sweater or sweatshirt in case you get cold.

CCDS Examination Information

The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) offers a certification for CDI specialists, the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS). We recommend the CCDS exam for individuals who desire to pursue certification. However, the course may not cover all the content areas tested on the exam.  Additionally, the certification requires experience performing the duties of a CDI specialist so attending this class may not qualify you to sit for the exam if you are new to the field of CDI. 

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 Application and view the prerequisites, visit the ACDIS website at

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

For our cancellation and transfer policy, visit our website:

COVID Safety

Simplify Compliance and HCPro place the highest priority on the safety of our guests. In preparation for attendance at our events, we want to share the following measures to promote health and well-being:
  • If the region where our event is located is deemed by the CDC to be within the substantial or high-risk category, we will require all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks when indoors except while actively eating or drinking. 
  • Meeting rooms will be set to support social distancing when necessary.
  • Food service will follow the safety guidelines implemented by the hotel.

To view all the safety measures that a specific hotel has implemented, please see the information listed on their website.

Simplify Compliance and HCPro will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines, and will communicate adjustments to the onsite policies and procedures as necessary.

Contact Information

For more information about our Boot Camps, contact us at 800-650-6787 or email

We Look Forward to Having You In Class!

Clinical Validation in CDI Boot Camp

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this Boot Camp, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss clinical indicators associated with key findings of various organ failures 
  • Differentiate between indicators that support an evidence-based clinical query and those that do not 
  • Identify key lab imaging and physical assessment findings that suggest a more specific reportable diagnosis
  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills and ability to collaborate with providers 

Continuing Education

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 22.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been approved for 22.5 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 22.5 CE credits 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 22.5 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.

This program is approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification for 22.5 Continuing Education Units.

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.