Navigating the Pneumonia Roadmap: Tools & Tips for CDI/Coding Accuracy - On-Demand

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Navigating the Pneumonia Roadmap: Tools & Tips for CDI/Coding Accuracy - On-Demand

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Presented on: Thursday, April 14, 2022 

Presented by: Kelly Sutton, MHL, RN, CCDS; Catherine Sheika, CCDS

Obtaining accurate documentation for coding “simple” pneumonia isn’t so simple. In fall 2019, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Thoracic Society published treatment and diagnosis guidelines for pneumonia. However, the discrepancy between the coding language and the diagnostic reality often leads to an over-classification of pneumonias as “simple pneumonias.” 

Join Kelly Sutton, MHL, RN, CCDS, an ACDIS Advisory Board member, and Catherine Sheika, CCDS, CDI educator for Central Florida South region of AdventHealth, on this 60-minute road trip down the pneumonia pathway. During this webinar, CDI and coding staff will learn to assist providers in accurately documenting this complex disease process and understand how capturing its specificity can affect quality and mortality data.

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

  • Identify opportunities for capturing specificity of pneumonia
  • Examine the pneumonia pathway in case scenarios to select the type/specificity of pneumonia
  • Demonstrate compliant query construction for pneumonia opportunities


  • Pneumonia definitions and differences
    • Community-acquired pneumonia
    • Hospital-acquired pneumonia
    • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
    • Aspiration pneumonia
    • COVID-19-related pneumonia
  • Coding challenges
    • Frequency of coding/DRGs
    • Clinical and coding mismatches
  • CDI focus on pathways and compliant queries
    • Pneumonia pathways to correctly specify pneumonia
    • Case scenarios utilizing pneumonia pathways
  • Risk adjustment for pneumonia
  • Mortality and publicly reported data
  • Q&A

Who Should Listen?

  • CDI directors and managers,
  • CDI staff
  • HIM/coding directors and managers
  • Coding staff
  • Revenue integrity directors and managers
  • Revenue integrity staff
  • Denials and appeals staff
  • Revenue integrity directors/managers

Meet the Speaker

Kelly Sutton Kelly Sutton, MHL, RN, CCDS, system CDI implementation specialist and educator for AdventHealth based in Tampa, Florida, has nearly 30 years’ experience including home health, hospice, and ED. Her roles have included employee occupational health/work comp supervisor and stroke program coordinator. She started her CDI career in 2015 as a frontline CDI specialist in a suburban 170+ bed facility and progressed to a CDI educator before assuming her current role. A presenter for the ACDIS Virtual Curtain Call conference in September 2020, she was elected to the ACDIS Advisory Board for the 2021–2024 term.
Catherine Sheika Catherine Sheika, CCDS, is the CDI educator for the Central Florida South region of AdventHealth. She has been a nurse for 14 years, with experience in the surgical PCU, ICU, neuro ICU, and ED. During her time as a CDI specialist, she reviewed all the mortality, respiratory failure, and rapid response cases for the region. In 2021, when the region’s CDI team went fully remote, Sheika was challenged with developing a remote onboarding program and resources for new CDI specialists within her region. She has also advocated for and led the efforts to develop an AdventHealth Educator Council, in which educators and CDI staff within the AdventHealth system share ideas and resources.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 1 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 Integrity Specialists (ACDIS).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 4/13/2023

This program has been approved for continuing education unit(s) (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting of Approved CEUs from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program provider.

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 4/12/2023

ANCC - This program is offered Live Only.
HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational activity for 1 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro. 

Ability to claim these credits expires on 4/13/2023

This program has been approved for 1 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI), offered as a service of the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI).

Ability to claim credits for this webinar expires on: 4/13/2023


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 or Edge, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled 
Internet: Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended) 
Streaming: Access audio/video streaming from any browser on a computer, mobile, or tablet device

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 $229 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $229 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet.

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