Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online

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Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online

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This online boot camp is a great choice for those looking for self-paced training. You receive 24/7 access to the course—with the ability to submit questions to our instructors—for 60 days after purchase.

Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online

Course Overview

Launch a successful CDI career with help from the experts at ACDIS

The CDI Boot Camp Online is ACDIS’ premier training for CDI specialists. Trusted by hundreds of CDI specialists as the go-to source for CDI education, this course defines the role of CDI specialists and provides comprehensive training on their responsibilities.

Improve your CDI know-how with ACDIS-endorsed best practices for medical record review and compliant physician querying. Learn the ins and outs of Medicare’s IPPS methodology and how it relates to short-term acute care hospital reimbursement, which is often a focus of CDI efforts. Specifically, participants learn about MS-DRG methodology, including how MS-DRGs are assigned and how documentation affects code assignment and sequencing.

A majority of this Boot Camp is dedicated to exploring diagnoses typically in need of clarification for proper code assignment and MS-DRG assignment. Armed with this knowledge, CDI specialists can credibly query physicians to ensure accurate claims data and reimbursement.

Leave the CDI Boot Camp Online with a thorough understanding of: 

  • Coding and reporting requirements related to COVID-19 and its manifestations
  • The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, as seen from a CDI perspective
  • Diagnoses frequently in need of additional documentation to support accurate code assignment across all major body systems
  • The value of compliant provider query practice and best practices associated with the query process
  • Core provider education concepts such as IPPS reimbursement, documentation integrity, and quality metrics
  • IPPS methodology based on MS-DRG assignment and the impact of diagnosis assignment and sequencing on hospital reimbursement
  • CDI benchmarking basics, compliance risks, and professional ethics

The CDI Boot Camp Online will help you: 

  • Implement a step-by-step process for thorough medical record review based on industry guidelines
  • Develop compliant verbal and written physician queries and understand how to effectively query providers
  • Recognize significant clinical indicators supporting problematic diagnoses such as heart failure, sepsis, acute renal failure, and encephalopathy
  • Understand the impact of compliance initiatives on CDI, including the Recovery Auditor program and the Office of Inspector General Work Plan

Who is this class for?
This course is designed for those seeking to understand the purpose and role of clinical documentation integrity efforts in the inpatient setting. The core concepts promoting CDI best practice are explored with facilitated discussion using real world examples for application. 

CDI Boot Camp Online—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. Contact us at 800-650-6787 or email

to receive your special discount rate or sign up to become an ACDIS member today!

This isn't just any CDI course. Check out all the benefits of this HCPro online Boot Camp:

  • 60-day access to video instruction after purchase: View video sessions and complete all assignments, including review of all answer keys.
  • 24-hour access: Video instruction is available at any time of day—you choose the time that works for you. You can also email questions to our instructors. We try to answer all questions either via email or phone within two business days. 

CCDS Examination Information

ACDIS offers a certification for CDI specialists, the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential. We recommend the CCDS exam for individuals who meet the exam requirements, complete this Boot Camp, and desire to pursue certification. However, the course may not cover all the content areas tested on the exam. 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 view the prerequisites required to take the exam, or to download an application form, visit the ACDIS website at

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

Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online


Below is the current course schedule for upcoming CDI and Quality Care Measures Boot Camp Online classes.

To view our cancellation policy, click here.



Class Dates

Registration Deadline

June 2024 - August 2024

6/25/2024 - 8/24/2024 6/24/2024

July 2024 - September 2024

7/9/2024 - 9/7/2024 7/8/2024

July 2024 - September 2024

7/23/2024 - 9/21/2024 7/22/2024

August 2024 - October 2024

8/13/2024 - 10/12/2024 8/12/2024

August 2024 - October 2024

8/27/2024 - 10/26/2024 8/26/2024

Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online


Healthcare Data and the Health Record

  • UHDDS definitions
  • The attending provider
  • Common elements of the health record

Medicare and Medicaid

  • Overview of the Medicare system
    • Key terminology
    • Medicare Part A
      • Inpatient hospital care
      • Overview of quality initiatives
    • Medicare Part B
      • Outpatient/observation hospital care
  • Introduction to Medicaid

Diagnosis Codes and Sequencing

  • Diagnosis coding in ICD-10-CM
    • Coding conventions
    • Official coding guidelines
  • Principal diagnosis guidelines in ICD-10-CM
    • Selection of principal diagnosis
    • Reporting of secondary diagnoses
  • Present on admission

Introduction to Procedure Code Sets

  • Procedure coding
    • CPT
    • ICD-10-PCS
      • Coding conventions
      • Official coding guidelines
      • The characters of PCS 

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and MS-DRGs

  • How is a DRG assigned?
    • Impact of the principal diagnosis
    • Major Diagnostic Categories (MDCs)
    • Impact of complications/comorbidities (CCs) and major CCs (MCCs)
    • Impact of procedures
  • Determining hospital reimbursement

Record Review and Queries

  • Reviewing medical record documentation
  • What is a query?
    • Justification to issue a query
    • How to construct a query
      • Written vs. verbal processes
      • Concurrent vs. retrospective
      • Available formats
    • The importance of clinical indicators

Getting to Know DRG Expert (ICD-10-CM)

  • Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC)
  • Medical vs. surgical MS-DRGs
  • Alpha and numeric indexes
    • Diagnoses
    • Procedures
    • CCs/MCCs
  • Sample exercises

Key Infectious Diseases and Complications

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Infectious disease process
    • Identification of the causative organism
    • SIRS/sepsis/severe sepsis/septic shock
    • HIV disease
    • Complications of care

Key Diseases Associated With Injuries, the Musculoskeletal System, and the Skin

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Episode of care (7th character)
    • Injuries
    • Fractures
    • Wounds
    • Cellulitis
    • Poisoning, adverse effects, and underdosing
    • Excisional debridement

Key Diseases of the Respiratory System

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Pneumonia
    • Chronic respiratory conditions
    • Acute respiratory failure
    • Oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation

Key Diseases of the Digestive, Hepatobiliary, and Urinary Systems

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Acute kidney injury/renal failure
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Acute GI disorders
    • Chronic GI disorders
    • Liver disorders
    • Pancreatitis
    • Gallbladder disorders
    • Substance consumption

Neoplasms and Associated Diseases

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Neoplasms
    • TNM system
    • Anemia

Key Diseases Associated With the Circulatory System

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Hypertension
    • Chest pain/angina/CAD
    • Heart failure
    • Acute myocardial infarction (AMI)

Key Diseases of the Nervous System and Mental Health

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Traumatic brain injuries
    • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)/cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
      • Hemorrhagic
      • Ischemic
    • Altered mental status (AMS)
    • Seizures/epilepsy and convulsions
    • Dementia
    • Depression

Key Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases

  • Coding guidelines and key Coding Clinic references
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Malnutrition
    • Obesity

Basic CDI Metrics and Professionalism

  • Basic CDI metrics
  • Minimizing vulnerabilities
  • Federal guidance and monitoring
    • Recovery Auditors (aka Recovery Audit Contractors or RACs)
    • Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
  • Professional ethics

*Outline-Agenda subject to change.

Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online


CDI Boot Camp–Online: How does it work?
You'll receive the same content and instruction that you would experience at our classroom-based, nationally recognized Boot Camps.

Here's how it works:

  • 60-day access after purchase to online instruction: View sessions and complete all assignments including review of all answer keys.
  • 24-hour access: Instruction is available any time of day. You choose the time that works for you
  • Ask the Expert: Email questions to our instructors. We try to answer all questions either via email or phone within three business days.
  • Interactive learning: Course participants work more than 140 exercises and questions based on the course content.
  • Well-established program: Backed by the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS), this Boot Camp provides the same great education you've come to rely on.

What is the focus of CDI Boot Camp–Online?
CDI Boot Camp–Online
is a 60-day educational experience that focuses on MS-DRGs and reimbursement under the IPPS; ICD-10-CM/PCS coding rules and regulations; medical record review and physician query techniques; CDI program benchmarking and compliance initiatives; and CDI reviews for quality initiatives such as hospital value-based purchasing and readmissions reduction. CDI specialists will learn the basic skills necessary for success in the profession. This Boot Camp will also benefit hospitals with established CDI programs that need additional development.

How long will the online content remain accessible after class ends?
The online portal for your class sessions and materials is accessible for 60 days from your purchase date.

Does HCPro offer this course on-site?
In addition to our online and open registration courses, we also offer the CDI Boot Camp as an on-site course (with a substantial discount) for organizations that have a number of employees who need training. For more information on hosting an on-site course at your facility/offices, click here.

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

What material does the course cover?
To view the course outline, please see the Course Outline tab within this page.

What do I need to bring to class?

  • DRG Expert – suggested but not required
  • Highlighter
  • Sticky notes
  • Pen/pencil

Does the course require any previous experience or training?
No. However, because of the course’s fast-paced nature, it is recommended (but not required) that participants have at least several month’s experience working in a hospital. This course is taught on a basic to intermediate level.

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 integrity professionals, quality department managers/directors
  • Utilization review/case management managers/directors
  • Revenue cycle managers/directors
  • Physician advisors/champions to CDI
  • Hospitalist leadership

Is there a discount for ACDIS members?
Yes. ACDIS members save $150 off the registration fee. Call 800-650-6787 to receive your discount or click here for more information.

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 Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online

Required Materials

You’ll be referencing your course books and DRG Expert© as you view the course content. Please keep in mind that you will ideally want to view the course in a location that will allow you ample space to conveniently access all your reference materials.

Make sure you have the following available as you watch the courses, review the course material, and complete assignments.

  • A computer with speakers or headphones
  • A current DRG Expert© / DRG Expert© is published by Optum Coding. Please note there are slight page differences among the different versions. To order a DRG Expert© manual from HCPro, visit‐expert.
  • Highlighter
  • Note paper or sticky notes

The following other materials are optional, but may be helpful (note: These are NOT required):

  • A Drug Reference Book: Any drug reference book can be used for class
  • A current ICD‐10‐CM Manual, Volumes 1‐3, i.e., hospital version is preferable.

Clinical Documentation Integrity Boot Camp® Online

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the goals and objectives of a CDI department and the role of the CDI specialist (CDIS)
  • Describe what population of records to review, how often to review them, and when a review is complete
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Medicare’s IPPS and how it relates to the role of the CDIS
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how specific and accurate provider documentation affects hospital reimbursement through the assignment of a principal diagnosis, secondary diagnoses, and coded data
  • Discuss general ICD-10-CM coding guidelines and apply these guidelines when assigning the principal diagnosis and secondary diagnoses as part of the MS-DRG assignment process
  • Discuss the significance of Coding Clinic for ICD‐10‐CM guidance when assigning and sequencing codes, and applying its guidance to documentation and query scenarios
  • Develop techniques for detailed medical record review in order to identify incomplete, vague, and/or missing diagnoses based on clinical indicators within the medical record
  • Discuss physician education strategies related to the impact of improved documentation on hospital reimbursement and individual physician profiles
  • Develop compliant physician query techniques based on industry standards and best practices
  • Describe professional ethics associated with the CDI role as related to compliance initiatives, including those monitored by Recovery Auditors and the OIG
  • Discuss and apply basic metrics that support the success and/or progress of a CDI department, individual CDISs, and participating physicians

Continuing Education

In order to receive CE credits participants must complete the quiz that will be provided in the survey evaluation following the conclusion of this online boot camp. After successfully passing the quiz participants will receive their CE certificates via email.

This program has the prior approval of AAPC for 20 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC for 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 20 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 20 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 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.

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

This educational activity for 20 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.

This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM board-certified case managers. The course is approved for 20 continuing education contact hours.

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.