Clinical Documentation &
Integrity Institute (C-CDI)


The Clinical Documentation Improvement & Integrity (C-CDI) Institute is dedicated to significantly improving the competency in clinical documentation within health care to capture the complete severity-of-illness being managed and appropriately justify the consumption of resources within today’s regulatory environment.
The C-CDI Program provides the premier educational seminar dedicated to explicit Clinical Documentation Improvement. The program addresses the evolving educational needs that are adherent to the significant changes emerging in health care, especially as they relate to the Medicare Severity-Diagnostic Related Group (MS-DRG), Value Based Purchasing, Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC), Quality Initiatives and ICD-10-CM. Our approach is evidence based and combines engaging instruction with interactive case studies and resource materials.
Overall Learning Objectives
The C-CDI Institute focuses on:
• Clinical acumen & Explicit documentation
• Medical Necessity
• Coding guidelines
• Compliance
• Proactive preparation for the integrity regulatory agencies.
The C-CDI Institute recognizes and builds on your past experience, and prepares you for future healthcare challenges in medical necessity and clinical documentation. The C-CDI Program is for professionals at vary- ing levels of health care including:
• Physicians
• Physician Assistants
• Nurses
• Nurse Practioners
• Clinical Documentation Specialists
• Case Managers/Utilization Reviewers
• Health Information Managers/Coding Professionals
• Quality Assurance Professionals
• Compliance Professionals

Registration Fee: $1,695  Now Just $1149.


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Session 1 
The Role of Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity Specialists in the Transformation of Healthcare Reform and Reimbursement


• Communicate the evolution of the of the business of medicine from the perspective of reimbursement, beginning with the self-pay model, the third party payer reimbursement system and the strict business model of medicine today followed by most payers today.
• Identify the roles pay-for-performance and medical necessity initiatives govern and directly impact all aspects of medicine.


Session 2
MS-DRGs and the Segue to ICD-10


Explain the History of ICD, the development of version nine (9) and it’s affect of Clinical Modification
• Conceptualize the general principles and workings of ICD-9CM coding and its relationship to DRG assignment under the CMS DRGs and transition into MS-DRGS effective October 1, 2008.
• Apply general coding guidelines to case studies including recognition of principal and secondary diagnoses.
• Identify the resources for guidelines, regulatory policy, and medical necessity standards available to providers and auditors as the tools for best practice for making appeals and denial basis.
• Specify the difference between Complications/Comorbidities and Major Complications/Comorbidities
and know the definition of each for DRG coding and reporting perspective.
• Explain the rationale for Medicare’s decision to implement Medicare Severity DRGS and the intended role of MS-DRGs in the Medicare Value Based Purchasing initiative implemented October 1, 2008.
• Compare the similarities and differences between the CMS DRG and MS-DRG system and the expansion of DRGs from 538 to 746 under MS-DRGs is an asset to best explaining variations in severity of illness, risk of mortality and morbidity, and measures of quality of care outcomes and physician efficiency measures.


Session 3
Outpatient Observation Service vs. Inpatient Designation – Documentation Requirements. What you need to know to stay on the right course.


• Delineate the differences between Outpatient Observation and Inpatient designation in the hospital
• Define what Medicare rules and regulations govern inpatient versus outpatient designation and billing.
• Identify what admission and discharge criteria govern observation versus inpatient designation.
• Explain the role of observation versus inpatient designation as a financial versus clinical tool.
• Apply general medical necessity criteria and guidelines to case studies including recognition of diagnoses, documentation, and specific clinical care information to support the patient status.
• Define and practically apply the documentation requirements for supporting a patient observation status.
• Summarize the Condition Code 44 – what it means to you and how to implement it appropriately. 
• Identify the role of the Medicare Comprehensive Error Review Testing Contractor, Recovery Audit Con- tractors and their expansion, MACs assumption of MS-DRG validation and medical necessity determination from the QIO, and the OIG’s Work Plan, in reducing the hospital error rate in designating outpatient observation versus inpatient admission encounters.


Session 4 
RACs, CERTS, FIs, Quality Improvement Organizations, OIG Work Plans and Peer Review Organizations- What they are & where they are going.


• Identify the goals, objectives, and focus of each organization, and how these are changing as value based purchasing, pay for performance, and quality outcome and efficiency initiatives take hold and become more prominent.


Session 5 
Maintaining Relevance in Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity – A Business Perspective
Activities: Role playing from participant experiences within small groups.
• Define the role of the change agent in your facility including realistic expectations.
• Demonstrate how to become an effective change agent through sharing of knowledge gained in keeping up with and maintaining relevance in changing third party payment regulations with physicians and other staff in the hospital.
• Discuss strategies to overcome typical downfalls and other perils introduced through the hospital political environment, turning a negative into a positive.

Session 6 

Compliance, Fraud & Abuse and Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity


Discuss the legal consequences of fraud and abuse on healthcare providers and organizations.
• Explain the False Claims Act and the impact documentation errors can have on an organization.
• Communicate the other tools regulatory agencies use to enforce the regulations.
• Identify each of the 7 elements from the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
• Discuss factors that demonstrate your organization’s commitment to the compliance process.


Session 7 
The Hospital’s Perspective


• Explain the impact of today’s economy on the hospitals.
• Summarize the affects of Medicare Severity-DRGs (MS-DRGs) within the Inpatient Prospective Pay Sys- tem (IPPS).
• Identify Present on Admission (POA) and Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs).
• Explain the impact of Physician Documentation and Coding on reimbursement.
• Explain the relationship between Hospitalists and improved efficiency in healthcare delivery.
Session 8 
Communicating to MDs and Getting “Buy-in” Part 1


• Communicate the role of medical record documentation, its direct relationship to DRG assignment and application in administrative data, to promote physician buy-in of the Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity Program.
• Explain how explicit clinical documentation leads to more appropriate E & M level selections by physi- cians and allows these practitioners to more accurately communicate the true quality of care to third party payers.
• Outline to physicians how what they report today through medical record documentation, translated into administrative data through ICD-9 code assignment, will serve as Pay-for-Performance baseline measures for Medicare and other payers through initiatives such as Medicare Value Base Purchasing and Blue Cross Health Intelligence Programs.
• Identify and explain the role of medical record documentation to physician profiling, economic creden- tialing, adherence to clinical best practice guidelines & standards, and achievement of success & overcoming of challenges associated with the business of medicine in today’s increasing regulatory environment.


Session 9 
Communicating to MDs and Getting “Buy-in” Part 2 – A Practical Approach Activities: Small group discussions of patient medical information.


Session 10 
How to Implement and Improve the Effectiveness of your Clinical
Documentation Improvement and Integrity Program: Bridging Medical Necessity and Clinical Documentation Improvement to Establish and Ensure Appropriateness Accuracy and Compliance


• Identify and explain the role of medical record documentation to physician profiling, economic credentialing, adherence to clinical best practice guidelines & standards, and achievement of success & overcoming of challenges associated with the business of medicine in today’s increasing regulatory environment.
• Develop structure and implement your Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity Program, taking into account the makeup of your medical staff, political process environment of the hospital, clinical coder competencies/skill sets, and overall strategic planning of the organization.
• Build strategies for Medicare important message compliance.
• Develop the skill set for screening for medical necessity, ensuring the appropriate level of care and properly crafting clinical queries without leading the physician to an improper answer. Discuss how to recognize when a clinical query is needed for clarification purposes.
• Provide strategies to minimize risk and reduce provider liability or loss of inpatient revenue.
• Build and expand upon time tested proven strategies that contribute to the development and implementation successes of Clinical Documentation Improvement and Integrity Programs.
• List pitfalls to avoid in the development and implementation phases of your program that will jeopardize the probability of success and buy-in from your medical staff.
• Effectively communicate with physicians teaching points for immediate and future clinical case studies. Discuss the basis for discussing succinct points with physicians, capitalizing upon the opportunity to present teaching points that stress the application of medical records documentation beyond claims data into administrative data.



This course is accredited by DocuComp LLC and the Asscociation for Integrity in Healthcare Documentation for 15 CEU credits.


The C-CDI certification is just the beginning of a new path in your career. It is your responsibility to maintain up-to-date continuing education to keep your credential active. Twenty (20) continuing education credits need to be earned in each two (2) year cycle. These credits can be earned through DocuComp® LLC educational programs or any relevant CDI education program in your field of expertise.

Please download the continuing education form and once completed, fax to DocuComp® LLC via FAX at: 769-208-8613 to designate your credits.

Download the Form

Submit the re-certification fee of $150 to DocuComp® LLC for another two (2) year cycle.
C-CDI Re-Certification Fee $150