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Introducing the 2021 ACDIS Pocket Guide!

The 2021 ACDIS Pocket Guide includes updates to clinical diagnostic standards, the Official Coding Guidelines, ICD-10-CM codes, CMS-HCCs and CDI critical thinking tips! The 2021 ACDIS Pocket Guide is co-written by ACDIS’ CDI Education Director Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC, CCDS-O, and a practicing physician steeped in the latest physician documentation terminology, James Manz, MD, CCDS-O.

And don't forget to add ACDIS PRO! Our fully customizable, easy to navigate online portal is the perfect companion to your ACDIS Pocket Guide. Accessible on any device, and with the ability to add your own personal notes directly into conditions for easy reference – this all-encompassing online tool will become your favorite reference!

In this new online tool you can:

  • Find it faster! Search by clinical condition, ICD-10 code or MDC category to locate the guidance you need in less than a second.
  • Ensure accuracy! The online tool is updated in real-time. Get the latest expert and official guidance you need to ensure accuracy and compliance. Once you look up your clinical condition, you’ll receive all the guidance related to the condition – including a detailed clinical definition, diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols, ICD-10-CM chapter-specific documentation requirements, CDI critical thinking tips and more – all on one scrollable page so you can quickly jump to the section you need!
  • Make it your own! Customize the application to your specific needs with personalized notes and bookmarks that ensure consistency and maximize efficiency.
  • Use it on any device! Our web-responsive design allows the tool to be used on your phone, tablet, PC or laptop


How the Guide is Structured:

The 2021 ACDIS Pocket Guide is divided into six sections:

  1. regulatory/coding guidance,
  2. IPPS reimbursement updates,
  3. DRG and CC/MCC updates,
  4. compliant query best practices and standards,
  5. clinical validation and diagnostic definitions, and
  6. comorbidity and MS-DRG lists.

The majority of the pocket guide is dedicated to clinical validation and diagnostic definitions, which includes an expansive listing of diagnoses significant to CDI practice.

Conditions covered in the Pocket Guide are organized by their Major Diagnostic Category (MDC), and then in alphabetical order. Each diagnosis listed is accompanied by a detailed clinical definition of the condition, clinical indicators that support the presenting condition, including diagnostic criteria and treatment protocols, ICD-10-CM chapter-specific documentation requirements, including the latest coding clinic guidance specific to the condition, CDI critical thinking tips and provider focused education advice related to the diagnoses.

What's New in This Edition:

ICD-10-PCS Section   70 conditions   New coding clinic guidance  
Including an introduction to the PCS coding system and how it works. Including new listings for COVID-19, EVALI-vape related lung injuries, cytokine storm and functional quadriplegia. and IPPS updates.


Meet the Authors:

Laurie Prescott, RN, MSN, CCDS, CCDS-O, CDIP, CRC

Prescott is the CDI education director with HCPro, as well as a subject matter expert for ACDIS. She is also the author of The Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist’s Complete Training Guide. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont School of Nursing and has worked at a variety of organizations, including academic, large, and small community hospitals. Her experience includes various nursing roles—as manager in the areas of medical/surgical, ICU, PACU, and endoscopy—and specialization as a compliance officer.


Dr. James Manz, MD

Dr. Manz is a neurosurgery specialist in Eau Claire, WI. Dr. Manz completed a residency at Medical College of Wisconsin. He currently practices at Mayo Clinic Health Systems - Eau Claire and is affiliated with Mayo Clinic Health System In Eau Claire. He accepts multiple insurance plans. Dr. Manz is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery.