Every year, ACDIS celebrates clinical documentation specialists with a full week of activities, education, and fun. This year’s CDI Week theme is ACDIS Cinema—CDI: Coming to an Organization Near You, which aims to bring CDI professionals from behind the scenes and into the limelight, recognizing...

Now is your last chance to answer this year’s industry survey, covering the topics of physician engagement, quality, outpatient CDI, and denials management. Don’t worry if you aren’t an expert of these topics—every bit of insight on the state of CDI practice counts!

Now more than a decade removed from CDI programs’ widespread adoption, CDI professionals have an impact on nearly all aspects of healthcare—from reimbursement, to quality reporting, to denials prevention and appeal writing, to patient care. That’s what the 2019 CDI Week theme celebrates—“CDI...

CDI is a diverse field, involving multiple disciplines both directly in a CDI professional role and indirectly through interdepartmental collaboration. That’s what the 2018 CDI Week theme is all about—“CDI Mosaic: Creating a Collaborative Portrait.” This year’s Industry Overview Survey bore out that theme in data as well, showing more expansion, more collaboration, and more diversity than in years past.

A lot has changed in healthcare broadly and CDI specifically since the initial rollout of ICD-10-CM/PCS in 2015. From the advent of quality initiatives, to CDI’s expansion into other settings such as outpatient, to the evolution of clinical validation reviews, it seems that every day offers a new set of challenges and adventures. Much like the Wild West— the theme for this year’s CDI Week festivities—the world of CDI is expanding, and the individuals working in this world need to saddle up for the ride. Each year, ACDIS asks its members to weigh in on the state of the CDI profession in the CDI Week Industry Overview Survey.

The healthcare industry has evolved over the past year with ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, new controversial clinical definitions, expansion beyond the traditional acute care hospital scope, and further developments in quality and performance-based initiatives. The success of CDI in this rapidly changing landscape requires CDI professionals to work across disciplines, “in concert” with other departments, and across the continuum of care to achieve the best outcomes with their documentation reviews.

It’s hard to think about healthcare without thinking about change. This year alone, the healthcare industry has seen a number of transitions and improvements, such as the long-awaited shift to ICD-10-CM/PCS, employing electronic health records, and boosting


These days it seems the healthcare industry is all about quality. And no wonder: Underpinning healthcare reform is a fundamental shift from volume-based payment to paying for quality, patient centered outcomes, and demonstrable improvements in physician and hospital performance. Following is a recap of the survey results beginning on p. 7 and LeBlanc’s commentary.

The compliance date of ICD-10 is looming larger and larger. So how prepared are the nation’s CDI specialists for this impending change? Most are well underway with training, but the results still concern Clinical Documentation Improvement Week survey advisor Walter Houlihan, MBA, RHIA, CCS, director of health information management and clinical documentation at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass.

With a theme of “Physicians and CDI: Joining Forces in Clinical Documentation Excellence,” CDI Week 2012 underscores the critical importance of the partnership of CDI and physician staff. So how is that relationship working on a national basis, as reflected in this year’s CDI Week Industry Overview Survey?