About ACDIS' Certifications and Certificates

Announcement: Certification Coordinator Penny Richards retires 9/26 and the application process will be changing. As a result, ACDIS will not be accepting paper applications as of 9/25. Stay tuned for information about the new process coming soon!

Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS)

CCDS LogoClinical documentation specialists understand a wide range of specialized disciplines, including education in anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology; knowledge of official medical coding guidelines, CMS, and private payer regulations related to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System; an ability to analyze and interpret medical record documentation and formulate appropriate physician queries; and an ability to benchmark and analyze clinical documentation program performance.

The Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credential provides a mark of distinction for this unique profession. Applicants who pass the certifying exam receive the designation.

Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist-Outpatient (CCDS-O)

ACDIS is currently developing the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist-Outpatient (CCDS-O) to provide a trusted baseline of competency for CDI in the outpatient setting, which includes physician practices, hospital clinics, and the emergency department, among other settings. The certification is expected to launch in early 2019.

The CCDS-O program will develop a mark of excellence for CDI professionals operating in outpatient settings, as well as provide employers with a baseline of competency for existing staff or potential hires.

The ACDIS-Approved CDI Apprentice Program

The ACDIS CDI Apprenticeship is a certificate program comprised of foundational CDI education paired with a review of core compliance and ethical principles. Candidates who pass the final exam receive a certificate of CDI foundational training and are allowed to designate themselves as an ACDIS-Approved CDI Apprentice.

Designation as an ACDIS CDI Apprentice demonstrates to potential employers that an individual has foundational knowledge of CDI.