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2022 CDI Leadership Council Research Series Recap

The CDI field is undergoing a hiring boom, allowing teams to expand to new review areas and deepen their existing review areas. In fact, more than 62% of CDI leaders said they had hired new staff recently and another 15% planned to hire staff this year. Additionally, more and more programs are expanding to review outpatient settings with nearly 19% already reviewing in the physician practice setting, 15% reviewing for medical necessity of admissions, and 11% reviewing observation stays.

After two-plus years of tight budgets, CDI programs are expanding their footprints in their organizations, proving continued value for today’s healthcare environment.

Determining when to hire, how to train new staff members, and whether to expand into the outpatient arena all while maintaining high levels of provider engagement can be a challenge, however. In collaboration with 3M Health Information Systems, ACDIS issued a survey in January 2022 to members of the ACDIS CDI Leadership Council. Its purpose was to gather data on current hiring and staff education trends, outpatient expansion inside and outside hospital walls, and real-time provider education methods.

Join ACDIS Associate Editorial Director Linnea Archibald, members of the ACDIS CDI Leadership Council, and a special guest panelist from 3M for a free webinar featuring an in-depth discussion of the priorities and challenges leaders face and an open question and answer session.

Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the state of CDI hiring and education trends
  • Identify areas for potential CDI expansion to outpatient CDI and opportunities to impact risk adjustment scores
  • Understand how CDI programs can use proactive provider education and engagement tactics to improve CDI return on investment
  • Apply survey findings and data to their own CDI programs and work

*This program has been approved for 1.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification and CCDS-O (outpatient) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS).*