Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice—2022 Update

Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice was produced through the joint effort of the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Both associations collaborated on the creation of this practice brief and approved its contents, and as such it represents the recommended industry standard for provider queries.

This practice brief supersedes one published in 2019 and all previous versions.

Following it's 2022 publication, the committee realized the need for clarification regarding denial trends and queries. An addendum was added in October 2023 regarding this topic.

Note: ACDIS and AHIMA requested that all professionals review and comment on the update to the Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice brief by Tuesday, October 25. The committee then reconvened to review the comments and make any necessary changes. The updated final brief is now attached to this resource page.