An ACDIS position paper sets a recommended standard for the CDI industry to follow. It advocates on behalf of a certain position or offers concrete solutions for a particular problem. All current members of the ACDIS advisory Board must review/approve a position paper and are encouraged to materially contribute to its creation.

This position paper provides an overview of the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) profession past to present. It explains what CDI professionals do and how their efforts are traditionally measured. It then describes how the CDI profession is evolving to meet the changing demands of...

“Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice” was produced through the joint effort of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Both associations collaborated on the creation of this...

The following Position Paper provides an ACDIS-endorsed policy and procedure for compliant physician queries in the outpatient setting.

CDI departments across the country have brought significant value to their organizations. However, CDI professionals understandably experience frustration when they feel isolated, unsupported, or unable to influence change. Leadership can help overcome these roadblocks. This position paper will...

The ACDIS Code of Ethics serves as a guide for the professional behavior of its members and nonmembers who hold the certified clinical documentation specialist (CCDS) credential. This code of ethical standards for members of ACDIS strives to promote and maintain the highest standard of...

The ACDIS Code of Ethics serves as a guide for the professional behavior of its members and non-members who hold the certified clinical documentation specialist (CCDS) credential. This code of ethical standards for members of ACDIS strives to promote and maintain the highest standard of...

The ACDIS advisory board believes that no one credential or licensure can guarantee success in the CDI profession, and that it is therefore limiting to restrict hiring practices to one type of candidate (i.e., RN vs. RHIA, etc.). A strong clinical foundation is necessary for success, but apart...

Note: This attached paper updates the previous Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice by substituting ICD-9 references for ICD-10. It also amends the prior practice brief by adding the following:

Note: “Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice” was...

Earlier this year, ACDIS learned that several minor diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures, when captured with ICD-10-PCS codes, group to surgical DRGs. This has led to significantly higher rates of reimbursement for these procedures and considerable consternation amongst CDI and coding...

On February 23, 2016, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published definition updates for sepsis and septic shock.1 The following is a response from members of the ACDIS Advisory Board. Its purpose is to summarize the importance of these published articles, render...

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