The first two years of a Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) specialist’s career often feels like a whirlwind of learning. Many in the field call it the steepest learning curve of their professional lives. After their two-year anniversary, committed individuals can show their professional dedication by sitting for the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) exam.
The CCDS Exam Study Guide, Fourth Edition, helps those ready to sit for the test ensure they’re prepared to excel.
The latest edition aligns the testing content domains in a chronological manner with how new CDI professionals obtain core skill sets. The Study Guide provides targeted information regarding test objectives prepared by the CCDS Certification Committee, letting candidates focus their time on areas of CDI practice with which they are least familiar.
This new version includes updates related to changes in Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, Coding Clinic ICD-10-CM/PCS recommendations, new query practice guidance from ACDIS/AHIMA “Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant Query Practice,” and information on emerging CDI activities related to clinical validation and record reviews for quality-of-care concerns.
Spiral bound to make studying with colleagues easier, it also comes with an updated 140 question practice exam complete with remediation, so candidates can quickly understand why an answer is correct.
The CCDS Exam Study Guide, Fourth Edition will:
- Help candidates determine whether they are ready to take the CCDS exam
- Give qualified candidates the confidence they need to succeed
- Provide sample questions for self-assessment
The CCDS Exam Study Guide reviews:
- The inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS)
- ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and selected entries from Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM
- Query processes and procedures
- Common clinical conditions and indicators for query opportunities
- CDI program metrics and data analytics
- Denials management and audit preparedness
- CDI ethics
- Pathophysiology for common diagnoses by Major Diagnostic Category
ABOUT THE CCDS CREDENTIAL
The CCDS credential is the recognized certification for professionals in the clinical documentation improvement field.
Professionals who obtain the CCDS credential have:
- Demonstrated a clinical knowledge base
- Shown competencies in DRG validation and core coding principles
- Illustrated verbal and written physician query techniques
- Developed concurrent medical record analysis capabilities
- Incorporated compliance initiatives into their CDI programs
To learn more about prerequisites for taking the exam or to apply, visit www.cdiassociation.com/certification