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Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) Finalizing Requirements for Professional Certification
Date:11/8/2008

quality services for Indiana Heart Institute and a member of the certification board, says that the CCDS credential will help distinguish CDI specialists and elevate the profession.

"We have to build our own credibility into the credentialing exam and make it stand alone, so that hospitals see the importance of clinical documentation programs," she says. "If hospitals are looking to build a program, they will want to bring in somebody qualified and credentialed."

Mary Phelps, RHIA, CCS, CTR, CIC, senior associate for Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLC, and a member of the certification board, concurs. "The documentation specialist credential will give them a chance to establish a competency level for their employees and help ensure their program has knowledgeable people working to minimize documentation risk."

The ACDIS two-day conference is an annual event and returns to Las Vegas May 14 and 15, 2009. A pre-conference one-day workshop on May 13 will focus on helping attendees build a successful CDI program or boost the effectiveness of an existing program. For more information, visit www.cdiassociation.com .

The multi-day event will wrap up on Saturday, May 16, 2009, when qualified members sit for the certification exam.

The sponsor of the Las Vegas event as well as the new certification program is ACDIS, the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (www.cdiassociation.com). ACDIS was launched in 2008 and is 1,800-plus members strong and growing rapidly.

The Association's multidisciplinary membership comes from diverse backgrounds, including health information management/coding, nursing/case management, quality, and compliance. Early adopters of the organization expressed a desi
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