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The State of CDI

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2019

Analysis of AHIMA’s New Clinical Documentation Improvement Industry Survey


By Tammy Combs, RN, MSN, CCS, CDIP, CCDS


The AHIMA Clinical Documentation Improvement Practice Council (CDIPC) is a group of clinical documentation improvement (CDI) experts that meet once a....

Impact of Physician Engagement on Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs (AHIMA Practice Brief)

Author: Combs, Tammy; Endicott, Melanie

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2017


Physician engagement seems to be the buzzword in healthcare these days. Hospital administrators charged with various clinical improvement initiatives have come to realize that physician engagement is an essential element of success. While physician engagement in clinical documentation improveme....

Reviewing for Inpatient Quality

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 25, 2016



The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) Program has heightened hospital awareness of quality outcomes. Under this program, payments made under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) are based on the quality of care that was provided. Quality of care is recognized through the cl....

Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query

Author: Combs, Tammy; DeVault, Kathryn; Easterling, Sharon; Endicott, Melanie; Isom, Crystal; Lojewski, Tedi; Simmons, Cortnie R.; Wolf, Beth

Source: AHIMA practice brief | Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2016



Editor’s Note. This Practice Brief has been updated. See the latest version at Guidelines for Achieving a Compliant ICD-10-PCS Query
. This version is made available for historical purposes only.




The complex and highly specific nature of ICD-10-PCS has changed....

Recognizing the Characteristics of Quality Documentation

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: May 2016



When we take a bite of our favorite food we can easily determine the quality by relying on what our senses tell us. The look, smell, and taste are all clues to the quality that was put into preparing the meal. If it looks undercooked or has mold on it, smells foul or tastes bitter, we kno....

Measuring CDI Productivity

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: March 23, 2016



When calculating the productivity guidelines for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program it is important to remember both quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Sometimes it is very easy to focus solely on the quantity of reviews that are performed. If the quality of those r....

Understanding CDI Metrics

Author: Combs, Tammy

Source: AHIMA blog post | Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: February 24, 2016


Understanding clinical documentation improvement (CDI) metrics can be confusing, especially when you first start reviewing them.


Let’s dive a little deeper into the topic and take a closer look at some frequently reported CDI metrics and evaluate how these measures can reflect the....