Clinical Documentation Integrity

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Practice Council: Clinical Documentation Integrity - 2021

Signup Deadline: 12-11-2020
Starts: 01-01-2021
Ends: 12-31-2023
Location: Online Opportunity


Purpose: Monitor and provide AHIMA with expertise related to clinical documentation integrity (CDI) and clinical foundations. This Practice Council will serve as subject matter experts and participate in evaluating and recommending AHIMA domain-specific educational resources.

Subject Matter Expertise: Clinical documentation integrity (CDI), Coding classification systems, Revenue cycle, Quality measures, Denials management, Clinical evidence, Disease treatment and management, Research strategies

Supports HIIM Domain: Clinical Documentation Integrity and Clinical Foundations


  • Identify opportunities, obstacles, and learning needs for HIM professionals to build and lead CDI programs, to facilitate the accurate representation of a patient’s clinical status that translates into coded data.
  • Provide recommendations on best practice for coded data to be translated into quality reporting, physician report cards, reimbursement, public health data, research, and disease tracking and trending. Provide input on education and innovation in this area.
  • Identify resources needed for HI professionals to excel in CDI. Specifically, in documentation requirements, code assignment, coding guidelines, denials management, and quality reporting. Resources could include toolkits, practice briefs and/or journal articles.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and insight as needed on federal legislation, regulatory comments, and public policy positions that impact health information professionals.


Member Composition/Terms, Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Comprised of up to fifteen members who serve a staggered three-year term; including a chair and co-chair of the council.
  • The Council Chair(s) assists AHIMA staff liaison to assure deliverables are being accomplished.
  • An AHIMA Practice Director will facilitate the Council.
  • All activity will be completed by online community module, conference calls and email on an as-needed basis.




Tammy Combs, CDIP,CCS,RN, CCDS
Director Him Pe-Cdi Lead Nurse Planner

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