Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)
Online Prep Course

Clinical Documentation Improvement is essential for providers to be successful within fee for service and quality initiatives. Obtaining adequate training for professionals wanting to learn more, improve their knowledgebase or prepare for examination can be costly and difficult.

This is your opportunity to take control of what you how learn and how you learn. Choose the entire set of modules or focus on the module you need and “Put YOURSELF in the Driver’s Seat”!!!


New CDI professionals/specialists:

  • Transitioning careers
  • Wanting a firm CDI foundation

Current CDI professionals/specialists:

  • Needing exam prep
  • Need for exposure to revenue cycle fundamentals
  • Wanting a firm CDI foundation
  • Looking to expand their roles to management/leadership

About the Instructor

Sharon Easterling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CRC, FAHIMA, is the CEO of Recovery Analytics, LLC. Focusing on clinical documentation integrity and quality within documentation has been a focus for her throughout her career. Beginning her HIM journey over 20 years ago, Sharon’s experience is extensive; working in a variety of HIM areas such as Inpatient and Outpatient coding, utilization review, CDI, recovery audits, as well as managing HIM and Coding Departments. Sharon has a unique background with exposure to both the acute and ambulatory setting throughout her career; both strategically and operationally. This skillset is extremely beneficial to providers with the changing payment models and focus on quality. Her past experience includes Corporate Assistant Vice President of a major integrated health system in the southeast leading system-wide denial management, education and defense as well as Senior Director Ambulatory Clinical Documentation Improvement at a large Medical Group.

Her passion lies in documentation improvement and she enjoys sharing her experiences with other professionals through speaking and writing in many national publications as well as participation in the development of many AHIMA practice briefs. Educational sessions include offerings for NCHIMA, AHIMA, HFMA, AAPC, MGMA, AHEC, and NCHICA as well as other healthcare care entities. Sharon most recently authored the “Clinical Documentation Improvement Prep Guide and Exam Book” for AHIMA and is winner of the AHIMA CSA Recognition for Advancing Coding Knowledge through Code Write publishing. Sharon is the creator of “DOCBytes” and the “Building Blocks of Documentation”. She currently sits on the Executive Board of NCHIMA as Past-President, 2017-2018 and past AHIMA delegate. Sharon was awarded the Prism award in April 2017 as Distinguished Member/Volunteer of the Year for NCHIMA for the second time. She is a past member of the RAC Monitor editorial board, and current member of American College of Physician Advisors advisory board, AHIMA Coding Community Practice Council, Wolters Kluwer Advisory Board as well as past member of the AHIMA CDI and Future of Coding workgroup. Sharon began seeing the need for “Holistic Documentation Improvement” in 2014 and began writing many publications and presentations around this concept. She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Board of the American College of Physician Advisors.

Sharon Easterling, MHA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CRC, FAHIMA

CEO, Recovery Analytics, LLC

Upcoming Events

  1. 2020 Virtual Fall Session

    October 8 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
  2. 2021 Southeastern Health Data and Information Conference (Quad21)

    May 2, 2021 - May 5, 2021


Module I - Introduction
  • Understanding Associations
  • Exam Preparation
  • Eligibility for exams
  • Ethics
  • Domains
  • Study Tips
  • Test-Taking Tips

CEU: 1.0 – Performance Improvement

Module II - Foundations of CDI
  • Role of the CDI Professional, Coder, & Physician Advisor
  • Compliance and the CDI/Coding Process
  • Regulatory Picture in CDI
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • Office of Inspector General
    • Medicare Administrative Contractors
    • Recovery Audit Contractors
    • Unified Program Contractors
  • Understanding Payment Methodologies
  • MSDRGs

CEU: 1.0 – Performance Improvement

Module III - Understanding Coding for the CDI
  • Understanding the Health Record
  • Review of Coding Books; ICD CM
  • Coding Conventions and Guidelines
  • Present on Admission Indicator (POA)
  • Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC)

CEU: 1.0 – Performance Improvement

Module IV - Diagnosis Guideline Overview
  • ICD-10- Diagnosis Overview
  • The Query Process

CEU: 1.5 – Performance Improvement

Module V - CDI Theory and Application

Module V-A

  • Clinical Evaluation
  • Disease Process
  • Medications
  • Testing
  • Treatment

Module V-B

  • Clinical Evaluation
  • Disease Process
  • Medications
  • Testing
  • Treatment

CEU: 2.0 – Performance Improvement

Module VI - Managing A CDI Program
  • Managing A CDI Program
  • Starting A CDI Program
  • Training
  • Staffing
  • Partnerships
  • Physician Leadership/support
  • Focus
  • Workload
  • Conflict Resolution/Escalation
  • Reporting

CEU: 1.0 – Performance Improvement

Module VII - Quality Initiatives
  • Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS)
  • Value-Based Purchasing (VBP)
    • Patient Safety Indicators (PSI)
    • Readmission Reduction
  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)
    • Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS)
    • Alternate Payment Models (APMs)
  • Risk Adjustment
    • Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs)

CEU: 1.0 – Performance Improvement

Module VIII - Outpatient Methodologies
  • Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)/Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Overview
  • Current Procedural Terminology – CPT (AMA)
  • Code Assignment
  • Modifiers
  • Correct Coding Initiative (CCI)

CEU: 1.0 – Performance Improvement

Module IX - Denial Management

Module IX-A

  • Denial Management
  • Contractors
  • Types of Denials
  • Automated and Complex Reviews
  • The Appeal Process

Module IX-B

  • Keys to Denial Response
    • Building a team

CEU: 2.0 – Performance Improvement

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Module I free with order

AHIMA Members: $75 per modules (II – IX)
Non-Members: $125 per modules (II – IX)

AHIMA Members: $350.00 for all 9 modules
Non-Members: $399.99 for all 9 modules

♦100 questions post-test available when you order all 9 modules

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No refunds, as the event will be recorded and playback will be available.

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