CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION IMPROVEMENT: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Now more than ever, a strong, highly respected clinical documentation improvement (CDI) Specialist program can make a difference in achieving the goals of improving quality care, improving case mix, and appropriate utilization of resources through quality information. We are pleased to launch a new credential in Clinical Documentation Improvement for the Canadian market. 

CAREER PROGRESSION: WHO SHOULD HOLD THE CERTIFIED CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION IMPROVEMENT (CCDI) CREDENTIAL?

The Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialty certification is being developed with several groups of healthcare professionals in mind:

  1. Nurses and Physicians with a minimum of three years’ experience working in a health care setting.
  2. Other Regulated Health Professionals who have recently worked in clinical documentation improvement for a minimum of 3 years. (Candidates must also have completed course work in Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology and Pathophysiology)
  3. Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professionals and a CHIMA member in good standing or international equivalent with a minimum of 3 years of current HIM work experience in
  • Coding and/or,
  • CDI and/or,
  • Cancer Tumor Registry and/or,
  • Data Analysis utilizing ICD-10-CA and CCI data

(Note: CHIM professionals with extensive coding knowledge may find some overlap with their existing knowledge base)

BECOMING CERTIFIED IN CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION

The Canadian College of Health Information Management (CCHIM) is the national credentialing body that holds the requirements for the CCDI designation (Certified in Clinical Documentation Improvement).

Credential: Certified in Clinical Documentation Improvement (CCDI)

EXAM DATES

The 2019 CCDI National Certification Examination dates are as follows:

Examination dates

Deadline for application, including transcript submission

Fee*

(Not including tax)

December 2019 - date TBD

TBD

TBD

*This fee covers administration of the CCDI Exam and the online proctoring service.  Certified Membership for the remainder of the fiscal year (ending February 29, 2020) is included in the exam fee for individuals who are not yet certified members.

Eligibility criteria: To be eligible to apply for the Clinical Documentation Improvement Examination candidates:

  1. Are graduates from a CCHIM approved CDI Program
  2. Have completed a comparable CCHIM approved CDI (i.e., 3M) onsite training within their facility

 

Maintenance requirements for the credential:

  • Current Certified Membership is required to hold this credential.  More details of the value of membership can be found here: https://www.echima.ca/membership

 

Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Requirements

CCDI Certified members must maintain 12 continuing professional education credits per three-year cycle. This cycle will start on March 1st, following their earned credential.

Certified members who hold the CHIM credential must continue to maintain 36 continuing education credits per three-year cycle.  To maintain both the CHIM credential and the CCDI credential, members must obtain an additional 12 CPE credits, therefore 48 CPE credits per three-year cycle. Each additional specialty credential requires an additional 12 CPE credits to be completed.

CHIMA will be accepting applications starting in the summer of 2019. CHIMA will provide updates on the progress of this new initiative as details are finalized.

CLINICAL DOCUMENTATION IMPROVEMENT SPECIALIST PROGRAM: 3M

CHIMA and 3M are proud to announce their partnership in delivering a Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist Certificate Program that leads to Certification in CDI.

For more information on the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program, please visit this link.