The Partnership


CHIMA and 3M are proud to announce a new partnership to deliver a Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialist Certificate Program that will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI.

The Program


This comprehensive on-line program is being developed by 3M for certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professionals or international equivalents; physicians and nurses; and regulated health professionals who meet the eligibility criteria. It will provide an advanced level of competency and specialty for those working in, or wishing to work in, Clinical Documentation Improvement specialist positions. This program, endorsed by CHIMA, will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI.

This program has 12 modules each designed with multiple lessons equating to over 80 hours of online education, plus required readings. Individuals will have a maximum of 12 months to complete the program. 

The module titles are:

1. Introduction to CDI & Role of CDI Specialist

2. Introduction to Coding and Coding Standards

3. Clinical Concepts: Circulatory System

4. Clinical Concepts: Digestive System

5. Clinical Concepts: Endocrine System

6. Clinical Concepts: Hepatobiliary System

7. Clinical Concepts: Musculoskeletal System

8. Clinical Concepts: Nervous System

9. Clinical Concepts: Respiratory System

10. Clinical Concepts: Kidney/Urinary Tract

11. Clinical Concepts: Infections Diseases

12. Implementing a CDI Program


Target Audience


This program is for HIM professionals, physicians and nurses, and regulated health professionals who have a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. These individuals would be able to read and analyze all the information in a medical record and identify any gaps. As the goal of CDI is to improve the accuracy and completeness of clinical documentation, these groupings of individuals are best equipped to assess the clinical evidence and carryout the necessary follow-up, including querying and educating physicians. 

As this Program will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI, candidates must meet one of the eligibility requirements below:

  1. Certified Health Information Management (CHIM) professional and a CHIMA member in good standing or international equivalent with a minimum of 5 years of HIM work experience. Preferred candidates will have a minimum of 3 years of recent coding experience.
  2. Nurses and Physicians with a minimum of three years experience working in a health care setting.
  3. 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)

Why It’s 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. In response to industry demand, 3M in partnership with CHIMA developed the CDI Specialist program, which will lead to Advanced Certification in CDI.

Number of CHIMA CPE’s


You will earn 30 CPE’s for completing this program.

Cost


$3900.00 + applicable tax (once registration is complete, there are no refunds).

 

Launch Date


COMING IN FEBRUARY, 2018

The program launch is planned for February 2018. Please watch the CHIMA website for more information on registration. Please contact paula.weisflock@echima.ca if you have questions about this professional development opportunity.