How Can I Launch a Career in Clinical Documentation Improvement?

CDI Careers

Are you a healthcare professional looking for a change? You may be surprised to learn that many clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists come from a variety of healthcare professions, including health information management (HIM), physician and nursing, coding, and clinical and administrative backgrounds. These types of healthcare professionals tend to bring a vast amount of valuable knowledge and skills to the CDI field, as they’ve been exposed to so many types of fast-paced medical environments. If you’re looking to take your healthcare career to a new level, a role as a CDI specialist may give you the excitement and challenge you’ve been craving.

With the proper training and education, you can easily transfer your professional healthcare experience and skills into a successful CDI career. According to AHIMA, here are some of the necessary skills and knowledge you should have as a CDI professional:

  • Disease processes, including clinical indicators
  • Revenue cycle, including payment systems and methodologies
  • Coding concepts and guidelines for ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT
  • Healthcare regulatory compliance
  • Health record documentation requirements
  • Quality reporting requirements
  • Software tools (i.e., encoder, querying tool reporting)

There are also many soft skills acquired in healthcare jobs that can prepare you for a successful CDI career, such as effective communication skills; critical thinking; leadership ability; teambuilding; time management; and organizational skills. Successful CDI specialists are typically quick and assertive learners who can work well with individuals in all healthcare disciplines. To a considerable extent, this is why professionals who come from various healthcare backgrounds are well-positioned to excel in a CDI capacity.

Most notably, a CDI position will allow you to stay immersed in a healthcare setting without having to deal directly with the stresses of patient care. Most CDI specialists find the experience of helping to improve the overall quality of a healthcare facility to be very rewarding.

Are you a seasoned CDI professional?

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