CanScribe Career College has recently received approval from The Canadian College of Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) for the accreditation for our new course: Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist! We are so excited to announce our accredited CDIS course, which puts our new program one step closer to becoming available!
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out this article from CHIMA, which talks about our accredited CDIS course status!
Have some questions? We’ve outlined some of the specifics of our newly accredited CDIS course below.
The Canadian College of Health Information Management Association (CHIMA) is responsible for the accreditation of educational facilities offering health information programs in Canada. Accreditation shows that a program meets industry standards. It’s a voluntary process for those who wish to meet and exceed the industry standards for health information. CanScribe and CHIMA have worked closely together for the past while to have our new Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (CDIS) program approved.
Accreditation makes a school responsible for establishing high educational standards. Accredited schools are held to very strict guidelines by their governing bodies and are audited regularly. This means accredited programs are only teaching at high-level industry standards, so you get the best education you can get, and are well prepared to handle the job once you graduate.
CanScribe has our student’s best interests at heart, which is exactly why the accreditation process is so crucial.
There are three steps in the accreditation process: Application, Administration, and Assessment.
In the application step, an applying college must fill out three separate forms detailing information about the course they wish to have accredited. Once they have been filled out, the Dean or equivalent of the college must sign off on the paperwork, and the self-assessment package is submitted. The college usually receives an application decision letter within 90 days to explain if a program has been approved and to what level.
In the Administration step, a program accreditation agreement is agreed upon to finalize accreditation status. Next, a fee is paid to move forward with the accreditation process. Finally, a program recognition agreement is signed and the applying college is placed on CHIMA’s program accreditation page and shared online.
In the final Assessment step, a program audit and a final report occur. An audit checks to make sure the program is teaching to the required levels. A final report determines the continued program accreditation status, and an optional certificate may be provided upon request.
The accreditation process is a thorough procedure because quality education is a must for the industry. It means a student gets the education they need, the right way, first and foremost. By the end of our accredited CDIS course, the student will be ready to take on a position in the field.
The Certified Clinical Documentation (CDI) Specialist program is an accredited specialty through the Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA). The online program prepares the student by explaining the CDI field and the purpose of the clinical documentation improvement process. Students will be provided an in-depth summarization of the criteria for high-quality clinical documentation and documentation improvement.
The students will then learn disease processes, how the disease is diagnosed, signs and symptoms, required lab and radiology interventions, and pharmacology of drugs used to treat the diagnosed condition. Students will then effectively identify CDI Query Opportunities and summarize code assignments and Interventions.
To become a Certified Clinical Documentation (CDI) Specialist, the program applicant must meet the requirements of a minimum of three years of experience working as a nurse or physician or regulated health professional in a hospital or clinical environment. Students may also be Health Information Management professionals with a minimum of three years of clinical experience and a strong coding background. Coders with extensive knowledge in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology and a minimum of three years of experience are also candidates for this program.
A CDIS performs detailed chart analysis to identify areas within clinical documentation that need further review or improvement through a query process. Physicians, Health Information Management Specialists, and Medical Coding Specialists all collaborate with the Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Specialists as a team to take care of medical records.
CDI Specialists act as a liaison and collaborate with coding teams and physicians to ensure clinical documentation accurately translates into coded data. CDI Specialists will also educate by building training resources and tools to support both the coding and clinical team.
CDISs play an important role in patient care by ensuring that the services provided to the patient are accurately reflected in the patient’s electronic health record.
We are excited about our accredited CDIS course release. Do you have any more questions about our newly accredited CDIS course? Follow CanScribe on Facebook to stay tuned for more about our CDIS program and what it’s all about!