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Brian Murphy

Brian Murphy, CPC, is director of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). Brian is also an executive editor in the revenue cycle division of ACDIS’ parent company HCPro, Inc.

More questions from the mailbox

Hi everyone, a few members of the ACDIS advisory board weighed in on some questions sent in by our membership. I’m finally getting around to posting these here in CDI Blog. Keep checking back for updates!


Q: We have been educated by our coding staff not to use the residents’ notes except as a guideline. They have said that they can only code the record from the actual attending documentation. We try to get physicians to co-sign the resident notes, and sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Are other institutions coding right from residents’ notes, or are they also required to have the note cosigned?


2009 ACDIS conference agenda finalized

Hi everyone, we recently finalized our 2009 ACDIS annual conference agenda. We’ll be mailing out a brochure towards the end of December, but I wanted to give you an early look at the offerings. Let me know if you have any questions (


Update on certification, including prerequisites

General requirements

  • Candidates applying for the examination will be required to list their documentation specialist experience. Applications may be audited to verify work history.
  • Once a candidate has accumulated the necessary hours these do not expire.
  • All work experience must be met by the application deadline.
  • At least one year of documentation specialist experience or equivalent is required for each eligibility requirement.

Allowable resources

Examination takers for the CCDS will be allowed to bring the following two books with them into the examination:

  • DRG Expert, published by Ingenix
  • Standard drug reference guide

Books will be checked for additional pages or loose notes inserted or attached inside. These are not allowed to be brought into the exam. Test-takers may write hand-written notes into the books but not to an excessive degree.

Thanks, and please ask your questions here, or e-mail me at


Clinical documentation specialists of Northeast Region hold first meeting at South Shore Hospital

acdis_groupLast Tuesday, Oct. 28, a group calling itself the Clinical Documentation Specialists of the Northeast Region held its first meeting at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA. Gail Marini, Trish Nash, and Amy Trout of South Shore Hospital organized the meeting, and since ACDIS is located only an hour or so down the street (in Marblehead, MA), the three ladies were kind enough to invite myself to the meeting to speak about ACDIS and our upcoming certification exam.

For a first-ever meeting the turnout was great with some 33 clinical documentation specialists and a few HIM professionals gathered together in a conference room. [more]

ACDIS clinical documentation certification underway

Earlier this week (October 20 and 21), four members of the ACDIS-sponsored clincial documentation certification advisory board took a trip out to our home base here in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to begin the next and most important phase of our upcoming certification–writing test questions.

Under the guidance of a recognized national certification administration firm, Deborah Biskner, MBA, RHIA, CCS, a clinical documentation specialist from Port Huron Hospital in Michigan, Jill Brocker, RN, MSN, CCS, director of quality services for Indiana Heart Institute in Indianapolis, Mary Beth Brown, RN, BSN, manager of clinical documentation improvement/utilization review for Moses Cone Health System in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Mary Phelps, RHIA, CCS, CTR, CIC, senior associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, flew into Logan Airport to get started.