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Those who achieve certification possess expertise in the relevant Australian Coding Standards (ACS) applicable to the CDS role, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and pathophysiology.  They are proficient in undertaking concurrent reviews of the inpatient medical record, engaging clinicians, ethical query writing, managing data and reporting on the impact of a CDI program.

The CDIA CCDS credential has been designed to meet the needs of the global CDI industry for countries using ICD-10-AM and AR-DRGs, including:

Australia-2
New-Zealand
SA

There are three levels of the CDIA CCDS certification:

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A Level 1 CDIA CCDS must be a registered nurse, health information manager, clinical coder, enrolled nurse, medical doctor, or allied health professional who has undergone formal CDS training OR who has been in a CDS role for a minimum of six months full-time equivalent.

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A Level 2 CDIA CCDS is a CDS who has practiced as a CDIA CCDS Level 1 for a minimum of one year full-time equivalent, and demonstrates further progression in all domains fundamental to the CDS role.

 
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A Level 3 CDIA CCDS is a CDS who has practiced as a CDIA CCDS Level 2 for a minimum of one year full-time equivalent, and demonstrates advanced experience and mastery in all domains fundamental to the CDS role.

The CDIA CCDS competencies are the expected level of competence a CDS is required to demonstrate in order to attain certification in each level. There are eight domains covering the key aspects essential to the role of the CDS:

Domain 1: Classification and Casemix Funding

Domain 2: Australian Coding Standards (ACS) and Ethics 

Domain 3: Concurrent Review of the Medical Record 

Domain 4: Clinician Engagement 

Domain 5: Leadership, Quality, and Privacy

Domain 6: Data Integrity and Metrics

Domain 7: Clinical Knowledge

Domain 8: Education

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