Certified Documentation Expert Inpatient

Certified Documentation Expert Inpatient (CDEI)® Certification

The CDEI Beta Exam is coming soon.

The Certified Documentation Expert Inpatient (CDEI) credential validates expertise in reviewing inpatient documentation for accuracy to support coding and clinical requirements. CDEI professionals provide feedback to providers to improve clinical documentation and facilitate ongoing documentation improvement to meet all requirements of the medical record. To become a CDEI, documentation professionals must demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiology, inpatient coding and billing guidelines, and healthcare payment models.

Online exam

This exam will be administered and proctored online. Approved candidates will receive one free attempt.

Equipment required for online exam

A reliable internet connection and an external webcam that can be positioned to show your face, hands, keyboard, and the area around the keyboard (about 10 inches) are required.

Experience requirements

2 years of experience are required (can be a combination of medical experience and scribe experience). AAPC membership required upon selection. Space is limited.

Not ready yet? Take the self-paced CDEI certification training course and be three times more likely to pass on your first attempt.

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What students are saying

  • Lamontica Alexander


    It hasn't even been a year since I passed my exam and I've had 3 remote job offers, with no experience.

    Lamontica Alexander

  • Heather Bonaminio


    Trust me when I say, coders are in demand. Many companies hire CPC-A you just have to find the right fit for you!

    Heather Bonaminio

  • Cheryl Tribley


    I passed my test first time and was hired within a month with my CPC-A. It is possible!

    Cheryl Tribley

  • Emily Smith


    I was hired shortly after I got my CPC-A, before I finished my associates degree.

    Emily Smith

A trained CDEI will demonstrate:

  • Expertise in reviewing medical documentation for accuracy

  • The ability to identify and communicate documentation deficiencies to providers to improve documentation for accurate coding

  • A sound knowledge of medical coding guidelines and regulations, including those specific to inpatient settings

  • A grasp of compliance and reimbursement concepts impacting the inpatient revenue cycle

  • A thorough understanding of anatomy, pathophysiology, and medical terminology necessary to correctly code using ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS

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