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The Original CDI Pocket Guide by Pinson & Tang


The CDI Pocket Guide® by authors Dr. Richard Pinson and Cynthia Tang, now in its 16th edition, is the original and STILL the best resource for clinical documentation integrity and coding. Offered as an online version or the classic spiral-bound format sized to literally “fit in your pocket.”  Get the best of both worlds — purchase hard copy and online versions together and save!

The 2022 CDI Pocket Guide is out of stock

Now taking pre-orders for the 2023 edition! (shipping late October)

  • Hardcopy only $165 $132
  • Hardcopy & Online $$264 $179
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Keep vital information at your fingertips with the 2022/2023 editions of the #1 best-selling ORIGINAL CDI Pocket Guide®. The CDI Pocket Guide® by authors Dr. Richard Pinson and Cynthia Tang, now in its 16th edition, is the original and STILL the best resource for clinical documentation integrity and coding.

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Each year, the authors research, revise, and clarify the content to update the original CDI Pocket Guide®. They capture significant changes in clinical diagnostic standards, ICD-10 codes, Official Coding Guidelines, Coding Clinic, and compliance issues and accommodate findings from their medical record reviews and useful feedback from readers. They also provide the wisdom of their experience as consultants helping hospitals sculpt their documentation and coding practices to their needs.

The CDI Pocket Guide® gives you access to the latest CDI updates including:

  • Fiscal Year and Final Rule changes
  • Quarterly Coding Clinic advice
  • Mid-year COVID-19 guidelines
  • Newly added conditions, diagnostic criteria updates and guidance
  • And many more features and content …

For 16 years, the CDI Pocket Guide® has been the essential, go-to resource for anyone involved in CDI and coding – don’t be without it! Each CDI Pocket Guide® customer will also have access to Free Monthly Webinars.

CDI Pocket Guides are sent via USPS Priority mail. Allow 2-3 days for delivery. Price includes domestic shipping. 

Keep vital information at your fingertips with the online edition of the #1 best-selling authoritative original CDI Pocket Guide®. Complete with 12 months of on-going updates! The CDI Pocket Guide® by authors Dr. Richard Pinson and Cynthia Tang is the original and STILL the best resource for coding and clinical documentation integrity.

Dr. Richard Pinson and Cynthia Tang have been bringing you the most pertinent and up-to-date information in the clinical documentation field for over 15 years. With the launch of the online version in 2020, Pinson & Tang is changing the way that you access the most popular CDI reference guide on the market. Pinson & Tang created the original CDI Pocket Guide to provide documentation specialists, coding professionals, and clinicians with the clinical information and guidance they need to help physicians accomplish thorough documentation. With the online version, the aim is to provide the same great information while expanding the ease of use, content, features and portability of the guide—at a more affordable annual price. You can also view the demo on this page’s Demo tab.

Interested in the CDI Outpatient Guide? Pinson & Tang’s Outpatient CDI Pocket Guide Focusing on HCCs book was also incorporated into the online edition, so the online edition has the content of three books in one!

Pinson & Tang listened to the feedback that it received over many years of providing the original CDI Pocket Guide and focused on four main areas to make your experience even better:

Accessibility. The original CDI Pocket Guide® is still “pocket-size” making it easy to take with you, but with the new online version you can leave the book behind! It is designed for ease of use and can be accessed from virtually anywhere your day takes you—your PC, laptop, or tablet. It can also be downloaded as an iPhone or Android app for your phone—free with your 12-month subscription.

Always Up-to-Date. The online version is continually updated with key refinements to all topics, the latest clinical diagnostic standards, as well as pertinent quarterly updates from Coding Clinic and the Official Coding Guidelines. Best of all, you will automatically receive notifications when your online edition has been updated—so you and your team will always be up-to-date!

Available as iPhone and Android app. The CDI Pocket Guide® online version provides you with complete online access across all of your devices. Upon purchase, you will receive a license code to log into your online version of the CDI Pocket Guide®. Although the web-responsive design allows you to access on any device, when accessing the guide on a small mobile device such as your phone, an iPhone or Android app is the way to go. Once you’re a registered user, you can download the CDI+ app from the App or Play store to access the app free with your subscription. Working from the office, from home, or on the go has never been easier.

And Customizable. The application can be customized to your own specific needs with personalized notes for any guideline or key reference topic and by selecting a Favorites list to allow even easier access to your frequently accessed topics.

As well as Affordable. The new online version gets rid of the need for printing, binding, and shipping costs, allowing Pinson & Tang to pass the savings along to you as an individual or to your organization. With a cost reduction up to 50%, the goal is to provide a new high-quality experience to a much wider audience without a large impact to your budget.

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Now in its 15th edition, the CDI Pocket Guide® has been the essential, go-to resource for anyone involved in coding and CDI.


  • Coding Rules–Overview
  • Coding Rules–Principal Diagnosis
  • Coding Rules–Secondary Diagnosis
  • Coding Rules–Perinatal
  • ICD-10-PCS Procedural Coding
  • APR-DRG Overview Cause and Effect
  • Clinical Validation
  • Coding and DRG Fundamentals
  • Complications of Care
  • CMS Pay for Performance Programs
  • HCCs and Risk Adjustment
  • Present on Admission (POA)
  • Related Conditions “With” or “In”
  • Signs, Symptoms, and Unspecified Codes
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • The Compliant Query
  • Unrelated O.R. Procedure DRGs
  • What Documentation Counts?


  • Accidental Puncture & Laceration
  • Acute Blood Loss Anemia
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Acute Tubular Necrosis
  • Adverse Reactions to Drugs & Toxins
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Asthma/Bronchitis/COPD
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmia
  • Cerebral Edema/Compression
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • Coma
  • COVID–19
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Diabetic Complications
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Encephalopathy
  • Excisional Debridement/Biopsy
  • Functional Quadriplegia
  • Heart Failure
  • Hepatic Encephalopathy & Failure
  • Hypertensive Crisis
  • Injuries & Traumatic Fractures
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Malnutrition–Adult
  • Malnutrition–Pediatrics
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Myocardial Injury, Ischemia, Infarction 167
  • Neoplasms
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancytopenia
  • Pathologic Fractures
  • Pneumonia
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Heart Disease (Cor Pulmonale)
  • Respiratory Abnormalities–Neonates
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Respiratory Failure–Chronic & Acute on Chronic
  • Respiratory Failure–Pediatric
  • Respiratory Failure–Postprocedural
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Sepsis-2
  • Sepsis-3
    • SOFA Score Table
  • Sepsis–Neonatal
  • Sepsis–Pediatric
  • Shock
  • SIRS–Non-Infectious
  • Skin/Pressure Ulcers
  • Substance Use, Abuse, Dependence
  • Transbronchial/Lung Biopsy
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)



  • Comorbid Conditions–MCC/CC/HCC
  • Comorbid Conditions–SOI-4
  • CMS-HCC List
  • BMI Table



Dr. Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS
Dr. Richard Pinson is a physician, educator, administrator, and healthcare consultant. He practiced Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine in Tennessee for over 20 years having board certification in both. Dr. Pinson is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and former Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Vanderbilt, and has assisted hospitals as a physician consultant for the past ten years.

His personal understanding of the mindset of both doctors and managers allows him a unique vantage point from which to promote cooperation between physicians, hospital staff, and administrators toward achieving beneficial and practical changes.


Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS
Cynthia brings over 30 years of experience in health information management, coding and clinical documentation, and clinical resource management. For the past twenty years she has traveled to hospitals throughout the country to assess their processes for managing health information and clinical documentation and to provide her much-sought after expertise in redesigning operations to promote better patient care and hospital financial health.

Her focus is on workflow design and improving clinical documentation with a view to optimizing reimbursement, ensuring compliance, and improving quality and pay for performance measures.

“As a CDI professional, this is hands down the best reference out there! I have been using the CDI Pocket Guide for at least five years and each year the new edition and updates keep me up to date. Thank you!” — Lisa B.

“I am new to the CDI profession and this guide has helped me tremendously. I don’t know what I would do without it. It has been a great help to me in learning the ins and outs of coding and DRGs, and also what to focus on during my record reviews and querying physicians.” — Carol S.

“Thank you for another great edition of the CDI Pocket Guide! I so appreciate the excellent webinar on the updates – very helpful to learn what’s new for 2020. And thanks for adding the DRG Tips section back this year!” — Melissa S.

“I can’t do my work without it!” — Mindy L.

“As a coder, this guide teaches me all the clinical definitions and criteria that I need to help me recognize diagnoses that I should code or not. I feel it is a must guide for any coding professional.” — Nat G.

“As a long time user of the CDI Pocket Guide (I still have my 2009 edition!), it has been my trusted resource for conducting record reviews, meeting with physicians and more recently responding to denials. Keep up the good work Dr. Pinson and Cynthia!” — Karen M.

“I LOVE the digital version of the CDI Pocket Guide! Being able to click the links for references is a game changer!” — Jackie Judd, CCS


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