A comprehensive look at how clinical documentation improvement and the actual practice of medicine overlap.There are a multitude of business and ancillary healthcare processes that serve to support the practice of medicine. That practice centers on direct patient care, facilitated and dependent upon specific synergistic processes that contribute to cost-effective,…
Hospital CDI managers always look for process improvement. Essentia Health’s outpatient CDI operation provides a practical case study. EDITOR’S NOTE: This the final installment in a two-part series on the clinical documentation integrity department at Essentia Health, a health system that serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho.Becker’s Hospital Review…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment in a two-part series on the coding and documenting of social determinants of health (SDoH). It comes on the heels of the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their impact on victims and survivors in the flood-ravaged states of Texas and Florida.The…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This the first in a two-part series on the clinical documentation integrity department at Essentia Health, a health system that serves Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho.Previously, Essentia Health’s clinical documentation improvement (CDI) department consisted of three segregated, separated, regional teams. Employees had minimal interaction with each other.…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series on the coding and documenting of social determinants of health (SdoH). It comes on the heels of the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and their impact on victims and survivors in the flood-ravaged cities of Texas and Florida. Hurricanes…
Now it’s just a little less than three weeks until the beginning of October and when the fiscal year (FY) 2018 changes for ICD-10-CM take effect.  Here is a summary of the new changes for ICD-10-CM: 360 new code additions 142 deletions 250+ revisions The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid…
Last week Tracy Boldt contacted me to ask a question about outpatient clinical documentation integrity (CDI), and we are lucky to have her on the Talk-Ten-Tuesdays broadcast today, detailing Essentia Health’s successful outpatient CDI program. She also mentioned that she had been awaiting the third installment of my three-part series…
A recent conversation with a fellow clinical documentation integrity (CDI) specialist about the role of the profession as it pertains to enhancing and affecting positive change in communication of patient care by transitioning to a more holistic approach really struck a chord in me – and it made me question…
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the third and final installment in a three-part series by Dr. Remer on outpatient clinical documentation integrity.In the first two parts of this series, we talked about risk adjustment in general, the shift to population health management, and how quality metrics and reimbursement are linked…
Approximately every five years, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the European Society of Cardiology, and the World Heart Federation convene workgroups to try to standardize the definition of myocardial infarction (MI) for both documentation and research purposes.  The last iteration in 2012 produced five different classifications.The…