I conceived a new project that triggered last week’s TalkBack segment on the Talk Ten Tuesdays weekly Internet radio broadcast, and I would love your feedback on the concept. My vision is to design a comprehensive clinical documentation improvement (CDI) curriculum and teach it in small, digestible aliquots. There are…
I'm making a pitch for reciprocal education. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during a recent edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. To set the stage, I am currently engaged in a really fun, intellectually challenging ongoing project. I compose…
Quality of care cannot be achieved without good data. 2020 has brought us many looming changes in healthcare. Unfortunately, we have already seen increased reporting criteria, more administrative burden, and many payment cuts. As we address all of these, not only this year but also in future years, we need…
CORRECTION: This story has been corrected. There was no Meaningful Use Act. The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) was enacted on Feb. 17, 2009. ARRA included many measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, one of which was the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act”. We apologize for the…
Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis, and clinicians should be permitted to make the diagnosis appropriately. When I step up onto my sepsis soapbox, people often refer to New York State and tell me how they are not allowed to accept Sepsis-3, pursuant to state regulation. Full disclosure: I hail from…
Queries are simply not enough.  We all read about companies moving jobs overseas to cut costs and drive operating performance, with greater profits. As a result, hundreds, if not thousands, of employees are displaced, forced to seek alternate employment or potentially take early retirement, if offered by the employer. This…
Conduct coding audits in all settings and check vendors’ coding credentials are among lessons learned under ICD-10. When we left ICD-9-CM, there were around 14,000 diagnosis codes in use across the healthcare industry – and then, on Oct. 1, 2015, we moved to approximately 69,000 codes. ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation was a…
If there is no organ dysfunction, it is not sepsis. EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Erica Remer reported this story live during the Sept. 10 edition of Talk Ten Tuesday. The following is an edited transcript of her reporting. Apparently, I am not done pondering and pontificating about sepsis, which is apropos, considering…
Artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are designed to support CDI teams in their quests for efficiency. The concept of “doing more with less” is far from uncommon. You hear it every day in nearly every aspect of life: at home, we strive to live simply; in the community, we build resiliency;…
Fall ICD-10-CM/PCS Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting kicks off today. Today and tomorrow mark the dates for the next ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting. Health information management (HIM) and coding and clinical documentation integrity/improvement (CDI) professionals often wonder about what the Coordination and Maintenance Committee is and does, so…
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