Creating a new vision for CDI. There has certainly been much discussion in the revenue cycle community regarding the “I” in CDI, with the idea of changing clinical documentation “improvement” to “clinical documentation integrity.” Rather than centering on “improvement” versus “integrity,” though, fundamentally, the discussion should focus upon defining what…
Prime Healthcare lawsuit reveals a huge risk for unethical practice. A few weeks ago, Dr. Ronald Hirsch brought to my attention (as is his custom) a False Claims Act complaint and settlement involving Prime Healthcare Services, a for-profit healthcare system. By way of background, last August, the U.S. Department of…
Integrity means moving from a retroactive, transactional approach to one that documentations patient care. There is much discussion and movement in the clinical documentation improvement (CDI) industry regarding using the word “integrity” in describing the discipline. In perusing the Internet for a solid definition of “integrity,” a Huffington Post article…
CDI is the critical link to quality outcomes.   Any healthcare system’s overall performance relies heavily on a strong clinical documentation integrity (CDI) program, and therefore on the professionals at the heart of this discipline. From patient outcomes and mortality rates to financial reimbursements and quality score profiles, CDI programs…
The aim of documentation is to tell the true story. Last year, I wrote a two-part series on clinical documentation integrity, specifically focusing on the emergency department (CDI in ED Part I; CDI in ED Part II). Today I will focus on how ED documentation supports medical necessity of investigative…
The query process is no substitute for education and training.The hallmark of any true clinical documentation integrity (CDI) program consists of medical record chart review by clinical documentation integrity specialists (CDISs) with a goal of identifying gaps in diagnosis specificity as well as addressing other deficiencies requiring clinical clarification. Some…
It’s not the credentials, but knowledge of the clinical validator that counts. Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) professionals come from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets. Frequently, we see health information management (HIM) coding professionals and nurses stepping into the role of CDI. Their respective education and experiences help provide…
Eight steps to create a physician advisor system. The physician advisor (PA) role has become more commonplace over the last decade, with an increasing number of hospitals and health systems turning to PAs to assist with a variety of issues, such as supporting clinical documentation integrity (CDI), ensuring compliance with…
CDI seen as a key solution to meeting regulatory policy changes.One thing is inevitable this time of year for all of us in healthcare: change is in the air. You either thrive amid it or hide, but even those best at hiding ultimately cannot escape. The question I often ponder…