CDI - ICD10monitor

What is the difference between delirium and encephalopathy? This is a common discussion among coders and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) professionals alike. Usually when a question like this comes up, the solution is simple: check the literature. Unfortunately, the information is somewhat contradictory, so we continue the debate while Recovery…
As organizations continue to search for ways to mitigate coder productivity loss following implementation of ICD-10, they also must consider methods to monitor and enhance coding accuracy. After all, productive coders are only effective when those coders assign accurate and complete codes. A low DNFB doesn’t denote coding compliance, nor…
As I recently traveled around the country interacting with representatives from various clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs, I began to notice various patterns. What differentiates successful programs from those that struggle in mediocrity or falter and sometimes disintegrate? One factor in particular: an active and expert physician advisor.  An uninvolved…
With the impending implementation of ICD -10, physicians’ already stressful schedules are about to get even more packed. There is little doubt that the conventions of the ICD-10-CM and PCS systems represent a major paradigm shift in how we track our patients’ health issues and outcomes – or more specifically,…
Many across healthcare are continuing to move forward with preparations even despite legislative efforts to delay ICD-10. It’s unfortunate that H.R. 2126, has been introduced, as it doesn’t really represent the majority of our healthcare industry, nor does it recognize the many disease management processes that the new code set…
In February 2015, the American Hospital Association (AHA), in conjunction with Executive Health Resources, launched its inaugural clinical documentation improvement (CDI) survey, “Emerging Trends for Clinical Documentation Improvement in 2015,” to help determine the main barriers to CDI success. Many powerful insights related to physician engagement in CDI programs were revealed…
With the sustainable growth rate (SGR) issue just resolved thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, it’s really time for those opponents of ICD-10 to come together for the betterment of all of healthcare.
Back in November, I wrote about clinical documentation improvement (CDI) in the medical practice and the importance of this critical step in adopting ICD-10. It will not only improve diagnosis coding, but also compliance for procedures and services reported by the practitioner.
The age of multitasking, overscheduling, and 24-7 technology connectivity has given way to increased use of the phrase “quality time.” As in, “my family and I are turning off our phones tonight and spending some quality time together.” Or “this weekend, we’re going camping for some quality time with friends…
We’re getting closer to the probable implementation date for ICD-10, and we all know about the fear of the unknown that’s so prevalent in the healthcare industry.