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Flash back to healthcare in the 1990s. The hot topic then was clinical documentation improvement; the mantra was optimizing reimbursement.

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Malnutrition is officially on the radar screen of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG is adamant about targeting treatment of the condition for review of suspected fraud, saying in a statement that it will “assess the accuracy of Medicare payments for the treatment of severe malnutrition.”

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer's Association reports that 5.5 million people are currently living with the degenerative and fatal disease.

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He is a nationally recognized scientist. He presented at TEDx in Nashville. He is the chief scientific officer at MyGenetx, a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments- (CLIA)-certified lab focused on molecular and advanced diagnostic testing operating that is on the leading edge of precision-guided medicine.

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Much has been written and documented about the physician query process. The subject is crucially important. And the need to maintain the integrity of a compliant query in any clinical documentation integrity (CDI) program cannot be overstated.

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The topic of counterfeit or otherwise deeply flawed medical records continues to generate buzz nationwide. The case of “Robert,” a Talk Ten Tuesdays listener, reported during a recent edition of the weekly Internet broadcast revealed that in reviewing his electronic medical record (EMR), a documented physical exam was counterfeit – no exam was performed.

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Robert, a listener of Talk Ten Tuesdays, reported during last Tuesday’s broadcast that in reviewing his electronic medical record (EMR) the entire physical exam was counterfeit – no exam was performed.

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“I was an ED patient recently,” wrote Robert, a listener of the last edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. “After receiving and reviewing my electronic medical record, it (was) revealed (that) the entire physical exam was counterfeit – no exam was performed. I was fully alert and my wife was present, yet (no) complete exam was documented. How will clinical documentation integrity (CDI) address this?”

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