In my discussions with Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) teams and their hospitals, there is a rather disturbing trend that has come up too often to ignore. The polite way to say it is “there is an opportunity to improve collaboration between the professional coding staff and the Clinical Documentation Specialists (CDS).” Okay, let’s be honest… …VIEW DETAILS
I sat poised at my keyboard on October 1st 2015, waiting to write up all the stories about difficulties in making the transition to ICD-10. I put out email blasts asking healthcare professionals to send me their stories. I scoured the internet looking for experiences from others. But, as you may have guessed, I came …VIEW DETAILS
In my blog entry of July 8, 2015, I summarized some of the history of the first international classification of diseases, a process that started in 1853 and was finally approved in 1893. While this was not officially called “ICD-1”, it was in fact the first international standard for disease and mortality classification. But what …VIEW DETAILS
On October 17, 2015, Dr. Jon Elion delivered the “Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lecture” to the incoming class of medical students at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School as part of their annual White Coat ceremony. This lecture is “an endowed lectureship in any branch of medicine which can hold promise of significant and …VIEW DETAILS
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