October 4, 2012 by Sharlene George– What happens when a HIM professional and physician share the same clinical documentation improvement (CDI) mission? Results.
Together, Dr. Jon Elion, CEO and founder, ChartWise Medical Systems Inc., and Darice Grzybowski, MA, RHIA, FAHIMA, president, founder and principal consultant of H.I.Mentors LLC, presented their clinical and HIM perspective on CDI best practices at AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit in Chicago.
They emphasized the mission of a CDI program is to improve clinical documentation that results in quality health information. CDI decisions are not to be made to improve reimbursement. As explained by the presenters, if you go after reimbursement, you’ll miss the quality health information. However, if you go after the quality health information, proper reimbursement will follow.
Some of the CDI best practices shared by the presenters include:
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