Is documentation improvement and proper use of ICD-10-CM critical to the nation’s healthcare debate? I say definitively yes, in every way.
Healthcare providers in all patient care settings are faced with a variety of reimbursement methodologies and many are associated with a quality element.
Performance is measured within the population, not just the outcome of interest, and APR-DRG is missing the mark.
CDI has become a hot topic over the years, with widespread interest and debate regarding who qualifies to be a CDI professional. The fact that there is little specialized academic education or curriculum for CDI only intensifies the debate.
When I heard the term “CDI” in one of my class lectures, I wanted to learn more about what the term meant. In my research, I realized I knew a lot more about clinical documentation improvement then I originally thought.
The importance of high quality documentation has come to the attention of denials management teams. For this reason, organizations are beginning to incorporate CDI professionals into the denials process.