The role of safety net hospitals is vital—they provide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of uncompensated care for individuals who need it the most but cannot pay. That means that care delivery and the documentation of that care must be conducted with the utmost efficiency.
Now that the smoke has cleared from the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the healthcare industry is taking stock of how the transition changed the industry landscape. In remarks delivered Tuesday at AHIMA’s CDI Summit, Pamela Hess, MA, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC, with himagine solutions, noted in her presentation “The Case for CDI Solutions in a Post ICD-10 Environment,” that healthcare executives are now more interested in healthcare data than ever before.
Robert Anthony, director of the quality measurement and value-based incentives group in the Center for Clinic Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), delivered Monday morning’s opening keynote presentation, “The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015—Path to Value” at AHIMA’s CDI Summit.
While the science, research, and surgical techniques that fill physicians’ textbooks have changed, very little about the way physicians are trained psychology has changed since 1908.
Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) consultant and HIM educator Lisa Campbell, PhD, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, started working with one of her most important clients after the CEO of a Midwestern medical group noticed her studying an AHIMA CDI textbook while she was getting some work done at her local Starbucks. The CEO sitting near her asked her what CDI was. When she explained how it works he said, “We need you.”
As clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs become more popular, providers are still struggling with implementing CDI programs for several different reasons, including: geographical location; a shortage of outpatient coders and CDI specialists; or even the lack of physical space.