Outside of the US, CDI programs are being implemented, leading to increased demand for CDI specialists and a keen interest in the CDIP credential.
While the announcement of a CDI program may give some physicians cause for excitement, the coming change might make others want to run and hide.
Excelling in outpatient CDI requires a combination of professional know-how and personality.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) goal of tying 90 percent of reimbursement to quality improvement programs by 2018 means clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives are going to be central to helping organizations succeed in the alphabet soup of reforms. In the keynote presentation titled “Understanding the Continued Evolution of CDI” during the second day of AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit, Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, from DHG Healthcare, said providers need CDI to “keep up with the Joneses” due to this change in reimbursement.
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.