CDI professionals need physicians who are willing to provide the key documentation that shows the severity of their patients’ illnesses.
“It’s a beautiful day to save lives. Let’s have some fun,” so says Dr. Derek Shepherd (of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame) and with a smile on his face, gets on with his day’s activities—to help patients heal. I haven’t seen many doctors work, except in “Grey’s Anatomy,” but I have interacted with a couple of them.
Physicians at one academic medical center were able to cut the time they spent on EHR documentation by 36 percent as a result of streamlined workflows and fewer mouse clicks, an analysis found.
Multiple federal healthcare initiatives are competing for the attention of healthcare providers. And while the pain of complying with all of the new demands is spread across any given healthcare setting, physicians face the steepest learning curve when it comes to health information technology implementations.
One of the biggest challenges in getting a clinical documentation improvement program off the ground is getting engagement with—and the attention of—physicians.