Monthly Archives: February 2015

ACDIS Radio Show Recording Available

The recorded version of the ACDIS Radio Show titled How CDI must adapt to healthcare reform with Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, C-CDI, CCDS, C-DAM, is now available for listening. I encourage you listen in for a relevant discussion on how and why the profession of CDI must embrace change in […]

By |February 26th, 2015|CDI, Compliance|0 Comments

Measuring Value in the Healthcare Equation

Measuring value in the health care value based performance based delivery model?

CMS on January 26th announced its intention to speed up the transition away from a strict Fee-for-Service reimbursement model to one that incorporates increasing measures of value and quality. The Health and Human Services agency announced the setting of a goal tying 30 percent […]

By |February 26th, 2015|Documentation Effectiveness|0 Comments

Physician Engagement-It is all about the message

Lack of physician engagement in clinical documentation improvement initiatives is not surprising for a variety of reasons. The main reason for this lack of physician engagement relates to the message being delivered to the physician as part of the clinical documentation improvement by the clinical documentation improvement specialists.

Clinical documentation improvement specialists (CDIS) are charged with […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Physician Engagement|0 Comments

Physician Engagement

The Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement recently hosted a radio show called the ACDIS Radio Show and the piece was titled “How CDI Must Adapt to Healthcare Reform.” You can listen in to a taped recording of the Radio Show in the near future by clicking on the following link

The radio show started with a […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|CDI, Physician Engagement|0 Comments

ICD-10 Awareness

CMS recently released a social media recording designed to create a general awareness and understanding of ICD-10.

Despite the many service offerings available that purport to provide ICD-10 training, the fact of the matter is that the most effective means of training and preparing for ICD-10 is to engage in the discipline of self-learning. These courses […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|ICD-10|0 Comments

Quality Health Based Care

This article titled Quality-based health care is based on false assumptions that appeared in the web e-mail brings up several interesting points including the fact that physicians do not possess total control over quality and patients are not one hundred percent compliant.

The following statement really caught my attention: “Failure to recognize the difference between […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Documentation Effectiveness|0 Comments

House Members Mull October ICD-10 Launch at Hearing

Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today , February 13, 2015
Members of a House subcommittee seem to be leaning toward making sure the current Oct. 1 deadline sticks. From MedPage Today.
The U.S. implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis coding system has been delayed several times, but members of a House subcommittee seemed to be leaning Wednesday toward […]

By |February 16th, 2015|ICD-10|0 Comments

Two-Midnight Policy and Potential Short Stay Payment Solutions

February 13, 2015
Sean Cavanaugh
Deputy Administrator & Director
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 445-G Washington, DC 20201
RE: Two-Midnight Policy and Potential Short Stay Payment Solutions
Dear Mr. Cavanaugh:

On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations,
and our 43,000 individual members, the American Hospital […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Insufficient documentation

Insufficient medical record documentation is pervasive in the medical community regardless of healthcare setting or clinician. This environment of persistent insufficiency in clinical documentation exists for a variety of reasons, a major contributing factor being the increased use of the electronic health record mandated by Medicare under meaningful use. The electronic health record’s current structure […]

By |February 15th, 2015|CDI, Documentation Effectiveness, Medical Neccessity|0 Comments

When used effectively, discharge summaries reduce hospital readmissions

YaleNews | When used effectively, discharge summaries reduce hospital readmissions.

For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two new studies from Yale […]

By |February 10th, 2015|Documentation Effectiveness, Uncategorized|1 Comment