Case Management

Communication with CDI professionals can help meet common goals

Case Management Monthly, May 1, 2010

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More and more clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have popped up in hospitals across the country, leaving facilities to experiment with ways to organize the new department.

Many hospitals put CDI under the case management department’s purview. In fact, case management oversight of CDI was the second most popular model, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).

The survey showed that 26% of the 330 respondents have their CDI program report to the case management department; 36% report to health information management.

However, case management might not be the best home for CDI, says Heather Taillon, RHIA, manager of coding compliance at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, IN, and a member of the ACDIS advisory board.

“When case management leads the CDI program, there’s a tendency for the staff to lose focus on overall documentation among the other affiliated tasks required of a case management department,” Taillon says.

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