Health Information Management

Healthcare News: AHIMA issues guidance for CDI programs

JustCoding News: Inpatient, May 12, 2010

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On April 29, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) issued a practice brief, “Guidance for Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Programs,” which provides an overview of critical elements in establishing, maintaining, or enhancing a CDI program.

In addition to outlining the role of the CDI professional and the typical competencies of those who hold these positions, the practice brief discusses a variety of staffing models, including single discipline models as well as hybrid models.

AHIMA also addresses the following aspects of the physician query process:

  • Written and template queries
  • Query timeliness and interpretation
  • Leading versus nonleading queries
  • Verbal queries
  • Query retention

Editor’s Note: To view this practice brief in its entirety, click here. Then click on “All current practice briefs in chronological order by publication date” and scroll down to the brief.



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