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CDI Strategies 2010 Archives
 
December 23, 2010
Director's Note: Nominations sought for CDI Professional of the Year
Membership update: CDI specialist annual salary survey open through January 7
News: CMS releases Fact Sheets regarding IPPS, POA, and HAC
News: 2010 RAC Preparedness Benchmarking Report released
News: Hospital Compare update includes three new inpatient measures
Tip: Take some time to update your CDI program with an eye toward compliance
Tip: Thoughts for how to develop CDI metrics
Sponsored Content: Incorporate quality mandates into the CDI function
 
December 09, 2010
News: NQF issues proposed new definition of items retained during surgery
News: MedPAC chair unveils full ?market basket? update proposal for inpatient payments
News: Comment period for ACOs closes
News: AHIMA releases recertification guidelines for ICD-10
Tool: 3rd/4th Quarter Coding Clinic CDI updates available for ACDIS members
Sponsored Content: Incorporate quality mandates into the CDI function
News: DOJ recovers record $3 billion from fraud claims
 
November 24, 2010
News: CMS publishes 2011 RAC ADR limits for providers
ACDIS seeking advisory board applicants by Dec. 1 deadline
News: Polls illustrate CDI programs seek RN staff
News: ACDIS blog post estimates between 3,000-4,000 CDI staff employed nationally
Updates to the ACDIS website
Sponsored Content: Incorporate quality mandates into the CDI function
 
November 11, 2010
Membership update: 2010 physician query benchmarking survey launched
News: Proposed rule on Medicaid RACs sets April 2011 as start target
News: Coding Clinic wins out over SE MLN Matters article advice
AHIMA releases ethics guidance for CDI professionals
Tool: Body Mass Index documentation reminder flyer
Updates on the ACDIS website
Sponsored Content: Incorporate quality mandates into the CDI function
 
October 28, 2010
News: Partial freeze of code changes announced
News: Sepsis survivors face future health problems
Tip: Cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis
Column: MLN Matters article offers insight for CDI role
Q&A: Offering physicians options does not necessarily pose compliance risk
Sponsored Content: Incorporate quality mandates into the CDI function
 
October 14, 2010
Membership Update: CDI Journal features e-query tips, ICD-10 benchmarking survey
News: MLN Matters article SE1028 rewrites rules of reporting secondary diagnoses
News: Kaiser donates medical terminology database to HHS
Tip: What to include in a homegrown analysis of CDI
Column: What impact will ICD-10 have on MS-DRG payments?
Sponsored Content: Incorporate quality mandates into the CDI function
 
September 30, 2010
Tip: Anatomy to know when capturing debridement documentation
News: Use OIG compliance tips for ICD-10 implementation
Column: Offer insight in addition to education when training physicians
Q&A: Obtaining documentation for multiple significant trauma
Sponsored content: The art of physician education
 
September 16, 2010
News: Inpatient admissions decision fuels RAC uncertainty
Column: AKI and the mess we're in
Tip: Pay attention to query retention
Q&A: Michigan ACDIS chapter offers opinions on verbal orders in CDI
Sponsored content: The art of physician education
 
September 02, 2010
Director's Note: Last chance to participate in ICD-10 survey
News: Report cites lack of detailed physician documentation as challenge to effective electronic health record initiatives
News: Review coding, documentation guidelines for latest RAC target-neoplasms
Tip: Audit records for signature documentation
Q&A: Facility policies should dictate whether queries are part of the medical record
Sponsored content: The art of physician education
 
August 19, 2010
Director's Note: Speakers sought for ACDIS 2011 conference
News: CMS approves first of RAC medical necessity reviews
Tool: Alternative staff schedules offer CDI opportunities
Tip: Raise awareness of ICD-10 implications
Q&A: Don't discharge the discharge summary
Sponsored content: The art of physician education
 
August 05, 2010
News: IPPS Final Rule confirms DCA adjustment, kidney injury designated CC
News: CERT report points to documentation insufficiencies
News: Survey regarding CDI program structure garners 400 responses
Tip: Query for type, underlying causes, and/or stage of heart failure and CKD
Q&A: Talk about potential query increases related to ICD-10 implementation
Sponsored content: The art of physician education
 
July 22, 2010
News: House urges CMS to mitigate coding reduction, MedPac says stay the course
News: Special MLN points to documentation concerns raised by RAC
Survey: Production expectations for reviews, re-reviews
News: JAMA study shows documentation of end-of-life care needs improvement
Q&A: AKI/renal failure confusion continues
 
July 08, 2010
Special Report: 2010 ACDIS Conference, Chicago available for download
News: CMS releases ICD-10 implementation article
Tip: Understand clinical indicators of CHF before querying physicians
Tip: Differentiate between bacteremia, septicemia coding
Q&A: Know what to target when tracking top DRGs
Sponsored content: The art of physician education
 
June 24, 2010
News: ICD-9-CM code updates available
Q&A: Documentation in the discharge summary
Tip: Take care when crafting queries for angina
Q&A: Benchmarks for DRGs
Sponsored Content: Target CDI challenge areas during program planning stages
 
June 10, 2010
News: Beatty, La Rosa, Love earn 2010 CDI achievement awards
News: North Carolina boasts the most CCDS
Reminder: Comments to CMS on 2011 IPPS proposed rule due June 18
Tip: Use PEPPER reports to search for CDI targets
News: Facilities cited for inappropriate billing of kyphoplasty
Sponsored Content: Target CDI challenge areas during program planning stages
 
May 27, 2010
Director's Note: ACDIS annual conference updates
Association update: CDI staffing survey results available for ACDIS members
News: ICD-10 update available on the Web
Q&A: Policies for late entry documentation
Sponsored Content: Target CDI challenge areas during program planning stages
 
May 13, 2010
News: AHIMA releases CDI program guidance
News: CMS offers partial answer to RAC query submission questions
News: CMS adds to the number of codes processed on institutional claims
Tip: Focus on integrity of the medical record, not coding language
Sponsored Content: Target CDI challenge areas during program planning stages
 
April 29, 2010
News: 2011 IPPS proposed rule released
News: AHIMA releases CDI Toolkit
Tip: Thinking of adding quality core measure review to the CDI role? Be aware of the challenges
Tip: Add physician education elements to your query/clarification forms
Q&A: Multiple query options can confuse syncope clarifications
 
April 15, 2010
News: Studies, anecdotal evidence cite burden of documentation as detriment to patient care
News: GAO report says more effort needed to reduce RAC target areas
Tip: Watch for postop or post-traumatic infections with OR procedures
News: CMS to count more codes on UB forms
Tip: Complete full CDI assessment to make the most out of your maturing program
Sponsored Content: Target CDI challenge areas during program planning stages
 
April 01, 2010
Director's Note: Early registration deadline for conference tomorrow
The AHIMA CDI practice brief: A Q&A discussion with co-chair Gloryanne Bryant
Tip: Ensure 'complete' medical record documentation
Tip: Look for more than CMI improvement from your program metrics
Q&A: DRG, CC, MCC target items for CDI analysis
 
March 18, 2010
Director's Note: New rooms added for 2010 ACDIS Conference; book now!
News: OIG identifies nurse/physician medical record review as most effective way to identify adverse events
News: CMS offers ICD-10-CM introduction
Tip: Use AHIMA guidance as basis for CDI query processes
News: CMS Transmittal focuses on physician signatures
Tools: Kidney disease query forms
 
March 04, 2010
News: 2009 CDI Salary Survey available
Sample policy: Standard operating procedure offered for query practices
Tip: Stay on the right CDI track by querying when appropriate
Q&A: Avoid coding confusion for TPA
News: Take RAC lessons to heart
 
February 18, 2010
Reminder: ACDIS members-only Quarterly Conference call today
News: Clinical documentation technology company files for bankruptcy
Tip: Coding for cancer
Article of the month: Avoid sequencing oversights
Tip: Incorporate diagnosis criteria into query forms
The secret to CDI success: Teach physicians to document decision making
 
February 04, 2010
News: ACDIS selects four new advisory board members
News: Texas HHS reports 'record year' in fraud/waste recovery
News: Applications sought for CDI Professional of the Year
Tip: Encourage uncertainty to help alleviate the pain of symptom DRGs
News: ACDIS members' quarterly conference call next week
Q&A: Sepsis vs. SIRS
 
January 21, 2010
News: MedPac recommends payment reductions to offset documentation improvements
News: CMS maps MS-DRGs to ICD-10
News: RACs add items to DRG validation review lists
Tip: Use January as benchmarking time
 
January 07, 2010
Director's Note: Happy New Year! ACDIS plans for 2010, the year of the tiger
News: Add a little spice to 2010 with PEPPER reports
News: Elimination of consultation codes an opportunity for CDI specialists
Tip: Maintain sepsis focus under RAC scrutiny
Tool: Documentation certificate aids physician education
 
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