In response to a 30-question survey, 482 CDI professionals provided data about the number of staff they employ, the number of queries they generate, and the number of chart reviews their staff perform. They offered information on the focus of their CDI programs and to whom their CDI specialists report. The results illustrate where seasoned programs are expanding their documentation efforts and also provide guidance for new CDI programs just getting off the ground.
The report shows some interesting trends. For example, most respondents indicated that their CDI program reports to either HIM or case management and employs between two and four RNs. Respondents also indicated that CDI programs continue to focus on Medicare patients, CC/MCC capture rates, and documentation as it relates to code assignment and quality/core measures. But many programs are increasingly taking on reviews of additional payers and tackling duties such as examining the record for indications of severity of illness and risk of mortality.