Health Information Management

Data gathering/reporting: One CDI specialist shares her hospital's methodology

CDI Strategies, October 16, 2008

The CDI team at South Shore Hospital (SSH) in Weymouth, MA, has been tracking results of its program since March of 2001. The team concurrently reviews all DRG payer admits Monday through Friday, including those patients assigned to observation because they might be admitted as inpatients the following day.

The daily census for each of South Shore’s three full time CDI specialists varies from 50–85 patients each. The specialists start their day very early (4:30–5:30 a.m.), which allows the specialists to place a worksheet (and a query, if necessary) in the chart before a physician evaluates the patient that day.

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