Health Information Management

Director’s note: Roadmap Committee charts path for new CDI programs

CDI Strategies, March 15, 2012

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ACDIS formed the CDI Roadmap Committee in September 2011 to help define some of the core foundations and structures of the CDI profession. The committee’s work includes defining the broad goals and objectives of CDI, outlining staffing and productivity considerations, developing goals for mature programs, and creating a structured outline for success to help map out the way.

The CDI Roadmap Committee consists of the following members:
  • Glenn Krauss, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI, ACDIS Advisory Board Member, Independent Revenue Cycle Consultant in Madison, WI.
  • Lynne Spryszak, RN, CCDS, CPC-A, ACDIS Advisory Board Member and independent HIM consultant in Roselle, IL.
  • Donna D. Wilson, RHIA, CCS, CCDS, ACDIS Advisory Board Member and Senior Director of Compliance Concepts, Inc. in Wexford, PA.
  • Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, ACDIS Advisory Board Member and CDI manager for Medical University of South in Charleston, SC.
  • Gail B. Marini, RN, MM, CCS, LNC, ACDIS Advisory Board Member and CDI manager for South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA.
  • Beth Kennedy, RN, BS, CCS, CCDS, Associate Director, Documentation Improvement Program CMO, The Care Management Company, LLC., Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY.
Team members are currently developing a pre-program  implementation checklist that includes such items as assembling a steering committee and an outline for developing a project plan. The group has also developed a sample orientation checklist, collected job descriptions for physician advisors, CDI supervisors, and CDI specialists, and discussed potential CDI evaluation criteria and assessment of CDI staff coding and clinical skills.
The CDI Roadmap Committee will likely break after it completes the “pre-implementation” and “implementation” phases of the timeline, and continue work on “ongoing maintenance” and “advanced level CDI” phases at a later date.
The committee plans to send its work to the ACDIS Advisory Board for approval and compile its findings in a series of White Papers available as free resources to the ACDIS membership.

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