Health Information Management

Director’s Note: Happy Holidays from ACDIS

CDI Strategies, December 19, 2013

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As we close out 2013, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude to the 4,000 members of ACDIS who have made the commitment to promote the CDI profession. Year after year we have seen how the role of CDI has changed, and walked beside you as the focus of documentation improvement has shifted from reimbursement and CC/MCC capture to documentation improvement for severity of illness and risk of mortality and quality measures.

Within the past year we discussed the effect CDI efforts can have on Value Based Purchasing, medical necessity reviews by Recovery Auditors, and ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation, among other healthcare initiatives. We made a toast to our 1,500th CCDS certified professional, shared in the third-annual CDI Week festivities, and networked at our 6th annual ACDIS conference in Nashville, welcoming the largest number of attendees and exhibitors in our history. In 2013, ACDIS partnered with AHIMA to create the latest physician query practice brief, and in the fall published a position paper regarding the role of CDI specialists in electronic health record implementation and review.

The turning of the year is always a time for reflection, just as it is a time for renewal, a time for goal setting, and a time to look forward. While we have learned and accomplished much, there is so much more to be done. No doubt, most CDI programs will focus on improving documentation to comply with the needs of ICD-10-CM/PCS in the coming year. There will be increased physician education and reviews of query practices and forms. It won’t be easy.

But we know that you are up to these challenges and as a truly unique profession, we will rise to meet them together.

Happy holidays and all the best to you and yours for a wonderful, productive, accomplished 2014!

ICD-10, here we come!


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