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Product Spotlight: What's new in The 2015 CDI Pocket Guide

CDI Strategies, January 8, 2015

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It’s a New Year and, with it, we welcome the latest edition of the CDI Pocket Guide. Authors Richard D. Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS and Cynthia L. Tang, RHIA, CCS, have drawn on more than 50 years’ cumulative experience in putting together the guide—a portable, tabbed, quick-reference guide for improving clinical documentation, coding, and DRG assignment impacting reimbursement, severity of illness, and quality reporting.

Pinson joined ACDIS Radio on January 7 to discuss the most significant update made to the book since its first edition. One of the largest changes, Pinson said during the call, is the inclusion of CMS Pay for Performance (P4P), which he refers to as this year’s “hot topic in healthcare initiatives.” The prospect of penalties and rewards for hospitals based on physician performance is detailed in a separate section, detailing the industry impact and strategies for integrating CMS P4P initiatives into CDI efforts.

The popular “Key References” section also received substantial expansion. Pinson and Tang incorporated pediatric examples into the references for the first time, with two entirely separate entries for pediatric malnutrition and sepsis.

Pinson and Tang also sought suggestions for improvement from previous Guide purchasers and ACDIS members which garnered a tremendous amount of content, feedback which the duo incorporated into the 2015 edition. “We should have done this long ago and will continue to do in the future,” he said. 

With the abundance of updates in the 2015 edition, Pinson had to consolidate less relevant information but the team created an online resource library where CDI Pocket Guide customers can log on and access detailed supplemental information and updates.

Here’s what else to expect in the new pocket guide:

  • New key references for shock, neoplasms, pneumothorax, functional quadriplegia, cystic fibrosis, asthma, intellectual disability, and more
  • Content expansion of “MCC/CC” section to “comorbid conditions,” including secondary diagnoses with a high-impact focus on MS-DRG and APR-DRG, quality, and CMS pay-for-performance outcome metrics
  • Expanded reference citations of medical literature and other authoritative sources to support diagnostic definitions and criteria
  • Expanded and updated ICD-10 tips and strategies

Visit the HCPro website for information and to purchase a copy of The 2015 CDI Pocket Guide.


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