Health Information Management

PPV: Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) looks to improve quality, scorecards, and more with documentation improvement program

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 1, 2007

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Hospitals today receive grades or scorecards based on the quality of care they provide and publicly report. Administrative and financial data from hospital claim forms determine these grades. The absence of detailed and specific clinical documentation on these claim forms adversely affects the administrative data-accrediting bodies, proprietary Web-based companies, and employer groups that receive and use them to develop public reports.

After conducting internal clinical audits in 2000, Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) in San Francisco identified a significant opportunity for improvement in administrative data, coding, patient severity assignment, and reimbursement.

To read more about the results of CHW's internal clinical audits, click here. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing can sign-on for access.

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