You Need a Pediatric CDI Program – Here’s Why 

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By Brian Murphy   The pediatric population is not just little adults. Not clinically, and not when it comes to CDI and coding. Think about the extended long lengths of stay in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that can range from >128 days due to extreme prematurity, or occasionally up to 2 years, where…

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Grow You: Expand your career horizons with these three hot jobs in CDI—and a leadership mindset

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CDI is a booming profession, with organizations across the country hiring for open positions. But many are stuck in the mindset that the only available options are front-line chart reviewers, or managers/directors who oversee them. The reality is that the last several years have seen incredible diversification of the CDI role, which means more job…

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What is Value-Based CDI?

By Brian Murphy Value-based healthcare is a delivery model in which providers (i.e., hospitals and physicians) are rewarded for the quality of care they provide. It is perhaps easiest to understand when contrasted with traditional fee-for-service delivery models. Fee-for-service reimbursement models reward volume. For example, physicians are paid per office visit through submission of E&M…

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Will AI Replace CDI Professionals?

In Clinical Documentation Integrity, a primary focus is which technology is the most beneficial – Natural Language Processing (NLP) or a deeper learning Artificial Intelligence (AI). There are different avenues healthcare systems can take when determining how to structure the technology needs for CDI programs. Consider if you want the assistance from information already written…

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Tomato or Tomahto?

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We have a saying in CDI, “words matter”, and it is absolutely true. Over the years I have learned a valuable lesson – words have different meanings dependent on setting and audience. This may seem intuitive, but I had never thought of it happening within a healthcare setting, where in my mind, we all think…

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Nurse-Led CDI?

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Our CDI model at Norwood is Nurse-Led, Physician-Sensitive, Coding-Supported, and Patient-Centered. I’ve been asked about this a few times – as I believe we are the only program that explicitly states “nurse-led”. Most outpatient CDI programs are physician-led. I completely understand and respect this as healthcare has traditionally been led by physicians. Over the last…

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Grandma’s Apple Pie.

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Who is baking in your CDI kitchen? In the spirit of our theme for CDI week, “CDI Kitchen: Recipes for a Successful Program”, I was thinking about the perfect recipe for a well-functioning CDI program. So many are searching to fine tune the recipe – to get the consistency just right. Unlike a perfectly measured…

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Can CDI Programs Really Make a Difference?

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I have heard it said that the overall goal of Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) is to improve documentation for coding and reimbursement. Even though this is in fact a valued outcome of many CDI programs, I argue that it is not the overarching goal of CDI today. With the ensuing complexity of technology, such as…

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