A clinical vision of risk adjustment: Meet Katie McLaughlin

off the record

It’s often said that to be a good CDI or coding professional you have to roll up your sleeves and get clinical. If you code just what is explicitly documented you will miss opportunities; if you don’t understand A&P and pathophysiology, you will make mistakes. But what about those who take the opposite path? Katie…

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A win for clinical truth: How Vaughn Matacale and Vidant prevailed against the OIG

Listen to the episode here: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/PrC1cbFXCDb Severe malnutrition is a major predictor of mortality/morbidity. In a five-year observational study cited by the National Institutes of Health, malnourished patients showed an eight times greater risk of harmful falls during hospitalization as compared to well-nourished patients. Further, malnutrition is associated with increased risk for septic shock, acute…

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Don’t hate on hospitals: Navigating the complexities of healthcare reimbursement with Jugna Shah, MPH

off the record

Stop hating on hospitals. It’s a sentiment most Off the Record podcast listeners would probably agree with. But not everyone. Hospitals are under assault in some corners, including the media and in the halls of government. We need a villain and hospitals often find themselves playing the role of fall guy. For example, many blame them…

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Lighting a CDI fire with Tom Brazelton, CDI medical director UW Health

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News flash: Many (most?) physicians aren’t on board with CDI initiatives and coding practice. It’s understandable; they’re busy with patient care, and in their remaining hours are swamped with chart completion. Answering clinical queries and documenting with greater specificity is either seen as a chore or falls by the wayside entirely. Sometimes it takes real-world…

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