Karolyn Skudlarek, RN, and the CDI staff at St. Cloud (MN) Hospital have performed reviews of OB/ newborn documentation since they started the CDI program in February 2008.A 489-bed facility (average daily census of 307 beds), St. Cloud employs three CDI reviewers.
Those working in CDI and quality improvement (QI)/ core measure review may have to rethink the old adage of playing separate roles. As Shakespeare writes in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage … and all are merely players. … One man in his time plays many parts.”
In 1994, the Indiana Heart Institute decided to implement a dedicated cardiovascular quality data abstraction team. In 1996, the hospital expanded the team’s duties to include CDI responsibilities. This revised team obtained the information necessary for coding, as well as all the information...Read More »
The attached is a supplement to the April 2010 issue of CDI Journal. It provides important updates every CDI specialist should know regarding new guidance issued in AHA Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM, First Quarter, 2010. The author of the article is James Kennedy, MD, CCS, of FTI...Read More »