More than 300 CDI specialists participated in the 2009 ACDIS salary survey. Respondents answered questions about CDI specialists’ compensation (most make between $50,000 and $70,000 on average), their program structure (most CDI programs...Read More »
The concept of standard operating procedures (SOP) might easily call to mind assembly lines or retail-related employee handbooks. But CDI programs should establish such basic operating policies to clarify expectations for CDI staff and the healthcare professionals who interact with them....Read More »
CDI specialists are charged with reviewing concurrent medical records on the hospital floor and clarifying clinical documentation when appropriate. I emphasis the term “appropriate”because there hardly seems to be a time when the opportunity for a clinical query does not exist....Read More »
Q: Do you code the procedure for tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) administration when it is done in your emergency room for patients being admitted with cerebrovascular accident (CVA)/stroke on inpatient cases?
Those who lived through the RAC demonstration project learned valuable lessons along the way, lessons that CDI professionals can use as the RAC reviews become permanent and audits begin to take on more medical necessity and documentation concerns.