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CDI Journal - Volume 14, Issue 4

FEATURES
8 Case study: Education on a budget
Often, facilities have limited budgets for staff and physician education, and CDI leaders are left trying to find the best ways to educate their staff and stretch their limited resources to their fullest extent.

14 Integration means more than PowerPoints
CDI departments are traditionally behind the healthcare scenes. CDI specialists are the heroes that no one sees, fighting denials and making sure all charts are completed to the utmost accuracy. But what happens when this backstage department steps into the spotlight and performs at the elbow with physicians?

23 Educator roles standardize, develop, engage
While budding CDI programs may rely on their own staff members to disseminate education, as programs grow, specific individuals might be called to take on educator roles.

33 Physician advisors: Becoming a trusted resource
A physician advisor needs to not only explain the importance of CDI to providers, but also assist CDI staff on clinical questions. While it is an extremely important role, it’s a role that is made or broken by the person filling it.

DEPARTMENTS
4 Editor’s Note
Linnea Archibald provides a behind-the-scenes look at this edition of the Journal and discusses the ever-present need for education in the CDI profession.

6 Associate Director’s Note
Melissa Varnavas shares how ACDIS is tackling the constantly changing environment right now.

30 Ask ACDIS
ACDIS members answer a question about keeping CDI staff engaged and improving work-life balance.

36 Physician Advisor’s Corner
Trey La Charité offers his best physician education pearls learned over his career in medicine and CDI.

38 Coding Corner
Sarah Nehring shares seven things coders wish providers knew about acute blood loss anemia.

40 Regulatory Committee Insight
Sharme Brodie unpacks the nuances contained in Section X of ICD-10-PCS.

43 Meet a Member
Audrey Murray is a CDI specialist at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital in Humble, Texas. She has been in the CDI field for three years.

OPINIONS & INSIGHTS
12 Resident education as an avenue for improved documentation
Howard Rodenberg discusses two 2019 ACDIS conference poster presentations pertaining to resident education.

19 Ischemic heart disease conundrums
Alba Kuqi unpacks the clinical nuances of ischemic heart disease and illuminates common documentation trouble spots.

27 Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
Cathy Farraher Nakhoul discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic will change the CDI industry.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
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