Note from the ACDIS Editor: CDI Journal focuses on collaboration and expansion
by Linnea Archibald
CDI is often called the bridge between the coding and clinical worlds, but many other avenues for interdepartmental collaboration also exist. The January/February edition of the CDI Journal kicks off the new year by discovering those cooperative roads as well as exploring emerging paths of expansion.
In this edition’s pages, readers will learn how to navigate their relationship with case management and how they can help their cohorts with medical necessity reviews, the mechanics of retrospective reviews and managing that process with coding and physicians, and how to implement a systemwide outpatient CDI program.
This edition of the Journal also includes several articles penned by industry experts such as Julian Everett, BSN, RN, CDIP, on pediatric mortality reviews, Richard Pinson, MD, FACP, CCS, and Cynthia Tang, RHIA, CCS, on evaluation and management documentation, Tammy Trombley, RHIT, CDIP, CCDS, on outpatient CDI, and William E. Haik, MD, FCCP, CDIP, on complex pneumonias and denials.
Of course, the January/February issue also includes some of our usual staples: Associate Editorial Director Melissa Varnavas discusses setting strategic plans, members of the ACDIS Advisory Board dig into the record review process, Boot Camp Instructor Allen Frady, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CRC, answers questions on ethical coding practices, Boot Camp Instructor Sharme Brodie, RN, CCDS, unpacks the fourth quarter 2018 release of Coding Clinic, and one of our ACDIS members shares her CDI story and advice (as well as pictures of her 32 dogs—no that’s not a typo!).
The ACDIS team hopes that you’ll enjoy this latest edition and find something helpful inside. The March/April edition will focus on CDI and technology, so if you have an article idea or a story to suggest or share, please feel free to email me.
Happy New Year!