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2019 CDI Leadership Research Series Webinar

In January of 2019 the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS) issued a national survey to leaders of CDI departments, including supervisors, managers, and directors, with the aim of getting quality data on three important initiatives affecting the CDI profession. These included CDI’s role in denials prevention, the state of physician engagement, and moving CDI “beyond hospital walls” including into outpatient and population health initiatives.

The results were striking. Some highlights:

  1. Denials prevention: 85% of survey respondents report that clinical validation is a core function of their CDI staff. A common obstacle in obtaining documentation to support clinical validation is a lack of physician buy-in.
  2. Physician engagement: The number 1 problem facing CDI departments nationwide is physician engagement. Some 73% of respondents indicated that observed/mortality had a significant or moderate impact on their organization’s physicians, when used as a data point to ensure buy-in. Data in general speaks loudly to physicians.
  3. Outpatient CDI: An incomplete or inaccurate EHR problem list was identified as the greatest challenge to accurate HCC capture, with more than 76% of respondents describing this issue as “significant” or “somewhat significant.” Approximately 70% of respondents stated that their physicians were not adequately educated to document or redocument chronic disease burden.

Join ACDIS Director Brian Murphy, representatives from Novant Health Medical Group, Penn State Health, and Yale New Haven Health, and 3M for a free webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 1-2:30 p.m. eastern, featuring an in-depth 60-minute discussion on these three cutting-edge topics followed by a 30 minute open question and answer session.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Leverage CDI staff in denials prevention and appeals
  • Develop techniques to proactively increase provider engagement
  • Demonstrate potential areas of departmental growth, including expansion into outpatient service lines
  • Apply survey findings and data to their own CDI programs and work