Queries in outpatient CDI: Developing a compliant, effective process

The following Position Paper provides an ACDIS-endorsed policy and procedure for compliant physician queries in the outpatient setting. A decade ago, the HIM and CDI industry had to define acceptable practices for itself related to concurrent record review and CDI query. The jointly published AHIMA/ACDIS Guidelines for Achieving an Effective Query Practice (first published in 2013, then updated in 2016) set the standard for query practice within the inpatient setting. It is now seen as the foremost authority on compliant query practice. This Position Paper has been built upon that foundation.

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