GeBBS Healthcare Blog

July is CDI Month – Let’s Celebrate!

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 05:30 AM

AHIMA has designated July as CDI Month.

As the demand for accurate and timely clinical documentation increases, health information management (HIM) professionals are using their skills and expertise to improve clinical documentation. Because clinical documentation is at the core of every patient encounter, in order to be meaningful it must be accurate, timely and reflect the scope of services provided. Successful CDI programs facilitate the accurate representation of a patient’s clinical status that translates into coded data. Coded data is then translated into quality report cards, physician report cards, reimbursement, public health data, and disease tracking and trending. HIM professionals provide two key roles within a CDI program as a clinical documentation improvement specialist and coding professional. By working together, HIM professionals can support their organizations efforts to collect and provide meaningful information throughout the continuum of care.

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Tags: Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

Big Data and 2016

Posted on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 @ 06:00 AM

Since the inception of the term “big data,” how to handle this data has been a challenge for healthcare providers. Big data has been around since computers were first harnessed to help the healthcare industry. The challenge has always been how to handle and make sense of this copious amount of information. In 2016, big data will continue to grow. Healthcare providers will have to develop an infrastructure, or scale up through outsourcing, the capabilities to use this big data to their best advantage. You can expect an increase in the use of relationship algorithms that formulate inferences, allowing decisions to be made in real-time.

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Tags: Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

Clinical Documentation and Coding Audits Can Improve Your Performance in Multiple Ways

Posted on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Clinical documentation and coding audits can improve your facility’s performance and help you achieve the following goals:
  •  - Improve overall coding accuracy
  •  - Improve clinical documentation
  •  - Improve capture of patient acuity levels
  •  - Increase reimbursement
  •  - Reduce compliance risk from RAC, MIC and MAC
  •  - Reduce risks from incomplete or unclear documentation
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Tags: Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

The Importance of Physician Champions in the Transition to ICD-10

Posted on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

Do you have a "physician champion"? You should. A physician champion who will support your clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program and communicate the importance of an

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Tags: ICD-10, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

How CDI Can Improve Your Cash Flow

Posted on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

The switch to ICD-10 is delayed, but not abated. With the new implementation date of October 1, 2015 will your organization be ready for the best possible transition? The best place to start is by analyzing your clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program to determine the quality of documentation. Consider using you coder and case managers to identify educational opportunities for physicians and areas for improvement. Specifically, enlist the assistance of your case managers to focus on documentation trends across the board, and work with physicians who are your largest admitters.

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Tags: ICD-10, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

The Key To A Good Night's Rest...

Posted on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 06:23 AM

Now that the transition date for ICD-10 has been finalized – again! Don’t let concerns about severe reductions, or even the complete stoppage of your revenue stream caused by potential ICD-10 coding errors and slowdowns in your coding productivity keep you awake at night.

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Tags: ICD-10, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

How ICD-10 Can Lead To An Improvement In Patient Care

Posted on Thu, May 15, 2014 @ 07:33 AM

For all the negative press ICD-10 has gotten over the past few years, it has the potential to have a tremendously positive impact on the quality of patient care. The new system will require more accurate clinical documentation, increase the amount of data collected, improve quality measurements, streamline claims processing, and ultimately improve the quality of care provided to patients.

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Tags: ICD-10, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI)

Our Forward Thinking Series On Preparing For The ICD-10 Transition

Posted on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 10:08 AM

Most healthcare providers we talk to are worried (or at least concerned) about severe reductions, or even the complete stoppage, of their revenue streams caused by potential ICD-10 coding errors and slowdowns in their coding workflows – and rightly so! The transition to ICD-10 has the potential to produce a tremendous backlog of insurance claims.

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Tags: ICD-10, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), Medical Coding

Don’t Overlook Clinical Documentation in Your ICD-10 Preparations

Posted on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

Is your clinical documentation ready for ICD-10? CMS has prepared a guide called Simple Steps to Improve Clinical Documentation; it’s worth your time to review it.

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Tags: ICD-10, Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI), Medical Coding