CDI Insights

The Role of a Physician Advisor

By Staff / July 13, 2021

Given the heightened focus on documentation and impacts to healthcare organizations from both a financial and quality perspective, it is imperative that clinical documentation improvement (CDI) leaders implement an effective strategy to develop a physician advisor program. The success of a CDI physician advisor program hinges upon defining the physician advisor’s role. A physician advisor…

Medical Coding

AKI with ATN CDI Scenario – July 2021

By Tara Bell / July 8, 2021

H&P: Patient presented with shortness of breath and palpitations noted to be in atrial fibrillation and with AKI. Patient with baseline creatinine of 1.1, noted as 1.5 on admission. Give IVF for AKI and monitor labs. Platelets 64, consult Hematology for ITP treatment recommendations PMH: Idiopathic thrombocytopenia purpura (ITP) treated in past with IVIG with…

Medical Coding

Developing Introduction to CDI for Providers and Physician Advisors – UASI Lunch and Learn: CDI Program Management Series

By Staff / June 23, 2021

Click the button below to download a PDF of Alyson Swinehart’s Lunch and Learn, “Developing Introduction to CDI for Providers and Physician Advisors.”

Coding Compliance Risks Associated with Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs)

By Laura Barron / June 23, 2021

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) have been around since 2004. However, with their increased impact on professional fee reimbursement due to the implementation of MACRA, HCCs have become a hot topic and, therefore, a focus point in every coding arena. Now, physicians will be compensated based on the estimated health cost according to risk profiles, as…

Outpatient Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) CDI Scenario – June 2021

By Staff / June 7, 2021

Topic: Outpatient Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Office visit 6/1/21: 65 y/o Caucasian, female seen in office for severe malaise and fatigue for last 6 months.  PMH: Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus type 2 Home Medications: Metoprolol 50mg QD, Glucophage 500mg QD, ASA 81mg QD, Multivitamin, Calcium Vitals: T: 97.5, HR:78, RR:20, BP: 130/78.  HT:5’3”, WT…

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Coma CDI Scenario – May 2021

By Staff / May 12, 2021

Topic: Coma H&P: 65-year-old female presenting with obtundation. Per report patient was in her usual state of health until the AM of date of admission when she suffered a sudden onset and progressive worsening headache. Family notes she progressed from lethargy to obtundation at which time EMS was called. Patient noted to have pressures in…

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Atrial Fibrillation Outpatient CDI Scenario – April 2021

By Tara Bell / April 5, 2021

Topic: Outpatient CDI: Atrial Fibrillation Office Visit 2/15/2021: 78-year-old gentleman, lives with wife. Recently hospitalized from 1-2-2021 to 1-7-2021 for Acute MI and Atrial fib with RVR. No voiced complaints. No complaints of heart racing, chest pain. Able to walk around house, up and down flight of steps without stopping.  Seen last week by Ostomy Nurse…

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Outpatient CDI HCC Clinical Concepts – UASI Lunch and Learn: CDI Program Management Series

By Tara Bell / March 24, 2021

Click the button below to download a PDF copy of Tara Bell’s Lunch and Learn, “Outpatient CDI HCC Clinical Concepts.”

3 Keys to Implementing Outpatient CDI in a Physician Practice

By Staff / March 22, 2021

When implementing outpatient CDI in a physician practice, there are 10 steps you must follow to be successful. Assess Current State Define and Align Set Program Goals Determine Return on Investment Staffing Infrastructure Define Workflow Communicate and Educate Performance Expectations Monitor and Track Ongoing Evaluation However, the following steps are considered keys to an effective…

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Pancreatitis CDI Scenario – March 2021

By Tara Bell / March 9, 2021

Topic:  Pancreatitis H&P: 68-year-old male presents with a history of a sudden onset of acute upper central abdominal pain radiating to his back. The pain began two days prior with intermittent vomiting, without relief of his pain PMH: Appendectomy, Tonsillectomy, Hypertension, Pre-diabetic Pertinent Family History: Cholelithiasis and cholecystectomy in multiple family members Pertinent Social History:…