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UASI Experts to Present “Creating and Retaining the Best CDI Team” at AHIMA 2018

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) — particularly in outpatient settings — continues to be a top priority for US healthcare organizations as they prepare for their transition to value-based reimbursement models.

Right now, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure on hospital groups to recruit top CDI talent and implement robust programs that improve patient data accuracy across their health systems.

At AHIMA’s 2018 convention in Miami, UASI’s CDI and utilization review service lines director Staci Josten and CDI/UR manager Tara Bell will share leading practices for building and managing strong CDI teams.  Their presentation, “Creating and Retaining the Best CDI Team,” is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 3:30-4:15 pm.

CDI implementation can seem like a daunting challenge for healthcare organizations. Many of today’s CDI leaders grew into their roles as the field itself developed – and the field continues to evolve quickly. With so many changes occurring at so fast a pace, developing team members’ skills and strengthening teams can be challenging for CDI leaders.

In their presentation, Josten and Bell will share lessons learned in their own leadership roles. They’ll discuss six keys to creating the best CDI team:

  • Best practices for hiring
  • Orientation structure
  • Team engagement
  • Employee development
  • Team management strategies
  • CDI-specific leadership skills

The presentation will include real-world case studies on how to recruit and retain the best staffers, deal with “squeaky wheels,” and avoid team (and personal) burnout.

It will also provide valuable tips for engaging CDI teams and give attendees the field-tested tools that they need to help move their team’s performance from good to great.

You won’t just come away with an effective strategy for documentation improvement success — you’ll leave feeling re-energized and excited about being a CDI leader.

Earlier this year, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) released a set of CDI toolkits — including one for outpatient documentation improvement — to assist health care systems with their needs. As part of our commitment to ongoing education, UASI contributed to the toolkit, which is free for AHIMA members and available for purchase for non-members through AHIMA’s web store.

Coming to AHIMA 2018? Stop by Booth #513

Come connect with other members of our team, including Mary Stanfill and Laura Barron. We want to hear about your greatest challenges and opportunities – and share what we’ve learned since last year’s show. Plus, you can register to win fun giveaways.