Clinical Documentation Improvement

Demand is growing for documentation that supports data for safety, quality and reimbursement

Implementation of EMRs and the change to ICD-10 offer opportunities for new documentation and data capture that may not be fully realized in any organization.  And aligning incentive between healthcare organizations and clinicians continue to challenge CDI programs.

 

External forces increasing the need for effective CDI programs include:
  • Hospital Value-based Purchasing
  • HAC reduction programs
  • Re-admission reductions
  • 30-day Mortality measures
  • Case Mix Index
  • PSI 90
  • Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality Scores
  • Hierarchical Condition Categories

eCatalyst can provide interim remote or onsite staffing to support your existing CDI program.  We employ nurses or health information professionals with more than 3 years experience in clinical documentation improvement, professionals with the ability to communicate with physicians, nurses and coding staff.

Navigating the demands for clinical information requires an in-depth understanding of the healthcare industry and where it is headed.  That understanding needs to be combined with knowledge of clinical coding that remains the primary vehicle for reporting clinical information for financial and quality purposes.  And finally that intelligence has to be effectively communicated to busy clinicians in an efficient and effective manner.  That’s our focus at eCatalyst!

eCatalysts’ CDI Services focus on four aspects of documentation improvement:
  • Improve physician engagement
  • Better support organizational goals
  • Maintain the query process required for coding under ICD-10
  • Allow for increased scope of review
  • Provide specific direction for EMR documentation capture
  • Improve the efficiency of the CDI program
  • Allow data to direct program focus
  • Leverage physician leadership
  • Demonstrate executive commitment
  • Provide meaningful feedback to individual physicians
We would be happy to meet with you and discuss how to launch or redesign your CDI program today.