Archive for January 2022

CDI technology – Part 2

This episode continues an examination of CDI software, considering how best to use the technology and take into account the need for critical thinking beyond it. Cutting-edge automation does not replace the skills of CDI specialists and coders.

 

Guest speaker:
Rachel Mack, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, CRC
Consulting Director, Clinical Documentation
Vizient

 

Moderator:
Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality
Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:49] Essentials to keep in mind when using CDI software technology during concurrent review

[02:10] Origins of CDI technology

[03:30] Virtual versus in-person

[04:13] Interrelationship of CDI specialists and coders

[06:10] The perfect marriage

[07:22] Keys to success

[09:04] Partnering with physicians

 

Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com

Rachel Mack’s contact email: rachel.mack@vizientinc.com

What is CDI and how does it impact you? (AAPM) Click here

Addressing Provider Clinical Documentation Challenges: New Technology Solutions Improve Accuracy (Vizient) Click here

Vizient’s CDI App Click here

What Does a Clinical Documentation Specialist Do Day-to-Day? Click here

 

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CDI technology – Part 1

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) is crucial for full and accurate reimbursement and reduced compliance risks. Many software programs provide automation to assist coding and prioritization. However, clinical documentation specialists (CDSs) and coding professionals need to use these enhanced software tools along with critical thinking skills to take advantage of query opportunities. On this episode, we’ll discuss how to effectively use CDI technology.

 

Guest speaker:

Rachel Mack, MSN, CCDS, CDIP, CCS, CRC

Consulting Director, Clinical Documentation

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Principal, Clinical Operations and Quality

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[01:40] Each physician document holds importance for the patient

[02:10] Origins of CDI technology

[03:21] CDI technology today: advantages and drawbacks

[06:28] Example: when there’s a need to avoid technology dependence

[07:43] Need for critical thinking apart from the technology

[09:48] Choose the software well

 

Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com

Rachel Mack’s contact email: rachel.mack@vizientinc.com

What is CDI and how does it impact you? (AAPM) Click here

Addressing Provider Clinical Documentation Challenges: New Technology Solutions Improve Accuracy (Vizient) Click here

Vizient’s CDI App Click here

What Does a Clinical Documentation Specialist Do Day-to-Day? Click here

 

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Update on MACRA Rule 2022 – Part 3

This episode is the final in the series on the final MACRA Rule for 2022. An excerpt from the recent Medical Leadership Series webcast, the discussion on this episode focuses on MIPS Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) , new performance category percentages, the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and other issues.

 

Guest speakers:

Valinda Rutledge, MBA, MSN

Senior Advisor, Sg2

Vizient

 

Madeleine McDowell, MD

Principal and Medical Director, Sg2

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Principal

Clinical Operations and Quality

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:30] MIPS Accountable Care Organization changes and the CMS web interface

[04:41] Need to look at Business Associate Agreements (BAAs)

[05:09] Standard performance of ACOs – changes and the new threshold

[07:11] Chance that some ACOs may not achieve savings at all

[07:41] Issues around the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)

[10:20] Key insights overall

 

Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice: modernpracticepodcast@vizientinc.com

Maddie McDowell’s contact email: madeleine.mcdowell@vizientinc.com

Valinda Rutledge’s contact email? valinda.rutledge@vizientinc.com

Program handout from December 8, 2021 Vizient Medical Leadership Series webcast: Click here

Link to December 8 webcast: Click here

 

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