As with other organizational policies and procedures, policies on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) will improve communication and promote a successful, organized process. Clinical documentation Improvement has the goal of complete and accurate health record documentation that reflects the actual care and treatment provided during a healthcare visit, appointment or stay, and it is commonly executed via queries to the physician/provider that seek clarification or expansion on documentation that has been recorded in the medical record by that physician/provider. After the documentation is then concluded via the CDI query process, the patient record is forwarded to coding so that coding is completed after documentation is finalized in the CDI process.
To prepare the CDI policy, locate policies, procedures and guidelines provided for benchmarking in Module 01 under Benchmarking Resources. Alternatively, you may research policies, guidelines and standards on CDI on your own to use as a benchmark. Then create a facility policy on Clinical Documentation Improvement. Include at minimum:
The completed CDI policy should be 1 page. Create your own policy, do not copy from a resource and clearly identify all resources used for the policy creation.
Benchmarking against other organizations polices and/or available guidelines is an important step in the process of developing or revising polices and guidelines for a healthcare organization. Below is a list of benchmarking resources links to policies and guidelines and standards which relate to the topics you will be preparing policies for during the course project. You may select from the list for sources you would use to benchmark in each module and cite those that you use as a reference at the end of your policy or you may research policies, guidelines and standards on your own to use as a benchmark.
An additional source to perform you own external review of policies, procedures, guidelines and standards is through:
Textbook: Health Information Management Concept, Principles and Practice – Appendix D Web Resource