Everyone should be in full preparation mode for the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. Part of that preparation should include evaluation and redefining the clinical documentation value chain. A value chain is a series of activities that are performed in order to deliver a valuable product or service for the organization. I think it is safe to say that the medical data in the clinical documentation you possess is valuable. The ICD-10 Monitor brought this news to our attention in their article, “The ICD-10 Countdown: What Is Your Strategy?”
The clinical documentation value chain consists of physician documentation, a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, and coding and compliance processes, with the end goal of developing an integrated and streamlined process that is focused on the integrity of the clinical documentation. This doesn’t stop at the initial evaluation. It cuts across the entire continuum of care, utilizing complete and electronic physician documentation methods.
Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which healthcare providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Training is very important for a successful implementation. That is why Access Integrity provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services.
Melody K. Smith
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