MedPartners realizes how important this development is currently and how it will be absolutely necessary and required in the near future. Marci Wilhelm, Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Partner of MedPartners HIM, says that the new division is a much needed focus that will support both its current clientele and new business partners. “With the nationwide implementation of electronic medical records systems, RAC audits and ICD-10 implementation looming over all of us in the Healthcare industry, accurate and timely documentation which used to be viewed strictly as a quality of care indicator, is now as crucial to the survival of a healthcare system as it is to the patient,” states Mrs. Wilhelm. George Klimis has been designated to lead this venture, along with recruiting expert Marc Sbraccia.
“We’ve spent the last year truly digging into and understanding the importance of CDI specialists and DRG validation experts to our current and prospective client base,” explains Mr. Klimis. “The bottom line, this is a discipline that is in need of a focused, concerted effort by MedPartners HIM to be the best service provider of these professionals. Teaming up with a well-networked expert like Marc Sbraccia will give our clients a tremendous edge personnel wise.” The new CDI and DRG Validation Services division will focus on supplying hospitals and health systems with both interim and long-term staffing solutions. This division will also provide resources for small CDI program implementation.
“We felt for years that HIM (Health Information Management) professionals were capable of adding a large amount of value to the CDI programs in hospitals,” added Mrs. Wilhelm. “However, they were often overlooked because of the market wide assumption that they do not have an adequate amount of clinical knowledge to communicate effectively with care providers. “As we’ve seen though our experiences in recent years that this is a huge misconception and HIM professionals are extremely underutilized in this arena.”