One of the major steps in ensuring that your CDI Professionals are performing optimallyis to provide an atmosphere for learning that is both encouraging and up to date. There are many ways to accomplish this but we will cover just a few here. First encourage your CDIs, whether their focus is Inpatient or Outpatient, tomaintainmembership inone or more national professional healthcare associations and their local counterparts. This providesthem with access to the most up-to-date clinical information, ICD-10-Guideline information and clarification and much more in the form ofnewsletters, white papers, and webinars by top professionals in the industry.
Think about the ROI when you invest in your staff, including time off and reimbursement for professional memberships and activities. Second, encourage your CDSs to become Certified Clinical Documentation Specialists (CCDS) or Certified Clinical Documentation Specialists-Outpatient (CCDS-O) through the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)and/or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) andtheir Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP). These certifications validate your CDSs commitment to excellence and encourages them to self-educate and remain current at all times.
Third, once your CDI staff is certified or preparing forcertification, afford them opportunities to earn the Continuing Education Units (CEUs)to not only maintain their credentials but to elevate their performance as a CDS confident in their knowledge level. Of course, another way to ensure that your CDI staff is performing optimallyis to let MedPartners, a leader in CDI staffing, program implementation and Mid-Revenue Cycle solutions, provide you with the best, most experienced and dedicated CDSs in the industry