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Advisory Board nominations due today

We are currently seeking four new ACDIS members to join our advisory board in 2015. ACDIS advisors are important, volunteer positions that help shape the direction of the association and provide leadership and expertise for the membership. The term of service is a maximum of three years.

The deadline for returning completed applications is Monday, November 17, 2014. A nominating committee and the ACDIS membership will make final selections by January 2015.

The role and expectations of ACDIS advisory board members is described on the advisory board page.

Please fill out and submit the application form by clicking here.

Call for Advisory Board nominations open

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Consider volunteering for the ACDIS Advisory Board.

We are currently seeking four new ACDIS members to join our advisory board in 2015. ACDIS advisors are important, volunteer positions that help shape the direction of the association and provide leadership and expertise for the membership. The term of service is a maximum of three years.

The deadline for returning completed applications is Monday, November 17, 2014.

A nominating committee and the ACDIS membership will make final selections by January 2015. The role and expectations of ACDIS advisory board members is described on the advisory board page. If interested, please fill out and submit the application form. Thanks for your consideration of this important opportunity to serve our association.

ACDIS Position Paper available: Defining CDI roles and responsibilities

CMS says new date for ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation set for 2015.

New Position Paper defines CDI roles and responsibilities.

Struggling to define the role of a CDI specialist in your facility? Let us help with this complimentary position paper from ACDIS. This position paper seeks to clarify the role of the CDI specialist and provide guidance in developing appropriate policies, procedures, and job descriptions for CDI departments. The CDI specialist’s role is complex and requires expert knowledge of clinical care and applicable coding guidelines, as well as an ability to communicate effectively with the clinical care team.

Click here to read the entire position paper now.

2014 Advisory Board open voting begins; deadline to vote January 31!

If you are an ACDIS member please vote for four new volunteers to represent you on the Advisory Board.

If you are an ACDIS member please vote for four new volunteers to represent you on the Advisory Board.

Voting is now open for four ACDIS advisory board positions, for terms of service starting in 2014 through the end of 2016. Log on to the ACDIS website to select the four candidates you believe are the best fit for the association, and then cast your vote. You may only vote once.

The results of the election will be announced in early February.

ACDIS advisors are important, volunteer positions that help shape the direction of the association and provide leadership, expertise, and representation for the membership. The term of service is a maximum of three years.

The voting page includes the nominees’ background in CDI and information on why they are seeking election. The vote will close end of business day on Friday, January 31.

If you have any questions, please e-mail ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@hcpro.com.

Understand how HCC changes relate to physician quality scores, reimbursement

Tips for ICD-10 queries.

Tips for ICD-10 queries.

By James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP

Although most physicians have heard of DRGs with inpatient admissions, only those invested in accountable care organizations and independent practice associations are likely familiar with hierarchical conditions classifications (HCCs). Based on ICD-9-CM codes submitted by physicians or hospitals in a calendar year for documented diagnoses requiring assessment, management, or treatment, HCCs will significantly change in 2014 with additions and deletions as well as relative weight changes.

Physicians documentation will need to improve related to HCCs because one of the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is to encourage provider efficiency, defined by CMS as a ratio of observed to expected costs and outcomes for selected populations. And, to this end, CMS is developing efficiency measurement metrics that will influence reimbursement and may be reported on its Physician Compare website (http://tinyurl.com/ mnq89rh). These include:

  • CMS Episode Grouper for Medicare. Part of CMS’ Quality and Resource Use Reports, currently focused on cardiac conditions and pneumonia. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/2013CMSEG.
  • CMS Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier. Applicable to groups of 100 or more providers in calendar year (CY) 2015, potentially groups of 10 or more providers in CY2016, and all others in CY2017, its calculation involves the total per capita cost measure for Medicare fee-for-service and the Medicare spending per beneficiary models using CMS’ HCCs. Read more in the CY2014 CMS Proposed Physician Fee Schedule, available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR- 2013-07-19/pdf/2013-16547.pdf

Editor’s note: This article is an excerpt from the Featured Article on the ACDIS homepage and was originally published in the December 2013 edition of Medical Records Briefings. James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, CDIP, is president of CDIMD.com. A past ACDIS Advisory Board member, Kennedy is a general internist and certified coder, specializing in clinical effectiveness, medical informatics, and clinical documentation and coding improvement strategies. Contact him at 615-479-7021 or at jkennedy@cdimd.com.

Quarterly Conference Call for ACDIS members scheduled

Don't miss the November quarterly conference call for ACDIS members.

Don’t miss the November quarterly conference call for ACDIS members.

Our next quarterly conference call is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, from 1-2 p.m. ET. To access the call, please dial the toll-free number that was emailed to you.

If you did not receive the email dial-in information please email Penny Richards at prichards@cdiassociation.com at least one-day prior to the call.

Due to heavy call volume, please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the program. These calls are offered as a means for ACDIS members to network with one another and to discuss any clinical documentation improvement related issues.

We will have a few ACDIS Advisory Board members on the call as well. We encourage your comments, thoughts, and questions during the call. If you would like to submit a topic or question for discussion please email ACDIS Director Brian Murphy at bmurphy@cdiassociation.com