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New survey: CDI productivity and program structure

Dear CDI professionals and ACDIS members,

Please take a few minutes to participate in this CDI program structure and productivity survey. In it, we ask questions regarding your CDI program’s reporting structure, the number of record reviews you perform and whether your facility plans to hire new CDI staff to respond to the documentation and training needs associated with ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation. Your responses will illustrate program structure and productivity trends across the country. We hope the results will help you draw meaningful comparisons with other CDI programs across the country and build a case for hiring additional staff.

To participate in the survey, click here.

2013 CDI Salary Survey shows compensation growth

The 2013 CDI Salary Survey released in October shows career growth

The 2013 CDI Salary Survey released in October shows career growth

Of the more than 700 individuals who responded to the 2013 CDI salary survey, most respondents (25.2%) earn $60,000–$69,999 annually. Although that’s down slightly from the 2012 survey results in which 25.9%  reported earning that amount, it’s not bad news. Why? The number of individuals earning $10,000 less ($50,000–$59,999) decreased by 4% while the number of individuals reportedly earning $10,000 more ($70,000–$79,999) increased by nearly the same percentage, illustrating a clear upward shift in salaries.

In addition, this year’s salary survey shows clear growth in CDI career paths and compensation with managers/directors earning more, with those with advanced schooling earning more, and those with advanced certifications earning more as well.

Furthermore, this year’s report provides analysis of CDI salaries by state, region, municipality type.

ACDIS members have complete access to the survey results in the October edition of the CDI Journal.

Free ICD-10 Benchmarking Report available

The Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist (ACDIS) 2013 ICD-10 Preparation Survey provides a compelling snapshot of where CDI departments stand regarding the impending Oct. 1, 2014 implementation date of ICD-10. More than 180 CDI specialists answered questions on their overall readiness for ICD-10, their biggest areas of concern, their anticipated additional volume of physician queries, and their staff and physician training timetables.

The data in the ACDIS ICD-10 Preparation Survey contains important and surprising results. For example, 61% of respondents indicated they have an ICD-10 implementation committee in place, yet only 39% indicated that their CDI manager/director is a “key leader” in implementation efforts, and only 55% indicated that their facility HIM manager plays such a role.

Non-ACDIS members have limited time access to this special report.

2013 Query benchmarking report available

Please help us by taking a few minutes to respond to the latest physician query survey.

The latest physician query benchmarking report is now available.

It has been three years since ACDIS last surveyed its membership about physician query practices. In 2010, 382 CDI professionals participated. This year’s survey garnered 517 respondents, primarily CDI specialists.

“That’s really a tremendous response rate,” says Drew K. Siegel, MD, CPC, CDI specialist at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

The 35-question survey illustrates the importance of the physician query as the primary tool driving CDI efforts, but also demonstrates wide differences regarding query assessment, compliance, and policy review.

“The responses are actually quite varied, so there’s evidence that the query process [across facilities] is clearly not standardized,” says ACDIS Advisory Board member Timothy N. Brundage, MD, CCDS, physician champion at Kindred Hospital North Florida District in St. Petersburg.

That said, the 2013 survey does show some interesting trends, according to fellow ACDIS Advisory Board member Walter Houlihan, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CDI specialist at Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass.

“It is good to know that so many of us have the same challenges and needs when it comes to physician queries,” he says.

Editor’s Note: ACDIS members have access to the complete report in the July 2013 edition of the CDI Journal. The text of the report is available to all under the Featured Article section of the ACDIS homepage through the end of the week, August 23.

CDI Week industry survey open: Participate now

CDI Week

CDI Week

Every year, in honor of the national recognition week for CDI professionals—CDI Week—The Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) hosts a comprehensive “Industry Outlook Survey.”

The survey includes more than 30 questions on topics ranging from ICD-10 implementation, physician engagement, electronic health record implementation, and career advancement.

The results of the survey will be posted and publicly available on the CDI Week portion of the ACDIS website.

The third annual CDI Week celebrations take place September 15-21, 2013. Please take a few minutes to complete the 37-question survey by clicking here.

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ACDIS releases ICD-10 CDI benchmarking report

How many records should you review in a day? The answer isn't easy.

Most CDI professionals say they have not begun to query for ICD-10 specificity.

According to the results of the ACDIS 2013 ICD-10 Preparation Survey, 56% of respondents indicated their facilities had performed a formal assessment of their ICD-10 readiness. Considering the back-and-forth debate that took place in late 2011 and early 2012 regarding a possible implementation delay, “that’s pretty good,” says ACDIS advisory board member Susan Belley, M.Ed., RHIA, CPHQ, project manager at 3M HIS Consulting Services in Atlanta.

By this time next year, most facilities will be in the throes of preparation for the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Some liken the challenge to the hype that surrounded Y2K. For those who do not remember that much-publicized event, all the computers all over the world were essentially supposed to stop working at the start of the new millennium due to a glitch in the system. Yet, no doubt because of the behind-the-scenes efforts of countless computer gurus, the world continued on. Similarly, facilities that “turn the clock” on October 1, 2014, and enter the new millennium of ICD-10-CM/PCS will need to rely on the efforts of CDI and coding professionals.

For those who have not started preparations yet, the most important thing to remember is “don’t panic,” says Rebecca “Ali” Williams, RN, BSN, CCDS, senior CDI consultant at United Audit Systems, Inc., in Cincinnati. “Just focus. Go ahead and code some records in ICD-10-CM/PCS and get a feel for it, see what’s different. Over time, with repeated use, coders and CDI staff will begin to feel more comfortable. Over time, it will become second nature,” Williams says.

Editor’s Note: ACDIS members have access to the complete report in the July edition of the CDI Journal.