Corrine Byrd, HIM Clinical Documentation Manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center, manages a team made up of nurses, professional nurses, and professional health information management (HIM) coders, a good mix for a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) team since they are able to learn from each other’s different backgrounds. Ms. Byrd shares her insights on running an effective CDI program, including “knowing your institution” to better bridge the gaps in documentation that may be unique to your facility’s specialties, offering provider education that helps physicians present a clear picture of the patient in diagnostic terms that can be coded, and ensuring clear communication between the CDI specialists and the providers.
Debi Primeau, RHIA, FAHIMA, President of Primeau Consulting Group spoke with himagine about learning from “online Goliaths,” such as Disney and Princess Cruises, and applying their best practices to healthcare. “What we need to do in healthcare is to be able to take the data and be able to make it usable. And to be able to move forward … to analyze the data and help people improve their health.” In this podcast, Ms. Primeau provides a blueprint for implementing information governance (IG) practices that can improve financial performance as well as patient outcomes.
Tamara Walcott, RHIA, CHPS, Health Information Director, HIPAA Privacy Officer at Nevada State Veterans Home joins himagine Radio to discuss the unique challenges faced by long-term care facilities. Many times, ICD-10 codes make it difficult to “paint the picture” of a long-term care patient’s medical condition. With an aging population, HIM departments in long-term care facilities are going to need more support and resources to help ensure that medical records are accurate. Ms. Walcott also discusses unique HIPAA challenges in a long-term care environment. Things as simple as posting a resident’s picture outside his or her room can become a HIPAA question. Listen in to learn more about her challenges and experiences.