Many healthcare organizations as part of their ICD-10 preparation work have used clinical documentation improvement software to enhance the specification of physician documentation, which aids in selecting the appropriate code to maximize reimbursement.

But having better documentation goes way beyond payment benefits by directly improving diagnoses, which improves care quality, says Katherine Lusk, chief health information management and exchange officer at Children’s Health in Dallas. Lusk made the comments during an interview at the AHIMA Convention in New Orleans on Monday.

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