Committing to ongoing professional growth
A program to improve clinical documentation includes people, processes and technology that work together. Providers need a well-rounded individual who can effectively articulate all of the pieces, including documentation requirements, code assignment, coding guidelines and quality reporting. CDI professionals come from a variety of backgrounds, most often from a HIM or nursing position. These pros need ongoing education that helps keep them familiar with documentation rules and regulations, as well as accreditation standards that affect timely documentation.