CDI is continuously evolving
Sharon shares how CDI started out as a tool for looking at revenue, optimizing DRGs (Diagnosis Related Groups) and capturing co-morbid conditions. However, today, it also focuses on integral pieces of care that impact patient care like:
Patient site indicators
Severity of illness
Risk of mortality
In Sharon’s role, she works on big-picture issues that shape patient care with physicians, the billing department, case management for medical necessity, prior authorization and more. If her staff can’t find an answer, she digs into the records and looks at the original coding to help them find what they are looking for or communicate more effectively with the physician.