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Nuance in Healthcare Podcasts: Episode 9

Advanced Practice CDI decreases mortality rates with Janice Cromer

Episode 9

Episode summary

CDI decreases a site’s mortality rate

A favorite success story of Janice’s was when she was building a new CDS team at a hospital. There were only five on the team, but they built out a strong set of standards, processes, and goals. Once they implemented these checkpoints, they saw improvements in the following areas:

1. Their mortality rate became more accurate and dropped from 1.7 to 0.8. Today, it has decreased to 0.62.

2. Increased collaboration between the coding team and CDS team which impacted the hospital’s Leapfrog and CNS star ratings.

She also emphasizes how a CDS can bring a new perspective when searching for the root cause of a patient’s symptoms. A CDS is able to really dig into a patient’s chart, read between the lines of the physician’s notes, and piece the puzzle together.

13:01 “We’re not caregivers or care providers, we can kind of stand outside that box and observe and look at all of the details and sometimes maybe have an ah-ha moment and share it with someone where it would make a difference in a patient’s life.”

This accuracy and detail is so important when there are a number of professionals looking at a patient’s chart. The more accurate the chart is, the better clinical picture the rest of the team will see.