As more hospitals adopt EHRs over paper records, the amount of data stored electronically steadily increases. However, the usefulness of this data diminishes if it does not translate to meaningful information that hospitals can use for operations surrounding registration, treatment, billing, coding, and research.
Phase 2 of OCR's HIPAA audit program is coming down the pipeline, and although privacy and security officers are typically tasked with all things HIPAA, there's a seat at the table for HIM when it comes to preparing for audits.
Educating coders and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) specialists on CMS claims-based measures is essential in today's value-based payment environment. Empowered with an understanding of measure specifications and risk adjustment methodologies, a strong CDI program can effectively address opportunities to improve quality profiles and associated hospital revenue.