Health Information Management

Heal the divide between HIM and CDI

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 16, 2010

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Divisions between HIM and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) staff members are common. But in actuality, everyone needs to work together for the success of the whole.
 
“It’s not an us vs. them concept, it’s a we concept,” says Colleen Stukenberg, MSN, RN, CMSRN, CCDS, clinical documentation management professional at FHN Memorial Hospital in northern Illinois and author of Successful Collaboration in Healthcare: A Guide for Physicians, Nurses, and Clinical Documentation Specialists. “Our successes, our failures, all are ours together.”
 
In reality, it may take significant time to develop a respectful relationship between both groups of staff members. So how do you effectively promote collaboration and partnership in your facility?
 
Note: To read more, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have access to this article in the April issue of their newsletters.
 



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