CDI leaders have been contemplating the same challenging question since CDI programs first appeared in health organizations: how many FTEs do we need to adequately staff our CDI teams?
Sitting side by side with a Clinical Documentation Specialist last week reviewing some records, I realized how much I hate reviewing a record and finding no reason to query. For me, the joy in CDI is finding the unspecified, the unwritten or even the undiagnosed. To me, this is how I’m able to utilize my knowledge and clinical expertise to support improving the quality of patient care. How often have you spent fifteen to twenty minutes searching through a record only to determine that there is not a query opportunity?