Improved Documentation

April 2008
hfm (Healthcare Financial Management);Apr2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, Special section p1
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The article focuses on the need for improving clinical documentation in U.S. hospitals. It mentions the name of several hospitals including Sun Health Boswell Hospital in Sun City, Arizona. It is stated that the major reasons for improper documentation are declining payments and their appearance in public data. Another hospital is Sentara Healthcare system in Norfolk, Virginia, which introduced Medicare Severity DRGs (MS-DRGs) to make sure that external databases are complete and precise. Also mentioned are ways in which clinical documentation can be improved which includes that physicians should be involved in the documentation program, they should be provided training about the demands for greater specificity in their documentation and gathering data by regular monitoring.


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