ezDI, a leading provider of Computer-Assisted Coding, Automated CDI (Clinical Documentation Improvement), and clinical documentation services, has named Cheryl Ericson as the company’s Clinical Documentation Program Manager. Her effective start date was August 17th.
Ericson is a noted speaker and educator in the field of CDI and was previously the CDI Education Director for HCPro and Associate Director of Education for the Association for Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) where she developed and led the organization’s popular CDI, Advancing CDI and ICD-10 for CDI Boot Camps. She serves as a CDI subject matter expert for a variety of HCPro and ACDIS publications and has shared her expertise through speaking engagements for ACDIS, AHIMA, the American Hospital Association, the National Medicare RAC Summit, the National Medicare/Medicaid Summit, and the University Health System Consortium. She brings over 10 years of CDI and more than 25 years of Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) expertise to her new position. Ericson is also the author of Physician Documentation Improvement Pocket Guide, Third Edition.
“We’re thrilled to have someone of Cheryl’s caliber join us at ezDI,” said Chetan Parikh, CEO, ezDI. “Particularly as the ICD-10 implementation is about to begin, it’s critical that healthcare organizations have a compliant, comprehensive and collaborative approach to clinical documentation – one that both fosters more efficient reimbursement and frees medical professionals to provide an even higher level of care. With her experience as an RN, a CDI and her overall commitment to quality care, we’re confident Cheryl will provide the insight and feedback we’ll need to create an ideal clinical documentation solution.”
At ezDI, Ericson will be responsible for all Clinical Documentation initiatives, including an innovative approach to CDI that integrates all competing clinical data for both the inpatient and outpatient setting that can affect reimbursement, quality of care metrics and medical staff collaboration while keeping patient care at the forefront. As the CDI subject matter expert, she will work closely with ezDI’s product design team to define the technology elements that best support the company’s cloud-based suite of healthcare information management (HIM) products.
“Making sure the clinical scenario is represented accurately in the clinical data will be a primary focus for me,” said Ericson. “The coded data needs to fully reflect the complexity of the patient’s condition and the physician’s intent. How physicians speak about what they do often fails to correlate with terminology available within the code set. And coders can only code what’s been recorded. If there’s a disconnect between the physician’s intent and the coding, it affects the accuracy of the reimbursement as well as the organization’s CMS (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services) quality rating.”
Ericson’s time spent working with ezDI as a consultant prior to joining the company and her appreciation of its comprehensive software design motivated her to work with ezDI full-time: “ezDI’s CDI solution is revolutionary. It provides collaboration and harmony among people, processes, and systems to allow healthcare providers to focus on patient care, instead of semantics.
“We’re expanding the impact that CDI has on an entire organization from both a quality and reimbursement perspective. Most other companies incorporate CDI as an afterthought. At ezDI, CDI is integral to what we do. For example, CMS regulations, industry guidance and ICD-10 technology is already built into our workflow process, which will significantly help our customers remain compliant.”
Ericson said integrated features that solve real-world issues faced by healthcare providers every day make her particularly enthusiastic about ezDI’s approach. “I’m very excited about the way we’re leveraging technology,” she explained. “For example, our software lets people know exactly when records are ready for review. Coders and CDIs will not need to spend time searching for charts, determining if a doctor has updated the record, or waiting for doctors to validate their notes. We also have dynamic querying that’s more reflective of patient individuality because it is customized by the volume and totality of clinical information in the record with relevant diagnosis choices compliant with industry standards that result in higher provider response rates.”
Ericson will spearhead support services for ezDI clients helping them identify and resolve documentation gaps, providing customized training for their staff and assisting with the development of efficient workflow to leverage the full capabilities of the ezDI software.
“For me, this is a culmination of everything I’ve learned up to this point. I’m able to take all of my experience and use it to determine what I’d need and what workflow would be the best if I were working in this environment.”
Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer, can be reached in her Charleston, SC. Her email address: cericson (at) ezDI.us.
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