A well guided thought out directed mission is paramount to driving and ensuring success in any professional role and this is particularly holds true for the profession of clinical documentation improvement (CDI). In my travels as a consultant and in speaking with numerous CDI colleagues I have become convinced that the major limiting factors in clinical documentation improvement effectiveness and outcomes is the targeted mission of the profession preventing optimal sustainable achievement of consistent documentation excellence. With the rapid evolution in healthcare delivery models and emphasis upon quality, value, cost effective outcomes, patient centredness, and healthcare prevention, all impacted by the accuracy and completeness of clinical documentation and derived data, the imperativeness of a thoughtful well designed meaningful mission of CDI cannot be overemphasised.
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