CDI Conversations: Simplifying Complex Trauma Reviews

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CDI Conversations: Simplifying Complex Trauma Reviews

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CDI Conversations: Simplifying Complex Trauma Reviews

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Presented on:
Thursday, June 14, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern 

Presented by:
Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE
Kristie Perry, RN, MHSA, CCDS, CCS 

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All CDI professionals know how difficult working around providers’ busy schedules can be. Add in the stress and late nights of trauma cases, and you’ve got a recipe for chaos. Often, the more complex the trauma patient, the less documentation is captured. After all, when physicians are focused on saving a patient’s life, they’re much less concerned with documenting to the level of specificity required by the coding system and quality measures.

In this CDI Conversation, expert speakers Nicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE, and Kristie Perry, RN, MHSA, CCDS, CCS, will discuss the ins and outs of CDI trauma reviews, presenting practical tactics for physician engagement and effective query practices.

About CDI Conversations:
This new webinar format offers a detailed look at a CDI issue in an informal, easy-to-digest discussion, where subject matter experts share their experiences and offer tips to tackle ongoing challenges.

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the need to document severity and acuity of trauma patients
  • Identify common CDI query opportunities in trauma charts
  • Offer education to providers regarding trauma documentation
  • Describe official coding guidelines that apply to trauma cases
  • Apply evidence found in the medical record to formulate a compliant query

Who Should Listen?

  • CDI directors, managers and specialists
  • HIM directors and managers
  • Inpatient coders
  • Physician advisors
  • Hospital quality staff


  • Trauma patient acuity
    • Capturing accurate severity of illness and risk of mortality
    • Documented acuity versus real acuity
    • Capturing present on admission status
  • Trauma activation fees
    • What they are and why they’re important
    • How CDI can affect this area
  • Subsequent encounters after a trauma admission
    • Appropriate documentation of admission reasons
    • Coding concerns with sequelae and subsequent encounters
  • Trauma provider engagement
    • Building relationships
    • Writing and issuing effective written and verbal queries
    • Tactics for success
  • Live Q&A


  • Sample queries

Continuing Education

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS/CCDS)
(Live + On Demand) - This program has been approved for 1 continuing education unit towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS). (Ability to claim CEU’s for this webinar expires on: 06/13/2019) 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
(Nursing contact hours valid for live webcast participant only) - HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

This educational activity for 1 nursing contact hour is provided by HCPro.  

(Ability to claim nursing contact hours for this webinar expires on: 06/13/2019)

Meet the Speakers

Nicole FoxNicole Fox, MD, MPH, FACS, CPE, is the medical director of CDI and pediatric trauma at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. After receiving her medical degree from UMDNJ (now Rutgers) and a master’s in public health/health administration from the Rutgers School of Public Health, she trained in general surgery at Christiana Care. She then completed her fellowship training in surgical care at Cooper University Hospital. Currently, Fox leads a team of 13 RN CDI specialists who have achieved a 100% physician response rate to queries.


Kristie PerryKristie Perry, RN, MHSA, CCDS, CCS, is a CDI specialist at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Perry has 25 years of experience in nursing. Her primary clinical experience is in the ICU setting. In addition to her long career in nursing, she has been in the CDI world for 10 years, with focuses on trauma and critical care. She was also a member of the 2017 CDI Week Planning Committee.




Webinar system requirements and program materials:
To fully benefit from the webinar experience, please note you will need a computer equipped with the following: 

Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari, with JavaScript enabled
Internet: 56K or faster Internet connection (high-speed connection recommended)
Streaming: for audio/video streaming, Adobe Flash plug-in or Safari browser on iOS devices

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an email with detailed system requirements, your login information, presentation slides, and other materials that you can print and distribute to all attendees at your location.

No problem. The On-Demand version is also available. Use it as a training tool at your convenience—whenever your new or existing staff need a refresher or need to understand a new concept. Play it once or dozens of times. A $199 value! 

Participation in the webinar is just $199 per site. All materials must be retrieved from the Internet. 

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