ing to Kristi Fahy, RHIA, who is an account executive at DVS, a
premier partner of Dolbey. She says providers who aren’t using
CAC are leaving money on the table. “Pay-for-performance and
quality based on VBP… all those initiatives have to have good
coding otherwise they’re not going to get reimbursed appropriately,” Fahy says.
She notes that one Dolbey client with nine hospitals went
from coding 20 inpatient charts per hour to 30 charts per hour
with CAC. They had similar improvement in emergency department coding, which improved from 100 charts per hour to 175
charts per hour with CAC.
“The data is really there to show that productivity. The same
site had an external auditor come in and the auditors confirmed
that the quality had really improved with the codes,” Fahy says.
Asked if facilities with CAC are better off than facilities without, SLG Consulting’s Goodman says it depends on how well
CAC is implemented and monitored by credentialed coders.
“The reality is that while CAC is excellent at analyzing key
words and suggesting codes, human intervention is still necessary, and as with any successful implementation, it always
comes down to three things: people, process, and technology,”
Goodman says. “If these are integrated appropriately, then CAC
can work effectively.” ¢
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