The ICD-10 transition is driving hospitals to boost clinical documentation. But regardless of how the CMS decides on the compliance deadline, hospitals can use clinical documentation improvement to meet quality measures, enhance care delivery and manage revenue, which is key to seeing a demonstrable return on investment both now and after implementing ICD-10. "Even without ICD-10, there is a very strong case for CDI," writes Carl Natale, citing Mark Morsch of OptumInsight.

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