Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Francisca C. Farrar
Clinical documentation is at the center of a patient's medical record; this record contains all the information applicable to the care a patient receives in the hospital. The practice problem addressed in this project was the lack of clear, consistent, accurate, and complete patient medical records in a pediatric hospital. Although the occurrence of incomplete medical records has been a known issue for the project hospital, the issue was further intensified following the implementation of the 10th revision of International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) standard for documentation, which resulted in gaps in provider documentation that needed to be filled. Based on this, the researcher recommended a quality improvement project and worked with a multidisciplinary team from the hospital to develop an evidence-based documentation guideline that incorporated ICD-10 standard for documenting pediatric diagnoses. Using data generated from the guideline, an artificial intelligence (AI) was developed in the form of best practice advisory alerts to engage providers at the point of documentation as well as augment provider efforts. Rosswurm and Larrabee's conceptual framework and Kotter's 8-step change model was used to develop the guideline and design the project. A descriptive data analysis using sample T-test significance indicated that financial reimbursement decreased by 25%, while case denials increased by 28% after ICD-10 implementation. This project promotes positive social change by improving safety, quality, and accountability at the project hospital.