Clinical Documentation Improvement and Compliance Topic at Case Managers’ Meeting

Bethlehem, PA (PRWEB) December 26, 2008

Dr. Ruthann Russo, author of A Compelling Case for Clinical Documentation ( and creator of the CAMP Method training system and Joseph J. Russo, Esq., compliance attorney presented to the Mid-Atlantic chapter of the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) on Wednesday, December 10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. The theme of the presentation was, “Clinical Documentation Programs and the CAMP Method: How Case Managers Can Benefit.”


Dr. Ruthann Russo described how working through a hospital’s physicians, and not around them is the most effective method in achieving high quality clinical documentation. Using the CAMP Method for clinical documentation involves coaching, asking, mastering, and peer learning, and Dr. Russo talked about each of these pieces and how to use them.


Atty. Joseph Russo discussed some of the U.S. Office of the Inspector General’s recent investigations of clinical documentation programs.


Mid-Atlantic chapter president, Kathryn Sletten, noted, “The case for clear and complete clinical documentation was effectively presented along with the need for enhanced education for clinicians and medical administrators. The CAMP Method offers an opportunity to facilitate this training in a concise, effective manner and provided valuable insight into an alternative educational method.”


Other sections of the presentation included how to identify clinical documentation synergies with the electronic medical record and how to achieve strategic alignment with the hospital’s medical staff using clinical documentation practices.


About Dr. Ruthann Russo:

Ruthann Russo, PhD, JD, MPH, RHIT is a Managing Director with Navigant Consulting and a Partner in the law firm of Russo & Russo, LLP based in New York City and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has been working in and advising healthcare organizations and their medical staffs for over 20 years. Previously the chief executive officer of HP3, Inc., HP3 Research Institute, and Cabot Marsh, Dr. Russo has written seven books addressing the industry-wide issues of documentation, coding, and compliance in healthcare. She also wrote Mindful Healthcare: The Conscious Person’s Guide to Living in Harmony with the U.S. Healthcare System. She created the HealthMap program to help healthcare consumers proactively create a vision and plan for their care.


About Atty. Joseph J. Russo:

Attorney Joseph J. Russo is founder and Senior Partner of the law firm of Russo & Russo, LLP. The firms’ practice areas include personal injury, wrongful death, corporate law, employment law, healthcare law, and criminal defense. He is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals (3rd Circuit). Mr. Russo is member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice and Health Law Sections, as well as the Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Mr. Russo is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL). He was a founding board member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA).


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