Ashley Ezell, MBA, BSN, RN, CCDS, CCA
Cook Children’s Hospital
Ashley Ezell is CCDS certified CDI specialist and recently completed her Coding Certification as well. She has over 30 years of nursing experience as a registered nurse and obtained her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Alabama and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix.
Ashley has a robust scope of nursing experience with positions held as a Clinical Documentation Specialist in Acute Care, Pediatrics, and Long Term Acute Care (LTAC). On the flip side of this, she has held positions as Recovery Audit Contractor and Compliance Auditor for Inpatient Rehabilitation. Her other specialties include Urgent Care Clinic Management and Call Center Operations Management for a large regional Ambulance Service. Lastly, certainly not least and the foundation of her career, clinical nursing in Urgent Care, Emergency Department, and Pediatrics.
Over the last 18 years, Ashley has specialized in clinical documentation integrity as a consultant and principal team member for many of the nation’s leading pediatric and acute care hospitals. She has implemented several highly successful pre-bill audit programs which involve a comprehensive review of diagnosis and procedure coding, accuracy of POA (Present on Admission) status, and clinical validation before payors are billed.
Her unique processes address accuracy of surgical complications and mortality rates, thereby reducing observed to expected statistics, all of which impact hospital comparative data. She enjoys the challenges of implementing a new CDI program from the ground up and also performing CDI and coding audits for an established program. She excels in providing denial management services for hospitals with a focus on unique case characteristics with payor behavior in mind. Her wheelhouse also includes physician evaluation and management services audits.
Ashley’s nursing heart belongs in Guaimaca, Honduras, where she volunteers yearly on medical mission trips as a part of a team providing critical life-saving surgeries to underserved communities in need. She is looking forward to planning her next mission trip as she is eager to continue giving back and thankful for the opportunity to share her skills and passion with those who need it most.