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Job Title: Clinical Documentation Specialist

Company: St Anthony Community Hospital

City/State: Warwick, NY

Category: Professional/Non-Clinical

Department: CDMP

Position: Full Time

Hours: 37.5

Shift: Days

Req #: 1496

Job Details:

Provides clinically based concurrent review of patient medical records to ensure documentation accurately reflects the level of clinical services, severity of illness and specificity of care. Responsibilities require interaction with physicians, nursing staff, medical records coding staff, compliance specialists and other healthcare providers to ensure that clinical information in the medical record is present and accurate so that the appropriate utilizations, clinical severity, outcomes and quality are captured for the level of service rendered and ensure compliant reimbursement of patient care services.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reviews and analyzes patient medical record to assess and procure accurate and complete documentation of patient diagnoses and procedures;
  • Notifies attending physician and house staff officers or other disciplines promptly of documentation requiring clarification;
  • Conducts follow-up reviews to ensure points of clarification have been addressed and recorded in the medical record and maintains an ongoing record of the results of each chart review, including responses to each intervention;
  • Compiles and documents chart findings in dedicated CDI database on a daily basis;
  • Translates diagnostic phrases utilized by healthcare providers into coded form and interacts with the healthcare provider to ensure that the terms have been translated correctly;
  • Maintains awareness of the continual changes in federal and state regulations for prospective payment;
  • Communicates with and educates members of the patient care team and clinical documentation team on an ongoing basis;
  • Serves as resource to physicians and other members of the healthcare team in matters relating to published DRG, SOI/ROM, ICD-9, ICD-10 and PCS information;
  • Facilitates ongoing education of staff in relation to chart documentation improvement techniques and practices;
  • Assists as necessary with review of the medical record post discharge to determine coding status;
  • Completes timely retrospective review for unanswered queries;
  • Facilitates complete discharge summaries;
  • Recommends strategies for improving record keeping processes;
  • Ensures all clinical documents are in compliance with federal laws in terms of composition and secure storage;
  • May review overall quality and completeness of coding by reconciling differences in the MS-DRG/APR-DRG assignment through comparison and analysis of the coding summary and CDI patient summary against the medical record documentation.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS / REQUIREMENTS:

Minimum of three years of healthcare experience required, strong medical/surgical background. Experience with Coding/DRG, billing, auditing and reimbursement is preferred. Clinician preferred with a CDIP/CCDS/CCS credential. RHIT/RHIA (Registered Health Information Technician/Administrator) preferred if not a registered nurse. If registered nurse, current/active license as a registered nurse in the state of residence or current /active RN license with the ability to transfer license to state of residence within three months of start preferred.

At least one of the following active certification/licenses required: CDIP: Clinical Documentation Improvement Practitioner, CCDS: Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist, CCS: Certified Coding Specialist, or equitable coding credential.

EDUCATION:

Bachelor’s degree in a healthcare field required.

OTHER:

High level of interpersonal and communication skills necessary to establish rapport with physicians and other healthcare providers.MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) knowledge is expected. Chart review experience required. Cerner Millennium Electronic Medical Record and 3M CDI Software experience is preferred. Regulatory background and DRG reimbursement knowledge preferred.

If applicable, the individual performing this job may reasonably anticipate coming into contact with human blood and other potentially infections materials. Individuals in this position are required to exercise universal precautions, use personal protective equipment and devices, and learn the policies concerning infection control. 

About Us:

St Anthony Community Hospital

For over 75 years, St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, has been serving the residents of Orange County, NY, and New Jersey’s Sussex and Passaic counties with outstanding and compassionate care. The 60-bed hospital has been a primary resource for emergency, medical, surgical, obstetrical/gynecological and acute-care services. Also on campus is the Mount Alverno Center, a state-approved adult home with an assisted-living program serving 85 residents, and Schervier Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility dedicated to the highest standard of healthcare excellence.

Due to a recent upgrade in our online applicant tracking system, anyone who has previously applied for a position with St. Anthony Community Hospital will be required to reapply.

With this recent upgrade to our system, all previous applications are no longer accessible by the WMCHealth Recruitment Team. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding during our efforts to upgrade our systems to be able to provide a better candidate experience.