Facilitates improvement in the overall quality, completeness and accuracy of medical record documentation. Obtains and promotes appropriate clinical documentation through extensive interaction with physicians, nursing staff, other patient caregivers, Health Information Management Department coding staff, and Emergency Trauma Department (ETD), to ensure clinical documentation reflects the level of service rendered to patients is complete and accurate. Educates all members of patient care team on documentation guidelines, on an on-going basis.
The CDS reviews and screens ED inpatient admissions and observations as specified by the facility's Utilization Management/Review Committee for documentation completeness and compliance with patient status. Facilitates accurate documentation for severity of illness and medical necessity.
Interacts with physicians, case managers, and nursing staff and provides guidance and recommendations for admission or observation disposition. The CDS assesses patients for present-on-admission (POA) conditions to ensure accurate documentation, regarding hospital acquired conditions (HAC). Communicates the transfer of appropriate concurrent information to the inpatient Case Managers and the Clinical Documentation Specialists (CDS), assigned to the unit.
Responsibilities Facilitates appropriate clinical documentation to ensure the level of services and acuity of care are accurately reflected in the medical record. Performs admission reviews for specific patient populations using clinical documentation guidelines.
Assists in medical screening process by documenting appropriateness of patient admission, working DRG & LOS information on worksheet and computer system as appropriate. Extensively reviews all physician and clinical documentation, lab results, diagnostic information and treatment plans and captures appropriate information on CDMP / 3M 360 worksheet. Utilizes clinical skills to identify documentation opportunities that reflect severity of illness, acuity and resource consumption.
Verbally communicates with appropriate physician(s) to ensure documentation opportunities are clarified. Communicates with ancillary personnel (e.g., PT, ET) to clarify potential documentation opportunities. Updates DRG worksheet to reflect any changes in patient status, procedures/treatments, and confers with physician to finalize diagnoses.
Reviews medical record every 24-48 hours as appropriate. Updates CDMP / 3M 360 worksheet to reflect additional physician documentation, lab findings, diagnostic test results and treatment as appropriate. Updates CDMP / 3M 360 worksheet to reflect any changes in DRG and/or APR assignment.
Communicates with physician to ensure that request for documentation has been noted. Confers with physician to establish appropriate severity of illness and ensure documentation of principal diagnosis, comorbid conditions, complications and procedures. Conducts follow-up reviews of clinical documentation to ensure issues discussed and clarified with the physician have been documented in patient's chart.
As appropriate, documents and analyzes data and reports instances of inappropriate patient care, discharge delays, etc. to Director of Health Information. Follows established CDMP process for follow-up reviews and physician communication. Reviews clinical issues with coding staff to assign working DRG using software.
Collaborates with coding staff as needed to determine appropriate DRG and required documentation. Utilizes coding staff knowledge of Coding Clinics that impact CDMP. Provides clinical expertise and references to the coding staff.
Follows established guidelines for reconciling final coded DRG with the CDMP DRG assigned at the time of discharge. Stays current with and conducts on-going clinical documentation management program education for new staff, including new clinical documentation specialists, physicians and nursing and allied health professionals. Tracks and trends program compliance.
Attends and participates in weekly educational conferences. Participates in concurrent performance improvement activities and on-going MR review activities. Reviews CDMP / 3M 360 tracking data in conjunction with established benchmarks.
Provides overview of CDMP to new staff, allied health professionals and physicians. Maintains positive and open communications with physicians, interdisciplinary care team members, coding staff, Coding Compliance Manager, Department Director and Emergency Trauma Dept. Screens ED inpatient admissions and observations determining the necessity and appropriateness of hospitalizations using facility criteria.
Recommends admission or observation disposition to the ED physician in accordance to the screening. Collaborates with admitting physician to place patient in appropriate status. CDS must attend/participate in Multidisciplinary Rounds (MDR) of their designated/assigned unit.
Communicates with physician when screening criteria is not met for inpatient and requests additional documentation if appropriate. Reviews medical record for completeness and accuracy for severity of illness (SOI) using the Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP) documentation strategies. Initiates CDMP / 3M 360 severity worksheet for inpatients.
Qualifications 10+ years of experience reviewing and screening inpatient admissions and observations or equivalent experience. Experience assessing patients and improving the quality and ensuring compliance of medical records documentation or equivalent experience. Ability to interact well with physicians and other members of allied health care team, including HIM coders. Must be computer literate, have working knowledge and familiarity of Microsoft Word and Excel/Windows based software programs.Must possess excellent communication, organizational, analytical, writing and interpersonal skills.Dependable, self-directed and pleasant.Critical thinking, problem solving and deductive reasoning skills.Recent hospital experience.Knowledge of Pathophysiology and Disease Process.Knowledge of Medicare Part A.Familiar with Medicare Part B.Knowledge of regulatory environment.Understand and support CDMP documentation strategies.Knowledge of POA/HAC and core measures.Knowledge of Observation and Inpatient medical necessity.Knowledge of regulatory requirements for appropriateness of admissions.
Knowledge, Education and Skills Preferred:
ICU, CCU, or strong Med/Surg. experience.
Hackensack University Medical Center