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Clinical Documentation Specialist - RN

RIVERVIEW MEDICAL CENTER Borough of Red Bank, New Jersey
  • Requisition # 2024-143597
  • ShiftDay
  • StatusFull Time with Benefits


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The Clinical Documentation Specialist RN facilitates improvement in the overall quality, completeness and accuracy of medical record documentation for assigned hospital/s of Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH). 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 the patient care team on documentation guidelines, on an on-going basis. 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. 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.


A day in the life of a Clinical Documentation Specialist RN at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • 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 the 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 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 3M 360 worksheet to reflect additional physician documentation, lab findings, diagnostic test results and treatment as appropriate.
  • Updates 3M 360 worksheet to reflect any changes in DRG and/or APR assignment.
  • Communicates with physicians to ensure that requests for documentation have been noted.
  • Confers with physicians 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 the patient's chart.
  • As appropriate, documents and analyzes data and reports instances of inappropriate patient care, discharge delays, etc. to leaders of Health Information.
  • Follows established department 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 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 physicians to place patients in appropriate status.
  • CDS must attend/participate in Multidisciplinary Rounds (MDR) of their designated/assigned unit.
  • Communicates with physicians when screening criteria is not met for inpatient and requests additional documentation if appropriate.
  • Reviews concurrent and post coding pre-billing medical record for completeness and accuracy for severity of illness (SOI) using the Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP) documentation strategies.
  • Initiates 3M 360 severity worksheet for inpatients.
  • Requests documentation clarification as appropriate for SOI.
  • Assesses all appropriate admissions for POA documentation of: a. Pressure ulcers. b. Vascular-catheter associated infections. c. Indwelling urinary catheter associated infections. d. Surgical Site infection (mediastinitis). e. DVT, Pulmonary embolus. f. Risk for falls.
  • Documents assessments in the medical record.
  • Initiates core measure review as indicated for specific clinical topics: a. AMI. b. Pneumonia. c. Heart Failure d. Stroke e. Severe Sepsis & Septic Shock f. Upon identification of Core Measures, follow and adhere to CDMP Core Measures protocols. g. Upon identification of Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), follow PSI flowsheet and adhere to CDMP® protocols.
  • Provides ongoing education to ED and admitting physicians regarding appropriate documentation and criteria for admission, observation, and level of care to comply with federal and state mandates. Uses Milliman and Medicare and other appropriate resources.
  • Maintains liaison with the inpatient case manager and communicates necessary follow up.
  • Maintains liaison with inpatient CDS and provides report summary.
  • Performs other duties and/or projects as assigned.
  • Adheres to HMH Organizational competencies and standards of behavior.


Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Graduation from a bachelor's level program of Nursing (or in select cases, may allow to obtain within 2 years of hire).
  • Minimum of 5 or more years of recent clinical experience, preferably in Medical/Surgical Critical Care, Intensive Care or Emergency Room Care.
  • Ability to interact well with physicians and other members of allied health care teams, including HIM coders.
  • Must be computer literate and have working knowledge and familiarity of Google and/or Microsoft based software programs/applications.
  • 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 the 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.

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Advanced Practice Degree.
  • ICU, CCU and/or strong Medical/Surgical experience.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

  • Current state Registered Nurse license.
  • Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) or certification within two (2) years of eligibility. 


If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!      

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At Hackensack Meridian Health, we help our patients live better, healthier lives – and we help one another succeed. Here, competitive benefits are just the beginning. It’s also about how our team members support one another and how we show up for our community. Together, we’re ready to transform health care and advance our mission to serve as a leader of positive change.


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