The University of Texas Medical Branch RN Clinical Documentation Specialist - Clinical Data Management (Galveston) in Galveston, Texas

Min Qualifications


  • RN; BSN preferred or MD. Minimum of 5 years inpatient clinical experience. Advanced clinical expertise and extensive knowledge of complex disease processes with broad clinical experience in an inpatient setting. Preferred critical care, emergency department or strong medical surgical experience. CCDS certification a plus. With expectation of obtaining CCDS or CDIP within 2 years.
  • OR: RHIA/RHIT with five years inpatient coding experience and documented education in anatomy/physiology and pharmacology. With expectation of obtaining CCDS or CDIP within 2 years.

  • *Licensure/Certification: *Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse or CCS

JOB SUMMARY:Responsible for the overall improvement of the quality and accuracy of medical record documentation through interaction with physicians, members of the patient care team and hospital coding staff. Ensures clinical documentation accurately reflects the appropriate level of service provided, severity of illness, and risk of mortality of each patient. Successfully facilitates the accurate representation of patient status that translates into coded data.

Salary Range

The salary range for this position is from $61, 600 to $92, 400 annually, commensurate with experience.

This position is a pay Band Code CS21

Specific Job Related Duties

  • Concurrently review inpatient admissions to identify opportunities to clarify missing or incomplete documentation.
  • Collaborate with providers, case managers, coders, and other healthcare team members to facilitate comprehensive health record documentation that reflects clinical treatment, decisions, diagnoses, and interventions.
  • Understand the general flow of health information from medical record documentation and discharge, through coding, to billing and finally to data reporting.
  • Utilize the hospital’s designated clinical documentation system to conduct reviews of the health record and identify opportunities for clarification.
  • Apply knowledge of inpatient ICD-9 & 10 coding guidelines and clinical documentation requirements to assign working MS-DRG.
  • Enter review information and working MS-DRG/APR-DRG’s with associated length of stay in 3M shared information system and updates this information as needed to reflect any changes in patient’s status, procedures and treatments.
  • Communicate with providers either through discussion or in writing (e.g., formal queries) regarding missing, unclear, or conflicting health record documentation for clarification.
  • Conduct follow-up of posted queries to ensure queries have been answered and physician responses have been appropriately documented.
  • Educate and communicate clinical documentation opportunities in the appropriate hospital venues for staff and physician learning opportunity.
  • Act as a consultant to coding professionals when additional information or documentation is needed to assign coded data.
  • Collaborate with HIM/coding professionals to review individual problematic cases and ensure accuracy of final coded data in conjunction with CDI managers, coding managers, and/or physician advisors.
  • Assume responsibility for professional development by participating in workshops, conferences and/ or in-services.
  • Keep current with changes in coding guidelines, compliance, reimbursement, and other relevant regulatory updates.
  • Demonstrate excellent observation skills, analytical thinking and problem solving plus good verbal and written communication.
  • Contribute to a positive working environment and perform other duties as assigned or directed to enhance the overall efforts of the organization.
  • Maintain positive and open communication with physicians, members of the patient care team, case management and hospital coding staff.
  • Adhere to internal controls and reporting structure.
  • Comply with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and other regulatory, compliance and accreditation standards.

Preferred Skill/Competency

Our ideal candidate is -

  • RN with RHIA/RHIT, CCS or CCDS
  • 5 years experience in acute care (Med-Surg) inpatient hospital setting performing coding or clinical documentation improvement.

Closing Statement

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Equal Employment Opportunity UTMB Health strives to provide equal opportunity employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. As a VEVRAA Federal Contractor, UTMB Health takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Regular

Job Title: RN Clinical Documentation Specialist - Clinical Data Management (Galveston)

Job ID: 60836

Location: Galveston

Business Unit: HOSPT