ANNOUNCEMENT OF Professional Vacancy

Department: HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Job Title: TH Utilization Review & Quality Assurance Senior Coordinator
Professional  Rank: SL-4 Descriptive Title: Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
Salary Range: $51,366.00-$108,023.00+$3,026.00* Line Number: Line# 53570
Additional Position Information: * Represents Location Pay for full-time appointees. Hours of work: 9AM - 5PM. Days of week: Mon-Fri. Hours per week: 37.5. THIS POSITION IS REVISED.
Brief Description of Duties:
Reporting to the Director of Health Information Management, the Clinical Documentation Specialist (CDS) is responsible for reviewing medical records to facilitate clinical documentation that accurately reflects the patient's severity of illness and risk of mortality by improving the quality of the physicians' clinical documentation. This involves extensive record review, interaction with physicians, residents, advanced practice nurses, ancillary providers, coding and HIM professionals and nursing staff. Key Competencies include: Foundational Thinking Skills: Reviews inpatient records for identified payer populations (Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others as designated) as directed on admission and throughout hospitalization. Strategic Management: In collaboration with physician leadership, designs and implements specific tool to support medical record physician documentation. Human Resources Leadership Skills: Develops and implements plans for both formal and informal education of physician, nursing, and other clinical staff. Relationship Management: Communicates with attending physician and other relevant clinical staff, either verbally or through written methodology. Personal and Professional Accountability: Maintains good rapport and cooperative relationships. Approaches conflict in a constructive manner. Helps identify problems, offer solutions, and participates in their resolution. Career Planning: Assures personal and professional growth through self-study/attendance/participation in seminars and workshops. Professional Environment: Maintains the confidentiality of information acquired pertaining to patients, physicians, associates and visitors to the Medical Center. Optimizing the Leader within/Reflective Practice Behaviors: Behaves in accordance with the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Medical Center. Demonstrates integrity, truthfulness and fairness when working with others. Creates an environment of acceptance and respect in the work place. Cultural Competence: Integrates knowledge of cultural competence and inclusion in all daily practices such as assessment, documentation, communication, etc. Shared Decision Making: Works closely with HIM coding staff to assure documentation of discharge diagnosis (es) and any co-existing co-morbidities are a complete reflection of the patient's clinical status and care. Performance Improvement: Contributes to organizational, departmental and unit based process improvement activities. Technology: Demonstrates and maintains competency and accuracy in use of software applications including capability in Microsoft Office applications. Clinical Practice Knowledge and Skill: Conducts daily follow-up communication with providers regarding existing clarifications to obtain needed documentation specificity.


All successful candidates must undergo various background checks, maintain credentials required for continued employment and adhere to the SUNY-DMC UHB Principles of Behavior.   Clinical Faculty and Allied Health professionals must receive and maintain Medical Board authorization.
REQUIRED: Three (3) or more years acute care nursing experience and current, active, and full New York State Registered Nurse license, or equivalent recent clinical experience. Clinical Documentation Improvement experience. Certification in Clinical Documentation Improvement. Excellent interpersonal skills. Including verbal and written communication, to develop relationships necessary to influence physician documentation process. Ability to prioritize and be self-directed and capable of independent decision-making. Analytic skills necessary to clinically assess medical records. Critical thinking, problem solving and deductive reasoning skills. Ability to organize and present information clearly and concisely. Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office products, Excel and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of Medicare reimbursement and coding structures desirable.
Posting ID: 14322 Ref #: B/PR-53570-17
Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume along with a cover letter to ==>
Please include: Job Title( TH Utilization Review & Quality Assurance Senior Coordinator ), Line( 53570 ) and PostingID( 14322 )
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Closing date for receipt of applications:

Internal Consideration Program: Open Until Filled Off-campus recruitment: Open Until Filled

SUNY Downstate Medical Center offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
SUNY Downstate Medical Center is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familiar status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status or criminal conviction.