Clinical Documentation Specialist

Health Information Management

7:30am -4pm; Full Time

Standard Hours/Week:

General Description:
Under the general supervision of the Director of HIM, the Clinical Documentation Specialist (CDS) is responsible for coordinating the review of concurrent inpatient clinical documentation and data. The CDS facilitates accurate documentation for severity of illness and quality documentation in the medical record. This involves extensive record review, interaction with physicians, health information management professionals, clinical informatics, and nursing staff. The CDS works with providers to ensure clinical disease processes are accurately documented and that the documentation appropriately reflects the patient's severity of illness and DRG. Active participation in team meetings and education of staff in the CDI process is a key role. The position shall exemplify the desired Culture of Choice® and philosophies of Parrish Healthcare.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Analyzes documented data and information to assist in determining areas for improvement in documentation and proper DRG selection. Provides concurrent reviews of inpatient medical records, identify potential documentation deficits, and clarifies with providers (physicians, PAs, ARNPs, etc.) to ensure the appropriate severity of illness is documented.
  • Has a working knowledge of correct principal diagnosis and principal procedures. Understands ICD-10 coding and DRG principles in accordance with coding and reimbursement guidelines. Is able to validate DRG grouping and relate grouping methodology to documentation needs.
  • Utilizes documentation software and EMR templates to maintain accuracy of data for tracking purposes.
  • Formulates appropriate documentation clarification queries using established guidelines to clarify questionable or incomplete documentation.
  • Identifies clinical or system/process breakdowns and improvement opportunities and refers them to the appropriate areas (CM, Risk, Quality) for resolution.
  • Acts as a documentation resource for Nursing, Case Managers, Coding, and Physicians. Actively participates in the education of healthcare team members on current healthcare economic issues impacting practice patterns, reimbursement and positive patient outcomes.
  • Attends professional in-services and coding in-service programs.
  • Participates on hospital committees as assigned.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned.
  • Knows fire, disaster and safety procedures and regulations as pertains to the work area.


Formal Education:
  • Associates degree required. Healthcare related field required.

Work Experience:
  • Minimum of five (5) years nursing experience in Med/Surg., Critical Care, or similar nursing experience or if has a Coding Certification a minimum of five years of experience as an inpatient coder.

Required Certifications / Licenses:
  • State of Florida RN license, RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator), RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician), MD (Medical Doctor) or CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) credential required.
    ICD-10 training and certification preferred.
    Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) or Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) credentials preferred

Parrish Healthcare is a caring community of healthcare professionals passionate about excellence and fulfilling our mission of providing Healing Experiences For Everyone All The Time®.

Parrish Healthcare has a Culture of Choice®. This means a we have a healing work environment that empowers people to aspire to be their very best. We partner passionate, talented and skilled people in the right role with the right resources. We provide a clear and strategic direction to achieve superior results on behalf of the communities we serve.