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Company Name :
Houston Methodist
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Job Position :
Atlanta, GA
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Job Description :
JOB SUMMARY:This job can work remotely from the following States – GA, WA, FL, TN and TX
At Houston Methodist, the Clinical Documentation Specialist is responsible for improving the overall quality and completeness of clinical documentation. This position analyzes medical records for DRG’s, complications, and comorbidities; identifies trends; and notes observations and recommendations for documentation improvement. This role also facilitates modifications to clinical documentation through extensive interaction with physicians, nursing staff, other patient care givers, and medical records coding staff to ensure that appropriate reimbursement is received for the level of service rendered to all patients. Additional duties include supporting the accuracy and completeness of the clinical information used for measuring and reporting physician and hospital outcomes and educating all members of the patient care team on an ongoing basis.

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job. PEOPLE – 20%

Improves the overall quality, completeness and accuracy of clinical documentation by performing open record reviews using clinical documentation guidelines. Supports the accuracy and completeness of clinical information used for measuring and reporting physician and medical outcomes. (EF)


Seeks additional information regarding clinical condition from appropriate clinical personnel and follows up as necessary. Tracks responses and trends completion of DRG/Documentation worksheets as pertinent to scope of department. (EF)
Conducts follow-up reviews of clinical documentation to ensure points of clarification have been recorded in the patient’s chart. (EF)


Demonstrates knowledge of DRG payor issues, optimization strategies, clinical documentation requirements and referral policies and procedures. Requests clarification and/or correction from physicians for unclear diagnoses, complications, procedures, and clinical information. Helps identify appropriate ICD10 codes for diagnoses or procedures related to projects or studies being conducted as needed. (EF)


Promotes clarification to clinical documentation to ensure that appropriate reimbursement is received for the level of service rendered to all patients. Identifies diagnoses and procedures performed and comorbidities and complications. Impacts discharges by updating the DRG worksheet to reflect any changes in status, procedures/treatments, conferring with physician to finalize diagnosis as necessary. (EF)


Educates all internal customers on clinical documentation opportunities, coding, and reimbursement issues, as well as performance improvement methodologies. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing; OR
Medical School graduate where Western Medicine is practiced


For RN – At least five years of recent clinical experience caring for adults in an acute care hospital setting is required; coding and utilization review experience preferred
For Medical School graduate – One year of clinical experience preferred


For RN – Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90 days. Compact license acceptable according to current Board of Nursing requirements.
For Medical School graduate – Must have one of the following certifications:

Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) through the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists
Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP) through the American Health Information Management Association
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) through the American Health Information Management Association


Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
Demonstrates knowledge of DRG payor issues, appropriate DRG assignment alternatives, clinical documentation requirements, and referral policies and procedures
Demonstrates accountability and professional development
Requires excellent observation skills, analytical thinking, problem solving, plus good verbal and written communication
Regular significant contacts with other personnel throughout the institution (including but not limited to – physicians and their staff, mid-level providers, mid-level staff, coders, Case Managers). Contacts may be in person, by telephone, or through correspondence. Requires assertiveness while being even tempered, with a pleasing personality and the ability to communicate easily with others.


Work Attire






Business professional


Other (dept approved)



No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel within


Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside


of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: Flexibility to work more than 8 hours per day when needed or required

Company Profile:
Houston Methodist (HM) is one of the nation’s leading health systems and academic medical centers. HM consists of eight hospitals: Houston Methodist Hospital, its flagship academic hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center and seven community hospitals throughout the greater Houston metropolitan area. HM also includes an academic institute, a comprehensive residency program, a global business division, numerous physician practices and several free-standing emergency rooms and outpatient facilities. Overall, HM employs over 25,000 employees. Houston Methodist is supported by a wide variety of business functions that operate at the system level to help enable clinical departments to provide the best patient care and service in a spiritual environment. In 2019 Houston Methodist and its physicians treated more than 6,333 international patients from more than 76 countries. Houston Methodist Global Health Care Services’ consulting and education divisions also provide advisory services and training and development to health care organizations around the world.

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