Department: 200734 Clinical Documentation
Facility: Renown Regional Medical Center
Reno, NV
Schedule: Full Time - Eligible for Benefits
Shift: Day
Hours: 0800-1630
Job Details:
  • Position Purpose:

    The purpose of this position is to evaluate and establish the appropriateness of the DRG (diagnosis related groups) or HHRG (home health related groups) assignment relative to the existing clinical documentation within the medical record provided by the health care provider. The clinician will identify potential DRG/HHRG assignment based on clinical indicators to improve the quality of documentation ensuring compliance established by State and Federal Regulations.  

    Nature and Scope:

    The Clinical Documentation Specialist reviews and analyzes health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for distinct patient encounters. The clinician is responsible for translating diagnostic phrases utilized by healthcare providers into coded form. The translation process required interaction with the healthcare provider to ensure that the terms have been translated correctly. The coded information that is a product of the coding process is then utilized for reimbursement purposes, in the assessment of clinical care, to support medical research activity and to support the identification of healthcare concerns critical to the public at large. The clinician is charged to assign the appropriate DRG/HHRG after concurrent review of the medical record.


    The clinician must have a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record in order to be able to locate information to support or provide specificity for DRG/HHRG. The clinician must be trained in the anatomy and physiology of the human body and disease processes in order to understand the etiology, pathology, symptoms, signs, diagnostic studies, treatment modalities, and prognosis of diseases and procedures to be coded. The clinician works as a part of a coding team to achieve and ensure that there is no coding disagreement with the DRG/HHRG.


    This position is challenged to be aware of the continual changes in Federal and State regulations for prospective payment, keep informed of changes in treatment modes and new procedures, and to perform coding when physician documentation is vague or missing.


    This position does provide patient care.

    The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.

    Minimum Qualifications:  Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


    Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing and speaking English.


    200734- Minimum 2 years acute hospital experience required. Also good knowledge of ICD-9 preferred.

    200351- Minimum 2 years acute hospital or home care experience required. Also good knowledge of ICD-9 preferred.


    Ability to obtain and maintain a State of Nevada Registered Nurse license.


    Current CPR certification by AHA standards, required.

    Computer / Typing:

    Working knowledge of basic computer programs and Microsoft Office Suite. Keyboard typing required.

    Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word and have the ability to use the computer to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc. 

  • EEO/M/F/Vet/Disabled

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