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CDI Quality Oversight Specialist

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The Office of Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has an opening for a full-time CDI Quality Oversight Specialist. The CDI Quality Oversight Specialist provides quality oversight and education at the department level by assisting to develop and implement clinical documentation improvement processes that maximize efficiency and quality of clinical documentation to promote accurate documentation and coding.  The CDI Quality Oversight Supervisor serves as a liaison between Clinical Documentation Specialists nurses, Leadership, and validators/coders. This role is responsible for quality-driven department level training of Clinical Documentation Specialists and will participate in physician education programing. 

This role is responsible for providing quality supervision of Quality Review CDI RNs. Reports directly to the Director, Clinical Documentation Improvement.


Job Duties Include (but are not limited to):

  • Responsible for providing quality supervision of Quality Review CDI RNs. 
  • Coordinates documentation improvement & coding audits, providing physician documentation improvement education. 
  • Reviews data/metrics with providers at the individual or group level with a focus on strategies that will drive improvement as it relates to documentation improvement.
  • Leads projects to provide onsite support and education to Clinical Documentation Specialists and providers to ensure improved documentation reflecting the quality of care provided across all departments and interdisciplinary care teams.
  • Performs routine audits of documentation queries to improve the accuracy of quality related documentation, capture and query processes.
  • Evaluates regulatory changes related to quality measures and educates staff appropriately.
  • Assists with monthly/quarterly coding and query audits to assist with ongoing Clinical Documentation Improvement staff educational opportunities and skill development.
  • Assists with implementation of training for nursing staff, physicians and mid-level practitioners that addresses documentation issues and variances related to quality metrics and measures.
  • Provides actionable quality driven feedback for leadership and CDI Specialists, to support high level accountability, performance and engagement. 


About the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics:
The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics—recognized as one of the best hospitals in the United States—is Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center and a regional referral center. Each day more than 12,000 employees, students, and volunteers work together to provide safe, quality health care and excellent service for our patients. Simply stated, our mission is: Changing Medicine. Changing Lives.®


Living in the Iowa City area: 
The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away. 

Percent of Time: 100% (full-time)
Work schedule: Some flexibility between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday
Location: University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA
Pay Level: 5B https://hr.uiowa.edu/pay/pay-plans/professional-and-scientific-pay-structure-b

Benefits Highlights:

  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans. Complete information regarding the full benefits package may be viewed at: https://hr.uiowa.edu/benefits
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  • A Baccalaureate degree or Master's degree in Nursing.
  • License to practice nursing in Iowa.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of recent work experience as a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist with at least three (3) years of clinical experience at an academic medical center.
  • Previous management, preceptor, or mentor experience. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of coding structures/national coding guidelines and related appropriate chart documentation.
  • Extensive knowledge of CDI related quality measures, including AHRQ measures and AHIMA query practice guidelines.
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills; including presentation and training skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with computer software applications (i.e. Excel, word, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with physicians, nursing staff, and interdisciplinary team members as demonstrated through written and verbal communication. 
  • Excellent organizational, time management and problem-solving skills 
  • Currently holds Clinical Documentation certification, or obtains in first 18 months of employment; i.e.: 
    • Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS), or 
    • Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP)
  • Electronic Medical Records experience (EPIC preferred).
  • Experience with performance improvement methodologies.
  • Experience with data mining and/or data analytics. 



  • Demonstrated knowledge of healthcare outcomes and performance improvement initiatives/techniques. 
  • Experience with hospital quality/safety metrics.
  • Experience working at a large academic medical center.
  • Experience with a union environment.
  • Holds a quality related certification.


Application Process: 

  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload current CV/resume and cover letter (under submission relevant materials) that clearly address how they meet the listed required and desired qualifications of this position.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on Friday, October 30, or on date of closing.
  • Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal and credential background check.
  • Five (5) professional references will be required at a later step during the hiring process.
  • This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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