Healthcare Leadership and Innovation

Documentation Improvement Specialist

  • 1.  Documentation Improvement Specialist

    Posted 06-26-2018 14:47
    ​​I am reaching out on behalf of my organization to get a measure of what qualifications acute care hospitals require for  Documentation Improvement Specialist.

    Does your acute care facility require your Documentation Improvement Specialists to be a clinician/nurse?

    Or, are non-clinicians with CDI certifications also allowed to serve in this role?

    Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Suzanne Drake
    Coding Quality and RAC Coordinator
    Bon Secours Richmond Health System

  • 2.  RE: Documentation Improvement Specialist

    Posted 06-27-2018 12:54

    We have had a team consisting of both RN's and an RHIT with a CCS credential as well.  The RN's really came to respect the coding knowledge that the RHIT brought to the table and relied on her greatly for clarification, etc.


    Deloris Farthing, RHIA, CHPS, CHDA, CHTS-TR| Director of Health Information Management

    HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System
    785-623-5813 | FAX 785-623-5078 | | PO BOX 8100, Hays, Kansas 67601

  • 3.  RE: Documentation Improvement Specialist

    Posted 07-02-2018 21:19
    My department won't even consider hiring someone in CDI if they are not an RN, and I know many other facilities are the same way. It's unfortunate, because they're missing a real opportunity to utilize people who earn the CDIP credential from AHIMA.

    Angelique Jefferson
    HIM Associate II
    The University of Kansas Hospital

  • 4.  RE: Documentation Improvement Specialist

    Posted 07-05-2018 23:33
    We hired a CCS who had obtained her nursing degree and worked on the units for 6 months.  I work in a community hospital she is the only CDI specialist who works along side our outsourced vendor.  She is doing very well.. she is currently enrolled in a program to obtain her BSN... she has a great relationship with the physicians and graduate medical education residents....

    Tracy D'Errico
    Director HIM

  • 5.  RE: Documentation Improvement Specialist

    Posted 07-05-2018 23:36
    The industry norm is an RN. Some organizations will require a CDI certification as well. I have worked with some organizations that will accept a coding background and certifications instead of being an RN.

    Thank you,

    Freddie J. Guzman, RHIA, CCS, CDIP, CPC

    Freddie Guzman
    Manager of Coding