Many organizations now have clinical documentation improvement programs (CDIs) designed to help an organization accurately reflect the quality of patient care, illustrate healthcare services, and make precise reports of diagnosis and procedures. A clinical documentation specialist (CDS) can play a key role in the success of these programs, yet many nurses are unfamiliar with this career option. Here are answers to commonly asked questions about CDS professionals so you can determine if this role should be the next step in your career path. Even if you decide not to become a CDS, you’ll benefit from knowing what they contribute to your organization. Read more
Records management is essentially an administrative duty. It entails the creation, classification, organization and retention of documented information. This may include anything from personnel files and office documents to patient files and medical imaging records. Salaries vary by position.
Those just entering the field of records and information management may start out as a records clerk. Employers typically seek candidates with an associate degree or higher to fill open positions, but a high school diploma may be enough to get your foot in the door. As of 2012, records clerks averaged $37,750 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a decrease of roughly 1 percent from the previous year, when salaries averaged $38,180. For those with experience, however, salaries can exceed $52,590.
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