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Clinical Abstraction Specialist Job

Job Number: LCS14614

Job Title: Clinical Abstraction Specialist

Department: Clinical Excellence - 0014732

Facility: Corporate Headquarters

Location: Providence, RI

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in nursing or other healthcare related field is required.


Two to five years of relevant experience in chart abstraction, measurement support, technical training, education, facilitation and best practice identification preferably in a large complex healthcare organization. Knowledge of problems, activities and causes related to provision of clinical care and of methods of quality assessment. Knowledge of federal, state and voluntary quality management regulations and standards. Must possess excellent verbal and written skills, ability to be self-directed and obtain current quality initiative and specification details from federal and state manuals. Expertise with access and understanding to of data sources such as medical records, financial data, department/service specific data, and various Lifespan-wide manual and automated data systems. Demonstrates technical knowledge of the Specification Manual for National Hospital Quality Measures and other data specification manuals as relevant to assigned areas of abstraction responsibility.

The Abstraction Specialist reports to the Manager of Abstraction Services. Under general supervision and within Lifespan established policies and procedures, manages coordination and implementation of duties associated with the abstraction of clinical quality data for public and other reporting through the national quality initiatives for all Lifespan affiliates. Responsible for accessing medical records information for the purposes of completing clinical abstraction, manages workflow and monitors project timelines, data submission due dates for The Joint Commission (TJC) core measure reporting requirements. Monitors changes and additions to ensure measurement standards of Hospital quality program, The Joint Commission (TJC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and other regulatory agency requirements are met. Serves as liaison between certified related vendors and/or outsourced abstraction services.