MEDIC Abstrator

University of Michigan

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As Clinical Coordinator for MEDIC, a collaborative BCBS initiative, the selected candidate will apply strong organizational, analytic and problem resolution expertise, in conjunction with clinical knowledge, to manage core aspects of a comprehensive patient data collection approach, supporting patient data abstraction. The ideal candidate will meet departmental expectations through: careful data extraction design, quality assurance, construction and delivery of realistic timelines, work prioritization, and comprehensive communication, quality and reliability.

Work performed will support our mission of obtaining accurate data on all emergency department patients at the University of Michigan. Through application of clinical knowledge, outcome of data extraction will serve to provide information to evaluate current standards of care and to initiate quality improvement efforts that will encourage appropriate use of diagnostic tools to improve patient outcomes.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Who We Are

The Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) is a new, statewide quality improvement project funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network and housed at the University of Michigan. In conjunction with other Michigan hospitals, the project will establish an integrated adult and pediatric Collaborative Quality Initiative (CQI) that yields improvements in the quality and cost-efficiency of emergency care across the state. Several initial areas of focus have been identified, targeting high cost diagnostic imaging in both pediatric and adult populations. First year goals of the project include enrolling participating hospitals, developing the data collection infrastructure and registry, and planning collaborative-wide meetings. Longer-term goals include expanding the collaborative to additional hospitals and developing future quality improvement measures in emergency care.


Administration: Participate in relevant training develop expertise on tools developed by the MEDIC Coordinating Center

QI: Effectively collaborate with assigned sites to review non-concordant cases and identify and present findings to other key stakeholders

Abstracting and Data Entry: Review and abstract medical records for relevant data and record that information in the MEDIC database for ongoing analysis

Assure electronic data are verified for accuracy and assure data entry of manually abstracted data into the MEDIC registry.

Case Finding: Utilize clinical expertise to examine the electronic medical records of emergency department cases to identify patients eligible for inclusion in the MEDIC registry.

QA: Review reports provided by the MEDIC Coordinating Center to ensure quality and reliability of data collected. Maintain quality control through identification of questionable entries; document and inform the MEDIC Coordinating Center Data Auditor of concerning findings.

Audits: actively participate in audits of data entered into the MEDIC registry.

Customer Service: provide assistance to members of the collaborative with utilization of tools, respond to queries and address concerns.

Demonstrate ability to manage increasing levels of volume efficiently and prospectively.

Maintain a comprehensive understanding of data definition for all assigned data collection measurement and ensure data is collected according to the standard definitions and data submission are validated accurately and submitted timely

This position requires attention to detail and the ability to function well under timeline commitments from our client

Required Qualifications*

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a recognized field which is directly related to the duties of the position and at least 3 years of experience in analyzing and interpreting process, clinical outcomes and costs of care.

Minimum one year experience in hospital surgery department, surgery clinic, clinical research or medical records.

Has knowledge of or experience in the delivery of patient care needed to perform the duties of the position

Working knowledge of medical terminology

Clinical chart review and abstraction experience required (same as below)

Strong MICHART/EPIC abstraction skills

Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel

Detail oriented with strong organizational, analytic, and problem-solving skills

Basic statistics knowledge

Demonstrated exceptional verbal and written communications skills including public speaking

Must be able to perform in a self-directed manner within a team-focused participative management framework

Evidence of ability to assess competing priorities, manage workflow and meet operational deadlines in a complex organization with minimal supervision

Desired Qualifications*

Experience in a clinical setting as a health care practitioner is highly desired.

Database data entry and/or management experience helpful.

Quality improvement or patient safety knowledge and experience preferred.

Knowledge or experience in EMERSE

Work Schedule

This is a 36 hour a week position.

Additional Information

Maintain collaborative, team-focused relationships with the MEDIC Coordinating Center and external partners/agencies as appropriate.

Remote work possible

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible , are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.

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