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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The MSSIC Clinical Data Abstractor (CDA) is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting clinical data elements for cases eligible for inclusion in the MSSIC data registry. The CDA’s chief responsibility is to collect and submit reliable data in a timely manner. The CDA is required to independently manage their case load and report data to MSSIC according to established standards and deadlines. This is accomplished through high-quality data compilation, validation, documentation, and entry into the MSSIC registry on all eligible patients. Through application of clinical knowledge and analysis of MSSIC registry date, the CDA is also required to identify opportunities for clinical quality improvement and other special projects as requested by the MSSIC Coordinating Center; the CDA will work collaboratively with fellow team members and with physicians, nurses, other clinicians and administrators to develop quality improvement strategies for spine surgery at Michigan Medicine. 

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: attending tri-annual consortium-wide meetings and data abstractor meetings as a representative of Michigan Medicine, acting as a resource regarding MSSIC within the U-M Departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, maintaining regular contact with Michigan Medicine’s MSSIC surgeon champions and clinical outcomes teams members, preparing for and being available for annual site audits by the MSSIC Coordinating Center, resolving data discrepancies, and responding to MSSIC Coordinating Center requests in a timely fashion.

This position requires experience in the delivery of patient care, ideally with spine patients. Other required skills include excellent written and verbal communication as well as working knowledge of computer software (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access) and web-based applications.  Prior experience with clinical chart review and abstraction is required.   Employees in this role typically analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make independent decisions on matters of significance, free from immediate direction, within the scope of their responsibilities.

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 Spine Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MSSIC) is a statewide quality improvement collaborative funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan/Blue Care Network involving neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons across the state of Michigan with the aim of improving the quality of care of spine surgery. The objective of this collaborative is to heighten patient care outcomes while consequently increasing efficiency of treatment. Michigan Medicine has participated in MSSIC since 2015.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing, or bachelor’s degree in other health science plus Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certification
  • 1-5 years of clinical experience in a patient care setting  
  • 3 years experience analyzing and interpreting processes of care and clinical outcomes
  • Previous experience with clinical chart review, data abstraction from medical records
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational, analytic, and problem solving skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills
  • 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

Desired Qualifications*

•         Familiarity with Michigan Medicine MiChart EMR system

•         Clinical experience in spine patient care desired

•         Knowledge of spine-related medical terminology preferred

•         Database data entry and/or management experience preferred

•         Quality improvement experience preferred

Additional Information

Worksite location is the Ann Arbor Campus (Taubman Center), but currently staff is working remotely due to the pandemic.  In the future, once employees are permitted to return to the worksite, there may be an option to work remotely

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.