Karen Hanson, RN BSN

Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist


  • Daily record review for inpatient admissions to ensure the medical record accurately reflects the severity of illness and intensity of service, resulting in the appropriate MS-DRG assignment
  • Extensively collaborates with physicians, medical records coding staff, hospital administration, and other patient caregivers to improve accuracy and completeness of acute inpatient documentation.
  • Completes education for all members of the patient care team on clinical documentation opportunities, hospital coding and/or reimbursement issues, as well as performance improvement methodologies.
  • Conduct record reconciliation with hospital coding staff to assign a working DRG.
  • Maintains thorough and current knowledge of clinical care and treatment of assigned patient populations to critically assess appropriateness of documentation.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Mount Mercy College

Hobbies/Special Interests:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Camping
  • Traveling
  • UNI football

Contact Information:

Address C41-H GH
Phone: (319) 356-2504

When asked “What inspires you?”

“People who overcome disabilities/challenges and find happiness in life”