Julie Phanthavong, RN, MSN

Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Professional Memberships:

  • AACN

Contact:

Phone: 319-353-7770
Email: julia-phanthavong@uiowa.edu

When asked “What inspires you?”

“Working as a team toward the common goal of excellent patient care for all of our patients and families.”