HEDIS Abstraction: A Seasonal Remote Gig for Nurses

As a nurse, wouldn’t you love a supplemental job that allows you to work from home without seeing, touching, or even speaking to patients? HEDIS Abstraction might be for you!


On our Facebook group Remote Nursing Jobs, I am often asked about HEDIS abstraction and how nurses can find remote work in this lesser known specialty.


Remote HEDIS Abstraction was actually my very first remote nursing job and helped pave the way for my remote future. It can be a great way to break in to both the remote nursing field and also the data abstraction & quality improvement fields!

What is HEDIS?

HEDIS stands for the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set and it is a tool used every year by the majority of health plans to measure quality of care.

There are a plethora of quality measures in the areas of childhood immunizations, cancer screenings, diabetes care, hypertension control, behavioral health monitoring, and much more. Because of the wide variety of specialty areas, HEDIS Abstraction has something to offer for almost any nurse!

For more info on HEDIS, check out the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the full list of HEDIS Measures.

What is HEDIS Data Abstraction?

To put in simply, data abstraction is the process of reviewing a full story and pulling key information that can be transformed into measured data for quality monitoring, clinical research, and more.

HEDIS nurses review medical records and abstract information like blood pressure readings, dates of immunizations, and results of diabetic eye exams. This data is tracked on a larger scale to measure how well health plans and providers follow appropriate care guidelines which helps determine their overall quality.

When is HEDIS season?

The HEDIS quality improvement cycle is a year-round effort. HEDIS data abstraction is just one (significant) piece of that cycle.

During this time, nurses evaluate charts from the previous measurement year (so in 2022, charts will be reviewed from 2021).

The data abstraction portion is a seasonal option for nurses and a great way to build supplemental cashflow for the summer vacation you will so desperately need after finishing up a busy HEDIS season!

After May, the HEDIS results are reviewed by auditors and, by the end of the year, the results are ready for reporting, just in time for the next HEDIS abstraction season to begin!

What is the pay for HEDIS abstraction?

Typically Remote HEDIS Abstraction nurses will make anywhere from $25-$35+ per hour depending on experience and location.

Though HEDIS abstraction is seasonal and temporary, companies offer both full-time and part-time hours during this time. Some companies require the nurse to work during business hours (M-F 8-5) while others allow you to get your hours in any time by the end of the week. Chart volume can also vary from week-to-week and even morning-to-night, so the total estimated income can vary.

Many nurses do HEDIS abstraction as a seasonal “side gig” in addition to their normal jobs. 

Are all HEDIS Abstraction Jobs Remote?

No. In fact, many HEDIS positions are locally-based and require the nurse to travel to physician offices and review charts on-site. However, more and more companies are offering remote HEDIS abstraction opportunities where these medical records are uploaded to electronic portals that can be reviewed by nurses working remotely from home (in their pajamas)!

How do I become qualified for HEDIS abstraction?

Most nurses gain experience on the job (typically on-site). In addition to applying to any remote HEDIS Abstraction job you can find, my biggest advice for landing a remote role is to first gain at least 1 “season” of HEDIS experience. Look in your local community for HEDIS positions. Having at least 1 season under your belt will make you much more marketable for remote HEDIS abstraction roles in subsequent seasons. 

Another thing you can do is review your job history. Have you worked in a physician office that complied with HEDIS guidelines? Are you knowledgeable of HEDIS measures? Have any of your job duties supported HEDIS compliance? Have you done any chart review or data abstraction outside of HEDIS? Tailor your resume to highlight these attributes. Most nurses are experienced at the bedside and this is reflected in almost every nursing resume. How can you show you have HEDIS-related experience?

Side note: if you are in need of a new nursing resume, check out The Resume RX! Amanda is an NP and Nursing Resume expert who offers resume templates and her signature Weekend Resume Makeover Course (which I highly recommend).

Do HEDIS positions offer benefits?

Many HEDIS abstraction positions are contract, temporary, seasonal jobs that do not offer benefits even though you may be working full-time hours.

You may be designated a 1099 independent contractor, meaning you employ yourself and need to manage your own tax responsibility (taxes are not taken out of every paycheck). You should set aside about 30-40% of your paycheck for this and be sure to track your total seasonal income for reporting on your tax return. Adding on 1099 work might be a good time to hire an accountant if you haven’t already.

Being a contractor is really not as intimidating as it sounds, especially with an accountant or income & tax tracking software to assist you. And, of course, an occasional call to the IRS… after a 2-hour hold (just kidding— the IRS website is EXTREMELY helpful and can mitigate the need for most calls).

Which Companies Hire Remote HEDIS Nurses?

When Should I Start Looking for HEDIS positions?

HEDIS Abstraction job postings start going up in early Fall, around mid-September with the peak time being October-November. Interviews are typically conducted in November-December with hiring decisions made by December-January for start dates of January-February.

Here are some common job titles you may see:

  • HEDIS Abstractor

  • HEDIS Abstraction Nurse

  • HEDIS Review Nurse

  • Abstraction Nurse

  • Quality Abstractor

  • Data Abstractor

  • HEDIS Specialist

You can find current Remote HEDIS positions on The Remote Nurse Job Board using our HEDIS Specialty keyword search.

Want to be the first to see all the Remote HEDIS Nurse jobs scattered around the internet? Stop spending hours searching! I already have a system in place.

Join The Remote Nurse Membership where I find, organize, and share new remote nursing jobs directly to your inbox every weekday so you can get on with your life. All jobs are shared privately to members for 1 whole week before being shared out to the larger social media community. Plus, membership is month-to-month, meaning you can cancel any time.

Takeaway

HEDIS abstraction can be a great option for nurses looking to make supplemental income while never stepping foot outside their house (no, really, HEDIS season can get so busy that you may not leave the house for 5 months).

Make sure to figure out your local grocery delivery services ahead of time. Get comfortable with wearing the same disgusting clothes for days on end. 

As a hermit who loves making money and neglects personal hygiene on the regular, I’m all in!

How about you?

Sadie Glisson

Sadie Glisson BSN, RN, CTR is the Founder of ‘The Remote Nurse, ‘an online community and job board designed to connect Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants with remote, work-from-home telehealth jobs. Sadie has been working from home as a nurse for several years and now uses her expertise to help others break into the burgeoning field of telehealth to create more sustainable careers while advancing the next generation of healthcare.

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2 Comments

  1. Jane Marie Wojick September 24, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for such great info! I have been a nurse for 26 years and looking for remote work and seeing HEDIS work would be amazing! Is there a certification course or something to make sure this is for me? I have worked in Assisted Livings, Coordinator of Alzheimer’s Units and worked in Drs Offices during my years so I’m sure abstraction would be nothing new to gather info but just wondering your expertise how to get into this…. Have a great day!

    Jane Wojick
    jaycee0824@gmail.com

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    1. theremotenurse - Site Author September 24, 2020 at 8:28 am

      Hi there! I don’t have any specific HEDIS certification programs I recommend. I haven’t necessarily heard the greatest things about these programs, and I haven’t heard of any that directly lead to HEDIS jobs. I would focus more on getting some experience in your local area and applying to any of the HEDIS positions that pop up. Take a look at the HEDIS measures and see what areas you might have direct experience in and mention those specifically on your resume. If you have any clinical review, auditing, abstraction experience definitely mention those on your resume too, even if they weren’t your primary responsibilities. Carefully read each job description and tweak your resume to match those keywords they use IF you do match those qualifications. You just want to make sure you’re communicating it in their language just in case they use resume robots to screen for appropriate keywords. I landed my first HEDIS job without any HEDIS experience, but I did have some minimal abstraction experience as a research coordinator so I made sure to mention that even though it wasn’t the main duty of my job. Hope this helps!

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