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CODING SPECIALIST (HIM; Full-time; Days)

Company: St. Alexius Hospital Corp
Location: Saint Louis
Posted on: August 17, 2019

Job Description:

Description:
The Coding Specialist is responsible for the review of all inpatient and outpatient medical records with assignment of the appropriate ICD and CPT codes according to established coding guidelines to ensure appropriate reimbursement for the hospital.JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: * Denotes the essential job functions according to ADA guidelines.Measured by: Supervisory observation, as reported by others, and by written documentation.*1. Using approved classification and nomenclatures, assigns ICD and CPT codes to all inpatient and outpatient medical records, concurrently and retrospectively, in an accurate and timely manner, noting discrepancies and meeting coding quality guidelines of 95% or greater.*2. Demonstrates an understanding of the regulation implications and responsibilities related to the assignment of ICD and CPT-4 codes and reimbursement guidelines to protect the patient and the financial viability of the hospital, complying with all applicable department and hospital policies, including those of professional and ethical conduct. *3. Strictly adheres to the hospital coding policies and standards of ethical coding, the American Hospital Associations Coding Clinic and Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, and the American Hospital Associations CPT Assistant. Coding Specialists are responsible for familiarizing self with these policies and regulations in order to insure correct and ethical coding.4. Operates designated equipment, including but not limited to applicable hardware and software programs, (i.e. 3M Encoder, MPI, and Chart Locator) as directed to complete assignments. Maintains appropriate care of equipment and notifies the HIM Director/Manager/Coordinator if repair or replacement is needed.*5. Adheres to Lab Compliance Plan as it pertains to coding. This includes the assignment of diagnoses based on documentation from the physician on the Lab Compliance Form, and consulting the physician for clarification of any conflicting or ambiguous documentation. *6. Efficiently and effectively performs coding functions in order to assist the coding team in meeting and maintaining the Discharge Not Final Billed (DNFB) goal of the department.*7. Assists and helps coordinate the trauma and/or cancer database through data collection and analysis.*8. Maintains the highest level of strict confidentiality of patient information as it pertains to HIPAA Privacy and Security standards.*9. Follows department policies and procedures to contribute to the efficiency of the Health Information Management department, and in order to maintain consistent workflow in all areas throughout the department.*10. Uses interpersonal skills effectively to build and maintain cooperative working relationships by cooperating with all staff and supervisors, contributing to team and department efforts, and sharing helpful information. Maintains a professional attitude and sets a positive example for others.*11. Prioritize work assignments to contribute to the efficiency of the coding team. Must be flexible with work schedule in order to meet the department deadlines and goals of the hospital.*12. Expands job-related knowledge and skills to improve performance and adjust to change by participating in continuing education activities. Maintains credentials by attending workshops and seminars that are specific to job duties.13. Performs other duties as assigned..

Requirements:
JOB REQUISITES:EDUCATION AND TRAINING:Associate or Bachelor Degree in Health Information Management (preferred)LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION:RHIA, RHIT, CCS or CCS-P certification (required)EXPERIENCE:Minimum of 6 months to 1 year of inpatient, outpatient, and/or physician pro-fee coding experience (required)SKILLS AND ABILITIES:Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, clinical medicine, surgery, diagnostic tests, radiology, pathology, pharmacology, and the various medical specialties as required in areas of responsibility.Knowledge of medical coding guidelines and practices and state and federal regulations.Excellent written and communication skills.Ability to decipher difficult handwriting.Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and maintain professionalism.Ability to work under pressure with time constraints and deadlines.Attention to detailAccuracy in recording data and data entry.Ability to work in a team environment and develop positive relationships with others.An individual without requisites stated above may present a written justification explaining the relevance of his/her background for a specific vacant position. Depending on organizational needs and availability of more qualified applicants, an applicant may have some or all requisites revised or waived at the hospitals discretion.PM19 PI112828968

Keywords: St. Alexius Hospital Corp, St. Louis , CODING SPECIALIST (HIM; Full-time; Days), Other , Saint Louis, Missouri

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