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Inpatient Coder 2 Certified / HIM Coding

Requisition ID:

21160800

Business Unit:

Hartford HealthCare Corp.

Location:

Newington, CT

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Description

Job Schedule: Per Diem
Standard Hours: 1
Job Shift: Shift 2
Shift Details: Flexibility is option

Work where every moment matters.

Every day, almost 35,000 Hartford HealthCare colleagues come to work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every moment matters here. We invite you to become part of Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network.

The creation of the HHC System Support Office recognizes the work of a large and growing group of employees whose responsibilities are continually evolving so that we and our departments now work on behalf of the system as a whole, rather than a single member organization.
With the creation of our new umbrella organization we now have our own identity with a unique payroll, benefits, performance management system, service recognition programs and other common practices across the system.

JOB SUMMARY:

Reviews inpatient clinical documentation to determine the appropriate assignment of alpha numeric diagnosis/procedure codes and Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG).  Data is classified for internal and external statistical reporting, research, regulatory compliance and reimbursement.

Codes high dollar and more complex accounts including but not limited to, medical, surgical behavioral health, IP Rehabilitation and others.

Coding

  1. Applies strong knowledge of anatomy and physiology, clinical disease processes, pharmacology, and diagnostic and procedural terminology to determine the appropriate assignment of diagnosis and procedure codes for more complex accounts.
  2. Analyzes medical records using the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), interprets documentation and assigns proper International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) diagnoses and ICD-10-Procedural Classification System (PCS) operative procedure codes utilizing designated software to included Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) and/or encoder, coding manuals and other reference material.
  3. Reviews DRG assigned to each record. Enters coded/abstracted information into software, analyzes DRG groupings, and observes for appropriate DRG assignment.
  4. Reviews high dollar and more complex cases including but not limited to, medical, surgical, behavioral health and IP Rehabilitation.
  5. Applies IRF-PAI guidelines for IP Rehabilitation coding.
  6. Adheres to all department coding procedures, policies, guidelines and quality standards.
  7. Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association/American Association of Procedural Coders and adheres to official coding guidelines.
  8. Meets revenue cycle goals (Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and Productivity Standards).

Issue Resolution

Complete on a daily basis cases that have been assigned for review of edits, etc.

Communication

  1. Collaborates with clinical documentation specialists (CDS) to determine appropriate DRG assignment for compliance and reimbursement purposes.
  2. Collaborates with Quality Management and other departments (Billing Registration, etc.) as required.
  3. Seeks clarification from attending physician in cases where documentation is absent, ambiguous, or contradictory.

Training

Assists in training and mentoring new coders to become acclimated to new environment, and understand internal coding policies and procedures

This position reports to Inpatient Coding Manager.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:

Associate’s Degree or equivalent experience

Experience

Two to four years of progressive on-the-job experience in an acute hospital.

Licensure, Certification, Registration

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) required and maintained thereafter.

Language Skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements:

Strong knowledge of:

  • ICD‑10-CM diagnostic and ICD-10-PCS procedure codes
  • UHDDS
  • Various DRG methodologies (MS-DRG, APR-DRG, Tricare, etc.)
  • IP Rehabilitation coding rules for IRF-PAI
  • Clinical information related to areas of responsibility
  • Microsoft Office Products; Word, Excel
  • Encoder and/or CAC

Skills:

  • Read, write and speak English proficiently.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiently read and interpret physician writing.

Strong ability to:

  • Function independently.
  • Handle multiple priorities.
  • Listen and acknowledge ideas and expressions of others attentively.
  • Converse clearly using appropriate verbal and body language.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve a common goal through mutual cooperation.
  • Influence others for positive and productive outcomes
  • Work across the Hartford HealthCare System.

We take great care of careers.

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth. Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children. We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance. Every moment matters. And this is your moment.

 
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