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Senior Hospital Coder - OBGYN - Remote (Open)

Company: Ochsner Clinic Foundation
Location: New Orleans
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

This job reviews and accurately codes and abstracts hospital services, in-patient procedures, overnight / multi-night stay services or complex Professional medical services. Utilizes appropriate coding guidelines to assign ICD and CPT codes; conforms to applicable Medicare, Medicaid and other third-party payer guidelines to ensure receipt of accurate reimbursement. In the inpatient setting, works in collaboration with the Clinical Documentation Improvement team to ensure accurate DRG assignment and works closely with management to resolve problems and meet deadlines. In the professional setting, works closely with Providers and Educators to assign the most accurate ICD/CPT codes. Researches patient accounts based on questions and/or errors, monitors coding rules, regulations and best practices.Education Required - High School diploma or equivalentPreferred - Completion of American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)/American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) coding program with certificationWork ExperienceRequired - 3 years of coding experienceCertificationsHospital Coder:Required - Certification as a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), OR a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)Professional Coder:Required - Certification as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC)Preferred - American Association of Professional Coders Specialty CertificationKnowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.
  • Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of information.
  • Must be proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to role and keyboard.
  • Knowledge of ICD-9-CM, ICD-10, CPT, HCPCS and coding principals.
  • Excellent decision making, problem solving, analytical and quality management skillsJob Duties
    • Accurately assigns ICD-10, CPT and/or HCPCS codes as applicable and within the established coding guidelines, rules and regulations. Types of Coding may include but not limited to, Professional medical coding, Surgical coding and/or reviewing evaluation and management codes and CPT procedure codes for complex clinical visits and/or inpatient professional visits of a complex nature; Inpatient coding of Diagnoses and PCS procedures for concurrent accounts and discharged accounts of a non-complex nature; Single Path Coding.
    • Ensures the data integrity of coded patient records by reviewing the medical documentation and validating that documentation is sufficient to support the assigned codes.
    • Acts as a resource by researching patient accounts in response to questions and/or errors.
    • Consistently complies with established department productivity and accuracy standards.
    • Collaborate with assigned areas to identify query opportunities for documentation improvement.
    • Communicate with providers if applicable for clarification or request additional documentation as needed.
    • Works in collaboration with team members and other departments to meet departmental monthly goals which may include one or more of the following: DNFB, Pre-AR, Denials and Claim Edits.
    • Verifies correct discharge disposition based on medical documentation.
    • Other related duties as required.The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.Remains knowledgeable on current federal, state and local laws, accreditation standards or regulatory agency requirements that apply to the assigned area of responsibility and ensures compliance with all such laws, regulations and standards.Complies with the Ochsner Health System Compliance & Privacy Program and Standards of Conduct, including the immediate reporting of any known or suspected unethical or questionable behaviors or conduct; patient/employee safety, patient privacy, and/or other compliance-related concerns.Ochsner is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.Physical and Environmental DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly (Constantly: activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time) to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job should be rated Light Work: (1) when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or (2) when it requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls; and/or (3) when the job requires working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of those materials is negligible. NOTE: The constant stress and strain of maintaining a production rate pace, especially in an industrial setting, can be and is physically demanding of a worker even though the amount of force exerted is negligible.Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.The incumbent has no occupational risk for exposure to communicable diseases.

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