Position Title: CODER III

Internal Close Date: 05/13/2021
Requisition Number: 15521926
Position Code: 778
Department: HIM Coding
FTE Status: 1
Position Type: BUDGETED
Shift: Days
Salary Range: Market competitive, based on experience

Internal applicants - please refer to the job description on the Compensation Department intranet site for wage rate information.

Position Summary:
Code inpatient hospital discharge and outpatient accounts for the purpose of reimbursement, research and compliance with federal regulation according to diagnosis, operation, and procedure using the current ICD, CPT and DRG coding classification systems. Perform second level coding audits for accuracy of accounts coded by Coder I and/or Coder II positions to ensure coding compliance and accuracy for high profile accounts such as HACs, mortality, payer DRG audits, Coder/CDI DRG mismatches, and other quality performance measures. Coordinate and facilitate communication between HIM CDI staff and HIM coding staff to complete provider queries to ensure appropriate and complete provider follow up and documentation. Facilitate teamwork between HIM CDI and coding staff for a cooperative learning environment to arrive at the appropriate working DRG and final DRG for reimbursement. Ensure adherence to Hospital and Departmental Policies and Procedures. No patient care assignment.
  • CODE - Identify and assign preliminary codes for hospital discharge records and outpatient records for the purpose of reimbursement, research and compliance with federal regulations according to diagnosis(es), operation(s), and procedure(s) using the current version of ICD, CPT, and DRG classification systems

  • RESEARCH - Research compliance with federal regulations according to diagnosis, operation, and procedure using the current version ICD, CPT, and DRG classification systems

  • CODE - Abstracts statistical data for discharge records using hospital's abstracting system

  • CODE - Performs data entry for determining correct DRG

  • COMPLIANCE – Identify the need to clarify documentation in medical records and initiate communication with physician, nurse, or patient care coordinator by utilizing the appropriate query tools in order to capture the documentation in the medical record that accurately supports the patient’s severity of illness, risk of mortality, and/or appropriate DRG

  • ABSTRACTS – Utilize monitoring tools to track the progress of the Documentation Improvement Program and identified quality indicator tracking elements, interpret tracking information and report findings to Coding Management, HIM Executive Director, Quality Management, Utilization Review/Case Management and UNMH providers as requested

  • PHYSICIAN COMMUNICATION – Communicate with physicians to obtain/clarify specific principal diagnoses or comorbidities and complications; request clarification of existing documentation. Facilitate assertive, tactful, and cooperative communication skills when encountering resistance due to perception that information is adequately documented. Assist with development of CDI standard Query templates. Attend department meetings with CDI staff, and participate in providing CDI tools to medical specialties and appropriate provider documentation of clinical activities

  • COORDINATION – Coordinate and facilitate communication between Health Information Management, Utilization Review/Case Management, Quality Management, Physician Leadership (i.e. Executive Medical Director for Patient Safety & Quality, UR physicians, etc.) as needed to acquire, interpret, and transmit accurate diagnostic and procedure documentation. Keep Coding Management and Executive Director HIM informed of potential and/or actual problems identified during the review process and operations of the program

  • REPORTS – Compile and assist in the communication and distribution of physician profiling reports provided in conjunction with the Coding and Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs

  • RELATED WORK - Perform related duties and responsibilities as required

  • AUDIT - Develop, oversee and conduct various routine and special audits, research and correct data to maintain integrity of programs

  • QUERY - Identify and complete appropriate queries to providers when more specific or clarifying documentation is needed to accurately code IP discharges. Maintain department query standards and expectations as outlined in department policies and procedures

  • Education Requirements:
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent

  • Experience Requirements:
  • 2 years directly related experience

  • Licensure/Certification Requirements:
  • One of the following:

  • Addendum - CCS within 6 months of position

  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

  • Certified Interventional Radiology and Cardiovascular Coder (CIRCC)

  • Certified Outpatient Coder

  • Certified Inpatient Coder

  • Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC)

  • Board Certified Home Health Coder (BCHH-C)

  • Radiology Certified Coder (RCC)

  • RHIT

  • RHIA

  • Certified Document Improvement Practitioner/Specialist (CDIP)

  • Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS)

  • Education Requirements - Preferred:
  • Associate's Degree in related discipline

  • Experience Requirements - Preferred:
  • 3 years directly related experience

  • Physical Demands Requirements:
  • Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally (Occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or a negligible amount of force frequently (Frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

  • Working Conditions Requirements:
  • No or min hazard, physical risk, office environment