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Senior Coder Complex Inpatient

Title: Senior Coder Complex Inpatient

Location: United States

Primary City/State:

Arizona, Arizona

Department Name:

Coding-Acute Care Hospital

Work Shift:

Day

Job Category:

Revenue Cycle

Primary Location Salary Range:

$26.29 – $39.44 / hour, based on education & experience

In accordance with State Pay Transparency Rules.

A rewarding career that fits your life. As an employer of the future, we are proud to offer our team members many career and lifestyle choices including remote work options. If you’re looking to leverage your abilities you belong at Banner Health.

As part of the Banner Health Revenue Cycle Team, there are opportunities within that team. We specialize in Inpatient coding on the facility side. We do not do pro-fee coding. We are a team of 4 Inpatient Coding Managers who cover for each other and report to the Director of Acute Care Coding. Each Associate Director leads a team of no more than 19 coders so that there is ample opportunity for communication between staff and leaders. These positions offer opportunities for growth within the coding department, including roles such as Coding Educator, Coding Quality Analyst, and supervisory/management opportunities. Additionally, as part of the Revenue Cycle team, there are opportunities within that team as well. There are also paid education opportunities, internal education, and opportunities for growth in this exceptional team environment.

Looking for a motivated, experienced Senior Complex Inpatient Facility | Acute Care | HIMS Coder –Remote | Medical Coder to join our talented Acute Care HIMS Coding Team. Ideally a minimum 5 years of inpatient coding experience in Acute Care inpatient facility coding (physician or pro-fee coding for IP is not needed). This requires Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) or other appropriate coding certification in an active status with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Candidate should have experience coding all service lines including, but not limited to; Trauma, ICU, Cardiac, Transplant, Orthopedics, High-Risk OB, NICU, and more. Must have ICD-10-PCS coding experience. Banner has facilities in major metro areas as well as rural communities. The opportunity to code encounters from newborn babies to hospice patients and all service types in between presents itself on a daily basis. Banner has internal Acute Care Coding Educators that work directly with the new employee until such time as they are deemed proficient in the role they are hired for. Our IP coding expectation is 1.2 charts an hour when coding the mid-range charts ( $100,000-249,000) and 1.9 charts per hour when coding both mid-range and low-dollar ( less than $100,000) charts while maintaining a DRG accuracy rate of 95% or higher. We use the number of accounts for specific patient types and specialties in combination with the Case Mix Index and case financial information to formulate performance to Banner standards, which are currently more stringent than most national standards identified. Banner uses Optum eCAC – Optum Enterprise CAC applies clinically intelligent Optum natural language processing (NLP) to review medical records and deliver comprehensive, accurate code suggestions.

Meeting Accounts Receivable goals supports Banner Financial goals. In most of our Coding roles, there is a Coding Assessment given after each successful interview. Banner Health provides your equipment when hired. You will be fully supported in training for anywhere from 1 month+ according to individual need, with continued support throughout your career here!

This is a fully remote position and available if you live in the following states only: AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI & WY

The hours are flexible as we have remote Coders across the Nation. The hours are flexible with some minor parameters. Generally, any 8 hour period between 7am 7pm can work, with production being the greatest emphasis.

Within Banner Health Corporate, you will have the opportunity to apply your unique experience and expertise in support of a nationally-recognized healthcare leader. We offer stimulating and rewarding careers in a wide array of disciplines. Whether your background is in Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Managed Care Programs or Public Relations, you’ll find many options for contributing to our award-winning patient care.

POSITION SUMMARY

This position provides coding and abstracting for high tiered complexity range of acute care services at all Banner hospitals. Reviews diagnosis and diagnostic information and codes and abstracts diagnoses and/or procedures on inpatient records using ICD CM and PCS coding classification systems. Completes MS-DRG and APR-DRG assignments on inpatient records as appropriate. Ensures ethical and accurate coding in accordance with all regulatory requirements and AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding. Acts as subject-matter expert regarding experimental and newly developed procedural and diagnostic inpatient coding. This includes highest level of complexity of accounts encountered in Banner’s Academic, Trauma and high acuity facilities. Will serve as a role model for less experienced acute care coding Inpatient team members.

CORE FUNCTIONS

1. Analyzes medical information from medical records. Accurately codes diagnostic and procedural information in accordance with national coding guidelines and appropriate reimbursement requirements. Consults with medical providers to clarify missing or inadequate record information and to determine appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes. Provides timely and accurate coding in accordance to department specific productivity and quality standards thorough assignment of ICD CM and PCS codes, MS-DRGs, APR-DRGs and POAs for highest level of complexity of Inpatient accounts encountered in Banner’s Academic, Trauma and high acuity facilities.

2. Abstracts clinical diagnoses, procedure codes and documents other pertinent information obtained from the patient encounter. Seeks out missing information and creates complete records, including items such as disease and procedure codes, discharge disposition, date of surgery, attending physician, consulting physicians, surgeons and anesthesiologists. Refers inconsistent patient treatment information or documentation to coding support tech, coding quality analyst or coding manager for clarification/additional information for accurate code assignment.

3. Provides coding quality assurance for medical records. For all assigned records and/or areas assures compliance with coding rules and regulations according to regulatory agencies for state Medicaid plans, Center for Medicare Services (CMS), Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), as well as company and applicable professional standards. Ability to address related and complex matters independently with regard to interpretation of coding guidelines.

4. Acts as a knowledge resource for internal and external customers. Acts as subject-matter expert regarding experimental and newly developed procedural and diagnostic inpatient coding. Will provide mentorship to less experienced or otherwise identified staff members. Will collaborate with Acute Care Coding Leaders and Education team in identifying need for new and/or ongoing training for ACC team.

5. Works under general supervision using specialized expertise in the subject matter. Works within a set of defined rules. Ability to address related and complex matters independently with regard to interpretation of coding guidelines prior to referral to senior manager, educator or Coding Quality Analyst.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

High school diploma/GED or equivalent working knowledge and specialized formal training in medical record keeping principles and practices, anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical terminology, standard nomenclature, and classification of diagnoses and operations, or an Associate’s degree in a health care field.

Requires Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administration (RHIA) or other appropriate coding certification in an active status with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Must demonstrate a level of knowledge and understanding of ICD CM and PCS coding principles as recommended by the American Health Information Management Association coding competencies.

Requires five or more years of inpatient coding experience in Acute Care inpatient facility or healthcare system.

Must be able to work effectively and efficiently in a remote setting, utilizing common office software and coding software and abstracting systems.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Associates degree in a job-related field or experience equivalent to same.

Previous experience in large, multi-system healthcare organization.

Additional related education and/or experience preferred.