Certified Inpatient Coder
A certified inpatient coder applies the appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes to individual patient health information for data retrieval, analysis and claims processing.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Abstract pertinent information from electronic patient records.
Assign current ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes accurately to individual patient health records and release in a timely manner.
Query physician when code assignments are not straightforward or documentation in the record is inadequate, ambiguous, or unclear for coding purposes.
Keep abreast of coding guidelines and reimbursement reporting requirements bringing identified concerns to supervisor for resolution.
Abide by standards of ethical coding and adhere to official coding guidelines.
Maintain cooperative working relationship with hospital staff, patients, other organizations, and the public to provide quality customer service in a courteous manner.
Maintain work areas in a clean, orderly and secure manner.
Follow all safety rules and procedures for work areas.JOB QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of standard coding practices, CPT and ICD codes, use of standard office equipment including personal computer for data entry, and general office procedures. General knowledge of confidentiality concepts and requirements. Certification which demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the above duties. Commitment to high level of customer service.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS/LICENSES: Certified Coding Specialist credentials with a minimum of 2 years' inpatient medical coding experience.
DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS: Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification. Experience using Paragon and/or Epic Electronic Health Records. Knowledge of 3M Encoder and Critical Access Hospital billing methodology.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF POSITION: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 5 pounds on a regular basis, and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 15 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator and standard office equipment.