This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by the timely and accurate coding of hospital or professional services using ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS classification systems for the purpose of reimbursement, research, and statistics in compliance with federal regulations.
Codes the correct principal/primary diagnosis consistent with established coding guidelines (95% or greater accuracy).
Identifies all significant diagnoses (HCCs) relevant to the type of visit and assigned appropriate codes.
Codes procedures as appropriate and identifies the principal procedure consistent with established coding guidelines.
Ensures all conditions coded adequately reflect the appropriate clinical severity and grouping assignment in accordance with documentation.
Follows official coding guidelines and directives and uses reference materials to ensure codes assigned are in compliance with state and federal regulations.
Validates outpatient accounts for medical necessity based on local medical review policies (LMRPs), national coverage determinations (NCDs) or payer guidelines.
Applies charge data as appropriate for services provided.
Completes coding consistent with established production standards for type of service.
Verifies and corrects all abstract data captured.
Assists with student internship coding training.
Codes accounts for assigned area(s) within hospital or specialty. In addition, hospital coders will have provide coding for one additional area.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of ICD-910CM/PCS, CPT/HCPCS coding and medical necessity guidelines.
Knowledge of various coding groupers used for various payers and types of encounters.
Ability to read and interpret medical record documentation including laboratory and pharmacology data.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (excel, outlook, word).
Strong computer background with basic typing and keyboarding skills.
Work prioritization skills needed.
Ability to concentrate on detail tasks for long periods of time.
Ability to work independently and communicate effectively.
Previous coding experience preferred.
Associate of Applied Science degree or Bachelor's degree in Health Information Technology or completion of coding certificate program preferred.
Licensure, Certification, Registration
AHIMA or AAPC coding certification (e.g. RHIT, RHIA, CCA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC) is required.