May 01, 2024

Health Information Management (HIM) Coder 4

  • Tampa General Hospital
  • Remote
Full Time (CCS) Certified Coding Specialist

Job Description

Job Summary
 
Under the general supervision of Manager and direct supervision of Supervisor, following established policies, procedures and professional guidelines, the Coder 4 will in addition to all the responsibilities of a Coder III will demonstrate specialized skills (i.e., IR/CVC coding and BCPI accounts) and take on additional responsibilities such as DNB Coordination and Denials Processing as well as any other duties deemed necessary.
  • Perform a thorough review of medical record documentation to accurately assign diagnosis and procedure codes for complex inpatient and outpatient records in addition to auditing and analysis of coding related activities.
  • Utilize the encoder system to sequence the codes assigned and calculate the corresponding MS-DRG/APR DRG/APC grouper. 
  • Abstract patient information into the computerized medical record and billing systems, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the medical record data abstracted and encounter information prior to finalizing the encounter.
  • Work with a multidisciplinary team to review and discuss documentation, coding and reimbursement issues of patients and identify documentation needs for medical staff and other health care providers, providing education as needed.
  • Be knowledgeable in the requirements of the industry with regard to Medicare and/or Managed care regulations, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM/PCS) and the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding systems.

The Coder 4 will, as requested, assist with mentoring or training newly on-boarded Coders, Apprentices, and clinical practice students orienting to the department. The nature of this work may require that the Coder 4 work on-site periodically. The Coder 4 is responsible for performing job duties in accordance with the mission, vision, and values of Tampa General Hospital.

Essential Functions:

  • Reviewing medical records and assigning diagnostic and procedural codes using ICD-10 CM/PCS and CPT/HCPCS and any other designated. coding classification system in accordance with coding guidelines. 
  • Assigning and sequencing codes accurately based on medical record documentation.
  • Assigning the appropriate discharge disposition.
  • Abstracting and entering coded data for hospital statistical and reporting requirements.
  • Communicating documentation improvement opportunities and coding issues to appropriate personnel for follow up and resolution.
  • Adhering to accuracy and productivity levels established by the department.
  • Communicating with co-workers, management, and hospital staff regarding clinical and reimbursement issues.
  • Adhering to the American Health Information Management Association’s code of ethics and departmental Code of Integrity.
  • Maintain coding credential along with any required CEUs for ongoing credential maintenance and subject matter expertise.

Qualifications

  • Possession of a national certification in health information management coding from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), as a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). 
  • Expert-level knowledge of guidelines for the sequencing of diagnosis and procedure codes for appropriate classification systems.
  • Expert-level knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology to accurately translate medical record documentation into the appropriate classification system for reporting purposes.
  • Advanced knowledge of computerized encoding and abstracting software.
  • Excellent professional verbal and written communication skills.
  • At least five years of coding experience in an acute care setting, preferably a Trauma 1 teaching hospital or large healthcare delivery system.
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • Ability to efficiently complete work assignments and interact with coding leadership team to review and discuss documentation, coding and reimbursement issues.

Required Experience Level

Intermediate Level

Minimum Education

High School

Minimum Experience Required

4-6 years

Required Travel

No required travel