Coding Inpatient Quality Reviewer/Educator (Work From Home)

  • OU Health
  • Oklahoma City, OK, USA
  • Apr 03, 2024
Full Time Education

Job Description

Position Title:

Coding Inpatient Quality Reviewer/Educator (Work From Home)

Department:

HIM Coders

Job Description:

Coding Inpatient Quality Reviewer/Educator 

(Work From Home)

OU Medicine - Oklahoma City, OK

General Description:

Performs internal quality assessment reviews on OUMS coders to ensure compliance with national coding guidelines and the OUMS coding policies for complete, accurate and consistent coding which result in appropriate reimbursement and data integrity. Helps to coordinate and direct the day-to-day coding educational activities. Facilitates and provides coding educational classes/presentations to staff, as required/when needed. Communicates outcomes to the coding team to improve the accuracy, integrity and quality of patient data, to ensure minimal variation in coding practices and to improve the quality of physician documentation within the body of the medical record to support code assignments. Responsibilities also include assisting Coding Leadership in root cause analysis of coding quality issues, performing account reviews, and preparing training documents to assist with coding quality action plans.

Essential Responsibilities:

Responsibilities listed in this section are core to the position.  Inability to perform these responsibilities with or without an accommodation may result in disqualification from the position. 

  • Responds to coding-related questions from HSC coding staff
  • Leads, coordinates and performs all functions of quality reviews (routine, pre-bill, policy driven and incentive plan driven) for inpatient and outpatient coding across OUMS
  • Provides Coding Integrity Specialist (CIS) and CQR education as needed
  • Initiates the rebilling process as required per policy on special projects
  • Researches coding opportunities and escalate as needed
  • Assists in the review, improvement of processes, education, troubleshooting and recommend prioritization of issues.
  • Provides and creates education as needed
    • Monitors QA results to assist Coding Leadership in root cause analysis and educational opportunities
    • Assists with curriculum development
    • Assists in ensuring coding staff adherence with coding guidelines and policy
  • Demonstrates and applies expert level knowledge of medical coding practices and concepts
  • Participates on special reviews or projects
  • Maintains or exceeds 95% productivity standards
  • Maintains or exceeds 95% accuracy
  • Meets all educational requirements as stated in current Company policy
  • Reviews all official data quality standards, coding guidelines, Company policies and procedures, and clinical/medical resources to assure coding knowledge and skills remain current
    • Performs an annual education needs assessment as input to the strategic coding education program and provides this assessment to the Coding Leadership team
    • Communicates Coding topics and/or question trends to Coding Leadership for global education
    • Coaches and mentors coding staff as they develop and grow their coding skills
    • Provides skilled coding support through regularly scheduled coding meetings and as the need arises
    • Researches external sources for common coding trends and questions
    • Works on special projects as assigned
    • Applies adult learning concepts when developing, delivering or assisting others for educational programs
    • Provides high level of customer service
    • Practices and demonstrates adherence to the Company’s Code of Conduct and ethics philosophy and Company’s Mission and Values
    • Completes other duties as assigned

General Responsibilities:

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: High School graduate or GED equivalent required, undergraduate (associates or bachelors) degree in HIM/HIT preferred.

Experience:  Proven work experience in areas of coding education strongly preferred. Minimum of 5 years acute care inpatient/outpatient coding experience required. Minimum of 3 years coding auditing/monitoring experience strongly preferred.

        Licensure/Certifications/Registrations Required:  RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Coding Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills- extensive regulatory coding, (ICD-10-CM, ICD-10- PCS, CPT-4, Modifiers, MS-DRGs, POA assignment and where applicable APR-DRGs and APCs) and associated reimbursement knowledge
  • Effective Decision Making - relating and comparing; securing relevant information and identifying key issues; committing to an action after developing alternative courses of action that take into consideration resources, constraints, and organizational values
  • Adaptability to major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures
  • Initiative - independently takes prompt proactive steps toward problem resolution
  • Contributing to Team Success by actively participating as a member of the team to move the team

    toward the completion of goals

  • Work Standards –setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self- imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed
    • Communication - communicates clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
    • Customer Orientation - establishes and maintains long-term customer relationships, building trust and respect by consistently meeting and exceeding expectations.
    • Interpersonal Skills - able to work effectively with other employees, patients and external parties.
    • Data Analysis – able to analyze, interpret and share data in a presentation format.
    • Knowledge of Healthcare Information - familiar with various types and sources of health care information, including financial and patient level data files.
    • Work Independently, with experience working in a team environment.
    • PC Skills - demonstrates proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and others as required.
    • Policies & Procedures - demonstrates knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures, systems and query handbook.

OU Medicine has a comprehensive benefits package, including PTO, 401(k), medical and dental plans, but our offerings go beyond traditional packages. We know that a total benefits and compensation package, designed to meet your specific needs and goals both inside and outside of the work environment, brings additional rewards that create peace of mind for you and your family.

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OU Health is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including PTO, 401(k), medical and dental plans, and many more. We know that a total benefits and compensation package, designed to meet your specific needs both inside and outside of the work environment, create peace of mind for you and your family.