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Providing accurate coding, auditing, and reporting, our medical records team is a highly valued and integral part of our team. We use the most advanced EHR technologies, including EPIC and 3M 360 encompass computer-assisted coding, and foster a strong belief in promoting team members from within.

Coding Specialist I (Not a Remote Position)

Location: Clackamas, OR Job Number: 614460 Date posted: 08/31/2017
Description: To provide expertise in collection interpretation, and analysis of patient healthcare information, ensuring the quality of medical records by verifying their completeness, accuracy, and proper entry into computer systems, specializing in coding diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement and research.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Under general supervision responsible for medical record review and translating clinical information into coded data, utilizes an Encoder software system, analyzing and maintaining its accuracy, validity, and meaningfulness. Utilizes electronic patient data system and clinical information system (EpicCare) to access patient encounter information. Abstracts and enters clinical data elements as defined by the needs of the organization for patient utilization/outcome studies, financial information, research, reimbursement, and governing agencies. Identifies and assigns principal diagnosis and procedure codes, sequencing them as appropriate by following the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), and adhering to standards of billing set by Medicare (HCFA), Medicaid (OMAP), and other intermediaries to enable capture all documented medical services. Routinely performs chart analysis to identify areas of the medical record that contain incomplete, inaccurate or inconsistent documentation. Reviews and verifies chart information (i.e. POS, attending provider). Assesses and inputs data. Reviews and verifies component parts of medical records to ensure completeness and accuracy of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that must conform to CMS coding rules and guidelines.
  • Fully utilizes resources available such as 3M encoder product, internet medical sites, Coding Clinic and CPT Assistant to research issues to apply coding guidelines for ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS codes. Using knowledge of coding guidelines and reimbursement reporting requirements; identifies concerns and informs supervisors/managers as appropriate. Working knowledge of APC/MS-DRG/APR-DRG.
  • Reviews bulletins, newsletters and periodicals and attends workshops to stay abreast of current issues, trends, and changes in the laws and regulations governing medical record coding and documentation to mitigate the risk of fraud and abuse and to optimize revenue recovery. Review Annual ICD-10 Official Guidelines for Coding, along with review of quarterly Coding Clinic and monthly CPT Assistant and identify implications to current coding process. May assist other level coders with special projects. Utilizes query process when appropriate. Performs as a team member of Coding and Documentation Services, and actively participates with peers in coding in-services, staff meetings, reporting of performance measures, and quality outcome monitors. Completes other tasks as assigned.

  • Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum one (1) year of working experience in assignment of diagnostic and procedural coding or minimum one (1) year in the Clinical Data Coding Apprentice position at Kaiser Permanente.
  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required with current credential with AHIMA.
    License, Certification, Registration
  • Register Health Information Administrator (RHIA), OR
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), OR
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) from AHIMA, OR
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) actively pursuing a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and to be obtain within 18 months of hire date.
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) actively pursuing a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and to be obtain within 2 years of hire date.

    Additional Requirements:
  • Academic knowledge and working experience performing coding and abstracting responsibilities in health information management/medical record services.
  • Familiar with EMR patient documentation system with knowledge and skill in the use of a computer.
  • Knowledge of disease processes, diagnostic and surgical procedures, ICD-10 and CPT classification systems, and health information/medical record services responsibilities with awareness of government regulations and potential areas of risk for fraud and abuse.
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and medical coding principles for ICD-10 and CPT coding.
  • Fluent in English with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in time management, organization and analytical skills.
  • Ability to manage significant work load, and to work efficiently under pressure meeting established deadlines under general supervision.
  • Ability to use independent thought and judgment regarding code selection and to easily adapt to unfamiliar automated systems.
  • Demonstrates customer-focused service skills.
  • Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by AHIMA.
  • Meets department standards for performance and quality - all medical coders must maintain 95% accuracy on all assignments for 3 consecutive months.
  • Final candidates will be required to pass with a 75% or better score on Kaiser Coding Skills Assessment for Coder I.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum two (2) years of coding experience health information/medical record environment that includes Medicare reimbursement guidelines.
  • Previous experience in the use of a computer and related systems and software to include: EMR(s), Microsoft Office Suite and other software programs.
  • Ability to understand basic math concepts regarding statistics and percentages that compare findings, trends, outcomes related to productivity and/or medical record audits.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of CMS HCC Risk Adjustment coding and data validation requirements preferred.
  • A thorough working knowledge of disease processes, diagnostic and surgical procedures, ICD-10 and CPT.

  • Associate's degree in health information technology from an accredited program

    Primary Location: Oregon,Clackamas,Regional Process Center 10220 SE Sunnyside Rd. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 AM Working Hours End: 4:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Non-Union, Non-Exempt Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Medical Records Department: Facility Coding Services Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.
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