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Houston Methodist Hospital: Inpatient Coder $2, 500. 00 Sign-On Bonus; (Remote – Must Live In Texas) – Corporate

Houston Methodist Hospital

This is a Full-time position in Houston, TX posted July 9, 2021.

JOB SUMMARYAt Houston Methodist, the Inpatient Coder is responsible for ensuring diagnostic and procedure codes are assigned accurately to inpatient encounters based upon documentation within the electronic medical record while maintaining compliance with established rules and regulatory guidelines.

NOTES This is a Remote Position.Candidate MUST live in Texas.PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIESJob responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.PEOPLE 20%Interacts and communicates effectively with members of the coding team and the appropriate stakeholders.

(EF)Participates and provides good feedback during coding section meetings and coding education inservices as well as takes initiative to assist others and shares knowledge with the appropriate stakeholders.

(EF)SERVICE 20%Responds promptly to internal and external customer requests.

Responds promptly and appropriately to requests to code or review coded accounts for accuracy.

(EF)Initiates queries with physicians to obtain or clarify diagnoses and/or procedures as appropriate, utilizing the established physician query process.

(EF)QUALITY/SAFETY 30%Maintains and achieves the highest standards of coding quality by assigning accurate/ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS codes utilizing an electronic encoder application in accordance with hospital policy and regulatory body guidelines.

(EF)Maintains and achieves department standards of abstracting quality by reviewing accurate discharge disposition entered by nursing and corrects if necessary in order to achieve the highest quality of entered data.

Assigns and enters physician identification number and procedure date correctly in the medical record abstracting system.

(EF)Reviews medical record documentation and abstracts data into the encoder and EPIC/Electronic Health Record (EHR) to determine principal or final diagnosis, co-morbid conditions and complications, secondary conditions and procedures.

Utilizes all tools/ resources for accuracy.

(EF)Complies with the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and adheres to official guidelines.FINANCE 20%Utilizes time effectively.

Consistently codes and abstracts at departmental standards of productivity while ensuring accuracy of coding .(EF)Supports meeting organizational goal for Accounts Receivables (AR) associated with uncoded accounts.

(EF)Maintains coding timeframes within established departmental standards by ensuring all work items assigned to the coding queues are processed in a timely manner.

(EF)GROWTH/INNOVATION 10%Critically evaluates her or his own performance, accepts constructive criticism, and looks for ways to improve.

(EF)Displays initiative to improve relative to job function.

Contributes ideas to help improve quality of coding data and abstracting data.

(EF)This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned.

Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSAssociate’s degree in a CAHIIM accredited program required or additional two years of experience (in addition to the minimum experience requirements listed below) required in lieu of degreeEXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSOne year of relevant inpatient coding experience or successful completion of the Houston Methodist Coding Apprentice Program or Outpatient to Inpatient Coder Transition ProgramCERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIREDRegistered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

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