Certified Coder - Full Time

Sandusky/Amherst, OH

The Medical Coding Specialist will evaluate medical records and charge tickets to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance with the International Classification of Diseases Manual - Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM), and the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology Manual (CPT). The Specialist will also provide technical guidance and training on medical coding to physicians and staff.

Duties And Responsibilities:

  • Evaluates medical record documentation and charge-ticket coding to optimize reimbursement by ensuring that diagnostic and procedural codes and other documentation accurately reflects and supports outpatient visits and to ensure that data complies with legal standards and guidelines.
  • Interprets medical information such as diseases or symptoms and diagnostic descriptions and procedures to accurately recommend the appropriate assignment and sequence of correct ICD-10-CM and CPT codes.
  • Review all Medicare Wellness visit types to ensure all HCC codes have been added.
  • Reviews state and federal Medicare reimbursement claims for completeness and accuracy before submission to minimize claim denial.
  • Evaluates records and prepares reports on such topics as the number of denied claims or documentation or coding issues for review by management and/or professional evaluation committees.
  • Makes recommendations for changes in policies and procedures; works with data processing staff to revise the computer master file. Develops and updates procedures manuals to maintain standards for correct coding, to minimize the risk of fraud and abuse, and to optimize revenue recovery.
  • Provides technical guidance to physicians and other staff in identifying and resolving issues or errors such as incomplete or missing records and documentation, ambiguous or nonspecific documentation, and/or codes that do not conform to approved coding principles/guidelines.
  • Reads bulletins, newsletters, and periodicals and attends workshops to stay abreast of issues, trends, and changes in laws and regulations governing medical record coding and documentation.
  • Educates and advises staff on proper code selection, documentation, procedures, and requirements.
  • Identifies training needs, prepares training materials, and conducts training for physicians and support staff to improve skills in the collection and coding of quality health data.

Knowledge And Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of HCCs and impact on value-based contracts
  • Proficient in use of coding encoder software, electronic medical record software, Outlook, Excel, as well as other computer software programs.
  • Knowledge of ICD-10-CM and CPT coding guidelines; medical terminology; anatomy and physiology; state and federal Medicare reimbursement guidelines; English grammar and usage.
  • Ability to research and analyze data, draw conclusions, and resolve issues; read, interpret, and apply policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Ability to read and interpret medical procedures and terminology.
  • Ability to develop training materials, make group presentations, and to train staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to prepare reports and related documents and to maintain working relationships with physicians and other staff.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Possession of an Accredited Record Technician’s certification (ART) or Certified Coding Specialist designation (CCS) issued by the American Health Information Management Association is required.
  • Two years of experience in medical record coding, or the;
  • Equivalent combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer