The purpose of this position is to assign ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes for outpatient claims in order to ensure a valid data base to be used for research, reporting, quality improvement activities, management of days not final billed (DNFB) and appropriate reimbursement.
Accurately codes ancillary encounters utilizing ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes according to the official coding guidelines as published in Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM
Abstracts data elements for ancillary encounters as required by the facility
Coordinates with Ancillary Departments relative to medical necessity issues.
Meets facility productivity standards for ancillary coding
Meets quality standards for ancillary coding
Utilizes official coding guidelines and resources as required: Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM, Faye Brown Coding Handbook, UHDDS guidelines for sequencing, pharmacology reference, medical dictionary, CMS directives and bulletins, Fiscal intermediary communications
Compliance: Reports inaccuracies found in coding software to HIM coding supervisor, reports any potential unethical and/or fraudulent activity per compliance policy, Adheres to all HIM coding and compliance policies, reports inaccuracy/inconsistencies in coding practices to the HIM coding supervisor
Updates knowledge and skills: reviews quarterly Coding Clinic and completes semi-annual quiz, attends Intermountain coder training as required, reviews coding newsletters
Communication and interpersonal skills: Interacts with other departmental personnel and be able to work effectively in achieving department tasks and goals; interacts with Medical Staff and must be able to communicate effectively
May perform other duties as assigned
Thorough understanding of Medical Terminology
Good computer skills and knowledge requiring experience using Windows, e-mail, Word, and Excel
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Anatomy and Physiology
Knowledge of 3M coding software
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