Coding Specialist III - Inpatient (Per Diem)
Lehigh Valley Hospital - Lehigh Valley, PA

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Passion. It’s what drives everyone at Lehigh Valley Health Network to create one of America ’s best hospitals and one of the nation’s top places to work. It’s been the heart of our story for more than 100 years. Our employees have a passion to continually go the extra mile to create a healthier community. Lehigh Valley Health Network is consistently recognized among America 's best health networks and has been recognized three times as a Magnet hospital for national nursing excellence.

Our people make Lehigh Valley Health Network a great place to work. Join us in applying for our Inpatient Coding Specialist III position.

Job Description:

Performs diagnostic and procedural ICD-9-CM coding primarily for inpatient hospital discharges of an advanced acuity (all clinical specialties and LOS). Also responsible for covering inpatient discharges assigned to Level II or Level I in the event of a backlog. Supports the clinical documentation improvement program - provides advice, education, and statistical information. Enters demographic, diagnostic and procedural data into the hospital information system. The output of the Section is used for financial and billing purposes, to meet licensure requirements, network quality initiatives, for statistics, and for public hospital and physician reporting.

Minimum Requirements:

3 years acute care coding experience. CCS or CPC-H credential or currently pursuing certification. Other HIM credentials such as RHIA or RHIT with 3 years coding experience also acceptable. Credentials must be obtained within 1 year of employment.

Influenza vaccination will be required for all personnel working within LVHN, who have patient contact, unless medically contraindicated or due to a bonafide religious belief or practice.

Preferred Qualifications:

Requires knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, ICD-9-CM, DRGs/prospective payment, severity of illness classification, UHDDS definitions, coding guidelines, and applicable regulatory agency requirements. Ability to interpret existing documentation and discern when clarification of documentation may lead to more accurate coding, i.e., more specificity, reconciliation of ambiguous or conflicting documentation, and appropriate recording of case mix and patient severity. Requires strong analytical and investigative skills in order to assign appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes and to maintain data integrity. Demonstrated written communication skills required to convey documentation issues to physicians and other clinicians. Basic computer skills (windows, medical record and Microsoft Office software, etc.) and basic knowledge of standard office equipment.

Licensure and Certifications:

CCS , CPC-H (Cert Prof Coder-Hospital Based) , RHIA , RHIT

LVHN is committed to the belief that each individual is entitled to equal employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status designated by federal, state, or local law.

Consistent with our mission to improve the health of our community, and in response to increasing evidence of health and safety risks associated with tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke, smoking and all tobacco use is prohibited in all hospitals buildings owned, leased or rented by LVHN.

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