Coder Analyst - Health Information (SOCH)
Sisters Of Charity Hospital - Acute - Buffalo, NY

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Coder Analyst: Codes hospital inpatient, SNF, Rehab, Ambulatory, ER / Urgent Care, Interventional Radiology and Local Surgery records for the purpose of accurate reimbursement, research and compliance with federal regulations. Diagnoses and procedures are coded through review of the entire medical record, utilizing International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and Current Procedure Terminology (CPT) classifications. Queries physician for further clarification when there is uncertainty in the documentation of the medical record. Analyzes and reviews records for completeness. Actively participates as a member of the Clinical Documentation Improvement Team (CDI Team) as outlined in this document.

REPORTS TO: Health Information Manager (of site) with liaison with Coding Manager

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.

SKILL AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM):

EDUCATION:
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B.S. in Health Information Management or AAS in Health Information Technology.
· Certification as an RHIA or RHIT. Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) is preferred. Would also consider an RHIA or RHIT eligible candidate if enrolled in an HIT or HIM program and candidate has completed coding, medical terminology, anatomy & physiology; OR a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Medical Coder (CMC) with certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC); OR an experienced coder with the Certified Coder Specialist (CCS) credentials would also be considered.
· Successful certification within one (1) year of date of graduation. (AHIMA or AAPC).
· Candidates are required to take and successfully pass a CH coding test.
· Maintains credentials by meeting AHIMA/ AAPC continuing education requirements.
· CDI Team training

EXPERIENCE:
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6 months coding experience in an acute care facility is preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITITES:
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Thorough knowledge of ICD-9-CM and CPT coding systems, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology.
· Partner with and across Teams. Demonstrated ability to work closely with CH associates, medical staff, department managers, CDI Specialists and Finance.
· Superior written and interpersonal communication skills
· Drive performance. Ambitious, takes prompt action for priorities, addresses challenges & opportunities. Possess skills related to organization and prioritization. Is action oriented.
· Demonstrated proficiency with computers, software, hardware and technological advances.
· Problem Solving: Includes appropriate staff in problem solving, defining, and prioritizing.
· Excellent analytical skills.
· Mobilizer. Sets goals/expectations. Ability to meet deadlines consistently and generate reports.
· Change Driver. Welcomes improvement, open to new ideas of others, helps others embrace change and accepts suggestions for change from other team members. Embraces creative thinking, generates creative solutions.
· Ability to read medical record documents and utilize computer to enter diagnoses, procedures and patient data throughout the day.
· Ability and knowledge to review CDI worksheet and utilize (if appropriate) to code chart and/or query physician.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
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Primary work is sedentary with majority of time spent sitting.
· Frequent repetitive action of using computer keyboard.
· Individual works in an office setting utilizing medical records, computers and various software and reference books to assign codes for accurate reimbursement.
· Travel is required for float positions.
· NYS Drivers license and transportation is required for float positions. Occasional travel may be required for other positions.
ENVIRONMENT:
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Normal heat, light space, and safe working environment; typical of most office jobs.
PHYSICAL EFFORT: ACTIVITY & STRENGTH : (LIGHT)

Low Lift (floor to knuckle): Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Mid Lift (knuckle to shoulder): Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

High Lift (shoulder and above): Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Full Lift (floor to shoulder): Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Carry: Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Push: Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Pull: Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Overall Strength Category: Occasional 0 to 2.6 hours/day (11-20 lbs.); Frequent 2.7 to 5.3 hours/day (1-10 lbs.); Constant 5.4 to 8 hours/day (negligible)

Dictionary Of Occupational Titles

Constant (C) 67-100% Workday

Frequent (F) 34-66% Workday

Occasional (O) 0-33% Workday

Not Present (N)

Activity - Job Demand

Walk – Frequent

Climb Stairs – Occasional

Stoop – Frequent

Kneel – Occasional

Crouch – Occasional

Reach (immediate) – Frequent

Reach (overhead) – Occasional

Handling – Frequent

Fingering - Frequent

Sitting – Frequent

Standing – Frequent

Push Cart - Occasional

Pull Cart - Occasional

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