Under the direction of the Manager, Coding Compliance, the Surgical Physician Coder will play a key role in reviewing and analyzing surgical billing and coding for processing. This role will be responsible for reviewing and accurately coding office, hospital, and surgical procedures for reimbursement. The Surgical Physician Coder will also be committed to ensuring accurate and compliant medical coding for both inpatient and outpatient services, diagnostic tests, and other medical services rendered to each patient.
Duties & Responsibilities:
In adherence with standard work, analyze and interpret medical information in the medical record and assign and sequence the correct ICD-10-CM, CPT, and/or HCPCS code to the diagnoses/procedures of office, inpatient and/or outpatient medical records according to established coding guidelines.
Achievement of productivity and quality standards as established by management.
In adherence with standard work, conduct audits and provide ongoing education to MCMF physicians to maximize compliance and reimbursement.
In adherence with standard work, follow Coding Compliance department standards and branding when communicating with clinical partners and fellow business center teams. Work collaboratively to solve billing and coding issues with Physician Billing Services Insurance and Customer Service Representatives.
Strong knowledge of surgical coding and the ability to review and natively code complex operative procedure reports. Employ strong understanding of the encounter/billing process and working knowledge of Medicare, Commercial, and HMO insurance, including the impact on reimbursement. Utilize medical reference resources and contacts to thoroughly research coding issues and maintain working knowledge of payment/reimbursement systems to ensure maximum reimbursement and coding compliance.
In adherence with standard work, identify opportunities for billing/coding improvements. Participate in developing, implementing, and reviewing programs for coding compliance monitoring, criteria for benchmark comparisons, organizational policies and procedures, and physician clinical documentation improvement programs. Optimization opportunities include, but are not limited to, work in the Follow-Up and Claim Edit work queues and analyzing denial trends.
Proficient in Microsoft Office suite
Proficient in Epic software
Strong analytical skills
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Strong understanding of the health care revenue cycle
Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate information accurately and clearly
The ability to train and mentor off-site contract coders and be the point of contact for both contracted coders and providers
Provide excellent customer service and address a moderate amount of incoming email and phone calls
The ability to manage interpersonal relationships and effectively communicate with clinical partners and fellow business center teams
Minimum 3-years' experience working in a hospital or physician's office as a medical coder and interacting with physicians;
Minimum 1-year experience as a surgical coder in one of the following specialties: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery;
Expert knowledge of ICD10, CPT, and HCPCS
Strong knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
Epic software experience highly desired
Proficient Microsoft skills
High school graduate or equivalent;
CPC, CCS, RHIT, or equivalent certification;
Specialty Coding certification required
Memorialcare Health System