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Coder IV

Company: Geisinger Health System
Location: Danville
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Job Summary

Health information coding is the transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric or alphanumeric designations. The coding process reviews and analyzes health records to identify relevant diagnoses and procedures for distinct patient encounters. Coders are responsible for translating diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by healthcare providers into coded form procedure codes that can be utilized for submitting claims to payers for reimbursement. A joint effort between the healthcare provider and the coder is essential to achieve complete and accurate documentation, code assignment, and reporting of diagnoses and procedures.

Job Duties

  • Reviews the content of the medical record for hospital and professional inpatient records to identify principal diagnosis, secondary diagnoses and procedures performed that explain the reason for service being provided or the admission and patient severity and comply with standard provider coding regulations.
  • Carefully details review of documents such as laboratory findings, radiology reports, various scan reports, discharge summary, history and physical, consultations, orders, progress notes and other ancillary services treatment records needed to ensure all pertinent diagnoses and procedures are recorded.
  • Translates all diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by healthcare providers into coded form procedure codes as required.
  • Using the Encoder software program, determines the codes for all diagnoses and procedures.
  • Determines their sequencing to legally maximize reimbursement.
  • Assigns the appropriate DRG.
  • Assigns codes based on hospital and professional coding guidelines, Coding Clinic directives, federal regulations, CCI coding initiatives, CPT Assistant or other standard coding guidelines.
  • Queries physicians as needed to clarify documentation within the patient's record to facilitate complete and accurate coding.
  • Understands and applies internal policy and procedure guidelines regarding how to phrase physician queries.
  • Assists the Coding Quality and Professional Manager with training of new coding staff related to hospital and professional coding guidelines, encoder and other software systems needed for the coding process, along with reviewing coding guidelines on an annual basis and makes recommendations for change to improve coding and data management.
  • Communicates to Coding Quality and Professional Manager any new diagnoses, procedures, technologies, etc.
  • documented within patient records to ensure that appropriate diagnosis and procedure codes are selected and incorporated into hospital and professional coding guidelines.
  • Updates and corrects historical file data by completing and submitting claim action reports per the PHC4 quarterly report.

    Work is typically performed in an office environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.

    *Relevant experience may be a combination of related work experience and/or completed specialty training program (1 year of specialty training = 1 year relevant experience).

    Position Details

    If a suitably experienced candidate cannot be found, applicants who meet the basic qualifications but possess fewer years of experience will be considered for hire at a lower level.Salary would commensurate with experience.

    High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED)- (Required)

    Minimum of 6 years-Relevant experience* (Required)

    Certification(s) and License(s)
    Certified Professional Coder - American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC); Certified Risk Adjustment Coder - American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC); Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) - American Health Information Management Association

    Communication; Teamwork; Computer Coding; Organizing; Computer Literacy

    About Geisinger

    Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes ten hospital campuses, a 550,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook , Instagram , LinkedIn and Twitter .

    Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Geisinger values who you are, where you are from, and where you are going. We seek out people of various backgrounds and cultures with unique abilities, non-traditional career paths and ambitious aspirations. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status. Read more about Our Commitment to Inclusive Recruiting .

    Our Vision & Values

    Everything we do is about making better health easier for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities.

    KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves.

    EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence.

    LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow.

    INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

    SAFETY: We provide a safe environment for our patients and members and the Geisinger family.

    Our Benefits

    We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and prescription coverage.

Keywords: Geisinger Health System, Reading , Coder IV, Other , Danville, Pennsylvania

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