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Quality Assurance Coding Specialist, (Remote, PA)

Description

UPMC Health Plan's Quality Assurance Department is seeking a Coding Specialist!

Responsible for quality review/monitoring of Health Plan Coding Specialist Staff/or external coding personnel. Performs auditing functions including monitoring, coding of diagnosis, reviewing medical record documentation and discharge summaries to determine if appropriate code was assigned to ensure Health Plan compliance with coding standards. Provides coding related support to internal QA/F&A staff.

This role offers the opportunity to utilize coding skills to address risk to the organization, flexibility to conduct research and work on projects that will increase coding knowledge, and has a team-work oriented department.

This role is 100% remote. 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Review the coding of diagnoses and verifying the proper ICD-9-CM codes were assigned by the HCC Coding Specialist.
  • Communicate effectively with Risk Adjustment Staff, nurse reviewers and physicians and ancillary departments as necessary to address issues and concerns.
  • Provide assistance to other departments as requested.
  • Completion of special projects including claims and/or coding related audit support.
  • Utilize standard coding guidelines and principles and coding clinics to verify that the appropriate ICD-9-CM and CPT codes were assigned including modifiers for correct DRG/APC assignment and accurate reimbursement.
  • Monitor the assignment of the principal and secondary diagnoses and procedures by thoroughly reviewing all documentation in the medical record utilizing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and pathology.
  • Ensure that all codes are documented for the assignment of a valid and accurate Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC).
  • Compile and report statistical data to internal and external customers.
  • Determine diagnoses that were treated, monitored and evaluated and procedures done during the episode of care to validate that the appropriate codes were assigned by the HCC Coding Specialist.
  • Review the discharge summary, history and physical, physician progress notes, consultation reports, radiology, laboratory, pathology, operative records, emergency room record to accurately assign a diagnosis and / or procedure.

 

Qualifications

  • Graduate of an approved Health Record Administration or Accredited Medical Record Technician program (RHIA/RHIT or eligible) or a certified coding program.
  • 5 years of coding experience in a health care setting.
  • Extensive knowledge of ICD-9 and CPT classifications and coding of diagnoses and procedures is required.
  • In depth knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy/physiology, pharmacology, and pathology is required.
  • The ability to problem solve and to communicate in a professional manner with staff and other health care professionals is essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Proficiency in computer skills required for coding (MARS, Cerner).
  • Detail oriented individual with excellent organizational skills.High degree of oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office/PC skills.
  • Traveling may be required as necessary.
  • EDUCATIONAL/KNOWLEDGE PREFERENCES:Bachelors Degree or equivalent education/experience.3 years of claims and/or general auditing experience


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) OR Certified Professional Coder (CPC) OR Registered Health Information Administrator OR Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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   Current UPMC employees must apply in HR Direct