Selected by CHRISTUS Health Coding Leadership to focus coding skills and expertise, to fosteran environment of teamwork and service excellence, to manage work queue assignments, mentor, train, and cross train their designated Specialty or Outpatient Coding teams. Coding Lead will work with Coders to maintain current and high-quality CPT and ICD-10-CM coding for Inpatient and/or Outpatient encounters, surgical and other procedures, with a consistent coding accuracy rate of 95% or better. Coding Leads will work to ensure Coders abstract data into any-and-all appropriate CHRISTUS Health electronic medical record systems, verifying accurate patient dispositions and physician data, following AMA CPT and the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. Coding Lead will act as a liaison for coding related questions, providing clear and concise written or verbal responses, citing official coding guidelines and Coding Clinics.
Maintains standardized, organization-wide policies and procedures to monitor the success and quality of coding.
Monitors and actively manages work queue assignments daily.
Actively predicts impact of work queue (WQ) volume and proactively shifts coders to areas needing additional support. Takes into consideration the impact of PTO, holidays, sick days, etc. on WQ volume/backlogs and plans accordingly.
Together with Coding Manager, sets expectations for Coder productivity and efficiency.
Monitors department goals, individual coder productivity, and quality standards in conjunction with industry trends and CTC needs.
Assists in implementing new systems, solutions and/or processes, to reduce back-end billing errors.
Acts as coding liaison, proving expertise in coding, charging, modifier application, special projects and denials.
Maintains effective communication with physician offices to ensure smooth and efficient department operations, advising Coding Manager of any problems.
Analyzes audit results to identify areas of opportunity and participates in both internal and external audit discussions.
Together with the coding departmentâ€™s Quality Specialist, reviews expectation of coder accuracy with coding associates.
High school Diploma or GED
AAPC or AHIMA approved Coding Certificate Program, required
Associate degree or equivalent leadership experience, preferred
Strong knowledge of Evaluation & Management, CPT/ICD-10-CM/HCC coding and documentation guidelines
Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines with minimal oversight
Excellent team-building and motivational skills
Working knowledge of NCDs/LCDs
Demonstrated attention to detail
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Strong knowledge of common office software applications including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Able to work independently in a remote setting, with little supervision
Minimum of five (5) years of Inpatient and/or Outpatient coding experience in a physician practice setting.
C. Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) (AAPC)
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) (AHIMA)
Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) (AHIMA)
Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) (AHIMA)
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.