Review clinical documentation and diagnostic results as appropriate to extract data and apply appropriate ICD-9-CM, and/ or ICD-10- CM for billing, internal and external reporting, research, and regulatory compliance while maintaining an accuracy rate at or above 96%. Under the direction of the RevenueCycle Manager, Outpatient Coders will accurately code conditions and procedures as documented in the CPT, HCPCS, ICD-9-CM and/ or ICD-10 CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. Outpatient coders will accurately code outpatient medical records(for example, diagnostic, therapeutic, emergency department services, ambulatory surgery (same day surgery), and observation service encounters) conditions and procedures as documented in the CPT, HCPCS, ICD-9-CM and/ or ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and ReportinOutpatient Coders will resolve error reports associated with billing process, identify and report error patterns, and, when necessary, assist in design and implementation of workflow changes to reduce billing errors. Work collaboratively with providers and staff to ensure the most accurate and complete documentation to support accurate coding/billing.
High School Diploma or GED
Preferred completion of Accredited Associate HIM Program, Accredited Baccalaureate or Master's Health Informatics/HIM Program Degree in Health Information Management or other allied health degree or an AHIMA approved Coding Certificate Program or successful Completion of Coder Certificate Program.
Two (2) years' progressive on-the-job experience coding with ICD-9-CM and/or ICD-10-CM and CPT-4 coding in a hospital or outpatient setting.
At least one of the following preferred certifications are required: RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician (AHIMA)), CCS (Certified Coding Specialist (AHIMA)) CPC-H (Certified Professional hospital outpatient facility (AAPC).
Any of the following certifications may be accepted: RHIA Registered Health Information Administrator (AHIMA), CCA (Certified Coding Associate (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.