Medical Coder is responsible for ensuring accurate, complete and timely coding of all professional services.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Ensures that records are coded within 48 hours of completion of dictation, excluding weekends and holidays. Reviews documentation for completion and accuracy to ensure proper assignment of CPT, ICD-9, and HCPCS codes and modifiers. Contacts responsible physician in a professional, tactful manner, if diagnosis is not available on medical record. Codes diagnoses and procedures on clinical summary agree with physician's preference 100% of the time. Refers medical record to director, If there is a question regarding the diagnoses/codes. Utilizes computerized coding/abstracting equipment. Codes all diagnoses/procedures in accordance to ICD-9-CM coding principles and the Coding Manual. Logs diagnoses, procedures and other abstracting data on worksheet for abstractor to input into computer and/or inputs diagnoses, procedures and other abstracting data into computer themselves. Meets quality standards of having 95% of principal diagnoses and procedures appropriately and/or correctly coded. Maintains 99% rate of information correctly abstracted. Reviews coding periodicals within seven (7) days of receipt. Notifies director whenever work is more than 48 hours behind work deadline. Assists the director with state requirements and reports. Acts as a resource person to BMG staff and physicians for coding and may provide education regarding coding changes/issues. Must be familiar with all medical record and coding requirements. Maintains a good working relationship within the department, other departments and medical staff. Willing to accept additional assignments. Performs performance improvement functions through data collection and documentation review. Demonstrates the ability to deal with pressure to meet deadlines, to be accurate, and to handle constantly changing situations. Demonstrates the ability to deal with a variety of people, deal with stressful situations, and handle conflict.
High School graduate or equivalent.
Two (2) or more years of previous experience as a Coder.
Knowledge of diagnoses/procedures in accordance with ICD-9-CM coding principles for both acute and skilled nursing facilities.
Ability to work with physicians in a collaborative manner.
As a not-for-profit community health system, Benefis is driven to provide the highest level of care. We serve nearly 230,000 residents across a 15-county region that is bigger than Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont combined. Benefis is the largest non-governmental employer in the Great Falls area, with more than 3,000 employees.Benefis has 530 licensed beds (that includes 146 beds in long-term care, 71 in assisted living and 20 beds at Peace Hospice of Montana) and partners with over 250 area physicians.Our hospital has been recognized for its exceptional work in quality care by providing a wide range of programs and services to help you live the best life possible. We’re here to help you “Live well.”Benefis Health System came about when two Christian-based hospitals became one. Our founders believed in providing good care to all in need, and trusted that this would be accomplished. The Benefis name was derived using Latin root words: "Bene-" meaning good, and "fis-" for faith and trust. It’s these same root words that make up such terms as ‘beneficial’ and ‘confidence’.Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to o...ur commitment: good care one can put faith in.Benefis is consistently ranked among America’s top hospitals by the nation’s leading healthcare ratings organizations for a range of services, including cancer care, joint replacement, stroke treatment, wound care and home health.To learn more about our services, continue looking through our website at WWW.BENEFIS.ORG or call 406.455.5000.