Coding Quality Validator


HMH HOSPITALS CORPORATION Hackensack Requisition # 2021-97530 ShiftDay StatusFull Time with Benefits Weekend WorkWeekends as Needed HolidaysAs Needed On CallNo On-Call Required Shift Hours8:30am - 5pm Address30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, 07601

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Overview

How have you impacted someone's life today? At Hackensack Meridian Health our teams are focused on changing the lives of our patients by providing the highest level of care each and every day. From our hospitals, rehab centers and occupational health teams to our long-term care centers and at-home care capabilities, our complete spectrum of services will allow you to apply your skills in multiple settings while building your career, all within New Jersey's premier healthcare system. 

Fostering a culture of excellence within a collaborative environment, Hackensack Meridian Health is seeking talented professionals to implement and support innovative solutions & technologies. Our Information Technology team enables HMH to meet the changing demands of the healthcare marketplace by providing creative, high quality, efficient and effective solutions. Come join the HMH team as we recently rolled out Epic throughout our network and are looking for top talent to support this implementation. The location for this position can be flexible, North or Central Jersey. 

The Coding Quality Validator is responsible for monitoring compliance with applicable clinical documentation to support coding and billing regulations to insure appropriate reimbursement and to support public reporting and various initiatives as directed by Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH).

HMH IT department has received many accolades from recognized organizations; including Most Wired and Fortune.  Come join our winning IT team that was ranked as #1“Best Hospital IT Department” for the past two years by Health IT News.

Responsibilities

A day in the life of Coding Quality Validator at Hackensack Meridian Health includes:

  • Reviews DRG assignment for selected Medicare/Medicaid inpatients, HAC, PSI and Healthgrade target diagnoses for the purpose of reimbursement, research and statistics in compliance with federal regulations according to ICD-9, ICD-10 and CPT-4 coding classification systems.
  • Analyzes physician documentation in the medical record for clinical correlation for coding accuracy and queries physicians when code assignments are not straightforward or documentation in the medical record is inadequate, ambiguous, or unclear for coding purposes.
  • Provides guidance on any changes made during their review to the Inpatient Coders by furnishing input as necessary in addition to education regarding applicable coding clinics or coding guidelines.
  • Analyzes clinical data of CDMP Severity Complexity worksheets and applies tracking codes.
  • Provides guidance to the Clinical Documentation Specialists by furnishing input as necessary in addition to education regarding applicable coding clinics or coding guidelines.
  • Performs data analysis and statistical gathering on a monthly basis with regards to DRG, CPT, Public Reporting, HAC compliance which is then presented to the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Makes recommendations on documentation improvement needs within the facility to improve patient care.
  • Applies POA indicators on all inpatient charts.
  • Brings identified concerns to supervisor or department manager for resolution.
  • Enters data such as diagnosis and procedure codes and charts abstracted information for APC and DRG assignments into the 3M coding computer system.
  • Assists the Inpatient HIM Supervisor and Inpatient Coding Manager with education sessions for coding staff.
  • Assists in chart completion to ensure DNFB goals are met. 
  • Assists in special projects when applicable such as in-house audits or audits pertaining to contract coders.
  • Creates spreadsheets and summary of findings. 
  • Attends monthly coding in-services provided by the Inpatient Coding Educator.
  • Assists the coding staff when needed.
  • Keeps abreast of coding guidelines and reimbursement reporting requirements, new technology and procedures as well as CMS approved clinical trials.
  • Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association and adheres to official coding guidelines.
  • Adheres to standards identified in the Medical Center's Organizational Competencies.

Qualifications

Education, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Associate's degree or higher or equivalent years of experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of inpatient coding experience in a complex healthcare environment.
  • Minimum 2 years of quality improvement audit.
  • Experience and thorough knowledge of ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT and DRG methodologies.
  • Knowledge of data reporting requirements and proficiency in computer skills.
  • Extensive knowledge in data collection and clinical reviews.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. 

Licenses and Certifications Preferred:

  • ONE or more of the following certifications:
    • Registered Health Info Tech License.
    • Registered Health Information Administrator Certification.
    • Certified Coding Specialist.
    • NJ State Professional Registered Nurse License.

If you feel that the above description speaks directly to your strengths and capabilities, then please apply today!

Our Network

Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is a Mandatory COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccination Facility

As a courtesy to assist you in your job search, we would like to send your resume to other areas of our Hackensack Meridian Health network who may have current openings that fit your skills and experience.