Combines coding, business and regulatory knowledge and skill to reduce financial risk and exposure caused by concurrent and retrospective denial of payments for services provided. Collaborates with Physicians, Clinic Managers, Physician coders, and Physician Billing Office and payers to appeal denials. Performs activities related to insuring a denial appeals process that includes measuring denial and appeal activity, monitoring for patterns and trends and escalating issues to Denial Task Force. Under the direction of the Physician Coding Manager, will assist as assigned in float coverage, coder reviews, and providing coding education. This person may also be asked to assist with other special projects related to charge capture and rebilling/coding projects. Participation in the department's performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities is required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manages coding denials for both inpatient and outpatient cases for Benefis Physician Coding.
Coordinates the submission of appeals to third party payers within allotted timeframes to prevent fiscal penalties.
Reviews the medical record and related health information to gather missing supportive documentation to strengthen the appeals process.
Identifies and implements needed Denial educational programs for Physician coding department and appropriate clinic staff.
Maintains dialogue with payers about disputed claims and maintains documentation of ongoing efforts for each disputed claim.
Interfaces with Clinic Manager, Physicians, Patient Business Office, Patient Access and Medical Records to obtain necessary information as needed to respond to denials.
Utilizes Physician coding educators to interface with Physicians as needed.
Works with physician coding manager in tracking denials, level of appeal, financial impact of both denial and successful overturned denial decisions.
Generates reports of denial activity on a monthly basis with analysis of data and significant trends to the Physician coding manager for Denial Task Force team.
Submits denial and appeal reports in a timely manner to other committees as required.
Assists in the education process for physician coders regarding the denial.
Maintains up to date information from payers and distributes changes to all staff and departments involved in the appeal/denial process.
Maintains up to date knowledge of regulatory requirements as it relates to government payers.
Provides new coder orientation and training.
Assists with root cause analysis and implementation of coding policies.
Provide float coverage when necessary for physician coding team.
Using CPT and ICD-9/ICD.10, HCPCs II, provider documentation and other approved resources, evaluate the proper assignment of procedure, modifier and diagnosis codes to professional services in order to validate accuracy and compliance.
Collate, transfer and analyze physician coder audit results to capture and illustrate risk issues, revenue leakage and educational opportunities.
Assist with developing and implementing recommendations for changes in policies and procedures relevant to correct and complaint coding.
Responsible for identifying issues and implementing process improvements for charge accuracy.
Other duties as assigned.
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.
Adheres to dress code.
Completes annual educational requirements.
Maintains regulatory requirements.
Wears identification while on duty.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Attends department staff meetings as required within the department.
Reports to work on time and as scheduled; completes work in designated time.
Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner.
Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement (CQI) activities.
Coordinates efforts in meeting regulatory compliance, federal, state and local regulations and standards
Communicates and complies with the Benefis Health System Mission, Vision and Values as well as the focus statement of the department.
Complies with Benefis Health System Organization Policies and Procedures.
Complies with Health and Safety Standards and Guidelines.
The applicant should be able to clearly demonstrate their contributions to prior work environments in the area of physician coding, charge capture, revenue integrity, and physician coding auditing.
Years of Experience: 3 to 5 years' experience in Denial Management, physician coding, physician billing and physician chart auditing.
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 ‘be...neficial’ and ‘confidence'. Benefis has been a trusted provider of care for more than 125 years. And our name speaks to our 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.
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