Under designated supervision and using established coding principles and procedures, identifies and charges codes all diagnostic and reportable charges for routine/repetitive procedures through a review of medical record documentation for entry into the hospital information and billing system. Verifies patient information and updates demographics. Maintains logs and compiles data for use in statistical analysis.
Reporting to the Coding Manager, the Charge Analyst collects patient information and charge data from various sources to analyze for the purposes of research activities and abstraction of data. The Charge Analyst verifies charges, abstracts, submits, validates, tracks and analyzes patient information from a range of sources, including medical records and interacts with staff and/or patients. Reviews, updates and modifies data and charges for completeness and accuracy; investigates the location of missing or not readily accessible information.
Abstract health information from patients' paper or electronic medical charts;
Enter abstracted data into a standard data collection tool;
Identifies and compiles patient data from a variety of relevant sources.
Abstracts medical information into database in accordance with established policies and procedures.
Reviews data and charges for completeness and accuracy; investigates the location of missing or not readily accessible information.
Follows up with and resolves patient charge/billing issues.
Responds to internal and external inquiries.
Maintains knowledge of medical terminology and documentation trends.
Identifies chargeable items for emergency department visits and enters into billing system.
Reviews reports to correct or complete missing data elements.
Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and adheres to official coding guidelines.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Completion of High School Diploma or G.E.D. equivalent is required. College course work in accounting, business, or health care administration preferred.
`Ability to analyze and abstract medical record documentation is required.
Ability to maintain confidentiality is required.
Strong computer skills required, including expertise with Microsoft Office software.
Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are required.
Successful completion independent study course conducted by American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or coding curriculum with training in ICD-9-CM and/or ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT-4 coding is highly desirable and preferred.
Knowledge of medical terminology, standard medical abbreviations, and pharmacy terms sufficient to identify proper location of specific health information is required
Experience with medical records preferred.
Medical record abstracting knowledge or experience preferred;
Experience in a business office, hospital, or accounting/billing office is preferred.
Experience with hospital charge capture, third party professional and/or physician billing policies and procedures is preferred
Hospital charging/coding related experience preferred
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.
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