Jan 07, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Posting Number: SRGV3715
Number of Vacancies: 1
Location: Rio Grande Valley
Department: School of Medicine / Clinical Affairs
FLSA: Non-Exempt

Scope of Job:
Reviews, determines accuracy of and applies the correct coding conventions to patient charge encounters, procedural and surgical services, as defined through physician documentation, regulatory agencies, and various third party payers. To assist with the facilitation of the revenue cycle process following patient accounts through entire process from coding/charge entry to completion of payment process working within UT Health RGV EMR/Practice Management application and with contracted billing agency.

Description of Duties:
• Identifies and enters correct code selection from physician documentation, to include, but not be limited to: chart notes, abstracting from medical records documentation, medical diagnostic and/or interventional reports, ensuring compliant coding selections are reported.
• Enters most appropriate Reason for Visit, First Listed Primary Diagnosis, Procedure(s), Modifiers, and all Secondary Diagnosis accurately supports medical necessity and CCI edits.
• Verifies that the final diagnosis reflects the care and treatment rendered to the corresponding code entered.
• Works closely with Revenue Cycle team, clinics, physicians, departments, and contracted billing agency to resolve issues with insurance companies regarding incorrect registration information, claims processing, coding issues, and AR payments or denials.
• Responsible for accurate and timely processing/resolution of coding edits impacting submission of professional claims as well as payer rejections and/or denials.
• Identifies when a physician query is appropriate for further clarification. Recognizes when the documentation is missing or incomplete and routes appropriately. Validates Fee Schedule driven CPT code assignment and routes appropriately. Completes review and final coding when query and/or documentation is available.
• Ensure that patients are charged for all procedures. Reconciles charges against patient schedules.
• Verifies that coding guidelines are followed and ensures all elements of Evaluation &Management (E&M) level meet the Medicare guidelines for E&M level assignment.
• Informs providers of new coding conventions, changes in current coding conventions, and provides feedback on the providers’ coding practices.
• Maintains working day-to-day knowledge of electronic health record (EHR).
• Assists in evaluating the medical record for documentation consistency, adequacy, and signature requirements.
• Maintains Coding Quality Standards and Productivity Standard set by UT Health RGV.
• Identifies and documents new payer denial trends and notifies supervisor for escalated follow-up.
• Performs root cause analysis and identifies edit trends timely to minimize lag delays and maximize opportunities to improve processes.
• Communicates regularly and effectively with physicians, clinic staff, and revenue cycle staff for accurate and timely resolution of coding-related claim edits and appeals.
• Provides customer service to patients by addressing their questions, concerns or complaints.
• Runs billing, Accounts Receivable, denials, and any other Revenue Cycle reports as requested or needed.
• Assists in month end procedures and reporting.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:
General supervision from assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given:
Direct supervision of assigned staff.

Required Education:
• Associate Degree in Healthcare related field or
• Seven (7) years or more of medical coding experience in a multi-specialty practice or ambulatory setting in lieu of associate degree.

Preferred Education:

Certified Coding certificate as CPC-P or CCS-P from AHIMA or AAPC will be required after 2 years of employment. Preferred: RHIA, RHIT, CCS, CPC-P or CCS-P

Required Experience:
• Three (3) years or more of medical coding experience, knowledge of the entire claims billing, collections, and reimbursement processes experience in a multi-specialty practice, healthcare facility or ambulatory setting.

Preferred Experience:
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Use of standard office equipment. Proficient use of computers and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Working Conditions:
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties. Office Environment; some travel and weekend work is required.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. Must be very familiar with CPT4, ICD10, HCPCs codes and use of modifiers. Ability to be flexible with assignments and multi-task as needed. Ability to demonstrate problem-solving skills in dealing with billing and collections related issues.

Physical Capabilities: N/A
Employment Category: Full-Time
Minimum Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date: 01/07/2019
Grant Funded Position: No
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EEO Statement:
UTRGV is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to hire without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status. UTRGV takes affirmative action to hire and advance women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956)665-2451 and/or [email protected]

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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