Education: Graduate of Health Information Management or similar Coding Course. High school education with skill in using office machines (computer, copy machine, calculator, etc.)
Training and Experience: Credentialed as a Certified Coding Specialist by American Health Information Management Association. Minimum of 1 year experience coding health records; must be capable of following verbal or written instructions and should practice diplomacy in dealing with the Medical Staff. Will participate in ongoing education through workshops, in-service programs, and updates from AFMC.
Job Knowledge: Must be familiar with medical terminology, able to follow coding guidelines with the ability to identify proper diagnostic and procedural phrases utilized by healthcare provider. Should have knowledge of anatomy and physiology of human body in order to obtain proper ICD-9 and CPT codes. Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association. Must be able to communicate verbally and in written format with the Medical Staff, review organizations, administration and others as required.
Should have the ability to work under pressure and in conditions of frequent interruptions. Associate needs considerable initiative and judgment involved in collecting and analyzing medical record data. Works under the supervision of the Director of Case Management performing duties in an area where procedures are standardized, but where frequent independent decisions are required. Help maintain a quality improvement system to assure effective utilization of hospital facilities and services. Assist in the promotion and maintenance of high quality care through review of clinical practices within the hospital based on pre-established criteria. This will promote proper utilization of hospital resources to provide efficient cost effective, high quality patient care.