1+ months

Medical Review Audit Lead - Inpatient Coding

Myrtle Point, OR 97458
Regular Full Time


The Medical Review Audit Lead Inpatient Coding leverages their inpatient coding knowledge, medical claims and coding audit expertise, plus strong operational and technical competence to provide support to assigned Medical Review management with inventory management, operational monitoring and reporting, resource planning, continuous improvement initiatives, and other functions to maximize operational results. Responsible for performing audit activity and consistently achieves or exceeds productivity goals and quality standards. Serves as  subject matter expert, provides supplemental escalation support, and may perform QA and Appeals activity as needed. 

Objectively performs Inpatient coding reviews on medical records, and consistently achieves or exceeds productivity goals and quality standards.  Supports additional activity as needed to support business needs. 
Serves as secondary resource for the coding auditors for claim specific questions, industry standards and escalation of  issues.
May perform audit quality assurance review and activities to supplement QA team based upon business need or special projects.
May support appeals review/activity to supplement Appeals team based upon business need.
Supports audit management and segment specialists with activities for new concept implementation, maintenance of medical review guidelines for existing concepts, which may include, but not limited to, support with questions and training.
Contributes collaboratively to identifying opportunities for improvement of audit results and continuous improvement initiatives.
Makes staff inventory assignments and changes to meet business needs and audit timelines.
Monitors and provides inventory and staff operational reporting for assigned managers teams and scope of business.
Proactively identifies potential issues and deficiencies; performs research and analysis to identify root cause; and make recommendations. 
Supports manager(s) with planning and implementing operational changes and other projects and initiatives to achieve business goals. 
Assists with activities to supplement or reinforce training as may be required to optimize operational results.
Assists management in disseminating information to the teams in a timely manner and ensuring understanding and application.
Participates in and contributes to applicable department meetings.
May contribute to staffing related activities (such as interview, onboarding preparation, and ramp-up activities). 
May participate to client-facing meetings; research and analyze issues; present findings and solutions; and/or provider training.
May support management with activities to monitor inventory and activity of 3rdparty/subcontractors. 
Become subject matter expert for assigned business segment(s).
Maintain current knowledge and changes that affect our industry and clients as it pertains to medical practice, technology, regulations, legislation, and business trends.
May support training material/tools and best practices development.
May identify/make recommendations to management for supplemental team/concept type training.
May support training activities for new audit staff or provide supplemental training for existing staff as needed.
Contributes to positive team environment that fosters open communication, sharing of information, continuous improvement, and optimized business results. 
Receives feedback and adjusts work priority as necessary.
Leads by example and conducts work in accordance with company policies, government regulations and law.
Perform other incidental and related duties as required and assigned to meet business needs.
Contributes to positive team environment that fosters open communication, sharing of information, continuous improvement, and optimized business results. 
Receives feedback and adjusts work priority as necessary.
Leads by example and conducts work in accordance with company policies, government regulations and law.
Perform other incidental and related duties as required and assigned to meet business needs.
*Note - All employees and contractors for Performant Financial may and/or will have access to Sensitive, Proprietary, Confidential and/or Public data. As such, all employees and contractors will have ownership and responsibility to report any violations to the Confidentiality and Integrity of Sensitive, Proprietary, Confidential and/or Public data at all times.  Violations to Performants policy related to the Confidentiality or Integrity of data may be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including termination.
Required Skills and Knowledge:
Thorough working knowledge of CPT/HCPCs/ICD-9/ICD-10/MS-DRG coding.  
Proficiency with MCS 1500/UB 04 forms
Strong knowledge of medical documentation requirements and an understanding CMS, Medicaid and/or Commercial insurance programs, particularly the coverage and payment rules and regulations.
Working knowledge of encoder
Proven ability to review, analyze, and research coding issues
Reimbursement policy and/or claims software analyst experience
Familiarity with interpreting electronic medical records (EHR)
Basic understanding of accounting principles for accounts payable and receivable as it relates to medical billing.
Independent, out-of-the-box thinker; Performs successfully against work given in the form of objectives and projects; leads by example.
Understand processes, procedures and workflow; able to identify areas of opportunity.
Demonstrated ability to consistently apply sound judgment and good effective decision making.
Understands inventory management objectives, activities, and key drivers in achieving operational goals. 
Ability to efficiently and effectively run reports, analyze information, identify meaningful trends, and identify potential solutions.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written; ability to communicate effectively and professionally at all levels within the organization, both internal external.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a variety of settings and topics.
Excellent editing and proofreading skills.
Ability to independently organization, prioritize and plan work activities effectively for self and others; develops realistic action plans with the ability to multi-task effectively.
Excellent time management and delivers results balancing multiple priorities.
Strong analytical skills; synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses experience to compliment data.
Leverages strong critical thinking, questioning, and listening skills to research and effectively resolve complex issues.
Demonstrated ability to identify areas of opportunity and create efficiencies in workflows and procedures.
Demonstrated ability to be proactive; identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; develops alternative solutions.
Ability to create documentation outlining findings and/or documenting suggestions.
Strong general technical skills, including, but not limited to Desktop and MS Office applications (Intermediate Excel Skills), application reporting tools, and case management system/tools to review and document findings.
Solid technical aptitude with demonstrated ability to quickly learn and adapt to new systems and tools. 
Ability to be flexible and thrive in a high pace environment with changing priorities.
Adaptable to applying skills to diverse operational activities to support business needs.
Self-starter with the ability to work independently in remote setting with  minimum supervision and direction in the form of objectives.
Serves as a positive role model; and demonstrates characteristics that align and contribute to a collaborative culture of continuous improvement and high performing teams. 
Limited travel may be required.

Additional Requirments:

Ability to obtain and maintain client required clearances as well as pass company regular background and/or drug screening.

Completion of Teleworker Agreement upon hire, and adherence to the Agreement (and related policies and procedures) including, but not limited to: able to navigate computer and phone systems as a user to work remote independently using on-line resources, must have high-speed internet connectivity, appropriate workspace able to be compliant with HIPAA, safety & ergonomics, confidentiality, and dedicated work focus without distractions during work hours.

Physical Requirements:

**NOTE: Must be able to meet requirements for and perform work assignments in accordance with Company policies and expectations on a home remote basis (and must meet Performant remote-worker requirements) until at which time staff may be notified and required to work from a Performant office location on an ad-hoc or periodic basis.

Basic office equipment required to perform remote work is provided by the company.
Job is performed in a standard busy office environment with moderate noise level (or may be home-office setting subject to Company approval and Teleworker Agreement), sits at a desk during scheduled shift, uses office phone or headset provided by the Company for calls, making outbound calls and answering inbound return calls using an office phone system; views a computer monitor, types on a keyboard and uses a mouse.
Reads and comprehends information in electronic (computer) or paper form (written/printed). 
Sit/stand 8 or more hours per day; has the option to stand as needed while on calls; reach as needed to use office equipment.
Consistently viewing a computer screen and types frequently, but not constantly, using a keyboard to update accounts.
Consistently communicates on the phone as required primarily within the department and company and may include client contacts or other third-party depending on assignment with account holders, may dial manually when need or use dialer system; headset is also provided.
Occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 10lbs.
Education and Experience:
Current certification as a CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CCS-P
Not currently sanctioned or excluded from the Medicare program by OIG
3+ years of DRG coding for hospital, physicians office or other acute facility setting (inpatient/SNF Facility)
2+ years of direct experience in medical chart review for all provider/claim types for inpatient 
5+ years relevant auditing experience in a provider or payer environment demonstrating breadth and depth of knowledge/skills for the position. (less than 5 yrs. may be considered for internal candidates based upon demonstrated skills and results)
Prior experience in payer edit development and/or reimbursement policy a plus. 
Prior lead or supervisory experience in relevant business environment desired (preferably experience in remote setting).

Other Requirements:

Performant is a Government contractor and subject to compliance with client contractual and regulatory requirements, including but not limited to, Drug Free Workplace, background requirements, and clearances (as applicable).
Must submit to and pass pre-hire background check, as well as additional checks throughout employment.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check; must not have any felony convictions or specific misdemeanors, nor on state/federal debarment or exclusion lists.
Must submit to and pass drug screen pre-employment (and throughout employment).
Performant is a government contractor. Certain client assignments for this position requires submission to and successful outcome of additional background and/or clearances throughout employment with the Company.
Employment VISA Sponsorship is not available for this position

Job Profile is subject to change at any time.

Performant Financial Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 
Performant Financial Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic characteristics, medical condition, marital status, citizenship status, military service status, political belief status, or any other consideration made unlawful by law. 


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Posted: 2021-09-24 Expires: 2022-02-24

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