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UnitedHealth Group Field Medicare Coding and Quality Consultant - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX area in Dallas, Texas

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The Medicare Coding and Quality Consultant is a field-based position responsible for providing expertise in the area of quality and risk adjustment coding for provider clients. A Medicare Coding and Quality Consultant will interface with operational and clinical leadership to assist in identification of operational and clinical best practices in maximizing recapture rates, understanding clinical suspects and monitoring of appropriate clinical documentation and quality coding. This person will also coordinate implementation of programs designed to ensure all diagnoses are coded according to CMS and risk adjustment coding guidelines and conditions are properly supported by appropriate documentation in the patient chart. Depending upon client contractual obligations, The Medicare Coding and Quality Consultant will ensure the providers understand the STARS CPT2 coding requirements. This position will function in a matrix organization taking direction about job function from health plan but reporting directly to Optum.

If you are located in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Partners with Healthcare Advocates in the field and will be assigned providers to embed based on data analysis where they need support / training on improving documentation and coding accuracy

  • Assists providers in understanding the Medicare quality (HEDIS/STARS) program as well as CMS-HCC Risk Adjustment program as it relates to payment methodology and the importance of proper chart documentation of procedures and diagnosis coding

  • Utilizes analytics and identifies and targets providers

  • Utilizes analytics and identifies and target providers for Medicare Risk Adjustment training and documentation/coding resources

  • The Medicare Risk Adjustment Coding Consultant will be responsible for facilitating and/or performing an audit of the providers’ medical chart to ensure appropriate documentation exists to support the diagnoses submitted appropriately

  • Assist providers in understanding quality and CMS-HCC Risk Adjustment driven payment methodology and the importance of proper chart documentation of procedures and diagnosis coding

  • Supports the providers by ensuring documentation supports the submission of relevant ICD -10 codes and CPT2 procedural information in accordance with national coding guidelines and appropriate reimbursement requirements

  • Routinely consults with medical providers to clarify missing or inadequate record information and to determine appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes

  • Ensures member encounter data (services and disease conditions) is being accurately documented and relevant procedural codes and all relevant diagnosis codes are captured

  • Provides thorough, timely and accurate consultation on ICD-10 and/or CPT 2 codes by providers or practice clinical consultants

  • Refers inconsistent or incomplete patient treatment information/documentation to coding quality analyst, provider, supervisor or individual department for clarification/additional information for accurate code assignment

  • ProvidesICD10 - HCC coding training to providers and appropriate staff

  • Develops and presents coding presentations and training to large and small groups of clinicians, practice managers and certified coders developing training to fit specific provider's needs

  • Develops and delivers diagnosis coding tools to providers

  • Trains physicians and other staff regarding documentation, billing and coding and provides feedback to physicians regarding documentation practices

  • Educates providers and staff on coding regulations and changes as it relates to Quality and Risk Adjustment to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations

  • Performs analysis and provides formal feedback to providers on a regularly scheduled basis

  • Provides measurable, actionable solutions to providers that will result in improved accuracy for documentation and coding practices

  • Reviews selected medical documentation to determine if assigned diagnosis, procedures codes and ICD-10 codes are appropriately assigned

  • Assesses adequacy of documentation and queries providers to obtain additional medical record documentation or to clarify documentation to ensure accurate and appropriate coding

  • Collaborates with doctors, coders, facility staff and a variety of internal and external personnel on a wide scope of Risk Adjustment and Quality education efforts

This position requires travel up to 75% in the Dallas/ Fort Worth, TX territories. Relocation is not provided for this position.

Required qualifications:

  • Certified Professional Coder / CPC-A or willingness to obtain required certification within 12 months of hire

  • 4+ years of clinic or hospital and/or managed care experience

  • Experience in Risk Adjustment and/or HEDIS/Stars

  • Knowledge of ICD10

  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel (Pivot tables, excel functions), PowerPoint and Word)

  • Must be able to work effectively with common office software, coding software, EMR and abstracting systems

  • Ability to travel up to 75% to client locations

  • Experience managing relationships with physicians/ hospitals/ health systems

  • Strong communication and presentation skills

  • Proven relationship building skills with clinical and non-clinical personnel

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Healthcare or relevant field)

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of ICD and CPT coding principles as recommended by the American Health Information Management Association coding competencies, and as normally demonstrated by certification by the American Academy of Professional Coders

  • Knowledge of EMR for recording patient visits

  • Previous experience in management position in a physician practice

  • Master's degree

  • One year of coding performed at a health care facility

  • Knowledge of billing/claims submission and other related actions

  • CRC Certification

  • Coding Auditor Certified

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*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job Keywords: Field Medicare Coding and Quality Consultant, Dallas, Forth Worth, Texas, TX