If you haven’t had the chance to read part one of this blog post, you can do so here.
To continue our list, here are some different job positions to consider than just a medical coder or biller:
This position requires an attentive person. If there are many departments that are providing services to a patient in the hospital, it is important that every charge is included on the correct patient’s account. It is very common for hospitals to perform an audit on a charge capture to look for any missing information on claims. An attentive coder would be perfect for this position by ensuring all charges are correctly included.
Charge Capture Analyst
This position manages data, investigates, and validates patterns of billing issues and inaccurate charges, searches for root causes of recording problems, develops corrective action plans. They then report on findings and re-bills when appropriate in order to capture lost revenue. This position most likely does not require a coding credential, but coding training can be helpful in this area since coders understand payer rules, charge flows, and billing procedures. Coders typically are good problem solvers and work well with a team.
Surgery Scheduling and Posting
Coding knowledge is valuable in this position, because an inpatient order is required when scheduling an inpatient-only procedure. The physician needs to be informed at the time of scheduling that this will require an inpatient order. The surgery will not be reimbursed to the hospital otherwise, so the surgery poster must have knowledge of exceptions to the rule. Your coding knowledge can add value into managing this correctly.
Clinical Documentation Improvement
CDI staff can be non-clinicians or clinicians. CDI staff and coders typically work together to reach optimal results. This is definitely where your coding knowledge could come in handy.