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UnitedHealth Group Inpatient Medical Coder - Telecommute in Phoenix, Arizona

Combine two of the fastest-growing fields on the planet with a culture of performance, collaboration and opportunity and this is what you get. Leading edge technology in an industry that's improving the lives of millions. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about making health care data available wherever and whenever people need it, safely and reliably. There's no room for error. Join us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

Delivering quality care starts with ensuring our processes and documentation standards are being met and kept at the highest level possible. This means working behind the scenes ensuring a member-centric approach to care. As an Inpatient Medical Coder you will determine and record the correct medical codes for all treatments and health services. Ensuring proper records is just one way your work will impact the health and wellness of our members on a huge scale.

Who are we? We're Optum360. We're a dynamic new partnership formed by Dignity Health and Optum to combine our unique expertise. As part of the growing family of UnitedHealth Group, we'll leverage our compassion, our talent, our resources and experience to bring financial clarity and a full suite of revenue management services to health care providers nationwide.

As a Medical Coder you will work remotely to accurately determine CPT and ICD-10 Codes for all procedures and diagnoses for inpatient records and transcription. You will ensure that all Coding assignments are accurate according to coding policies and based on the documentation provided in the Medical record. Using a thorough knowledge of coding policies and procedures as well as medical terminology and technology, you will be responsible for providing documentation feedback to physicians under the direction of the Coding Operations Manager or Quality Management personnel.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to and maintain required levels of performance in both Coding accuracy and productivity

  • Adhere to the Federal Coding Guidelines

  • Identify appropriate assignment of ICD-10 Codes and CPT for facility services provided in a hospital setting, Inpatient rehab and Observation if applicable

  • Understanding of ICD-10 Coding in relation to DRGs

  • Abstract additional data elements during the Chart Review process when coding, as needed

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of assigned Client Coding specifics

  • Perform Coding duties as appropriate according to pre-determined schedules

  • Review and maintain a record of charts coded, held, and/or missing

  • Provide documentation feedback to Providers, as needed, and queries physicians when appropriate

  • Maintain up-to-date Coding knowledge by reviewing materials disseminated/recommended by the QM Manager, Coding Operations Managers, and Director of Coding/Quality Management, among others

  • Participate in Coding department meetings and educational events

  • Opportunity for career growth and ability to work from home

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • HS Diploma or GED

  • Coding credential required from AHIMA/AAPC (RHIA, RHIT, CCS)

  • 2+ years of Outpatient Coding experience

  • 3+ years of Inpatient medical coding experience (hospital, facility, etc.)

  • Must have ICD-10 experience

  • Experience applying DRG to coding

  • Ability to use a PC in a Windows environment, including MS Excel and EMR systems

  • Access to high speed cable or DSL internet and a secure home office

  • If you need to enter a work site for any reason, you will be required to screen for symptoms using the ProtectWell mobile app, Interactive Voice Response (i.e., entering your symptoms via phone system) or similar UnitedHealth Group-approved symptom screener. When in a UnitedHealth Group building, employees are required to wear a mask in common areas. In addition, employees must comply with any state and local masking orders

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with various Encoder systems (Cerner, CAC, MS4 )

  • Experience working in a level I trauma or teaching hospital

  • Proven leadership and communication skills

  • Transplant

  • Neurological services

  • Intermediate level of Microsoft Excel

  • Remote environment

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make health care work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world's large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

Colorado Residents Only: The hourly range for Colorado residents is $25.63 to $45.72. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. As of the date of this posting, In addition to your salary, UHG offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements: Health, dental, and vision plans; wellness program; flexible spending accounts; paid parking or public transportation costs; 401(k) retirement plan; employee stock purchase plan; life insurance, short-term disability insurance, and long-term disability insurance; business travel accident insurance; Employee Assistance Program; PTO; and employee-paid critical illness and accident insurance.

*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: Inpatient Coder, CCS, RHIT, RHIA, ICD-10, DRG, Phoenix, AZ, AHIMA/AAPC , AHIA, RHIT, CCS, Telecommute, work from home

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