Medical Coder - Certified
San Joaquin General Hospital
|Approximate Salary||$4,824 - $5,862/month|
|Opening Date||1/30/2019 08:00:00 AM|
|Closing Date||3/8/2019 07:26:00 AM|
|Tentative Exam Date||TBA|
This examination is being given to fill one full-time vacancy in the Health Information Management Department at San Joaquin General Hospital and to establish an eligible list to fill future vacancies. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. A completed application must be postmarked or received online by the final filing deadline.
The Medical Records Department is seeking an experienced Medical Inpatient Coder who would be interested in joining our awesome medical coding team at San Joaquin General Hospital. We are looking for a highly motivated medical coder to transform diagnoses, procedures, medical services and equipment used into universal medical alphanumeric codes utilizing ICD-10-CM/PCS codes.
The ideal candidate will possess the specific qualifications listed below:
The ability to read and analyze inpatient records
The ability to determine the correct ICD-10-CM/PCS codes for inpatient patient records
The ability to interact with physicians and assistants on occasion to ensure correct coding
The ability to generate a query to the provider in order to apply the correct codes for optimization and accuracy of the DRG
An understanding of complications, comorbidities, severity of illness, risk of mortality, secondary diagnoses, and impact of procedures on the DRG
Shift: Day shift - Monday to Friday. Hours to be determined.
Medical Coder - Certified position is a on-site position. Incumbent in this position must physically work on-site at San Joaquin General Hospital.
Amended - 1/31/19: To identify only one vacancy opened not multiple vacancies.
NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.
Completes detailed analysis of medical records for chart content and documentation requirements.
Assigns diagnostic codes and abstracts patient medical record information according to the International Classification of Diseases 9th and 10th Edition Systems (ICD-9-CM, ICD-10) and Current Procedure Terminology (CPT-4) Manual and coding conventions and guidelines as established by state and federal reporting requirements.
Completes abstracting functions of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency records.
Enters coded medical records data on computer terminal; selects diagnosis and operations codes from computer encoder and designated abstracting system.
Review medical records and verifies coding and Medicare Severity Diagnosis-Related Groups (MS-DRGs) assignments in response to billing requests.
Responds to authorized request from agencies, administration and individuals regarding coding and DRG questions.
Maintains a working knowledge of current guidelines and regulations affecting code assignments through continuing education sessions and approved references.
Assists physicians with correspondence for legal and insurance information.
Keep records and prepares reports and correspondence as required.
May serve as a lead worker; may train staff.
Note: Supplemental application must be submitted with employment application.
Experience: One year of experience in an acute-care hospital or health care facility with experience in medical coding or medical records. Experience as a medical coder of inpatient records in an acute care hospital setting is highly preferred.
Certification: Possession of a current Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certificate issued by the American Health Information Management Association or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certificate issued by the American Academy of Professional Coders.
Substitution: Current registration as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) certificate may be substituted for the CCS or CPC certificate.
Medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and study of disease processes; current knowledge of abstracting medical records according to current ICD classification systems and CPT-4 coding guidelines; standards and regulations pertaining to the maintenance of patient medical records; medical records coding systems; health information systems for computer application to medical records.
Review medical record information, correctly assign codes to diagnosis and procedures; utilize the ICD-9-CM or ICD-10 and CPT-4 coding guidelines to code medical record entries; abstract information from medical records in accordance with defined regulations; read medical record notes and reports; assign accurate Medicare Severity Diagnostic Related Groups; operate computers, office equipment and related software; make independent decisions in procedural matters; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, physicians, and the general public; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Mobility-Frequent operation of a data entry device, repetitive motion, sitting and standing for long periods, walking; occasional pushing, pulling, bending, stooping, squatting, climbing; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Decision making; concentration; occasional exposure to trauma, grief and death; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; Environmental-Occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.
Health Insurance: San Joaquin County provides employees with a choice of three health plans: a Kaiser Plan, a Select Plan, and a Premier Plan. Employees pay a portion of the cost of the premium. Dependent coverage is also available.
Dental Insurance: The County provides employees with a choice of two dental plans: Delta Dental and Pacific Union Dental. There is no cost for employee only coverage in either plan; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.
Vision Insurance: The County provides vision coverage through Vision Service Plan (VSP). There is no cost for employee only coverage; dependent coverage is available at the employee’s expense.
For more detailed information on the County’s benefits program, visit our website at www.sjgov.org under Human Resources/Benefits.
Life Insurance: The County provides eligible employees with life insurance coverage as follows:
1 but less than 3 years of continuous service: $1,000
3 but less than 5 years of continuous service: $3,000
5 but less than 10 years of continuous service: $5,000
10 years of continuous service or more: $10,000
Employee may purchase additional term life insurance at the group rate.
125 Flexible Benefits Plan: This is a voluntary program that allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for health-related expenses that are not paid by a medical, dental or vision plan (Health Flexible Spending Account $2080 annual limit); and dependent care costs (Dependent Care Assistance Plan $5000 annual limit).
Retirement Plan: Employees of the County are covered by the County Retirement Law of 1937. Please visit the San Joaquin County Employees’ Retirement Association (SJCERA) at www.sjcera.org for more information. NOTE: If you are receiving a retirement allowance from another California county covered by the County Employees’ Retirement Act of 1937 or from any governmental agency covered by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), you are advised to contact the Retirement Officer of the Retirement Plan from which you retired to determine what effect employment in San Joaquin County would have on your retirement allowance.
Deferred Compensation: The county maintains a deferred compensation plan under Section 457 of the IRS code. You may annually contribute $17,500 or 100% of your includible compensation, whichever is less. Individuals age 50 or older may contribute to their plan, up to $23,000.
Vacation: Maximum earned vacation is 10 days each year up to 3 years; 15 days after 3 years; 20 days after 10 years; and 23 days after 20 years.
Holiday: For current Civil Service employees: 14 paid holidays per year. For new employees: 10 paid holidays per year.
Sick Leave: 12 working days of sick leave annually with unlimited accumulation. Sick leave incentive: An employee is eligible to receive eight hours administrative leave if the leave balance equals at least one- half of the cumulative amount that the employee is eligible to accrue. The employee must also be on payroll during the entire calendar year.
Bereavement Leave: 3 days of paid leave for the death of an immediate family member, 2 additional days of accrued leave for death of employee’s spouse, domestic partner, parent or child.
Merit Salary Increase: New employees will receive the starting salary, which is the first step of the salary range. After employees serve 52 weeks (2080 hours) on each step of the range, they are eligible for a merit increase to the next step.
Job Sharing: Employees may agree to job-share a position, subject to approval by a Department Head and the Director of Human Resources.
Educational Reimbursement Program: Eligible employees may be reimbursed for career-related course work up to a maximum of $850 per fiscal year. Eligible employees enrolled in an approved four (4) year College or University academic program may be reimbursed up to $800 per semester for a maximum of $1600 per fiscal year.
Parking Supplemental Downtown Stockton: The County contributes up to $17 per pay period for employees who pay for parking and are assigned to work in the Downtown Core Area.
School Activities: Employees may take up to 40 hours per year, but not more than eight (8) hours per month, to participate in their children’s school activities.
- Written Exam: The civil service written exam is a multiple choice format. If the written exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score. Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
- Oral Exam: The oral exam is a structured interview process that will assess the candidate’s education, training, and experience and may include a practical exercise. The oral exam selection process is not a hiring interview. A panel of up to four people will determine the candidate’s score and rank for placement on the eligible list. Top candidates from the eligible list are referred for hiring interviews. If the oral exam is administered alone, it will be 100% of the overall score. Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% in order to be placed on the eligible list.
- Written & Oral Exam: If both a written exam and an oral exam is administered, the written exam is weighted at 60% and the oral exam is weighted at 40% unless otherwise indicated on the announcement. Candidates must achieve a minimum rating of 70% on each examination in order to be placed on the eligible list.
- Rate-out: A rate-out is an examination that involves a paper rating of the candidate’s application using the following criteria: education, training, and experience. Candidates will not be scheduled for the rate-out process.
Note: The rating of 70 referred to may be the same or other than an arithmetic 70% of the total possible points.
Testing Accommodation: Candidates who require testing accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must call Human Resources Division at (209) 468-3370 prior to the examination date.
Veteran’s Points: Eligible veterans, unmarried widows and widowers of veterans of the United States Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged and who have served during wartime shall be given veteran’s points in initial appointment to County service. Eligible veterans receive 5 points and eligible disabled veterans receive 10 points. Disabled veterans must submit a recent award letter stating a 10% service connected disability issued by the United States Veterans Administration. Note: A copy of your DD214 showing the discharge type must be received in the Human Resources by the date of the examination.
Acceptable wartime service dates:
September 16, 1940 to December 31, 1946
June 27, 1950 to January 31, 1955
August 5, 1964 to May 7, 1975
Persian Gulf War, August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.
Eligible Lists: Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for one year, but may be extended up to two additional years by the Civil Service Commission.
Certification/Referral: Names from the eligible list will be referred to the hiring department by the following methods.
- Rule of the Rank: The top three ranks will be referred for hiring interviews. If there are less than 5 names in the top three ranks the next rank is referred. This applies only to open competitive recruitments.
- Rule of Five: The top five names will be referred for hiring interviews. This applies only to department or countywide promotional examination.
Physical Exam: Some classifications require physical examinations. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the physical examination. The County pays for physical examinations administered in its medical facilities.
Pre-Employment Drug Screening Exam: Some classifications require a new employee successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen as a condition of employment. Final appointment cannot be made until the eligible has passed the drug screen. The County pays for the initial drug screen.
Employment of Relatives: Applicants who are relatives of employees in a department within the 3rd degree of relationship, (parent, child, grand parent, grand child or sibling) either by blood or marriage, may not be appointed, promoted, transferred into or within the department when;
They are related to the Appointing Authority or
The employment would result in one of them supervising the work of the other.
Department Head may establish additional limitations on the hiring of relatives by departmental rule.
Proof of Eligibility: If you are offered a job you will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or other documents that establish your eligibility to be employed in the U.S.
HOW TO APPLY
By mail or in person:
San Joaquin County Human Resources
44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330
Stockton, Ca 95202
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.
Phone: (209) 468-3370
For current employment opportunities please call our 24-hour job line at (209) 468-3377.
When a final filing date is indicated, applications must be filed with the Human Resources Division before 5:00 p.m. or postmarked by the final filing date. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. Applications sent through county inter-office mail, which are not received by the final filing date, will not be accepted. (The County assumes no responsibility for mailed applications which are not received by the Human Resources Division).
San Joaquin County Substance Abuse Policy: San Joaquin County has adopted a Substance Abuse Policy in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. This policy is enforced by all San Joaquin County Departments and applies to all San Joaquin County employees.
Equal Opportunity Employer: San Joaquin County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and is committed to providing equal employment to all without regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation or belief, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. For more information go to www.sjgov.org/department/hr/eeo.