This position provides opportunities to work in a fast-paced, challenging, diverse and rewarding environment. As an employee you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position click here.
UW Medicine's mission is to improve the health of the public by advancing medical knowledge, providing outstanding primary and specialty care to the people of the region, and preparing tomorrow's physicians, scientists and other health professionals. UW Medicine owns or operates Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center (UWMC), a network of UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics that provide primary care, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine, Airlift Northwest, and other owned, operated or affiliated entities as appropriate. In addition, UW Medicine shares in the ownership and governance of Children's University Medical Group and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance a partnership among UW Medicine, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research, and Seattle Children's.
UW Medicine Health Information Management (HIM) has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, Clinical Data Specialist Lead. This individual will serve in a lead role to facilitate achieving high quality, accuracy, and sustained work completion of Coding at Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center.
Harborview Medical Center Summary:
Work in collaboration with Coding Supervisor and other Coding Leads and colleagues to facilitate timely completion of critical medical record reviews for coding accuracy as directed or otherwise needed by Clinical Documentation Improvement, Compliance, Patient Financial Services (PFS), Quality, and other partners in care delivery as needed. Support and facilitate comprehensive internal audit program for inpatient coders. Act as an expert in support of internal audit program for outpatient coders. Support and provide training to new staff in the use of 3M and correct coding of inpatient work. Assist with daily operations of coding in the absence of the lead or supervisor. Represent coding at meetings if necessary. Other duties as assigned by the Manager or Director of HIM.
University of Washington Medical Center Summary:
Work in collaboration with other Coding Lead positions and colleagues to facilitate timely completion of critical medical record reviews for coding accuracy as directed or otherwise needed by Clinical Documentation Improvement, Compliance, PFS, Quality, and other partners in care delivery as needed. Identify Patient Safety Indicators and Hospital Acquired Conditions as being correctly coded. Assist Clinical Documentation teams in making meaningful documentation clarifications and attend reconciliation meetings for DRG mismatch resolution. Reviews cases coded by staff and contract coders for accuracy and compliance with Coding Clinic and facility guidelines. Act as subject matter expert and advocate for coding while maintaining objectivity and providing constructive feedback to coders that result in behavior change. Assist with daily operations of coding in the absence of the lead or supervisor. Represent coding at meetings if necessary. Other duties as assigned by the Manager or Director of HIM.
Monitor quality of coding, document findings, present feedback to individual coders and report findings to Supervisor and Manager of Coding Department.
Monitor coding productivity.
Document processes and develop procedures based on the processes.
Train coding staff on new process with follow-up monitoring to determine continuing needs for training.
Complete Chars re-audit Error Documents;
Respond to inquiries regarding coding problems;
Assist in evaluating staff performance and participate in recommending and implementing training opportunities; identify performance deficiencies;
Review DRG and diagnosis information needed for UHC data submission;
Participate in the development of departmental priorities, goals and process improvement opportunities;
Facilitate effective communication between internal and external customers;
Do queries to physicians and be a liaison between Coding Dept and physicians;
Train new coders on new processes, decisions and new coding rules and regulations;
Be a coding resource for coding related questions
Model service excellence in daily practice.
Consistently demonstrate high levels of work quality and knowledge.
Responsible for own professional learning needs including attendance at relevant educational offerings, completion of annual evaluation and competencies.
Establish effective work priorities, methods and project flow for self.
Meet deadlines, project goals, and follow up on departmental/clinical/satisfaction issues in a timely manner.
Display resourcefulness and innovation in decision making and problem solving.
Promote an open, respectful, collegial, working environment.
Demonstrate ability to compromise, cooperate, and negotiate appropriately.
Demonstrate maturity, poise, responsiveness and judgment in day to day activities.
Collaborate and promote team building with coding staff.
Respect and welcome diversity in department.
Maintain a safe environment, identify and report all safety related issues to the proper departments.
Use HMC policy and procedures, reference manuals and qualified resources for guidance.
Respond appropriately to emergency situations and drills.
Certified as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) AND three years of ICD and/or CPT coding or utilization management experience OR equivalent education/experience.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.