National Coding Trainer – Telecommute in Southeastern US Regional Area

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The National Coding Trainer acts as a provider engagement specialist.  This is a field-based position responsible for providing expertise in the area of risk adjustment and quality coding for provider clients. A National Coding Trainer 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 correct coding.  He/She will also coordinate implementation of programs designed to ensure all diagnoses are coded in accordance with CMS and risk adjustment coding guidelines and all conditions are properly supported by appropriate documentation in the patient chart. The National Coding Trainer will also ensure that providers understand the CPT II coding requirements for quality reporting under the Star Ratings program. 

NOTE: Qualified candidates must live in the Southeastern Region of the US to qualify.  States of Residency are limited to LA, AK, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, NC, SC only.  

If you are located in Southeastern US Regional Area – LA, AK, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, NC, SC, 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 consult and educate based on data analysis where they need support / training on improving documentation and coding accuracy
  • Assists providers in understanding the Medicare Advantage quality program (HEDIS/STARS) as well as CMS-HCC Risk Adjustment program as it relates to payment methodology and the importance of proper chart documentation, diagnosis coding and quality reporting
  • Utilizes analytics and identifies and targets providers for chart review
  • Utilizes analytics and identifies and target providers for Medicare Advantage Risk Adjustment training and documentation and coding education
  • Facilitates and performs audits of the providers’ medical charts to ensure appropriate documentation that supports the diagnoses submitted 
  • Ensures that provider documentation supports the submission of relevant ICD-10-CM and CPT II codes, when appropriate, in accordance with national coding guidelines 
  • Routinely consults with medical providers to provide feedback regarding identified coding errors and omissions and deliver targeted coding education
  • Ensures member encounter data (diagnoses and quality care) is being accurately documented and relevant diagnosis and quality codes are being captured
  • Provides thorough, timely and accurate consultation on ICD-10-CM and/or CPT II coding by providers or practice clinical consultants
  • Provides -ICD-10-CM and CPT II coding training to providers and appropriate staff
  • Develops and presents coding presentations and training to small and large groups of clinicians, practice managers and certified coders, customizing training to fit specific provider’s needs
  • Develops and delivers diagnosis coding tools and quality reporting tools to providers, coders and billers
  • Trains physicians and other staff regarding documentation and coding and provides feedback to physicians regarding documentation practices
  • Educates providers and staff on coding regulations and changes as it relates to Risk Adjustment and Quality Reporting to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations
  • Performs analysis and provides formal feedback to providers as indicated or as requested
  • Provides measurable, actionable solutions to providers that will result in improved accuracy in documentation and coding practices
  • Reviews selected medical documentation to determine if diagnosis codes and quality reporting codes are appropriately assigned
  • Assesses adequacy of documentation and trains Provider office staff on Provider queries to obtain additional medical record documentation or to clarify documentation to ensure accurate and complete coding
  • Collaborates with providers, coders, facility staff and a variety of internal and external personnel on a wide scope of Risk Adjustment and Quality Reporting education efforts
  • Participates in the interview and selection process for Optum Approved Trainers
  • Provides ongoing educational support for Optum Approved Trainers
  • Participates in Optum tool and presentation creation and in the annual update process to ensure timely completion and delivery of materials
  • Works with Approved Trainers during annual tool and presentation updates
  • Facilitates and presents during the Optum National Coding Forum
  • Collaborates with fellow National Coding Trainers on a regular basis

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: 

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or equivalent certification acceptable (such as Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-Based [CCS-P])
  • Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (CRC) certification
  • Have or able to obtain CPC-I within 6 months of hire
  • 4+ years of clinic or hospital experience and/or managed care experience
  • Experience in Risk Adjustment and/or HEDIS/Stars Provider education 
  • Experience working effectively with common office software, coding software, EMR and abstracting systems
  • Advanced knowledge of ICD-10-CM and CPT coding
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office (Excel [Pivot tables, excel functions], PowerPoint and Word)
  • Ability to provide proof of a valid, unrestricted Driver’s License and current Auto Insurance 
  • Willing to travel at least 50% of the time for onsite training and education as business needs dictate (all travel is within the Southeastern region of the US)
  • Lives in the Southeastern Region of the US to qualify (States of Residence that meet this requirement are limited to LA, AK, MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, NC, SC only)
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare or relevant field or equivalent experience
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) certification 
  • 5+ years of coding training experience at a health care facility or provider practice
  • Experience in management position in a provider practice
  • Knowledge of EMR for recording patient visits
  • Knowledge of billing/claims submission and other related actions 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of ICD-10-CM and CPT coding principles as demonstrated by certification by AAPC and recognized by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding competencies

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

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