The Health Information Management (HIM) Coding Director provides leadership, oversight, and direction, for coding operations for CHRISTUS Health. The HIM Coding Director works collaboratively with system Revenue Cycle, the facility Health Information departments, Patient Access Teams, Patient Financial Services, Shared Services, Case Management, Physicians, hospital leadership and management. The Coding Director is responsible for supporting adherence to CHRISTUS standards and directives and other regulatory requirements including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) the Joint Commission, and HIPAA standards related to HIM operations. This position is responsible for ensuring that the coding operations are standardized, meet regulatory requirements, and meet or exceed established performance and accuracy standards and goals for the System. This position is expected to maintain effective professional relationships as appropriate to instruct, share ideas, and implement actions related to coding functions and improvements. The ability to communicate effectively with all types of people at all levels is critical. This position also acts as a resource to provide education, consultation, and implementation of revenue cycle enhanced processes related to HIM and Revenue Cycle functions.
Hire coding personnel, conduct performance evaluations, counsel employees in performance improvement, conflict resolution, disciplinary action, and coordination of employee schedules for adequate coverage
Provide effective leadership and oversight for direct reports.
Foster an environment of teamwork and service excellence within the department
Ensures compliance with CHRISTUS internal guideline requirements related to maintenance of the legal health record.
Monitors and reports key performance indicators as required by Sr. leadership
Develop plans for performance improvement for coding operations
Develop, implement and monitor policies and procedures, guidelines, and coding compliance plan for coding
Perform audits to ensure coding compliance
Develop productivity measures for coding of medical records and ensure adherence to quality and compliance requirements
Work and communicate with all departments, coding professionals, and medical staff to improve documentation in the medical record
Ensure compliance with the Office of Inspector General, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and state and federal regulations
Monitor coding systems to ensure optimal performance. Recommend upgrades or changes to current system and participate in selection of new systems.
Ensure records are coded within established guidelines and corporate requirements while still maintaining quality
Ensures timely, accurate, and complete coding clinical data for billing, reimbursement, utilization resources, and patient information systems
Ensure proper staffing and distribution of assignments
Acts as a resource for the coding staff while also serving as liaison in the organization for all coding related issues and questions
Monitor changes in laws, regulations, and policies that impact clinical documentation, reimbursement and coding
Our Mission: WHY WE EXIST. To extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Core Values: WHAT WE BELIEVE IN.DIGNITY Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. INTEGRITY Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships. EXCELLENCE High standards of service and per...formance. COMPASSION Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern. STEWARDSHIP Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.Our Vision: WHAT WE ARE STRIVING TO DO. CHRISTUS HEALTH, a Catholic health ministry, will be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love. Our Name and Symbol:WHO WE ARE. CHRISTUS is Latin for "Christ," and proclaims publicly the core of our mission. OUR NAME choice also recognizes the heritage of our two congregational sponsors, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in Houston and San Antonio. Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word, the Word of God made flesh. It is, therefore, only fitting that it is in another form of His name that our health ministries are called together. OUR SYMBOL Reflects the healing ministry of Jesus Christ - a combination of a medical cross and a religious cross. The flowing banner on the cross is a common symbol of the risen Christ, while the royal purple signifies Christ. The flowing banner also conveys a sense of motion as we move forward into a new era of service to our communities.