JOB DESCRIPTION POSITION SUMMARY
This job is responsible for corresponding with both commercial and government health insurance payers to address and resolve outstanding insurance balances related to coding denials in accordance with established standards, guidelines and requirements. An incumbent conducts follow-up process activities through review of medical records and contact with providers, phone calls, online processing, fax and written correspondence, leveraging work queues to organize work efficiently. Work also includes reviewing insurance remittance advices, researching denial reasons and resolving issues through well-written appeals.
Work requires proactive troubleshooting, significant attention to detail and the application of analytical/critical thinking skills to analyze denials and reimbursement methodologies and bring timely resolution to issues that have a potential impact on revenues.
In addition, the incumbent must be able to communicate effectively with payer representatives and maintain professional communication with team members in order to support denials resolution.
Uses and discloses patient protected health information: 1) Only as it applies to job functions, 2) in amounts minimally necessary for intended purpose, and 3) in a confidential manner.
ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Follows-up with insurance payers to research and resolve unpaid insurance accounts receivable; makes necessary corrections in the practice management system to ensure appropriate reimbursement is receive.
Applies a thorough understanding/interpretation of Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) and remittance advices, including when and how to ensure that correct and appropriate payment has been received.
Communicates effectively over the phone and through written correspondence to explain why a balance is outstanding, denied and/or underpaid using accurate and supported reasoning based on EOBs, reimbursement, and payer specific requirements.
Review patient medical record to compare documentation and coding; change coding based on documentation to include diagnosis codes, modifiers, place of service, etc. Communicate with provider to resolve claims that require a written appeal or second level appeal.
Resubmits claims with necessary information when requested through paper or electronic methods.
Anticipates potential areas of concern within the follow-up function; identify issues/trends and conducts staff training to address and rectify.
Recognizes when additional assistance is needed to resolve insurance balances and escalates appropriately and timely through defined communication and escalation channels.
Resolves work queues according to the prescribed priority and/or per the direction of management and in accordance with policies, procedures and other job aides.
Assists with unusual, complex or escalated issues as necessary.
Three years of revenue cycle or related work experience that demonstrates attainment of the requisite job knowledge and abilities.
Graduation from a post-high school program in medical billing or other business-related field is preferred.
Certification (AHIMA, CPC, or CCS-P)
2 years coding experience
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