HIM (Medical Records) Director in Austin at Parallon

Date Posted: 8/10/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Parallon believes that organizations that continuously learn and improve will thrive. That’s why after more than a decade we remain dedicated to helping hospitals and hospital systems operate knowledgeably, intelligently, effectively and efficiently in the rapidly evolving healthcare marketplace, today and in the future. As one of the healthcare industry’s leading providers of business and operational services, Parallon is uniquely equipped to provide a broad spectrum of customized revenue cycle services.

Job Summary – Under the direction of the Regional HIM Director, the Facility HIM Director is responsible for managing, coordinating, and performing the day‐to‐day operations and workflow of the facility based HIM operations. Assists the Regional HIM Director with the oversight and implementation of facility related HIM Service Center (HSC) operational planning, service level agreements, budgets, workflow processes, and internal controls. The HIM Director actively participates in the facility based unbilled management process and resolution of issues contributing to unbilled accounts. This person serves as a promoter of the HSC and is the on‐site “face” of the HSC.
Duties (include but are not limited to):
• Assists with the Horizon Patient Folder (HPF)/McKesson Patient Folder (MPF) and HIM Shared Services activities, including but not limited to: FTE management, forms management, interface workbook, operational assessment, action planning, productivity monitoring, release of information management, record storage and destruction management, staff education, and HIM operations cleanup.
• Participates in communication efforts with HIM personnel, facility departments, facility department and unit leadership, facility leadership, and medical staff, including serving as a key HIM contact for facility implementation activities and project core team meetings.
• Responsible for managing facility based HIM operations and staff including, but not limited to, record pick up and reconciliation, release of information request processing, hardcopy retrieval of medical records, tumor and/or trauma registry, and processing of birth certificate/paternity papers as applicable. Routinely assists in the performance of facility based HIM operations including, but not limited to, ad hoc record pick up and reconciliation, release of information request processing, and hardcopy retrieval of medical records as needed.
• Performs facility unbilled activities including physician query follow up, physician incomplete record follow up, collaboration with facility department leaders in monitoring and working unbilled reports, working the applicable HPF/MPF queues, working the applicable unbilled management reports and queues, (e.g., DET/eRequest, Bill 49) and management of HIM operations unbilled processes.
• Works all applicable HPF/MPF workflow queues (includes, but is not limited to, the Facility HIM Department Queue, all Coding Pend for Queues, Review Queues, Unknown Document Queue, Cancelled Accounts Queue and all Wait for Workflow Trigger Queues) according to established workflow guidelines and schedules.
• Works collaboratively with Medical Staff and Facility Leadership to comply with standards and guidelines enforced through the Medical Staff Bylaws/Rules and Regulations (e.g., suspension of privileges) and is responsible for facilitation and execution of physician notification processes regarding medical record documentation deficiency, delinquency, and physician suspension.
• Provides HPF/MPF record completion and medical record viewing training and education to medical staff members.
• Provides medical record viewing training and education to other clinical and ancillary personnel.
• Primary facility contact for external agencies requiring on‐site viewing of medical records.
• Proactively manages, including corresponding communications and escalation paths, significant issues in HIM operations (e.g., backlogs, turnover), status of projects, barriers and successes.
• Establishes and maintains effective working relationship with ancillary departments and unit managers to ensure optimal record management including thinned record processes, quick record prep and loose reports, record pick up and discharge record reconciliation.
• In conjunction with, and under the leadership of the Regional HIM Director, serves as a liaison
• between the HSC and Facility Leadership, including the Medical Staff Leadership, building and  maintaining strategic working relationships with the facility and department leadership  (working through specific issues, committee meetings, monthly updates, etc.).
• Active participant, at times with the assistance of the Regional HIM Director, in preparing for or assisting with external agency (e.g., The Joint Commission, Board of Health) reviews of the facility.
• May serve as the Facility Privacy Official, Records Management Coordinator, RAC Coordinator, and/or perform state reporting duties.
• May serve, or serve in conjunction with the Regional HIM Director, on facility committees.
• May serve, or serve in conjunction with the Regional HIM Director, as the Medical Record Custodian including making court appearances and certification of medical records via HCA view as applicable.
• Coaches and helps develop team members; disciplines and counsels staff as necessary.
• Performs productivity and quality monitoring and provides timely and consistent feedback to facility‐based HSC employees.
• Responsible for ensuring facility‐based HSC staff schedules adequately support operational requirements established by the HSC Leadership team and executed Service Level Agreements (SLA).
• Monitors facility HIM operations performance as outlined in HSC policy and SLA.
• Provides assistance to the HSC Document Imaging Manager as it relates to facility based HSC document imaging staff.
• Ensures all forms to be scanned into HPF are barcoded properly and performs forms remediation activities as needed.
• Assists the Regional HIM Director in the development of strategy, specific goals, objectives, budgets, and performance standards relative to the facility HIM operations.
• Assists in identifying and implementing process improvements to lower costs and improve service to facility and SSC customers.
• Coordinates training and education of facility based HSC staff.
• Responsible for implementation of standardized policies and procedures, tools, resources, and educational Materials.
• Annually reviews and updates the facility Legal Medical Record Inventory.
• Practices and adheres to the Company’s “Code of Conduct” philosophy and’ “Mission and Value Statement.”
• Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

• Undergraduate degree required, strongly prefer a Health Information Management degree
• A minimum of one year of HIM department experience is preferred, three or more years is strongly preferred
• A minimum of one year healthcare management experience is strongly preferred
  • RHIA or RHIT strongly preferred

Parallon/HCA is an equal opportunity workforce and no one shall discriminate against any individual with regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or veteran status with respect to any offer, or term or condition, of employment. We make reasonable accommodations to the known physical and mental limitations of qualified individuals with disabilities.