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Charge Description Master (CDM) Analyst
Children's National Health System | Silver Spring, Maryland
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Job Description


 Minimum Education
Associate's Degree

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Associates Degree required. Bachelor's degree in healthcare related field or equivalent work experience preferred.

Minimum Work Experience
3 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
At least 3 - 5 years of experience in charge capture, coding or charge description master in a hospital environment required. Experience in the use of CPT and HCPCS required. Five plus years of experience in a healthcare setting in charge capture, coding and charge description master preferred.

Functional Accountabilities

Department Strategic Planning
  1. Provide education and in-service training to departments.
  2. Provide assistance and analysis to all levels of clinical management in support of suggested, requested and/or mandated changes to the CDM.
  3. Process CDM requests to ensure that all additions, changes and deletions are consistent with proper charging, billing, coding and pricing practices in a timely manner.
  4. Conduct annual review of the charge master and quarterly updates as appropriate to enhance revenue for the hospital departments.
  5. Analyze data within the CDM and assign accurate CPT/HCPCS and revenue codes to the Charge Master to insure compliance with regulatory agencies.
  6. Distribute coding and billing regulatory requirements and/or announcements to all applicable departments.
  7. Responsible to make CDM related decisions that require significant analysis and investigation.
  8. Develop and maintain policies and procedures for the CDM, Pricing Policies and charge capture processes.
Program and Service Administration and Implementation
  1. Perform all maintenance to the Charge Description and Service Master and the Room and Bed Master Files
  2. Create and maintain all hospital transaction codes and revenue department codes.
  3. Monitor and report all revenue department's charge volumes and posting lag days.
  4. Research and resolve all charge and service master related code errors that affect the recycle and reject reports.
  5. Assist in performing comprehensive reviews with clinical departments to ensure completeness and accuracy of charge description master.
  6. Take initiative to identify system and/or operational problems and participate in the development of solutions to improve billing functions.
Human Resources and Relationship Management
  1. Serve as expert resource for code and processing questions, train and educate coders.
  2. Maintain relationships with, and serve as liaison to department administration, physicians, clinic administration, information services, billing offices, financial offices and other departments.
  3. Participate in team meetings/activities and support the philosophy and goals of the team and department.
  4. Adhere to internal controls and reporting structure.
  5. Remain current with updated coding and billing regulations through yearly continuing education; read all announcements and relevant communications that relate to job duties.
  6. Lead special projects/assignments.
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.