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INPATIENT AUDITING CAREERS

Why consider a career transition to inpatient auditing?

According to a 2015 workforce study* published by the Association for American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), one of the biggest trends right now is the growing need for auditors, particularly inpatient auditors. Auditing skills are within the top 5 AHIMA-recommended skills for HIM professionals, providing an excellent career path for inpatient coders not interested in management.

A career in inpatient auditing enables you to…

  • Advance your career – Develop the professional skills you need to move into inpatient auditing by building on your inpatient coding experience.
  • Increase your salary – Inpatient auditing salaries are generally higher than those of inpatient coders. Recent job postings have offered salaries ranging from $67,000 to $96,000 a year.**
  • Train quickly – Career Step training is specifically designed for busy adult learners who have limited time. You can test out of material you already know, and the online format makes it easy to study when it is convenient so you can be done in a year or less.

We require that you have at least 3 years of experience in inpatient acute care coding before moving to inpatient auditing to ensure you have the necessary skills and experience. An RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC credential is recommended. Take our quick Skill Evaluation today to see if you have what it takes!

Is Career Step the School for Me?

Career Step is a leader in revenue cycle and medical coding education, and we’ve developed our program to help you gain the skills you need to succeed. With Career Step you have:

  • Employer-trusted education – The Career Step Inpatient Auditing program was developed in conjunction with large employer partners, and others are already using it to train their employees in-house. Choose the education employers have already chosen.
  • Engaging curriculum and comprehensive support – Career Step provides engaging, multimedia curriculum and one-on-one access to instructors throughout the course, so you have the help you need throughout your learning experience.
  • Affordable tuition – With Career Step’s Inpatient Auditing course you can develop the expertise you need to make your professional career step successful for only $2,699.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into inpatient auditing.

*A Workforce Study of the Future Direction and Skill Set for HIM Professionals”, prepared for AHIMA by The Caviart Group, LLC, March 2015.
**Information from inpatient auditing job listings posted by LexiCode and Kaiser Permanente.

INPATIENT AUDITING JOB DESCRIPTION AND EARNING POTENTIAL

What will I be doing as an inpatient auditor?

Auditing gained traction as a career path for medical coders throughout 2014 and 2015 due to changes in medical insurance and reimbursement policies. The need for these professionals is expected to grow exponentially from 2016 through 2020, and with the existing shortage of medical coders filling these needs may prove challenging for organizations. This is all good news for you as it means you’ll be in demand.

To be a good inpatient auditor, you will need to be a…

  • Coder — Using your coding accuracy and quality knowledge, applying these skills to auditing, and being able to empathize with coders as you deliver your audit results.
  • Investigator — Finding undocumented diagnoses and clinical indicators, and understanding when a physician query is required.
  • Problem solver — Tracking an issue to solution, conducting self-directed research, ensuring complete and accurate coding, and uncovering information on laws and guidelines.
  • Appraiser — Reporting on the condition, quality, and importance of what you have examined, and using your insight into health laws and guidelines.
  • Analyzer — Examining the data collected from the audit and determining what reimbursement may change based on a holistic view of your findings.
  • Communicator — Understanding the audience, providing clear written communication, developing detailed reports and summaries, and presenting at all organizational levels.

You will need both technical and soft skills, and the Career Step Inpatient Auditing program addresses both these areas to help you be successful.

How much can I earn as an inpatient auditor?

Salaries for inpatient auditors are generally higher than those of inpatient medical coders (which range from about $50,000 to $60,000 a year). Recent job postings by companies such as LexiCode and Kaiser Permanente have listed salaries for inpatient auditors ranging from $67,000 plus a $15,000 signing bonus to $96,000 a year.

Ultimately, salaries for inpatient auditors vary by employer, geographic location, and experience, and at the end of the day the pay you can expect will depend on the position you accept.

INPATIENT AUDITING TRAINING

How Long Will the Training Take?

The Inpatient Auditing training program includes 410 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study. However, the course is intended for busy adult learners like you, and the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so we provide you 12 months of course access to ensure you can study part time and have the time you need.

Are there any program prerequisites?

Yes. To ensure you’re successful in the Inpatient Auditing program, we require that you have 3 years of inpatient acute care coding experience within the last 5 years. In addition, Aa current RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC credential is recommended.

All prospective students must also take our Inpatient Auditing Skill Evaluation. We require this evaluation to help you assess your background and make sure you have the knowledge and skills you need be successful in the program and the career field after you’ve finished. Click to take the evaluation today.

What will I be learning?

The Career Step Inpatient Auditing program covers:

  • ICD-10-CM/PCS skills
  • Fundamentals and reimbursement concepts
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Healthcare law
  • Documentation integrity
  • Advanced administrative and soft skills
  • Audit principles
  • Audit and record review
  • Audit reporting
  • Audit practicum

You’ll train on both the technical and soft skills required to be a good auditor, and the program includes hands-on experience in the audit practicum. In this section you will perform an audit on 50 to 100 cases using a set of criteria to evaluate the accuracy of inpatient coding practice and proper reimbursement. You will then complete a written audit report and presentation and deliver the report verbally to make sure you’re well prepared for your new role in inpatient auditing.

Inpatient Auditing Skills Evaluation Test

Take our Inpatient Auditing Skill Evaluation! This short online test is designed to help you make sure the Career Step Inpatient Auditing program is right for you. As a reminder, to be successful in this program …

  • We require 3 years of inpatient acute care coding experience within the last 5 years
  • We recommend a current RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC credential

You will have 90 minutes to complete this evaluation and must pass it with a score of 90% or better in order to be recommended for enrollment in the Career Step Inpatient Auditing program. You will also need to provide your own coding resources while taking this assessment.

INPATIENT AUDITING Course Tuition

How Much Does the Inpatient Auditing Course Cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low tuition payment of $2,699.

This tuition fee entitles you to an initial 12 months of access to the Inpatient Auditing course. The program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, so we provide you 12 months of access to give you the freedom to study on the schedule and at the pace that works for you.

Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Are payment plans or tuition assistance available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable educational experience. To provide flexibility, several payment options are available.

What is Included With My Training Program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You’ll have:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • 2 textbooks: The Compliance Officer’s Handbook (printed copy) and The Essentials of Clinical Documentation Integrity (ebook)
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team

The Inpatient Auditing program includes 410 hours of curriculum and requires students to have 3 years of acute inpatient medical coding experience within the last 5 years. An RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC credential is recommended. To ensure you have the skills necessary to be successful in this program, we require all prospective students to take our skill evaluation test.

Inpatient Auditing Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Inpatient Auditing program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

Are CEUs offered for completing the course?

At this time there are no CEUs offered within this course. We are working with AHIMA to explore this option for the future.

Do I need to be certified?

Not yet. There is not currently an industry-accepted inpatient auditing certification. However, we are working closely with industry leaders to ensure our program will prepare our students once a certification is available.

Does this course include DRG auditing?

Yes. Audit categories covered in the Career Step Inpatient Auditing program include DRG audits, coding audits, and clinical validation audits.

What is the difference between this course and those that prepare for the Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) credential?

The Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA) credential is a certification in outpatient auditing offered by the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC). This course teaches students inpatient auditing, for which there is not currently an industry-recognized credential.

What role do inpatient auditors play?

To be a good inpatient auditor, you will need to be a…

  • Coder — Using your coding accuracy and quality knowledge, applying these skills to auditing, and being able to empathize with coders as you deliver your audit results.
  • Investigator — Finding undocumented diagnoses and clinical indicators, and understanding when a physician query is required.
  • Problem solver — Tracking an issue to solution, conducting self-directed research, ensuring complete and accurate coding, and uncovering information on laws and guidelines.
  • Appraiser — Reporting on the condition, quality, and importance of what you have examined, and using your insight into health laws and guidelines.
  • Analyzer — Examining the data collected from the audit and determining what reimbursement may change based on a holistic view of your findings.
  • Communicator — Understanding the audience, providing clear written communication, developing detailed reports and summaries, and presenting at all organizational levels.

You will need both technical and soft skills, and the Career Step Inpatient Auditing program addresses both these areas to help you be successful.

What is the job market for inpatient auditors?

Auditing gained traction as a career path for medical coders throughout 2014 and 2015 due to changes in medical insurance and reimbursement policies. The need for these professionals is expected to grow exponentially from 2016 through 2020, and with the existing shortage of medical coders filling these needs may prove challenging for organizations. This is all good news for you as it means you’ll be in demand.

How much can I earn as an inpatient auditor?

Salaries for inpatient auditors are generally higher than those of inpatient medical coders (which range from about $55,000 to $65,000 a year). Recent job postings by companies such as LexiCode and Kaiser Permanente have listed salaries for inpatient auditors ranging from $67,000 plus a $15,000 signing bonus to $96,000 a year.

Ultimately, salaries for inpatient auditors vary by employer, geographic location, and experience, and at the end of the day the pay you can expect will depend on the position you accept.

What are the advantages of training with Career Step?

Career Step is a leader in revenue cycle and medical coding education, and our program has been specifically developed to help you gain the skills you need to succeed. With Career Step you have:

  • Employer-trusted education — The Career Step Inpatient Auditing program was developed in conjunction with large employer partners, and others are already using it to train their employees in-house. Choose the education employers have already chosen.
  • Engaging curriculum and comprehensive support — Career Step provides engaging, multimedia curriculum and one-on-one access to instructors throughout the course, so you have the help you need throughout your learning experience.
  • Affordable tuition — With Career Step’s Inpatient Auditing course you can develop the expertise you need to make your professional career step successful for only $2,699.

Choose Career Step for the quality education you need to take your next career step into inpatient auditing.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

What kind of skills or experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?

To ensure you’re successful in the Inpatient Auditing program, you must have 3 years of inpatient acute care coding experience within the last 5 years. In addition, a current RHIA, RHIT, CCS, or CPC credential is recommended.

All prospective students must take our Inpatient Auditing Skill Evaluation. We require this evaluation to help you assess your background and make sure you have the knowledge and experience necessary to be successful in the program and the career field when you’ve completed the training. Click to take the evaluation today.

Is Career Step accredited?

Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, we work diligently to ensure that our programs are recognized and accepted by leading industry associations and employers to make sure our students are prepared to sit for industry certification exams and set up to begin successful careers immediately upon graduation.

In the case of Inpatient Auditing there is not yet an industry-accepted inpatient auditing certification. However, we are working closely with a number of industry leaders to ensure our program will prepare our students once a certification is available.

How is the Career Step Inpatient Auditing program structured?

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of an inpatient auditor.

The Inpatient Auditing program offered by Career Step is a 12-course, online program that coders can complete to develop specialized skills in inpatient auditing. You may test out of specific courses in the program to ensure that education is focused on the specific skills you need to meet auditing requirements.

What type of student support does Career Step offer?

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • Student Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

How long does it take to finish the course?

The Career Step Inpatient Auditing training program is 410 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. The course is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, and students receive an initial 12-month period of enrollment to provide them the flexibility to study part-time on a pace and at a schedule that works for them.

Course extensions are available once you are 3 months within your course expiration date should you feel you need more time to complete the program.

Do I have to complete every course?

The Inpatient Auditing program includes 12 courses. Students have the opportunity to test out of all courses except for Audit Principles, Audit and Record Review, and Audit Reporting.

What materials and computer specifications are required to complete the course?

Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as an inpatient auditor. Your enrollment includes:

  • Complete online access to expert-created curriculum
  • 2 textbooks: The Compliance Officer’s Handbook (printed copy) and The Essentials of Clinical Documentation Integrity (ebook)
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

Hardware

  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*

*The Medical Transcription Editor program includes a third party software tool that makes the training only compatible with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

What payment options does Career Step offer?

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

How soon will I receive my materials?

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.

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