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Telephone triage for a peds office or hospital
Check with your state BoN as in many states, I believe NY and NJ are two, telephone triage is out of the scope of practice for an LPN (or MA/CNA/office assistant for that matter) and can only be done by an RN or higher.
Many hospitals in my area are seeking experienced RN's and LPN's for the HIMS (f/k/a medical records) department for chart review/reimbursement maximization. Experienced nurses are familiar with procedures and patient care can often catch if a potential reimburseable procedure is missed when a chart is coded or if a diagnosis code does not match the history/hospitalization record
When my grandmother was in the hospital last year, it was the HIMS nurse that caught a seemingly benign statement in the physician's assessment that could be flagged by Medicare and potential denial of a 2 week critical care stay! The nurse was able to have the record corrected BEFORE the claim was submitted to Medicare for reimbursement.
Here is one job description from a local hospital that is looking (preferably for a clinically experienced LPN to work as a level 3 coder (most coders start out as a coder1): Coder 3: Codes predominantly Same Day records in accordance with all regulatory guidelines. Requirements: Knowledgeable of ICD-9-CM and CPT coding with 3 years outpatient coding experience in an acute care setting preferred. Completion of the following courses required: CCS, CCS-P, CPC or LPN preferred. Must obtain CCS, CPC or CCS-P within 2 years of employment." (Often they will pay for your certification as a certified professional coder)