Concept Development Analyst - DRG- PCCV - Remote, United States


As a Concept Development Analyst (CDA) within the Clinical Chart Validation team, you'll spearhead the identification, creation, and implementation of inpatient claim selection rules focusing on the payment integrity of the billed DRG. Leveraging your industry experience and deep knowledge of inpatient coding practices, APR-DRG methodologies, and billing regulations, you'll craft innovative strategies to enhance claim selection processes, contributing directly to payment integrity for our clients.


Your data analysis expertise, strong organizational skills, and comprehensive understanding of claim selection methods will be instrumental in innovating and optimizing proprietary tools that uphold the highest standards of payment accuracy. You'll work closely with senior team members, playing a pivotal role in refining and executing methodologies that elevate our claim selection strategies focused on inpatient claims.


This position involves research, development, implementation, and maintenance of new audit opportunities, with a primary focus on DRG validation for both pre- and post- payment opportunities. As a CDA, you'll be responsible for monitoring query outputs, tracking audit performance outcomes, and investigating discrepancies or variances, ensuring consistent alignment with our team's objectives and the evolving needs of the healthcare billing landscape.


We are seeking candidates with a proven track record of possessing strong analytical and research skills. The ideal candidate should demonstrate the ability to critically analyze information, think logically, and draw meaningful insights from data. Additionally, a keen attention to detail and the capacity to conduct thorough research to gather relevant information are paramount.


Candidate must be self-motivated and capable of working independently, demonstrating the ability to make sound decisions autonomously when necessary.


  • Spearheads the analytical exploration, generation, and execution of unique selection rules focused within our inpatient claim audit scope.
  • Create selection rules that are complementary of existing library, by leveraging your in-depth insights into healthcare billing and coding practices, clinical insights, and regulatory knowledge.
  • Leads the effort to identify coding and billing logic development opportunities.
  • Utilizes healthcare and auditing experience to investigate, identify and define coding and/or billing issues.
  • Participates in strategic planning to develop methods for integrating new technology into existing tools
  • Collaborates with engineering, analytics, audit teams, client management, and senior concept development team members to complete routine tasks.
  • Leads the education and training to the Auditor Training Team, Medical Directors, and audit leaders on new DRG audit opportunities independently found or assigned.
  • Communicates results with senior team members and managers effectively.
  • Demonstrates the ability to expand concepts based on customer requirements and scope
  • Proficient with Medicare reimbursement methodologies, coding and billing guidelines and applicable industry-based standards.
  • Demonstrates ability to monitor and update concept criteria and logic frequently to reflect any changes in legislation, rules, and policies.
  • Fosters and implements new ideas, approaches, and technological improvements to support and enhance audit production, communication and client satisfaction.
  • Assists with ongoing review of all concepts prior to and after implementation
  • Creation and maintenance of concept validation procedures to include: scheduled validation of all concepts including reference and documentation, monitoring of concept performance to assist in early identification of issues and review of all associated concept documentation.
  • With proficiency, utilizes internal and external tools to evaluate, document and validate new ideas, claims, and concept effectiveness.
  • Assists team with ensuring that any new and existing concepts are achieving desired goals in terms of recoveries, collectability and client satisfaction
  • Complete all responsibilities as outlined on annual Performance Plan. Required
  • Complete all special projects and other duties as assigned. Required
  • Must be able to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation. Required


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in inpatient coding or DRG validation auditing required.
  • Mastery of APR-DRG methodology is required.
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in Healthcare Informatics, Health Information Management, Health Care Administration, or equivalent related health field preferred
  • AAPC or AHIMA coding certification preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel preferred, e.g. navigate pivot tables, create basic formulas (e.g. Vlookup). Able to conduct basic data analyses independently.
  • Experience with other healthcare coding systems and payment methodologies (CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10, HIPPS, Revenue Codes, etc.)
  • Proficient with healthcare claim adjudication standards and procedures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and investigative skills.
  • Ability to work independently, recognize and quickly shift priorities, and document progress required.
  • Prior auditing or consulting experience desirable in either a provider or payer environment
  • Experience with ChatGPT or similar AI tools preferred


Working Conditions and Physical Requirements: 

  • The role may require occasional travel for onsite training, typically limited to the duration of the initial training week.
  • Remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods.
  • Communicating with others to exchange information.
  • Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
  • Assessing the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • No adverse environmental conditions expected.
  • Must be able to provide a dedicated, secure work area.
  • Remote work with flexible schedule offered, must be able to accommodate EST time zone for scheduled daily operations.


Base compensation ranges from $88,000 to $110,000. Specific offers are determined by various factors, such as experience, education, skills, certifications, and other business needs. This role is eligible for discretionary bonus consideration.


Cotiviti offers team members a competitive benefits package to address a wide range of personal and family needs, including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage, 401(k) savings plans, paid family leave, 9 paid holidays per year, and 17-27 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) per year, depending on specific level and length of service with Cotiviti. For information about our benefits package, please refer to our Careers page.



Job Profile


North America


United States


17-27 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) per year 401(k) savings plans 9 paid holidays per year Competitive benefits package Dental Disability Life Insurance Life insurance coverage Medical Medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance coverage Paid Family Leave Paid holidays Paid Time Off Remote work Vision


AI Analytical Analytics APR-DRG APR-DRG methodologies Audit Auditing Billing regulations Coding Coding practices Communication Data analysis Documentation Excel Exchange Healthcare Billing ICD-10 Inpatient coding Inpatient coding practices Investigative Medicare Microsoft Excel Operations Payment Payment Accuracy Research Strategic planning Technology

  • Client management
  • Collaborate with teams
  • Create selection rules
  • Data Analysis
  • Identify coding and billing logic development opportunities
  • Identify coding and billing logic opportunities
  • Implement technological improvements
  • Lead education and training
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Research
  • Spearhead analytical exploration
  • Special projects
  • Strategic Planning
  • Training
  • Update concept criteria

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Must be able to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation Must be able to provide a dedicated, secure work area


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