Jennifer Ritter, BS '08
Name: Jennifer Ritter
Class Year: 2008
Degree, Major: BS-HSM, Health Services Management
What is your current professional position?
- University of Pennsylvania Health System, Senior Compliance Analyst/DRG Specialist in the Office of Billing Compliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Professional and Continuing Studies, Adjunct Faculty Member and Coordinator for the Medical Coding Certificate Program
In your current position, what are your responsibilities/duties?
- Perform data analysis of hospital specific billing data to uncover potential areas of risk and concern for auditing purposes
- Assist with the development of clinical documentation templates to ensure Medicare reimbursement regulations are met
- Educate physicians and coding staff with respect to proper documentation and billing to meet Medicare’s reimbursement policies
- Act as an ICD-10-CM/PCS Subject Matter Expert for the Penn Medicine community
- Facilitate coding classes in the Medical Coding Certificate Program at Jefferson
What are your current accreditations, memberships or affiliations in your field?
- RHIT – Registered Health Information Technologist
- CCS- Certified Coding Specialist
- AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
- Member of AHIMA (American Health Information Association)
- Member of PHIMA (Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association)
Are there any publications you have had or other awards/recognitions you would like to share?
- Created and serve as Editor-in-Chief for Penn Medicine’s Coding Newsletter
- Inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society (2006)
- S.T.A.R. Award, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (2003)
What are your career accomplishments that you would like to highlight?
- Redeveloped and launched the Medical Coding Certificate Program at Thomas Jefferson University
- Redesigned the auditing process for inpatient hospital claims at Penn Medicine
- Assisting in implementing a training program at Penn Medicine for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS for Medicare
If you could give any advice to a current student in your program or a recent graduate what would it be?
- Find someone to mentor you. A good mentor will pay dividends for life!
- Never be afraid to ask a question. Better to ask than to get the information incorrect.
- Look for ways to challenge yourself. You will discover how strong, intelligent and resourceful you are.