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MEDICAL RECORDS CODER I
Job Title: MEDICAL RECORDS CODER I
Job Code: 4096
Job Level: D2
Revised Date: 12/06/2011
Supervisory Responsibility: No
General Description of the Job Class
Code medical records utilizing ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 coding conventions. Review the medical record to assure specificity of diagnoses, procedures and appropriate/optimal reimbursement for hospital and/or professional charges. Abstract information from medical records following established methods and procedures.
Duties and Responsibilities of this Level
Review medical record documentation and accurately code the primary/secondary diagnoses and procedures using ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 coding conventions.
Sequence the diagnoses and procedures using coding guidelines.
Ensure DRG/APC assignment is accurate.
Abstract and compile data from medical records for appropriate optimal reimbursement for hospital and/or professional charges.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
Required Qualifications at this Level
High school diploma is required.
In addition, coursework in Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, with training in medical records coding is required.
Requires one year of medical records coding experience related to patient records using ICD-9-CM and the CPT-4 coding systems.
A medical records coding certification (see below) or degree in Health Information Management or a related field can substitute for the one year experience requirement.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification
An active/current certification in one of the following areas is preferred, and will substitute for the one year experience requirement:
Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Hospital Coding
Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
Certified Professional Coder Apprentice (CPC-A)
Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D) Homecare Coding
Certified Professional Coder Hospital (CPC-H)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
ICD-9-CM & CPT-4 coding conventions
Anatomy and Physiology
Coding software familiarity
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.
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