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Medical Coding Specialist

Job Summary:

The Medical Coding Specialist will evaluate medical records and charge tickets to ensure completeness, accuracy, and compliance with the International Classification of Diseases Manual - Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), and the American Medical Associations Current Procedural Terminology Manual (CPT). The Specialist will also provide technical guidance and training on medical coding to physicians and staff.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None.


  • Evaluates medical record documentation and charge-ticket coding to optimize reimbursement by ensuring that diagnostic and procedural codes and other documentation accurately reflects and supports outpatient visits and to ensure that data complies with legal standards and guidelines.
  • Interprets medical information such as diseases or symptoms and diagnostic descriptions and procedures to accurately assign and sequence the correct ICD-9-CM and CPT codes.
  • Reviews state and federal Medicare reimbursement claims for completeness and accuracy before submission to minimize claim denial.
  • Evaluates records and prepares reports on such topics as the number of denied claims or documentation or coding issues for review by management and/or professional evaluation committees.
  • Makes recommendations for changes in policies and procedures; works with data processing staff to revise the computer master file. Develops and updates procedures manuals to maintain standards for correct coding, to minimize the risk of fraud and abuse, and to optimize revenue recovery.
  • Provides technical guidance to physicians and other staff in identifying and resolving issues or errors such as incomplete or missing records and documentation, ambiguous or nonspecific documentation, and/or codes that do not conform to approved coding principles/guidelines.
  • Reads bulletins, newsletters, and periodicals and attends workshops to stay abreast of issues, trends, and changes in laws and regulations governing medical record coding and documentation.
  • Educates and advises staff on proper code selection, documentation, procedures, and requirements.
  • Identifies training needs, prepares training materials, and conducts training for physicians and support staff to improve skills in the collection and coding of quality health data.

Required Skills/Abilities:

Education and Experience:

  • Possession of an Accredited Record Technicians certification (ART) or Certified Coding Specialist designation (CCS) issued by the American Health Information Management Association; or
  • Two years of experience in medical record coding, or the;
  • Equivalent combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


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