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Certified Coding Specialist – Inpatient Coding Educator

Location: Remote
Work Setting: Hospital
Job Function:
Coder, Other
Job Type:
Salary Range: $26.42-$40.82/hour


UPMC in Central PA is seeking to hire a Certified Coding Specialist, with a strong background (5 years’ experience) in inpatient coding. This remote/work from home position will serve as the primary educator for UPMC’s medical coder trainee program. The training program will be facilitated online, so a background in online teaching is strongly preferred. Presenting a sample coding lesson will be part of second-round interviews for this position.

Job Description

The primary duties of this Certified Coding Specialist position will be teaching comprehensive inpatient coding skills to coding trainees including Coding Guidelines, Coding Clinics, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code assignment, and DRG assignments using Epic EMR and Optum eCAC. When not facilitating courses, this individual will serve as a member of the inpatient coding team, coding and auditing inpatient cases.


-Abstract required medical and demographic information from the medical record and enter the data into the system to ensure accuracy of the database. Responsible for correcting any data found to be in error after reviewing the medical record and comparing with system entries. Complete work assignments in a timely manner.

-Submit a monthly auditing/training schedule to the Manager. Submit completed Inpatient, SDS, and ED audit spreadsheets with details for each chart. Submit audit summaries for Inpatient, SDS and ED coding. Submit all educational documents for all patient types to Management. Perform reviews on Third Party Audit findings/outcomes and prepare report for HIM and Compliance

-Ensure the diagnoses and procedures are sequenced in order of their clinical significance to accurately assign the appropriate DRG, APC or payment tier under the Prospective Payment system to guarantee accurate reimbursement on UPMC patients.

-Review coding for accuracy and completeness prior to submission to billing. Utilize standard coding guidelines and principles and coding clinics to assign the appropriate ICD-10-CM and CPT codes including modifiers for correct DRG/APC assignment and accurate reimbursement. Identify incomplete documentation in the medical record and formulate a physician query to obtain missing documentation and/ or clarification to accurately complete the coding process. Utilize computer applications and resources essential to completing the coding process efficiently, such as QuadraMed encoder, Cerner and MARS to ensure timely billing.

-Assist with identifying continuing education needs and opportunities. Coordinate continuing education by contacting clinical staff and arranging in-services for the coding staff, as well as keeping current with other education being offered by AHIMA and other professional organizations. Assist with training new staff for inpatient, SDS and ED coding. Also coordinate re-training of staff as needed due to coding changes/updates, results of audits, etc. Communicate effectively with Patient Business Services, physicians and ancillary departments as necessary to submit accurate and timely billing.

-Review and evaluate focused UPMC DRG or APC medical records for accurate payment prior to billing to ensure that all documented principal and secondary diagnoses, complications and co-morbidities, and procedures are accurately coded. Perform internal quality assurance audits on inpatient, SDS, and ED coded records. Summarizes findings and report these to the Manager. Identify areas of coding weakness and develop training plans to address these. Provide audit findings to coding staff members electronically for coders to review. Discuss audit findings with each coder individually as needed for further clarification. Develop and present Inpatient/SDS/ED coding seminars for continuing coder education.

-Code Inpatient, SDS and ED charts as necessary. Assign the principal and secondary diagnoses and procedures by thoroughly reviewing all documentation in the medical record utilizing knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and pathology. Review the discharge summary, history and physical, physician progress notes, consultation reports, radiology, laboratory, pathology, operative records, emergency room record to accurately assign a diagnosis and / or procedure. Determine diagnoses that were treated, monitored and evaluated and procedures done during the episode of care and assign appropriate codes.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
-High School or GED equivalent.
-Completed an AHIMA or AAPC-certified Coding program, Bidwell Training School or equivalent program. Curriculum includes Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, ICD-10-CM and CPT Coding Guidelines and Procedures or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).
-5 years of total medical coding experience.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
-Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) OR Certified Professional Coder (CPC) OR Registered Health Information Administrator OR Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)
-Act 34

Preferred Qualifications

-5 years of inpatient coding experience
-Previous experience teaching or facilitating online coding courses.

Education Qualifications

-High school diploma or GED required.
-Successful completion an AHIMA or AAPC-certified Coding program, Bidwell Training School or equivalent program. Curriculum includes Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology, ICD-10-CM and CPT Coding Guidelines and Procedures or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).


Salary Range: $26.42-$40.82/hour – Rate is determined based on experience.

Benefits that Matter to You
UPMC is committed to providing benefits that meet your needs and support your well-being in all areas of life.

-Earn over 5 Weeks of Paid Time Off Every Year
-Affordable Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage
-Student loan assistance and tuition reimbursement options
-Earn up to 8% of your eligible pay in retirement contributions from UPMC
-Employer-Paid Life Insurance

Instructions for Resume Submission

Apply through the following link to the UPMC job board: Certified Coding Specialist – Inpatient Coding Educator

Please direct questions about this position to Katelynn Giraldo, or Alex Schafer,

Apply Online:

Posted: January 10, 2024 at 3:23 PM
Post ID: 83934

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