Whittier Medical Management Inc
  • 01-Dec-2017 to 30-Jan-2018 (PST)
  • Billing/Coding
  • Torrance, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k), Short & Long-Term Disability, Paid Time Off (PTO), Paid Holidays

Position Overview

The Coding Specialist I collects appropriate, timely, and accurate health information about services provided including demographic data, appropriate length of stay, third-party payer, and other related data concerning patients.  The Coding Specialist I will collect data in compliance with the appropriate laws, regulations, standards, and policies. The Coding Specialist I accurately and efficiently, reviews billing and medical documentation for compliance with AMA, Medicare, Medicaid and third party payer billing guidelines and assigning appropriate CPT-4, HCPCS and ICD-10 codes based on the documentation.

Provides regular feedback to management and physicians regarding omissions and irregularities in documentation and suggested improvements. Demonstrates commitment to conducting business lawfully and ethically by consistently adhering to office policies, procedures and regulations.


Essential Functions

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Abstracts relevant clinical and demographic information from the medical record to assign ICD-10 and CPT codes in accordance with coding and reimbursement guidelines.
  • Identifies principal and secondary diagnosis with minimal error based on the national based standards.
  • Codes with an accuracy of 97% based on QA internal reviews.
  • Records all diagnostic procedures and assigns appropriate procedure codes.
  • Requests diagnosis from physicians when information is not recorded.
  • Determines and records the required medical information.
  • Updates coding procedures and guidelines.  Works with various staff in coordinating medical information and patient charts.
  • Relay pertinent information to the Client Relations Manager and Compliance Officer, as needed.
  • Adhere to assigned work schedule and lunch break.
  • Comply with federal, state and company policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Participating in educational activities and attending monthly staff meetings, as needed.
  • Maintaining strictest confidentiality; adhering to all HIPAA guidelines and regulations
  • Must achieve established productivity and quality measures.
  • Performing other work-related duties as assigned



Qualifications/Knowledge and Skills

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.  Associate or Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of hospital or medical office coding experience required.
  • One of the following credentials preferred: RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician), RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator), or any other American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) coding credential, or any other American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) coding credential. 
  • Knowledge of medical billing/collection practice
  • Knowledge of business office procedures
  • Knowledge of basic medical coding and third-party operating procedures and practices
  • Skill in answering a telephone in a pleasant and helpful manner
  • Must be well organized and detail-oriented



Abilities, Work Activities & Work Styles

  • Excellent oral/written communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to operate a computer, computer software, and basic office equipment
  • Ability to operate a multi-line telephone system
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow oral and written instructions
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, employees. and the public
  • Ability to work in a team environment and take direction from management and supervisors
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as procedure manuals, work instructions, software manuals; ability to write routine reports and correspondence.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee typically sits for extended periods at a computer workstation. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Work is predominantly conducted inside and generally provides protection from weather conditions and temperature changes.



This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" relationship.

The company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, drug free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable.

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