Coder I

Job ID
Employment Type
Full Time
Physician Coding
Hours / Pay Period
Dignity Health Medical Group Region
Standard Hours
Monday - Friday 8am-5PM
Work Schedule
8 Hour
CA-Rancho Cordova


Dignity Health Medical Foundation, established in 1993, is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation with care centers throughout California. Dignity Health Medical Foundation is an affiliate of Dignity Health - one of the largest health systems in the nation - with hospitals and care centers in California, Arizona and Nevada. Today, Dignity Health Medical Foundation works hand-in-hand with physicians and providers throughout California to provide comprehensive health care services to the many communities we serve. As Dignity Health Medical Foundation continues to grow and establish new premier care centers, we provide increasing support and investment in the latest technologies, finest physicians and state-of-the-art medical facilities. We strive to create purposeful work settings where staff can provide great care, while advancing in knowledge and experience through challenging work assignments and stimulating relationships. Our staff is well-trained and highly skilled, qualities that are vital to maintaining excellence in care and service.




Position Summary:


The Coder reviews, analyzes, and approves codes for diagnostic and procedural information that determines Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance payments. The primary function of this position is to perform ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding for reimbursement. The coding function also ensures compliance with established coding guidelines, third party reimbursement policies, regulations and accreditation guidelines. The Coder shall review ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes against documented information for Dignity Health Medical Foundation clinical encounters. Assures the final diagnoses and operative procedures as stated by the physician are valid and complete. Reviews necessary information from health records to identify proper and congruent relationships between procedure and diagnosis codes utilizing EndCoder systems, LCD's, NCD's and modifier relationships. 


The Coder determines the final diagnoses and procedures stated by the physician or other health care providers are valid and complete. The coder shall open lines of communication with the health care professional and resolve discrepancies in coding practices and provide education as needed. Performs a comprehensive review for the record to assure the presence of all component parts such as: patient and record identification, signatures and dates where required, and other necessary data in the presence of all reports which appear to be indicated by the nature of the treatment rendered. Analyzes provider documentation to assure the appropriate Evaluation & Management (E & M) levels are assigned using the correct CPT code using both 1995 and 1997 CMS guidelines for auditing. Additional duties as assigned



Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma (or equivalent) required
  • Current CCP certification required
  • Requires:
    • Working knowledge of medical codes involving selections of most accurate and description code using the ICD-9-CM, Volumes 1- 3, CPT, and HCPCS coding conventions
    • Working knowledge of medical terminology, abbreviations, techniques and surgical procedures; anatomy and physiology
    • Working knowledge of official coding conventions and rules established by the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for assignment of diagnostic and procedural codes
    • Effective communication skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with all levels within the organization
    • Intermediate level of Microsoft Office systems including Excel and Word required
  • Requires travel to meet with and educate providers in remote clinic locations


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six (6) to twelve (12) months of coding experience is preferred
  • CCS-A or CPC-A certification preferred
  • Working knowledge of Endcoder systems preferred



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