Inpatient Coder
Eskenazi Health


Job Info


Division:Eskenazi Health

Sub-Division:Hospital

Req ID:10743

Schedule:Full Time

Shift:Days

Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.

FLSA Status

Non-Exempt

Job Role Summary

The Coder - Inpatient works with Clinical Documentation Specialists (CDS) and physicians to identify and address documentation improvement needs that support accurate code, Risk of Mortality (ROM), Severity of Illness (SOI), and DRG assignment.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates value based behavior aligned with Eskenazi Health's mission to: Advocate, Care, Teach and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable populations of Marion County, and to support Eskenazi Health's core values: to respect all people, to be culturally competent, to work with integrity, to provide superior quality healthcare and emphasize patient safety, to always learn and develop, and to be good stewards of our resources
  • Assigns diagnosis and procedure codes to inpatient accounts on a concurrent and / or post-discharge basis
  • Generates a working DRG for all concurrently reviewed accounts
  • Completes reconciliation process for all Clinical Documentation Improvement Program (CDIP) accounts
  • Stays current with changes to coding guidelines, regulations, CDIP initiatives, and reimbursement methodologies for inpatient discharges
  • Works with Clinical Documentation Specialists (CDS) and physicians to identify and address documentation improvement needs that support accurate code, Risk of Mortality (ROM), Severity of Illness (SOI), and DRG assignment
  • Works through the CDS to query the medical staff appropriately and professionally to obtain the documentation necessary to ensure coding compliance and optimal reimbursement
  • Accurately abstracts information from patient records into a software database for statistical and billing purposes

Job Requirements

  • RHIA, RHIT, or CCS required with two (2) - three (3) years inpatient coding experience in acute care hospital setting (preferably tertiary care). Will consider CPC-H with four (4) - five (5) years inpatient coding experience in acute care hospital setting (preferably tertiary care), or two (2) - three (3) years concurrent inpatient coding experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and proficiency in the ICD-9-CM coding classification system, medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology
  • Knowledge of inpatient MS-DRG reimbursement system
  • Knowledge of APR-DRG severity of illness and risk of mortality classifications
  • Knowledge of computerized abstracting systems and encoders
  • Knowledge of revenue cycle process
  • Prefer knowledge of and experience with clinical documentation improvement programs
  • Prefer experience in concurrent coding environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work as an effective team member
  • Ability to recognize opportunities for improvement
  • Ability to set and adjust priorities to meet departmental goals
  • Ability to work independently and exercise professional judgment to meet daily operational demands
  • Demonstrates team oriented, professional conduct when resolving operational issues which cross operational units within HIM and/or across WHS
  • Ability to process information quickly, and concentrate effectively in disruptive and stressful environments

Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation's 150 best places to work by Becker's Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America's best midsize employers' Eskenazi Health's programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city's primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care - Center of Excellence in Women's Health, just to name a few.

Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis



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