Sr. Medical Coder

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  • 17-00137
  • Direct Placement
  • Coding
  • Los Angeles, CA
Job Description
Our client is a leading National Physician Sub-Specialty Medical Group with opportunities for Certified Medical Coders who are experienced in Coding Physician Inpatient Surgical Services!

Sr. Certified Medical Coder
Physician Inpatient Surgical Coding

Los Angeles, CA

Senior Medical Coder Physician Inpatient Surgical Services
The Senior Medical Coder assigns diagnostic and procedural codes from physician operative reports and enters data abstracted from source material into a charge ticket. Verifies charge tickets; checks for accuracy and completeness prior to tickets being processed for billing, insurance filing and revenue reporting. Monitors and works with staff on daily flow of charge tickets to insure accuracy and timeliness of output, and abstracts data to ensure all procedures are billed.

Essential Duties

  • Maintains weekly inventory for coding department.
  • Answer questions from Coders; identifies and corrects errors, as needed.
  • May train other Coders in proper procedures, as requested.
  • Annually request International Classification of Diseases books for Coding Department.
  • Assists in abstracting and/or entering specific case mix data for special analyses, studies or reports.
  • Reviews and examines entire current operative report for accurate and complete diagnostic and procedure information. May be required to request diagnosis or other data from physicians when not recorded in operative report, or if information is incomplete.
  • Determines correct sequence of primary and secondary diagnoses according to uniform surgery procedure data guidelines.
  • Abstracts all surgical and designated diagnostic procedures and assigns appropriate procedure codes using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) system, and the Physicians’ Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4).
  • Assures that proper Peer Review Organization: Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial carrier authorizations and second opinions are obtained.
  • Answer questions from staff and identifies and corrects errors as needed.
  • Uses International Classification of Diseases book to determine correct codes.
  • Responsible for being up-to-date and knowledgeable of coding and diagnostic procedures, continuing education classes, as well as remaining current about federal legislative changes that affect outcomes.

Knowledge, Skill, and Ability:

Knowledge of medical records coding procedures. Skill in preparing reports and answering correspondence. Knowledge of medical terminology, CPT and ICD-9 coding, Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance procedures. Experience in medical setting, claims procedures. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff. Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Ability to prepare, file and maintain patient records, files reports, and other correspondence.

Education and Experience:

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Credential/certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (CPC) or American Health Information Management Association (CCS, CCS-P, RHIT, RHIA)
  • Minimum Three (3) years coding multi-specialty surgical (Physician) procedures
  • Minimum three (3) to four (4) years hands on coding experience with Cardiology and/or Interventional Radiology in Outpatient Hospital or Medical Group Setting
  • Minimum of one (1) year Lead/Supervisory experience
  • Minimum five (5) years medical coding and healthcare experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Typing ability of 50 wpm.

Commensurate with Experience
Comprehensive Benefits Package
3-Weeks’ Vacation Annually


Full-Time (M-F)
Direct Hire, Benefited Position


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