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Hospital Outpatient Coder

Primary Location Redwood City, California Facility Redwood City Hospital Job Number 1214322 Date posted 11/29/2023
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Under direct supervision, the Hospital Outpatient Coder is responsible for the accurate coding and abstracting of diagnoses, conditions and procedures from medical record documentation for Hospital Ambulatory Surgery (HAS), Home Health/Hospice (if applicable), Observation (OBS) and  Hospital complex Outpatient Visit (CHOY) including capture of codes for outpatient services that require monitored anesthesia and conscious sedation.  Working from appropriate documentation, assign the appropriate codes and modifiers with ICD-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II codes.  

All work must be performed in accordance with the rules, regulations and coding conventions of ICD-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, Coding Clinic published by the American Hospital Association, the ICD-CM, CPT and HCPCS code book, CPT Assistant, NCCI Edits, OSHPD and Kaiser Permanente's organizational and institutional coding guidelines.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Review Medical Records to identify diagnoses/procedures.

  • Reviews medical record documentation to identify diagnoses/procedures to be coded Independently organizes and prioritizes work assignments to ensure that records are coded timely and compliantly in conformance with regulatory requirements.

  • Codes all appropriate diagnosis and procedures from the medical record using ICD-CM,

  • CPT and HCSPCS coding classification systems.

  • Responsible for the sequencing of diagnoses and procedure codes in accordance with guidelines outlined in ICD-CM, CPT, Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set, Medicare regulations and other appropriate classification systems.

  • Verifies and abstracts the appropriate data from the medical records to meet requirements for data submission and reporting. Corrects data as needed.

  • Ensures that all data abstracted is consistent with guidelines outlined by TJC, OSHPD, CMS, and regional and local KP policies.

  • Ensures the accuracy and integrity of data abstracted and coded based on medical record documentation prior to data submission or coding completion.

  • Interacts with physicians to clarify and accurately document patient diagnostic and procedural information when appropriate.

  • Ensures timely data completion by meeting coding/abstracting productivity/quality standards established for the position.

  • Confidentiality/Security of Systems: Maintains and complies with policies and procedures for confidentiality of all patient records.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of privacy and security of systems and associated policies and procedures for maintaining the security of the data contained within the systems.
    Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.

Grade 565

Basic Qualifications:


  • Two years of continuous hospital coding/abstracting experience within the last five years.


  • High School Diploma or GED and demonstrated completion of classes in medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, current ICD-CM and CPT coding conventions and disease process from an accredited program.
    License, Certification, Registration

  • Any one of the following: CCS or CCS-P or CPC or CCA or RHIT or RHIA.

    Additional Requirements:

  • Achieve a minimum score of 75% on the Hospital Outpatient Coder test.
  • Basic knowledge of and use of computer keyboard and mouse.
  • Must be able to meet productivity and quality standards established for the position.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the clinical content of a health record and translate into the appropriate code.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and disease process to interpret general medical classifications for Hospital Ambulatory Services, Home Health/Hospice, and Hospital Observation.
  • Services and CHOY services that require monitored anesthesia or conscious sedation
  • Demonstrated knowledge pertaining to all guidelines that concern the coding and sequencing of diagnoses and procedures outlined in but not limited to current ICD-CM, CPT, Medicare guidelines and other sources.
  • Basic knowledge of reimbursement methodologies and conventions and knowledge of rules and guidelines for the appropriate and current coding classifications.
  • Must maintain coding credential and complete the required Continuing Education (CE) units.
  • Must abide by the AHIMA and/or AAPC code of ethics.
  • Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A
  • Primary Location: California,Redwood City,Redwood City Hospital Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 04:30 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: A01|SEIU|United Healthworkers Job Level: Entry Level Department: Oakland Reg - 1800 Harrison - Hospital Coding Operations - 0208 Pay Range: $44.37 - $48.69 / hour The ranges posted above reflect the location in the job posting. The salary range may vary if you reside in a different location or state than the location posted. Travel: No At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

    Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest