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Inpatient Coder III / HIM Coding

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Hartford HealthCare Corp.


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Per Diem
Standard Hours: 1
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Position Summary

Review complex inpatient clinical documentation to determine the appropriate assignment of alpha numeric diagnosis/procedure codes and Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG).  Data is classified for internal and external statistical reporting, research, regulatory compliance and reimbursement.


Mentors other coders in understanding policies and procedures and HIM systems; supports and participates in special projects and assignments; and provides subject matter expert guidance to others and recommends corrective actions to Manager.

Role Responsibilities


  • Applies knowledge of anatomy and physiology, clinical disease processes, pharmacology, and diagnostic and procedural terminology to determine the appropriate assignment of diagnosis and procedure codes.
  • Analyzes medical records using the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), interprets documentation and assigns proper International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD‑9‑CM)/ International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) diagnoses and ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-PCS (Procedural Classification System) operative procedure codes utilizing designated software to included Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) and/or encoder, coding manuals and other reference material.
  • Adheres to all department coding procedures, policies, guidelines and quality standards.
  • Reviews DRG assigned to each record. Enters coded/abstracted information into software, analyzes DRG groupings, and observes for appropriate DRG assignment.


  • Collaborate with clinical documentation specialists (CDS) to determine appropriate MS-DRG assignment for compliance and reimbursement purposes.
  • Complete on a daily basis cases that have been assigned to them utilizing the appropriate work lists.


  • Seeks clarification from physicians in cases where documentation is absent, ambiguous, or contradictory.


  • If required, assists in training and mentoring new coders to become acclimated to new environment, and understanding internal coding policies and procedures.


  • Mentors other coders during their orientation period and assists them in understanding policies and procedures and HIM systems.
  • Supports and participates in special projects and assignments.
  • Provides subject matter expert guidance to others and recommends corrective actions to the Manager.
  • Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association and adheres to official coding guidelines.
  • Assist manager with other tasks as necessary
  • Backs up manager in his/her absence
  • Acts as Lead for  coding teams as assigned
  • Meet revenue cycle goals (Key Performance Indicators (KPI), Productivity Standards)


Education/Experience Required

  • High school diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.
  • Associate Degree preferred.
Four or more years of progressive on-the-job coding experience in an acute care hospital setting.

License/Certification Required

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification required and maintained thereafter

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • ICD‑9‑CM/ICD-10-CM diagnosis and ICD-9-CM/ICD-10-PCS operative procedure codes
  • Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS)
  • MS-DRG
  • Working knowledge of clinical information
  • Microsoft Office Products; Word, Excel
Encoder and/or CAC


  • Read, write and speak English proficiently.
  • Solid analytical capabilities.
  • Good organizational skills.
Proficiently read and interpret physician writing.


  • Function independently.
  • Handle multiple priorities.
  • Listen and acknowledge ideas and expressions of others attentively.
  • Converse clearly using appropriate verbal and body language.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve a common goal through mutual cooperation.
  • Influence others for positive and productive outcomes.
  • Utilize coding subject matter expertise to support Level 1 and Level 2 coders and others in the organization as needed.

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