Under general supervision, the Coding Apprentice will learn to apply the appropriate diagnostic and procedure codes to individual patient health records for data retrieval, analysis, and claims processing. Reviews patient health records and assigns and sequences diagnosis codes (ICD-9-CM) and/or procedure codes (ICD-9-CM and CPT-4), in accordance with UHDDS definitions, official coding guidelines, and state and federal regulations. Validates DRG and APC group assignment. Abstracts pertinent information from patient records according to local, state, and federal requirements.
Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management or other Allied Health Program preferred. Must possess knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, medical terminology, ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS coding which is normally acquired through college curriculum. Must be eligible to sit for the CCS, RHIA, RHIT, CCS-P, and/or CPC-H credentialing exam and is required to obtain certification within two years in this position. Experience in a physicians practice, insurance carrier or health care organization a plus. Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must possess analytical skills to identify problem issues and must be able to problem solve.