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Beth Israel Lahey Health Coder III, Inpatient in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Type: Regular

Time Type: Full time

Work Shift: Day (United States of America)

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

When you join the growing BILH team, you're not just taking a job, you’re making a difference in people’s lives.

This position is responsible for the assignment of ICD-10-CM diagnosis and procedure codes and as appropriate, CPT-4.

Job Description:

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Reviews the complete electronic and paper medical record of discharged patients. Assigns ICD-10-CM diagnosis and procedure codes from documentation in the medical record, when indicated assigns CPT-4 procedure codes

  2. Abstracts coded data and patient information into the coding abstracting system in use by BIDMC (information includes attending physician, surgeon, dates of surgery, disposition, discharge date, and infant birth weight etc.). Uses the AHA 'Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM for official coding guidelines set forth by the ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee.

  3. Sequences the assigned codes using the 3M DRG Finder System, exercising all principles of assigning ICD-10-CM codes to determine the appropriate DRG. Prioritizes daily work to ensure timely submission to the billing system.

  4. Participates in training programs including educational sessions for updates to ICD-10-CM, Coding Clinic Guidelines and learning ICD-10-CM/PCS.

  5. Follows Policy & Procedure to identify and facilitate prompt resolution of documentation, abstracting and/or other account problems

  6. Works on special projects

  7. Writes appeals for coding audits

Required Qualifications:

  1. High School diploma or GED required.

  2. Registration Registered Health Info Admin required., or Certificate 1 Registered Health Info Tech required., or Certificate 2 Certified Coding Specialist required.

  3. 3-5 years related work experience required.

  4. Knowledge of ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-CM/PCS, and CPT-4 coding.

  5. Knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and third party coding requirements, including MS-DRGs, APR-DRGs and AP-DRGs.

  6. Basic internet research skills.

  7. Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.


  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.

  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.

  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow precedents and procedures. May set priorities and organize work within general guidelines. Seeks assistance when confronted with difficult and/or unpredictable situations. Work progress is monitored by supervisor/manager.

  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.

  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.

  7. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.

  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:

Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally

As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. Beth Israel Lahey Health requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Learn more ( about this requirement.

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