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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Data Coder Coordinator (40hr) in Needham, Massachusetts

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Data Coder Coordinator (40hr)

Department Description:The Health Information Department is a service department supporting complete and accurate medical record documentation that supports quality patient care. Accurate assignment of ICD-10 and CPT coding supports a complete patient record, statistical reporting and hospital reimbursement.

Job Location:Needham, Massachusetts

Req ID:47005BR

Job Summary:This position is responsible for the accurate and timely coding and abstracting of specific diagnostic and procedural medical record data for continuing health care, health statistics, research and reimbursement. Focus is on inpatient and Same Day Surgery coding. Produces Meditech and State reports as required/requested. Serves as a third Payroll backup for the Director.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Reviews, analyzes and codes medical record diagnostic/procedural data on a timely basis using up-to-date knowledge of ICD-10-CM and CPT-4 Classification systems and guidelines as well as ICD-10-CM/PCS systems and guidelines starting October 2015.

  • Assigns MS-DRGs/APR-DRGs/AP-DRGs through abstracting in 3M software.

  • Finalizes abstracts in a timely manner for proper reimbursement practice.

  • Remains knowledgeable and up to date on all coding and reimbursement system changes to assure appropriate coding and billing practices.

  • Monitors Meditech reports to support goal of $500K outstanding billing limit (t-5 days from discharge) and reports overages to Director.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or GED required. Associate's degree preferred.

  • License Registered Health Info Tech preferred., and Registration Certified Coding Specialist preferred.

  • 0-1 years related work experience required in coding (up-to-date knowledge of ICD-10-CM and CPT-4 guidelines) in an acute care environment or completion of the BIDMC Coding Training program required..

  • Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Six months to one year of computer experience in 3M and Meditech.

  • Knowledge and experience with Medicare reimbursement systems.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Written Communications:Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.

  • Oral Communications:Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.

  • Knowledge:Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.

  • Team Work:Ability to interact respectfully with other employees, professional staff and/or external contacts to offer ideas, identify issues, obtain information or deliver services.

  • 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

EOE Statement



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. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.