Senior Outpatient Coder - $2,500 Sign-On Bonus - Full Time - 100% Remote (Must Live in Texas) - Military Veterans

at Houston Methodist

Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, the Senior Outpatient Coder is responsible for ensuring diagnostic and procedure codes are assigned accurately to day surgery and observation encounters based upon documentation within the electronic medical record while maintaining compliance with established rules and regulatory guidelines.

Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Interacts and communicates effectively with members of the coding team and the appropriate stakeholders. (EF)
  2. Participates and provides good feedback during coding section meetings and coding education inservices as well as takes initiative to assist others and shares knowledge with the appropriate stakeholders. (EF)


  1. Responds promptly to internal and external customer requests. Responds promptly and appropriately to requests to code or review coded accounts for accuracy. (EF)
  2. Initiates queries with physicians to obtain or clarify diagnoses and/or procedures as appropriate, utilizing the established physician query process. (EF)


  1. Responsible for assigning diagnostic and procedural codes to encounters of high complexity. (EF)
  2. Maintains and achieves departmental standards of coding quality by assigning accurate ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS and CPT codes and APC assignment utilizing an electronic encoder application in accordance with hospital policy and regulatory body guidelines. (EF)
  3. Maintains and achieves departmental standards of abstracting quality by reviewing the discharge disposition entered by nursing and corrects if necessary in order to achieve the highest quality of entered data. Assigns and enters physician identification number and procedure date correctly in the medical record abstracting system. (EF)
  4. Reviews medical record documentation and abstracts data into the encoder and Electronic Health Record (EHR) to determine principal or final diagnosis, co-morbid conditions and complications, secondary conditions and procedures. Utilizes all tools/resources for accuracy.(EF)
  5. Complies with the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and adheres to official guidelines.


  1. Utilizes time effectively. Consistently codes and abstracts at or above departmental standards of productivity while ensuring accuracy of coding. (EF)
  2. Supports meeting organizational goal for Accounts Receivables (AR) associated with uncoded accounts. (EF)
  3. Maintains coding timeframes within established departmental standards by ensuring all work items assigned to the coding queues are processed in a timely manner. (EF)


  1. Critically evaluates her or his own performance, accepts constructive criticism, and looks for ways to improve. (EF)
  2. Displays initiative to improve relative to job function. Contributes ideas to help improve quality of coding data and abstracting data. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


  • Associate's degree in a Comission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Managment accredited program required or additional two years of experience (in addition to the minimum experience requirements listed below) required in lieu of degree


    • Three years of relevant outpatient coding experience or successful completion of the Houston Methodist Senior Outpatient Coder Transition Program

Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, Leading Medicine is more than a description of what we do; it's who we are. We take our responsibility as Houston's premier health care system seriously, and with a national reputation for excellence in patient care, innovation and research, we hold ourselves and the careers we build to a higher standard. Our culture is diverse, dynamic and challenging. We believe in our I Care Values and conduct ourselves with Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect for others and a commitment to Excellence. Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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