Houston, Texas

JOB SUMMARY-This job can work remotely from the following States - GA, WA, FL, TN and TX

At Houston Methodist, the Inpatient Coder is responsible for ensuring diagnostic and procedure codes are assigned accurately to inpatient 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. Maintains and achieves the highest standards of coding quality by assigning accurate/ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS codes utilizing an electronic encoder application in accordance with hospital policy and regulatory body guidelines. (EF)
  2. Maintains and achieves department standards of abstracting quality by reviewing accurate 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)
  3. Reviews medical record documentation and abstracts data into the encoder and EPIC/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)
  4. 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 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 CAHIIM accredited program required or additional two years of experience (in addition to the minimum experience requirements listed below) required in lieu of degree


  • One year of relevant inpatient coding experience or successful completion of the Houston Methodist Coding Apprentice Program or Outpatient to Inpatient Coder Transition Program


  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles
  • Knowledge of coding classification systems, DRG and APC systems, official coding guidelines and coding compliance
  • Knowledge of an electronic medical record and imaging systems preferred
  • Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • Proficiency with electronic encoder application preferred
  • Extensive PC knowledge - must be able to work effectively in common office software, coding software and abstracting systems


Work AttireYes/NoUniformNoScrubsNoBusiness professionalYesOther (dept approved)No


On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.


May require travel withinYesHouston Metropolitan area 


May require travel outsideYesof Houston Metropolitan area 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist is one of the nation’s leading health systems and academic medical centers. Houston Methodist consists of eight hospitals: Houston Methodist Hospital, its flagship academic hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, and seven community hospitals throughout the greater Houston area. Houston Methodist also includes an academic institute, a comprehensive residency program, a global business division, numerous physician practices and several free-standing emergency rooms and outpatient facilities. Overall, Houston Methodist employs more than 27,000 employees and is supported by a wide variety of business functions that operate at the system level to help enable clinical departments to provide high quality patient care.

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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