Feb 06, 2024

Medical Records Coder

  • Duke Health
  • 2301 Erwin Rd Durham, NC 27710
Full Time (CPC) Certified Professional Coder (CCS) Certified Coding Specialist

Job Description

Medical Records Coder II-Inpatient (Commitment Bonus)

At Duke Health, we're driven by a commitment to compassionate care that changes the lives of patients, their loved ones, and the greater community. No matter where your talents lie, join us and discover how we can advance health together.

About Duke Health's Patient Revenue Management Organization
Pursue your passion for caring with the Patient Revenue Management Organization, which is Duke Health's fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization that supports the entire health system in streamlining the revenue cycle. This includes scheduling, registration, coding, billing, and other essential revenue functions.

Please note: All Duke medical coding opportunities require candidates to have a North Carolina address as a condition of employment.

*Now offering a $5,000 Commitment bonus that will pay out in 2 equal installments over 12 months in 6-month increments.

General Description of the Job Class

The Medical Records Coder II (Inpatient) is a certified Coder. Coordinate/review the work of subordinate employees and assist with the training and continuing education programs. Code medical records utilizing ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and/or CPT-4 coding conventions. Review the medical record to assure specificity of diagnoses, procedures and appropriate/optimal reimbursement for hospital and/or professional charges. Abstract information from medical records following established methods and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

  • Review the complex (problematic coding that needs research and reference checking) medical records and accurately code the primary/secondary diagnoses and procedures using ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and/or CPT coding conventions.
  • Coordinate or review the work of designated employees. Ensure quality and quantity of work performed through regular audits.
  • Assist with the research, development and presentation of continuing education programs on areas of specialization.
  • Review medical record documentation and accurately code the primary and secondary diagnoses and procedures using ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and/or CPT-4 coding conventions. Sequence the diagnoses and procedures using coding guidelines. Ensure the DRG/APC assignment is accurate. Abstract and compile data from medical records for appropriate, optimal reimbursement for hospital and/or professional charges.
  • Consult with and educate physicians on coding practices and conventions in order to provide detailed coding information. Communicate with nursing and ancillary services personnel for needed documentation for accurate coding.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease processes and surgical techniques through participation in continuing education programs to effectively apply ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and/or CPT-4 coding guidelines to inpatient and outpatient diagnoses and procedures.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of medical record practices, standards, regulations, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO), Health Care and Finance Administration (HCFA), Medical Review of North Carolina (MRNC), etc.
  • Assist with special projects as required.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


High school diploma required.


  • RHIA certification-no experience required
  • RHIT certification-no experience required
  • CCS certification-Two years of coding experience required (Must be in the service applicant is applying for)
  • CPC or HCS-D certification: two years of coding experience required

RHIA certification- no ex

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

Must hold one of the following active/current certifications:

  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) Hospital Coding
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) Hospital
  • Coding Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Hospital Coding
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D) Homecare Coding

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Advanced ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and/or CPT-4 coding conventions
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Extensive DRG/APC reimbursement knowledge
  • Coding software familiarity
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Data entry/CRT

Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Required Experience Level

Intermediate Level