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Coder I, RHIT - PH Medical Records, Full-time, Days, 10K SIGN ON BONUS

Location Palos Heights, Illinois Business Unit Palos Hospital Job REQID P27331 Job Function Health Information Management Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?


*Work Remote from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Indiana*

*This remote position has flexible starting times.

The Coder 1, RHIT - MEDICAL RECORDS reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines, and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.


  • Understands coding conventions/instructions, Official Guidelines for Coding, and Reporting and Coding Clinics.
  • Has a good understanding of disease process, anatomy/physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology.
  • Understands APR and MS-DRG reimbursement methodology for acute care coding.
  • For inpatient rehabilitation coding, must possess knowledge and technical expertise of ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding.
  • Must possess a blended understanding of the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, and guidelines specific to Inpatient Rehab Facilities.
  • Must understand IRF-PAI (Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument) guidelines as it relates to coding.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the IGC (Impairment Group Codes) and RIC (Rehabilitation Impairment Categories) as it relates to the primary diagnosis selection and claim reimbursement.
  • Performs a review of medical record documentation within CAC (computer assisted coding) or Epic to identify the appropriate principal/primary diagnosis, CC/MCC/tier, (co-morbidity/complication, major co-morbidity/complication, tier 1, 2, 3) as these diagnoses impact reimbursement. Also, identify other secondary diagnoses and all appropriate procedures.
  • Navigates Epics Doc Review, Hospital Chart or Chart Review outside of CAC when necessary.
  • Utilizes 3Ms encoder resources to ensure optimal coding accuracy.
  • Optimizes CAC to ensure coding efficiency.
  • Collaborates occasionally with Clinical Documentation Specialists when there is a diagnosis or DRGmismatch or query opportunity to ensure clarity and accuracy of medical record documentation.
  • Articulates rationale for coding selections when necessary, i.e. data quality audit.
  • Maintains diagnosis, procedure, DRG and overall accuracy within department standard of 95% or better.
  • Maintains productivity standard within department standard of 90% or better



    • 1 year of inpatient coding experience in an acute healthcare or inpatient rehabilitation setting or progressive coding experience internally. Must have formal training in PCS coding.
    • RHIA, RHIT or CCS credential.
    • AHIMA membership


    • Associate's degree in related field.
    • 2 years of inpatient coding experience in an acute healthcare setting that includes a teaching hospital

    This remote position has flexible starting times.

    Equal Opportunity

    Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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