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Swedish Medical Center Coding Specialist in Anchorage, Alaska


Swedish Medical Center is looking for a Coding Specialist to join our team.

The Coding Specialist is responsible to assign diagnosis and procedure codes on inpatient and outpatient cases using ICD-10-CM and CPT coding systems, assigns DRGs using the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and All Patient groupers and abstracts data for statistical, reimbursement and regulatory requirements. The Coding Specialist also ensures coding compliance by applying all coding principles and guidelines as defined in the Coding Clinic, CPT Assistant, AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding, Swedish Medical Center policies and other leading authorities. As a primary member of the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program (CDIP) Team assures that charts are coded to reflect the level of service provided. The CDIP Team is a triad that includes clinical documentation specialists, coders and physicians. Daily interaction and negotiation with team members is required.


In this position you will:

  • Identifies and codes diagnoses and procedures on all patient records using ICD-10-CM and CPT coding systems and applies all coding principles and guidelines as defined in the Coding Clinic, CPT Assistant, AHIMA Standards of Ethical Coding, Swedish Policies, and other leading authorities.

  • Assigns optimal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) MS-DRGs and All Patient DRGs.

  • Provides education to the medical staff, clinical documentation specialists and hospital staff on documentation, coding and DRG assignment.

  • Abstracts data on-line per SMC guidelines, State and regulatory requirements.

  • Ensures accurate ICD-10-CM, CPT and DRG assignments by using all available functions and edits of the encoding system.

  • Consistently meets all quality and productivity standards for coding and abstracting.

  • Provides concurrent coding consultation to clinical documentation specialist upon request.

  • Identifies and interacts with clinical documentation specialist/physician to solicit additional clinical information to assign optimal DRG.

  • Communicates disagreement regarding CDMP clinical documentation specialist DRG recommendation directly to the respective clinical documentation specialist within specified timeframe. Discusses discrepancies regarding DRG assignment and/or secondary diagnoses with clinical documentation specialists within specified timeframe.

  • Responds to queries from clinical documentation specialists regarding concurrent cases within specified timeframe.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT) or Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Procedural Coder Hospital (CPC-H) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) required.

  • 3 years of ICD-10-CM and CPT coding experience performing hospital based inpatient and outpatient coding

  • Demonstrated proficiency in a concurrent medical record review program that emphasizes partnering between clinical documentation specialists and coding

  • Completion of a certified coding program and three years related experience. Will consider applicants with relevant experience and applicable education.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Associate’s degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school

  • If not certified or registered at time of employment working on obtaining certification or registration highly preferred.

  • Inpatient coding experience highly preferred

About Swedish Shared Services

Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. Our expanding network of facilities currently includes three hospital locations in Seattle, a hospital in Edmonds and the new Swedish Issaquah campus. It also consists of Swedish Medical Group’s network of primary care clinics, and affiliations with suburban hospitals and specialty clinics throughout Greater Seattle.

Each campus has a local operations leadership team, supported by centrally located and led corporate services, such as Human Resources, Financial and Information Services.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our nonprofit Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. Our Vision is to demonstrate the highest-quality, best-value healthcare to all we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 118 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish employs more than 13,300 employees and 3,100 physicians and allied health professionals. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Coding

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: Metropolitan Park East (WA152) 1730 Minor Avenue Metropolitan East Tower Seattle, 98101 Prov Holy Cross Medical Ctr (CA4) 15031 Rinaldi Street Mission Hills, 91345 Prov Alaska Medical Center (AK198) 3200 Providence Drive Anchorage, 99508 St Patrick Hospital (MT1) 500 West Broadway Missoula, 59802 Prov Office Park Portland (OR21) 4400 Ne Halsey St Portland, 97213

Req ID: 242964