UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON: Coding Specialist 2 - Remote (Outpatient Surgery Coder)

Employer: University of Washington-Remote/Hybrid

Job Description:
All across UW Medicine, our employees collaborate to perform the highest quality work with integrity and compassion and to create a respectful, welcoming environment where every patient, family, student and colleague is valued and honored.

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD, Center for Advanced Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (CARER), and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region.

Challenge. Collaboration. Compassion. Become part of our team and join our mission to make life healthier for everyone in our community.

Enterprise Records and Health Information at Harborview Medical Center currently has an outstanding opportunity for an OUTPATIENT SURGERY CODER. The Outpatient Surgery Coder position reports to the Outpatient Coding Supervisor within the Enterprise Records and Health Information Management department.

Under the general supervision of the Manager of Integrated Coding, and the direct supervision of the Supervisor of Outpatient Coding, the Outpatient Surgery Coder is responsible for implementing the mission and goals of Enterprise Records and Health Information and incorporating a “patients are first” service culture. The Ambulatory Surgery Coder is responsible for performing daily activities related to coding and charge submission of abstract Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and/or Current Dental Terminology (CDT) facility fee ambulatory surgery coding and billing. Analyzing the medical record to assign International Classification of Diseases (ICD), CPT and/or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes to ensure correct code assignment and optimal reimbursement in compliance with state and federal guidelines.

Reviews available electronic and other appropriate documentation within Epic and/or Cerner to identify all billable ambulatory surgery procedures and services requiring facility fee coding be captured through Epic Hospital Billing (HB) and 3M computer assisted coding (CAC); ensuring all appropriate ICD, CPT and/or HCPCS code(s) and quantities are charged.
Reviews and resolves coding edits related to procedures and services charged during the ambulatory surgery visit in the operating room at the time of completing coding.
Consults with physicians and/or clinical department representatives, as appropriate, to verify services were rendered, documented and meets the requirements for coding as an outpatient/ambulatory patient type.
Maintains three-day coding turnaround times for ambulatory surgery accounts based on date of service.
Identifies and escalates to Coding Leadership impacts to timely coding and charge capture, and avoidable delays for billing and reimbursement.
Performs special projects and other duties assigned.
May perform the work of lower-level classifications of the Coding Specialist series.

High school diploma or equivalent.
Two-year coding experience or equivalent education/experience.
Certified as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Based (CCS-P), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC), Certified Outpatient Coder (COC), Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder (CIRCC), Radiology Certified Coder (RCC) or Radiation Oncology Certified Coder (ROCC).

Experience in an academic healthcare environment.
Experience and proficiency with Epic and/or Cerner products.
Proficient with MS Office suite.
Basic Knowledge of Office 365.
Ability to manage time effectively and to work in a high volume, high accuracy work environment with deadlines.
Ability to communicate effectively and to work in a collaborative team environment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

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Location: Remote/Hybrid UW Medical Center - Northwest
Application Method: Apply online
Base Pay: $4,718 - $6,753/month

Posted on March 01, 2023

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