Dignity Health Coder - In-Patient in Bakersfield, California


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Hospitals have a history of caring for our community that goes back more than 100 years. We provide a broad range of medical and surgical services including minimally invasive and outpatient options. Our family of services includes the area's only inpatient oncology unit, the Orthopedic, Spine, and Hand Center, Family Birth Center, the Lactation Support Center and retail store, and many others. Mercy Hospital Downtown is a 194-bed facility located in downtown Bakersfield. Mercy Hospital Southwest is a 78-bed facility and the only hospital located in the rapidly growing area west of Highway 99. Mercy Hospital is a member of Dignity Health and is a trusted community partner, serving residents of Bakersfield and Kern County with quality, compassionate care since 1910. Learn more at.


Position Summary:

The Medical Record In-Patient Coder is a member of the Health Information Management Team responsible for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of clinical coding, validating the information in the databases for outcome management and specialty registries, across the entire integrated healthcare system. The purpose of this position is to apply the appropriate diagnostic and procedural codes to individual patient health information records for data retrieval, analysis, and claims processing. This position is expected to perform duties in alignment with the mission and policies within the Dignity Health organization, JCAHO, DHS and other regulatory agencies.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in an acute care setting as an inpatient coder with strong training background in coding and reimbursement.

  • HSD/GED OR 2 years equivalent work experience

  • Certified Coding Specialist credentialed from AHIMA required

  • Basic understanding of computer applications.

  • Ability to work with Medical Staff and other departmental personnel.

  • Must be able to read, write, and speak English.

  • Experience and knowledge of Meditech Health Information Systems, 3M Encoder, and Smart programs. Must have knowledge of ICD-9-CM coding classification systems.

  • Visual acuity necessary for close work where accuracy is important.

Preferred Skills:

  • Outpatient coding expertise


This position is represented by SEIU United Healthcare Workers.

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Job ID 2018-50423

Employment Type Full Time

Department HIM Coding

Hours / Pay Period 80

Facility Mercy Hospital- Bakersfield

Shift Day

Location Bakersfield

State/Province CA

Standard Hours Sunday - Saturday

Work Schedule 8 Hour