University of Utah Outpatient/Provider Coder Level 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 07/14/2017

Requisition Number PRN14776B

Job Title Outpatient/Provider Coder Level 1

Working Title Outpatient/Provider Coder Level 1

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Care Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


VP Area Health Sciences

Department 01455 - Dermatology Clinical Hpp

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12.02 to 21.63

Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.

Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime. Yes

Job Summary

The Outpatient/Provider Coder Level is the entry position in the outpatient/provider coding job family. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coding of outpatient clinic and provider services for professional and/or facility billing. This position uses coding knowledge to abstract and record data from medical records.


Essential Functions

1. Reconciles clinic or provider visits and reports on missing, incomplete, or inconsistent documentation by contacting appropriate personnel

2. Reviews and abstracts information from patient records and assigns appropriate coding classification

3. Examines and resolves basic coding rejections, which includes contacting payers, writing appeal letters, and reviewing payer guidelines

4. Evaluates data on charge sheets

5. Interacts with appropriate contacts on billing related issues and charge sheets

6. Uses and applies basic regulatory guidelines as instructed by supervisors, or other coding personnel

7. Assures adherence to department quality and productivity standards

8. Communicates and coordinates with external departments as needed

9. May resolve suspended charges in the editing system

This position works under direct supervision. Will work closely with co-workers, supervisors, and coding or clinic managers and may also work with auditors, both internal and external.

Disclaimer: This is a general job description and is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum one year experience in a health care field or medical setting OR at least six months coding coursework. Basic knowledge of clinical documentation, proficiency with computer software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and effective human relations and communication skills are also required.

Incumbents may be required to obtain an American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) recognized certification within 6 months of hire.

This position has no responsibility for providing care to patients.

Incumbents in this position must maintain their Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) as required by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) or the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).


Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.