University of Utah Health HIM Coder I - UNI Health Information *accepting applications for current and future opportunities* in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah


As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position provides entry level inpatient coding support in Health Information Management department. This position works in conjunction with Health Information Coding Educator to complete all applicable educational modules, including didactic and practical experience, with the purpose of developing proficiency with inpatient coding guidelines, other regulatory requirements, and provider queries. At the conclusion of each educational module, this position will demonstrate proficiency in the following

Thorough review of inpatient records

Accurately abstract pertinent data elements from the patient record

Accurately assign International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9) diagnoses and procedure codes, per Official Coding Guidelines and HIM Policies & Procedures


  • In conjunction with Inpatient Coding Educator and Coding Leadership, reviews medical records and assigns accurate ICD-9 diagnoses and procedure codes for progressively complex cases. Coder will demonstrate acceptable progression through service lines.

  • Coder will sustain greater or equal to 95% accuracy upon validation on each service line.

  • Accurately abstracts pertinent data from the patient health records at greater or equal to 95% accuracy.

  • Achieve and sustain acceptable productivity rate as defined by Coding Leadership.

  • Ensures adherence to Health Information Coding policies and Official Coding Guidelines as published by CMS and Cooperating Parties as demonstrated by completion of AHA Coding Clinic quizzes, educational material as assigned, and other in-services scheduled by Coding Leadership.

  • Responsible for obtaining appropriate number of Continuing Education Units in order to maintain credential.

  • In conjunction with Coding Educator / Coding Leadership, appropriately utilizes coding provider query process to request additional information for incomplete, vague, or ambiguous documentation.

  • Timely completion of learning modules, as assigned.

  • Participates in performance improvement initiatives as assigned.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy & physiology and pathophysiology.

  • Knowledge of basic coding conventions & use of coding nomenclature.

  • Ability to assimilate educational material and demonstrate understanding in each specialty area, per curriculum provided by Coding Educator.

  • Proficient with healthcare IT systems, preferably Epic, PowerChart, 3M CRS, and Microsoft.

  • Must abide by Hospital, State, and Federal coding guidelines.

  • Team player, ability to collaborate with colleagues and leadership.




  • Must possess at least one of the following certifications: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Coder – Hospital (CPC-H), Certified Coding Associate (CCA).

  • Minimum two years ongoing coding and abstracting experience in ICD-9-CM, DRGs, and/or CPT / HCPCS, including modifiers and APCs

Qualifications (Preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This is a sedentary position in an office setting that may exert up to 10 pounds and may lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. This position involves sitting most of the time and is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

We are University of Utah Health.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

Requisition Number 32515

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Full-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule M-F, 8:00 - 5:00 adjustable

Location Name Univ Neuropsychiatric Inst

Patient Care? No


State UT


Category Coding / Health Information

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.