Apprentice Coder

Kaiser Permanente


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Job Description:

Assist the coders and supervisor by assuring the final diagnoses and operative procedures as stated by the physician are valid and complete. Assigns and sequences ICD-9-CM/CPT/HCPCS codes based off of diagnoses and procedures within the record. Communicate effectively with doctors, nurses and other medical staff as it relates to billing and coding issues.

Essential Functions:

  • Reviews patient documentation to ensure its accuracy and meaningfulness. Identifies diagnostic and procedural information.
  • Identifies reportable elements, complications and other procedures. Ensures complete disease and procedure reporting. Verifies documentation supports diagnoses, procedures, and treatment results.
  • Identifies discrepancies, potential quality of care, and billing issues.
  • Assigns codes for reimbursements, research and compliance with Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and adheres to official AHA coding guidelines.
  • Sequences diagnoses and procedures by following the Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS), and adhering to standards of billing set by Medicare, Medicaid, and other intermediaries.
  • Abstracts data elements for administrative/planning reports, reimbursement and research.
  • Keeps abreast of advances in technology, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases that affect coding and reimbursement changes.
  • Performs other duties and accepts responsibility as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Completion of an accredited Health Information Management program and/or coding certificate course; OR Six months experience in a clerical or clinical work setting requiring coding job responsibilities in one of the following areas of Acute care hospital settings, Hospital-Based outpatient clinics, Ambulatory Care, SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility), Insurance companies, Law firms, Private businesses, or Government agencies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) or Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) or Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Knowledge of MS Office tools (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • Extensive use of computer (10 Key) and office equipment including fax, copy machines, scanners.
  • Strong analytical and communications skills (Verbal and in Writing); detailed oriented.
  • Technical skills to work with detailed systems, computer applications and intradepartmental units.
  • Ability to work independently as well as a team player.
  • Knowledge of TJC requirements and federal and state guidelines applicable to health record completeness and patient privacy.
  • Knowledge of basic medical terminology and/or anatomy and physiology.-Ability to use independent thought and judgement, easily adapt to unfamiliar systems.

Education Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Post high school coursework in medical terminology.


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Care & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Holidays
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Leave
  • Pension
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Education Assistance
  • Career and Development Opportunities
  • Employee Discounts

Instructions for Resume Submission:

Please apply online using the link provided or by going to and searching for 684485.

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