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Lead Inpatient Coder

Job Description

Job ID: 1217976
Employment Status: Full-Time
More Information:

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC serves patients and their families in urban, suburban and rural communities through its 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.


Role Purpose

The Lead Coder acts as liaison with hospital departments / committees regarding issues related to coding, and provides quality improvement monitoring for coding activities as well as ongoing training in relation to coding processes. Performs quality reviews of coded information. Provides coding instruction/resource to coding staff. At least one of the following certifications is required for this position: RHIA, RHIT, or CCS.


  • Serves as coding liaison and provides education to other departments, providers and other customers. Represents Enterprise Coding on project teams and in meetings as needed.
  • Assists in coder development and growth through training and conducting concurrent and retrospective audits of coders.
  • Using critical thinking skills, analyzes and resolves coding related billing edits and denials.
  • Effectively collaborates with leadership and customers (Revenue Cycle Management, Hospital Departments, and other departments) as appropriate to resolve edits. Serves as subject matter expert for all coding related issues.
  • Performs coding functions and workflow oversight as needed.

  • Minimum Requirements



  • High School Diploma or GED


  • 2-5 years

    Supervisor Experience

  • No Experience

    Licenses & Certifications

  • Cert/Lic in Area of Expertise


    Preferred Requirements and Additional Job Information



  • 5-10 years

  • Benefits Statement

    Note: not all benefits apply to all openings

    -  Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance, and disability plan options
    -  Pension Plan*/403(b) Plan
    -  401(k) plan
    -  Tuition Assistance
    -  Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
    -  On-Site Fitness Center (depending on location)
    -  Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time

    *Pension does not apply to Memorial Hospital, Memorial Hospital East, Alton Memorial or Parkland Health Center

    Legal Statement

    The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this position. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


    Equal Opportunity Employer