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Coding Apprentice / UM Charles Regional @ La Plata MD

University of Maryland Medical System La Plata Full-Time
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What You Will Do:

Under direct supervision, the Coding Apprentice ensures trains and observes how charges are coded appropriately from the medical record as necessary and are entered into the billing system accurately and timely. Assigns specified codes to medical diagnoses and CPT with some coding of specific surgical procedures.



1. High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)

2. Completion of an accredited medical coding program; including course work in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and pathophysiology

3. CPC-A required.

4.  Ability to pass pre-employment coding proficiency assessment

5. Ability to obtain a CCS-P or CPC from AHIMA or AAPC within 1 year of hire or transfer

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.

1. Analyzes and interprets patient medical records within an area of medical/clinical specialty in order to determine amount and nature of billable services.

2. Utilizes advanced, specialized knowledge of medical codes and coding procedures to assign and sequence appropriate diagnostic/procedure billing, codes, in compliance with third party payer requirements.

3. Reviewing medical records and determines appropriate charges.

4. Interacts with providers and other medical professionals regarding billing and documentation policies, procedures and regulations. Obtains clarification of conflicting, ambiguous or non-specific documentation.

5. Monitors billing for optimal reimbursement while adhering to all insurer regulations regarding the prohibition of unbundling and other questionable practices.

6. Assists in working the coding denial work queue to resolution, with the primary focus of ICD-10 coding and CPT coding.

7. Attends coding conferences, workshops and in-house educational sessions to receive updated coding information, changes in coding or regulations and maintain CEU’s.

Employee Benefits

As a University of Maryland Medical System employee, you will enjoy a comprehensive benefits program designed with you and your dependents in mind. Subject to any eligibility waiting period, all of the benefits are available to regular full-time employees and most benefits are available to regular part-time employees who are regularly scheduled to work twenty (20) or more hours per week. Many benefits are provided at no cost to employees. For others, the cost is shared between employer and employees.

What You Need to Be Successful:


1. High School Diploma or equivalent (GED) is required

2. Completion of an accredited medical coding program; including course work in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology and pathophysiology is required

3. Must pass pre-employment coding proficiency assessment.

4. CPC-A required.

5. Ability to obtain a CCS-P or CPC from AHIMA or AAPC within 1 year of hire or transfer.


1. Six (6) months coding, charge entry, clinical data abstraction or billing in an outpatient provider setting.

2. Proficiency with EPIC

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

1. Working knowledge of medical record practices, state and federal laws relating to release of medical information.

2. Working knowledge of AAPC or AHIMA coding systems, medical terminology to understand diagnoses and procedures, and the content and organization of a medical record.

3. Demonstrates ability to maintain applicable productivity standards level associated with the job, with less than a 3% error rate.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of MS Office software applications such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is required.

5. Ability to maintain a culture of excellent customer service, open and friendly staff relations and approachable demeanor with all levels of staff.

6. Effective verbal and written communication and listening skills are required to interact with various individuals seeking accounting-related information.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Skills required

Cpt Coding
Medical Billing And Coding
Health Information Management
Healthcare Common Procedure Coding Systems
Procedure Codes
Diagnosis Codes
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The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) was created in 1984 when the state-owned University Hospital became a private, nonprofit organization. It has evolved into a multi-hospital system with academic, community and specialty service missions reaching every part of the state and beyond.

UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the world's largest kidney transplant programs, as well as scores of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily.

The Medical System generates nearly $3.5 billion in economic activity in Maryland. It has 15,000 employees, approximately 2,300 licensed beds, 115,000 annual patient admissions and gross patient revenues of $2 billion.

Member Hospitals

The hospitals and health systems that comprise UMMS are:

    University of Maryland Medical Center- One of the nation's oldest teaching hospitals, this 816-bed facility -- located in downtown Baltimore -- is home to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the University of Maryland Children's Hospital and the University of Maryland Division of Transplantation.

    University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus - This 208-bed teaching hospital offers a full spectrum of health care for more than 110,000 people annually. University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus has been providing superior and accessible community health care in West Baltimore and Midtown for more than a century.

    Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital - This 102-bed pediatric and rehabilitation hospital, located in northwest Baltimore, provides specialty medical care to infants and children with complex medical needs.

   UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center - This 319-bed community hospital, located between Baltimore and Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, offers a wide variety of services and was recently named a "Top 100" hospital for intensive care outcomes by Thomson Reuters.

    UM Charles Regional Medical Center - Located in La Plata, Maryland, this 110-bed community hospital, along with an Ambulatory Surgery Center and OB/GYN Centers in Waldorf and La Plata, serve patients in Charles County and the surrounding areas of southern Maryland.

    UM Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics Institute - This 141-bed facility (formerly Kernan Hospital), located in Woodlawn, is the state's largest rehabilitation and orthopaedic hospital serving both adults and children. It also houses the University of Maryland Complementary Medicine Program.

   UM St. Joseph Medical Center - This 232-bed nonprofit, regional medical center, located in Towson, Md., became a part of the University of Maryland Medical System on December 1, 2012. It features institutes for heart, cancer and orthopaedic care, and offers a full range of clinical diagnostic and treatment services.

   UM Shore Regional Health - Shore Health System became UM Shore Regional Health on July 1, 2013, and consists of the following facilities: UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown; UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester and UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, as well as the UM Shore Emergency Center at Queenstown.

   Upper Chesapeake Health System - In July 2009, UMMS announced a strategic affiliation with Upper Chesapeake Health System that is expected to lead to a full merger. Upper Chesapeake Health includes Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air and Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. The leading health care system and largest private employer in Harford County, Upper Chesapeake Health offers a broad range of healthcare services, technology, and facilities to the residents of northeastern Maryland.

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