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Coder ( Intervention l Radiology Certified )

RadNet • Baltimore, MD

Posted 22 days ago

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Healthcare - Health Services
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Job Description


IR procedures are “minor" surgical procedures and not just x-ray imaging. Examples are as follows.

  • Diagnostic angiography
  • Non-vascular interventions (biliary procedures, biopsies, ablations, spine interventions, etc.)
  • Percutaneous vascular interventions

"Interventional Radiology" (IR) refers to a range of techniques which rely on the use radiological image guidance (X-ray fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography [CT] or magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) to precisely target therapy. Most IR treatments are minimally invasive alternatives to open and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. As many IR procedures start with passing a needle through the skin to the target it is sometimes called pinhole surgery!

The essential skills of an interventional radiologist are in diagnostic image interpretation and the manipulation of needles and the use of fine catheter tubes and wires to navigate around the body under imaging control.  Interventional radiologists are doctors who are trained in radiology and interventional therapy.  No other specialty possesses this unique combination of skills!

IR coders require a unique set of skills and training to perform this high level coding. Additionally, these coders are also coding the surgical procedures for Breastlink (i.e. mastectomies) which has nothing to do with x-rays. 


Job Summary:

Responsible for ICD-10 and CPT- 4 interventional radiology and surgery coding of procedures performed at all service sites based only on the physician’s written report.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Maintains consistent daily workflow patterns.
  • Meets subsidiary standard of coding required number of charges including ICD-10 and CPT-4 codes.
  • Meets quality of standards of subsidiary.
  • Communicates directly with the radiologists and directors as needed. Must be able to facilitate training and meetings directly with physicians and/or directors as it relates to coding topics.
  • Reads and interprets accurately and efficiently all medical documentation to identify all diagnoses, conditions, problems or other reasons for the physician-patient visit.
  • Assess the adequacy of medical records documentation to ensure it supports the diagnoses, conditions, problems or other reasons for the physician-patient visit.
  • Informs Coding Team Supervisor or National Coding Manager of conflicting or ambiguous information appearing on reports.
  • Follows all compliance plan standards.
  • Follows all team policies and related procedures.
  • Supports the objectives of the Reimbursement Operations.
  • Applies knowledge to assign accurate codes to each individual procedure and diagnosis, condition, problem or other reason.
  • Remains current with ICD-10 and CPT-4 code changes, coding guidelines and coding updates.
  • Applies knowledge for coding principles of Corrective Coding Initiative (CCI).
  • Promotes the practice within the team.
  • Cooperates to help other personnel as needed in the spirit of teamwork.

Job Requirements

Requirements (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities):

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must be a problem solver who is detail oriented
  • Must be flexible with the ability to multitask and work well with others
  • Working knowledge of computers, including Outlook, MS Word and Excel
  • Must be able to work effectively both independently and with others
  • Must possess and maintain the following national coding certification:  Radiology Certified Coder (RCC) and preferably a CIRCC or CPRC.

Education and Experience Requirements

The above knowledge, skills and abilities may be demonstrated by High School diploma or GED and pass coding department entry-level exam. A Radiology Certified Coder (RCC) is required and one to two years of prior coding experience in interventional radiology. A national coding certification of a CIRCC or CPRC is preferred.

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