Professional Coder II (Remote)

Houston, TX

Professional Coder II (Remote)

Location: Houston, Texas


Category: Professional/Managerial

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston

Requisition #: 240001ED

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

UTHealth Houston is hiring for a Professional Coder II to join their team of professionals in Revenue Cycle - Charge Capture and Coding. The coder will be responsible for editing, reviewing, and charging entries in Epic, reviewing documentation, coding same-day procedures and office visits, including noninvasive tests, provider communication, and more. Experience with pediatric cardiology coding and familiarity with Epic are both a plus!

Location: 1851 Crosspoint Avenue, Houston, Texas 77054 for 2 weeks or less for training then Virtual/Remote. Must live in Texas (TX).

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Summary:

The Professional Coder II is responsible for reviewing medical documentation provided by physicians or other health care professionals to validate or assign and sequence CPT/HCPCS, ICD-10CM, and modifiers for both clinic and hospital based professional encounters. The Coder applies coding conventions in accordance with official coding and regulatory guidelines, third-party payer policies, and departmental procedures. This role is responsible for inpatient/outpatient E/M encounters including office or hospital outpatient procedures, radiology and emergency department visits.

Position Key Accountabilities:

  • Resolves edits and assigns diagnosis and procedure codes.

  • Responsible for reviewing encounters in the coding work queue in a timely manner and resolving all coding related edits.

  • Reviews medical record and accurately assigns and sequences CPT, ICD-10CM, and HCPCS codes/modifiers ensuring compliance with all applicable guidelines.

  • Approves and assigns ICD-10 and CPT codes suggested within Code Ryte CAC application for Radiology and Emergency Medicine services.

  • Reviews and assigns ICD-10 and CPT codes for office and hospital EM services including Critical Care, bed side and other less complex procedures.

  • Generates basic physician queries in accordance to established procedures.

  • Provides feedback and education as required.

  • Confirms that all applicable UTHealth and Coding Guidelines are being followed when resolving edits.

  • Performs charge entry of professional services including but not limited to non-invasive tests, anesthesia, hospital or office-based visits.

  • Abstracts information needed for billing of ancillary procedures or other outpatient services.

  • Resolves any applicable system errors during charge entry.

  • Performs charge reconciliation when applicable to the department via logs, visit schedules, and other reports.

  • Meets the required coding quality and productivity expectations per department policy and procedure.

  • Completes all education assigned by the Charge Capture and Coding department in collaboration with Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI).

  • Stays up-to-date with all federal, state, coding & departmental guidelines and procedures.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • RHIA - Registered Health Information Administrator required or

  • RHIT - Registered Health Information Technician required or

  • CCS-Certified Coding Specialist required or

  • Certified Coding Specialist ¿ Physician-based (CCS-P) required or

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) required or

  • Radiology Coding Certification (RCC) required

  • Analytical skills, ability to interpret data, and maintain spreadsheets.

  • Knowledge of ICD-10 CM and CPT coding conventions

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, the ability to abstract data and maintain a database required

  • High level understanding of all federal/government regulations, coding guidance and the revenue cycle policies and procedures.

  • Effective verbal and written communication between internal and external customers.

  • Excellent time management skills required.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently without close supervision.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure due to changing priorities, interruptions, and workload variability.

Minimum Education:

High School Diploma or equivalent required.

Minimum Experience:

  • 3 years experience in Health Information Management (HIM) coding required

  • Clinic or hospital E/M coding preferred

  • Clinic and hospital outpatient-based procedures preferred

May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.