UnityPoint Health

Coder I- Grundy

Requisition ID
Billing and Coding
US-IA-Grundy Center
201 East J Ave
2620 Grundy County Hospital
Grundy Center
Health Information Mgmt
Scheduled Hours/Shift
32 hours per week; M-F Days
Work Type (Portal Searching)
Full Time Benefits


Grundy County Memorial Hospital- UnityPoint Health

32 hours per week; M-F Days


Here’s your opportunity to join a high performing team. Grundy County Memorial Hospital is a consistent top performer in patient experience, recognized as one of the nation’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, and is accredited for meeting the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care. Come see why our employees have placed us among Iowa’s Top 150 Workplaces for the past seven years, and a Cedar Valley Employer of Choice!

As an affiliate of UnityPoint Health, GCMH offers competitive pay and benefits, including the new Total Rewards program


Description of Position:

Provide a “snapshot” or the principal purpose or focus of the position, consisting of no more than three to five sentences.  This summary should provide enough information to differentiate the major function and activities of the position from those of other positions.

The Health Information Coder is responsible for assigning codes for all diagnoses, treatments, and procedures according to the appropriate classification system for all encounters and according to established policies, procedures, regulator and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. Maintaining all of the hospital’s medical records according to GCMH and the State of Iowa standards for completeness and accuracy. 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list).  Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty.  Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task.  Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future.  Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements. 

Departmental Support and Functions

·         Anticipates the need to assist coworkers and adapt to staff coverage in HIM and other Revenue Cycle areas.

·         Multitask and work efficiently to accomplish daily objectives of HIM.

·         Communicate and work collaboratively with Revenue Cycle team members as well as ancillary departments of the Hospital.

Coder Functions

·         Assigns codes for all diagnoses, treatments, and procedures according to the appropriate classification system for all encounters and according to established policies, procedures, regulator and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards. 

·         Utilizes technical coding principles and MS-DRG and APC reimbursement expertise to assign appropriate ICD-10 diagnoses and procedures and CPT/HCPCS procedure codes. 

·         Responsible for staying current on knowledge of ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS codes. 

·         Abides by the Standards of Ethical Coding as set forth by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and adheres to official coding guidelines.

·         Reviewing all medical records for completeness and accuracy and compliance with Grundy County Memorial Hospital and the State of Iowa standards.

·         Ensure that all transcription is received and put with the medical records in a timely manner.

·         Instruct new physicians of the transcription process.

·         Completing and submitting quarterly Data Reports to IHA.

·         Responsible for release of information and ensuring this is done in a timely manner.

Basic UPH Performance Criteria         

·         Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.

·         Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.

·         Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.

·         Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.

·         Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.

·         Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse.  Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff.  Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.



Minimum Requirements

Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.

Preferred or Specialized

Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.



High School Diploma or greater.

Completion of nationally recognized Coding Program (AHIMA/AAPC).


Associates Degree or related Medical Field certificate/degree.

2-year Health Information Technology Program preferred



0-2 years of progressive on the job experience in hospital and/or medical office setting.

Ability to code Complex coding. (EXCLUDES Outpatient Ancillary/Series)


At least one of the following:

Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA)

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Certified Professional Coder (COC/CPC/CPC-A)

Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Certified Risk Coder (CRC)


Knowledge regarding MS-DRG’s,  and official coding guidelines.

Knowledge of ICD-10-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS coding principles, government regulations, protocols and third-party payer requirements regarding billing and billing documentation.

Requires knowledge of federal and local healthcare laws and regulations.

Knowledge in all coding applications relevant to area coding.

Ability to understand government and non-governmental policies and procedures and apply guidelines.





Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Ability to work as a team member.

Strong computer skills.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.



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