Health Information Coder II - DBH

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Public Health Records Management
  • Salary: $55,848.00 - $76,835.20 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

The County is recruiting for full-time Health Information Coder II for the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH), who abstract and code outpatient charts at the hospital and clinic settings, using International Coding of Diseases (ICD-10-CM), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II coding classifications. Duties include reviewing charts (in paper or electronic format) and identifying procedures; abstracting and coding (or providing guidance on) patient charts, utilizing ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding classifications; evaluating charts for completeness and accuracy in conformance with current-relevant standards and regulations; and contacting clinic/hospital staff to complete charts, make corrections, and/or clarify information for coding purposes.

Coders will also be responsible for attending meetings and working collaboratively with multiple Department divisions, including Information Technology, Quality Management, Medical Services, etc. Facilitating direct service provider trainings and developing educational material, such as FAQs. and providing coding expertise and support during pre-planned audits, and in group or one-on-one settings.

The list established from this recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies throughout the County as they occur.

For more detailed information, refer to the Health Information Coder II job description.

The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is responsible for providing mental health and substance use disorder services to county residents who are experiencing major mental illness or substance abuse issues. DBH provides mental health/substance use disorder treatment to all age groups, with a primary emphasis placed on treating children/youth who may be seriously emotionally disturbed, adults who are experiencing a serious and persistent mental illness, and individuals who are experiencing substance use disorders. DBH also provides an array of prevention and early intervention services for both mental health and substance abuse. DBH's core values are service, integrity, accountability and trust.

DBH is a unique County department comprised of multiple service areas, including: Children, Transitional Age Youth, and Mental Health Services Act; Community Behavioral Health and Recovery Services; 24-hour and Emergency Services; Criminal Justice and Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services; Administrative/Fiscal Services; and Program Support. The Department currently has a workforce in excess of 1000 positions. Click here for more information on SBC Behavioral Health.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet both of the following, credentials -and- experience requirements:

Credentials: Possess and maintain one of the following:
  • RHIA: Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA),
  • RHIT: Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA),
  • CCS: Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), -or-
  • CPC: Certified Professional Coder (CPC) issued by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).


Experience: Two (2) years of full-time equivalent experience within the past five (5) years, coding outpatient and inpatient stays/visits at an acute care hospital, at an ambulatory care clinic, or medical office settings utilizing ICD-9-CM or ICD-10-CM (International Coding of Diseases) and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) coding classifications.

Note: Medical billing is not considered qualifying experience (i.e., experience billing for supplies and services related to routine patient visits such as charge codes or coding from encounter forms).

Note: ALL experience and/or certifications must be clearly detailed and explained on the Work Experience and/or Certificates and Licenses section of your application in order to be evaluated.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess experience utilizing an automated encoder or abstracting system. Also, Medi-Cal and Medicare billing expertise and knowledge is a plus, especially in the field of behavioral health.

Applicants fluent in American Sign Language, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and/or Vietnamese are strongly encouraged to apply. Additional compensation is associated with positions requiring the use of bilingual skills. Testing of bilingual skills may be required to receive additional compensation.

Selection Process

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application and the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department. Please ensure all relevant experience is indicated in the Application and responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire, as resumes and other attachments will not be reviewed for the competitive evaluation.

All communications regarding the selection process will be via e-mail. Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mail frequently to learn additional information regarding this recruitment. Check your GovernmentJobs account for notifications. Update your firewalls to allow e-mails from San Bernardino County through Update your Spam, Junk, and Bulk settings to ensure it will not spam/block/filter communications from e-mail addresses with the following domain "". Finally, be sure to keep your personal information updated. Taking these steps now will help ensure you receive all communications regarding this recruitment.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

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EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.
ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.
Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

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Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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