Coding Supervisor*

  • San Bernardino, California
  • May 08, 2024
Full Time Records Management
  • Salary: $65,915.20 - $90,604.80 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

Be an agent of change and make a difference in delivering health and wellness to millions of residents.

Join a team who is passionate about the services they provide and is committed to making a difference throughout San Bernardino County.

T he San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health invites qualified professionals to apply for the position of Coding Supervisor* who plans and supervises the daily activities and operations of the Department of Behavioral Health’s Office of Compliance (Compliance) Coding Team; ensures structured guidance is provided to Department direct service providers; conducts and directs coding audits; interprets and ensures ongoing knowledge and compliance with state, federal, and accrediting agency regulations related to mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) medical procedure and service codes; performs related duties as required.

This class is characterized by its responsibility to plan and supervise the Department’s Compliance Coding Team, consisting of Health Information Management Coders I and II. Positions in this classification are responsible for mental health and SUD coding activities, including but not limited to: developing and distributing guidance; planning and conducting departmental training/education; performing scheduled and ad-hoc audits to support fraud/abuse prevention/detection practices; researching code applicability and providing direction, as appropriate. The Coding Supervisor reports directly to the Compliance Manager, who has overall responsibility for the operations of Medical Records, Coding Team, and Contract Monitoring and Technical Assistance.

Examples of typical job duties include:
  • Plan, assign, and supervise the work of certified medical coders involved in coding/abstracting and audits; provide guidance and training development; complete documentation and communicate with contractors, Department direct service providers and management; collect and analyze data, prepare reports, and other related coding functions. The Coding Supervisor may also attend internal or external collaborative meetings requiring coding expertise and insight.
  • Establish procedures and record systems to ensure smooth workflow and compliance with state and federal regulatory and accrediting requirements; monitor quality and productivity; coordinate collaboration and/or support as required by other Department service programs and divisions; address complaints and resolve problems relating to subordinate staff and/or coding activities.
  • Oversee the preparation of reports to ensure accuracy and completeness of charts.
  • Ensure compliance and provide oversight for coders in pre-planned audits, including responding to inquiries and technical assistance; Oversee regular coding guidance and training plans delivered to direct service providers via Coding Team. May design and conduct coding studies, analyze case mix and outliers, prepare abstracts, summarize records, as well as provide presentations.
  • May design and conduct coding studies, analyze case mix and outliers, prepare abstracts, and summarize records.
  • Collect, prepare, analyze, and review or submit correspondences, data, and/or reports; ensure adequate tracking and awareness of all pertinent medical coding updates impacting Medi-Cal and Medicare eligible mental health and substance use disorder and recovery services.
  • Provide subject matter expert input and advisement, with respect to medical coding expertise in the areas of mental health and substance use disorder, in accordance with California Department of Health Care Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements and guidelines.
  • Regular attendance/participation at DBH Billing and Claiming Meetings and other meetings requiring coding leadership experience.
  • May provide supervisory coverage support for Department’s Medical Records Supervisor whom supervises a team of Health Information Management Assistants.

*Official Title: Health Information Management Supervisor

For additional details, please refer to the Health Information Management Supervisor 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 related issues. DBH provides mental health and substance use disorder prevention and treatment services to all age groups, with a primary emphasis 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 outreach/engagement, prevention, and early intervention services. DBH's core values are service, integrity, accountability, and trust.

DBH is a unique County Department comprised of six (6) service areas: Outpatient Clinics and Youth Services; Substance Use Disorder and Recovery Services; 24-Hour and Emergency Services; Forensic and Homeless Services; Administrative Services; and Program Support Services. The Department currently has a workforce in excess of 1000 positions and an approximate $700 million-dollar annual budget.

Click HERE to learn more about the Department of Behavioral Health

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The list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies as they occur throughout the Department.


Pre-Employment Process: Prior to appointment, applicants must pass a background investigation, which includes fingerprinting, credit check, and/or medical exam, which may include drug and/or TB testing. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent U.S. resident.

Travel: Travel throughout the County may be required. Employees will be required to make provision for transportation (mileage reimbursement is available at current IRS rates). A valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced and maintained for the individual providing the transportation. Statewide and national travel is occasionally required.

Certifications: Additional certifications may be required depending on the needs of the department.

Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.

Minimum Requirements


Two (2) years of experience within the past five (5) years, of full-time comprehensive coding medical records in a behavioral health care setting (i.e., mental health or SUD outpatient clinic). Must include at least one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience.


Two (2) years of experience within the past five (5) years, of full-time experience auditing and processing medical records in an acute care hospital, outpatient clinic, psychiatric inpatient setting, or SUD inpatient setting. Must include at least one (1) year of supervisory or lead experience.



Must possess and maintain one (1) of the following:
  • Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC) issued by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Note: Evidence of enrollment/registration in an accredited course as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification program will be accepted. Applicants will need to attach proof of enrollment with their application.

Note: Incumbents are required to complete and receive registration within nine (9) months from the date of hire. Failure to secure said registration within the timeframe provided will result in incumbents being terminated prior to the end of their probationary period.

Desired Qualifications

Experience in behavioral healthcare, including Medi-Cal and Medicare is highly desirable.

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.

Completing your application with statements such as "see/refer to resume" or "see attached" rather than completing your work history may affect your eligibility or competitive evaluation score. Be sure to clearly describe your experience in meeting the minimum requirements.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by computer or browser used to submit the application.

EEO/ADA: S an 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 (Download PDF reader) 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.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .

Supervisory Unit

The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked.

For a summary of benefits,* please click here .

Refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County's Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at .

*Retirement benefits subject to change.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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