Inpatient Coder PRN (Nights and Weekends)

Shift: Variable
Schedule: Part - Time Regular

Ardent is looking for Inpatient Coders to work part time from home on nights and weekends. 

Ardent Health Services invests in people, technology, facilities and communities, producing high-quality care and extraordinary results. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Ardent's subsidiaries own and operate 30 hospitals in six states with more than 25,000 employees including 1,150 employed providers. Ardent facilities exceed national averages in Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating as ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; 89 percent of its hospitals received a three-star rating or above in comparison with 73 percent of all hospitals ranked. Seven of the company's hospitals were recognized by Modern Healthcare as "Best Places to Work" in 2017 – more than any other system in the country. Ardent's corporate office was named "Top Work Places" for Nashville based companies in 2017.


The Inpatient Coder will work part time from home on nights and weekends and bring to the table proven experience in all aspects of hospital coding, which includes the technical abilities to perform facility coding for hospital inpatient services. To achieve appropriate and timely reimbursement and data integrity the IP Coder must ensure accurate and compliant application of correct coding principles for hospital services. and participate in any coding-related projects.

The IP Coder is responsible for the following duties:

  • Assigning ICD-9-CM and/or ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes and present on admission (POA) indicators; HCPCS/CPT codes; and modifiers.
  • Maintains at least a 97% accuracy rate.
  • Maintains average to high productivity based on Ardent Shared Coding Productivity Standards.
  • Abstracting of facility required data in McKesson Star.
  • Working applicable McKesson Pre-Bill Edits and Receivable Work Station (RWS) requests.
  • Follow up on missing documentation, including the generation of appropriate queries, as needed.
  • Communication of issues to the MS-DRG, APC Manager and/or Director Shared Coding Services, as appropriate.
  • Thorough understanding of ICD-9-CM/ICD-10 Official Coding Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and AHA Coding Clinic.
  • Thorough understanding of HCPCS/CPT coding systems and CPT Assistant and Coding Clinic for HCPCS guidelines.
  • Thorough understanding of Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs).
  • Thorough understanding of Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC).
  • Understanding of coding resources and tools, including 3M 360 Encompass.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt and review of updated Ardent coding policies.
  • Maintains continuing education (CE) requirements per Ardent policy.


  • Successful completion of a Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pharmacology course
  • Successful completion of an ICD-9-CM and HCPCS/CPT coding class
  • Coding/HIM certification
Experience & Requirements:
  • 3 years coding/abstracting experience in hospital inpatient and outpatient coding.  Advanced training in ICD-10-CM and PCS.
  • Coding credential though AHIMA or AAPC.
  • Computer and software skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, encoder/grouper
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to work from home on nights and weekends.