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#113714 Assistant Director, Professional Coding

Extended Review Date: Thu 1/20/2022

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 01/04/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Under the direction of the Director of Revenue and Operations, the Assistant Director of Professional Coding is responsible for the strategic direction, quality and productivity of Physician Group Coding and Charge Entry activities. The Assistant Director supervises all professional coding career, contract and charge capture resources as well as the team of second level auditors/ trainers. The Assistant Director is responsible for building and supporting a strong team and collaborative environment between management and staff for each area of responsibility. Through a collaborative approach, the Assistant Director will focus on improving the overall quality of coding, reducing errors, and mitigating coding-related denials.


* Serves as the primary representative with the physician and administrative leaders in each sub-specialty, ensuring timely response to your customer’s requests and needs.

* Sets strategy and oversees coding education, auditing, training the coding staff, and educating other workforce members in coding, mapping, classification/grouping and proper documentation while remediating any deviation from compliant coding.

* Assures coding assignments are completed according to established quality/productivity standards and workflows are developed and optimized to achieve the intended result.

* Monitors effectiveness and recommends improvements to workflows, procedures and technology where appropriate.

* Analyzes all areas related to physician group coding, conducts all aspects of personnel management to include recruitment, performance management and improvement, training, compensation oversight, and labor relations issues.

* Oversees all performance improvement initiatives throughout the coding areas of responsibility. Independently applies business judgment, management concepts and provide necessary counseling to managers and staff on daily operational issues.


  • Bachelor's Degree in business, health administration, healthcare information management or related area; or equivalent combination of experience and training.

  • A minimum of seven (7+) or more years of relevant coding experience, including four (4+) or more years of professional coding experience

  • A minimum of five (5+) or more years of managerial (or higher) level experience in a relevant setting.

  • Experience and proven success in knowledge of healthcare revenue cycle operations, concepts, and policies and their impact throughout the organization, with an in-depth understanding of related functions and issues, including coding, registration, billing, reimbursements, aging accounts, contractual adjustments, and charge capture.

  • RHIA, RHIT, CPC, CCS or CCS-P certification.


  • Advanced Degree in relevant field.
  • Academic hospital/health system experience.
  • Ten (10+) or more years of experience in professional fee coding.
  • Experience managing coding functions for a large multi-specialty group.
  • Prior Epic and 3M CAC experience.
  • Experience overseeing HCC coding initiatives.
  • Strong experience with surgical, pathological and radiological coding.
  • Outpatient Facility surgical coding experience.
  • Experience managing large teams in a union/represented environment.
  • Prior experience in a formal compliance role/function.
  • Prior experience as an auditor.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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