Vanderbilt University Medical Center Lead Coding Auditor (Inpatient Coding) - Clinical Documentation Auditing in Nashville, Tennessee

Lead Coding Auditor (Inpatient Clinical Documentation)


Under direction, responsible for auditing inpatient and outpatient records. Perform analysis to validate medical records and claims. Determine the correct principal diagnosis, identify and assign co-morbidities and complications, major co-morbidities and complications, and secondary diagnoses, and principal and secondary procedures performed in a hospital environment. Apply the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting consistently and appropriately for both inpatient and outpatient encounters.

** 80% Working Remote - must be onsite once a week for meetings...

** Must have Coding Inpatient experience

** Must have an active Coding certification

** Must have Coding Auditing experience


  • Assigns the code that most appropriately reflects documentation of the occurrence of events, severity of illness, and resources utilized during the inpatient encounter.

  • Reviews documentation to ensure assigned codes are supported, recognizes documentation clarification opportunities and works with team to secure additional documentation.

  • Understands how codes are used for reimbursement, public reporting of outcomes, reviewing quality of patient care, financial modeling, strategic planning and marketing.

  • Writes explanations to support or rebut coding recommendations and appeals for denied or downcoded encounters.

  • Participates in accurate data collection, analysis, evaluation, problem solving and recommendations of process improvements.

  • Performs prebill reviews, qualitative reviews and prospective third party payor reviews based on identified issues.

  • Performs data analysis of the audit program. May generate statistical samples for review.

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High School Diploma or GED (or equivalent experience) and 5 years relevant experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR)

Must have one of the following coding certifications:

  • Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

  • Records Health Info Admin (RHIA)

  • Records Health Info Tech (RHIT)

  • Certified Procedural Coder (CPC)

Job Accounting and Finance

Organization: CDACE - Audit 108887

Title: Lead Coding Auditor (Inpatient Coding) - Clinical Documentation Auditing

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1810898

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