Do you want a career where you can truly make a difference? The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is one of the largest human service providers in Lake County. We live our mission each day, promoting the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Lake County. If you are passionate about giving back and ready to be a part of an innovative team, we are looking for you!


About the Role:

The Medical Coding Specialist will perform data reviews of behavioral health and outpatient records for the timely and accurate assignment of ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS and DSM-5 codes and provide education to providers as needed.


Benefit Review:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation Pay
  • Sick Pay
  • Pension 
  • And MUCH MORE!


Location: 3010 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 

Hours: 37.5 hours a week; Monday-Friday (8:00am-4:00pm)



Skills and Experience:

  • Review appropriate ICD, CPT, HCPCS and DSM-5 codes for all visits in an ambulatory clinic setting for statistical reports and accurate reimbursement.
  • Use CPT, ICD-10-CM, HCPCS and DSM-5, physician documentation and other approved resources to assign accurate procedure, diagnosis codes and modifiers to professional services.
  • Ensure the LCHD facilities are paid for all reimbursable procedures completed.
  • Code with 95 percent accuracy as determined by quarterly audits.
  • Audit medical records for documentation accuracy and procedure review.
  • Use Intelicode and Microsoft Excel to track the accuracy of providers and summarize review results.
  • Assist in the development of coding protocols to ensure coding accuracy; review information about patient treatment, diagnosis and related procedures to ensure proper coding
  • Serve as a resource providing education to physicians and administrative staff on professional coding issues
  • Attend appropriate in-service education, staff meetings and seminars appropriate for professional development.
  • Use computer software applications to read and organize charts.
  • Job Skill Assessment(s) may be required for this role. 


Education, Qualifications, and Certification:

  • Completion of a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Certification of CCA, CCS, CCS-P, COC, CPC and/or an RHIT, active membership affiliation with AAPC and/or AHIMA, and a minimum of one-year recent medical coding/billing experience.
  • Minimum one-year coding and billing experience in a behavioral health setting for the Behavioral Health services position.
  • Minimum one-year coding and billing experience in a medical outpatient clinical setting for Medical Services position.


About the Perks:

Lake County offers a competitive salary and benefit package with performance-based incentive plans. We also offer flexible working hours, and a comprehensive wellness and training program. Visit the Health Department page to get additional information on why you should work for us.


If you would like to learn more about our community impact and to see some of our employees in action, please review this short video.


Any offer of employment is conditioned on the successful completion of a background screening, drug and alcohol testing and may include a pre-employment medical exam.


The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability, veteran status and other protected characteristics.