The Medical Coding Profession
Is Medical coding right for you? Learn how to become a qualified medical coder, build a solid reputation as a professional and run a medical coding and billing business like a pro. Many are doing it, so can you…
Medical coders are needed to make sure physicians are documenting accurate diagnosis codes in the medical records of patients. This is important so that they get paid for the health care services and supplies provided. Insurance companies need coders to audit medical records and verify that all claims are adjudicated correctly. Learn why over 800,000 practicing physicians in medical offices and hospitals rely so heavily on medical coding professionals in the USA alone.
Physicians, Office Managers, Medical Coders and Billers:
Successful medical coders and coding firms pride themselves on being personally involved and connected with each and every client to meet their expectations and needs. Wherever there are doctors you find medical coders, some work as in-house employees of the facility, others are independent consultants from their own office, some specialize in areas such as billing and collection, others become medical coding instructors at vocational training institutions, or speakers at conferences and seminars; some work long hours, others work part-time telecommuting from home, others start their own business. There are so many variations, opportunities and specialty fields.
Medical coding in…
- Private offices of physicians
- Multiple physician's group medical practices
- Hospitals and medical centers
- Nursing and residential care facilities
- Physical and occupational rehabilitation centers
- Offices of dentists and Oral Surgeons
- Other allied health practitioners
- Home healthcare services
- Ambulatory healthcare services
While small and privately owned medical practices often outsource their medical coding needs to a medical coding and billing firm, or a freelancer, large facilities usually employ several in-house medical coders who work within their administrative and medical billing departments along with their administrators and other assistants to handle daily decisions in medical records, formulate business strategies and health information.