How To Become A Medical Coding Specialist

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  Requirements To Become A Medical Coder




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Medical coding specialists are an important member of the
medical billing team. A medical coder checks various sources
within the patient’s medical record, like transcription of doctor’s
notes, list of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures done,
to verify work that was done. The coder then assigns the
appropriate codes to diagnosis and procedures performed on
the patient so the necessary claims for reimbursement can be
made to the appropriate federal or private insurance company.
At present, the codes being used in medical facilities are
Current Procedural Terminology or CPT, International
Classification of Disease (Clinically Modified) or the ICD-9-CM,
and the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System or the
HCPCS. These alphanumeric codes make it possible for
healthcare establishments and insurance providers to be on the
same page when talking about various conditions and
procedures so the appropriate claims and reimbursements can
be made.

                           This profession requires a thorough
                           knowledge of anatomy and medical
                           terminology, legal aspects of health
                           information, and great familiarity with
                           different types of insurance plans,
regulations, and compliance. They also have to have good
familiarity on using the computers, managing paperwork, and
using code books. Having said those, education and training is
often required to become a certified professional coder or CPC.
Even though many medical coders have made their career and
earning potential better by getting a bachelor’s degree or
higher, these are not actually required to gain entry into the
profession.


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What you need to get though is to get a short course of study
and to pass a CPC exam medical coding certification. Courses
can be offered in a classroom setting or online and would cost
anywhere around a thousand to two thousand dollars. If you
need more information about medical coding certification
requirements, you can get in touch with the coding professional
associations in your area. In the United States, the pre-eminent
associations are the American Health Information Management
Association and the American Academy of Professional Coder.

The job of a medical coder often does not end with just
assigning codes to various health services and diagnosis. They
may also be delegated with the task of auditing and re-filing
appeals of denied claims. They can also be a resource person
for healthcare providers, teaching the latter how to apply the
federal mandates on coding in their respective practices.

                     Certified medical coding professionals will
                     continue to be in demand even though billing
                     and coding software are becoming more and
                     more sophisticated since a qualified person
will still need to enter data and spot discrepancies. Although
medical coding professionals’ work is not as laborious as other
healthcare professions, their salaries are almost the same to
that of nursing aides.




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Description: Medical coders provide a key step in the medical billing process. A medical coder checks various sources within the patient’s medical record, like transcription of doctor’s notes, list of laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures done, to verify work that was done.