Medical Coder - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Medical Coder


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Job Description

 

Medical coders are responsible for reviewing medical records and assigning these codes as indicated. This ensures that the health care providers they work for are properly paid for these services rendered.

Coding all of this information correctly is not easy. It requires the coder to carefully read the doctor’s and nurse’s notes to determine precisely which services the patient received.

The coder is required to understand private payer insurance policies as well as government regulations for accurate billing and coding.

Whenever you visit your doctor, his or her office personnel will bill your medical insurance provider with a statement that contains CPT codes. CPT stands for Current Procedural Terminology, and is used to describe your office visit and provide a diagnosis code of the condition that was treated.

Whether you get blood tests taken or an X-ray performed, all of these services will be represented by CPT codes on your bill.

There is a CPT code for every type of health care service provided by health care facilities and practitioners, amounting to almost 10,000 different variations.

There are another 14,000 codes for medical diagnoses. These are international classification of diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes.

In addition, there are Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II codes specific to medical supplies and services.

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Responsibilities

 

Codes are constantly changing, requiring coders to keep up-to-date on the latest rules and interpretations.

Coders are required to have more than a casual understanding of medical terminology and anatomical terms. Many employers require all their coders to hold certification as a requisite of employment.

Responsibilities common to medical coders include:

  • Translating medical procedures into the proper codes.

  • Verifying patient insurance coverage.

  • Managing collections and unpaid accounts through making payment arrangements and following up with patients.

  • Creating and managing the organization or facility's Account Receivable reports.

  • Working directly with insurance companies, patients, and providers to process claims.

  • Contacting collections agencies and determining legal options in the event of non-payment.

  • Coordinating with insurance companies in the event of payment discrepancies.

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Skills

 

A medical coder must be extraordinarily detail-oriented. The coder is required to review the patient’s chart closely to determine the diagnosis and to carefully itemize every service that was provided.

Any overlooked services will not be paid to the provider, resulting in lost revenue. Should the coder input an inaccurate code, his or her employer may have to refund any over payments or face legal charges for inaccuracies in billing practices.

It is estimated that incomplete or inaccurate coding costs the average health care provider several thousand dollars a year in missed payments.

Providers run the risk of losing large amounts of revenue without competent coders.

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Working Conditions

 

Just about every type of health care facility will have medical coders working for them. This includes doctor’s offices, hospitals, health care systems and surgery centers.

Experienced coders may have the opportunity to work at home as a contract worker or through an employer that approves of telecommuting for certain employees.

 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.24.2019
Purpose and Scope: Utilize ICD-10CM & CPT-4 to code inpatient and outpatient Medical Records Virginia Hospital Center is an independent and progressive 342-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital in Arlington, VA. Part of the Mayo Clinic...
04.24.2019
- High school diploma or equivalent is required VCU Health System's BUS OFF_CODING/BILLING is seeking a full time Medical Coder II in our Colonial Heights office. The Medical Coder II translates authenticated provider documentation and/or...
04.24.2019
- Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing is seeking a full time Medical Coder III. The Medical Coder III translates authenticated provider documentation and/or...
01.30.2019
Under the direction of the Health Information Management Supervisor, the Medical Coder is responsible for coding ICD diagnosis and CPT facility and professional fee codes. Assignment may include outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic procedures,...
04.24.2019
VCU Health System Business Office_Coding Services is seeking a full time Medical Coder III. The Medical Coder III translates authenticated provider documentation and/or operative reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
04.24.2019
Responsible and accountable for performing assigned coding processes in a timely manner; performing appropriate pre-billing audits; participating in the retrospective query process and other department documentation improvement processes;...
04.24.2019
Responsible and accountable for performing assigned coding processes in a timely manner; performing appropriate pre-billing audits; participating in the retrospective query process and other department documentation improvement processes;...
04.24.2019
- High school diploma or equivalent is required VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Services-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder I to translate provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
03.27.2019
Under the general supervision of the Ambulatory Coding Manager, and the Senior Risk Coder, the primary function of this position is to ensure accurate documentation, coding (ICD10/CPT/HCPCS) and billing of service provided. Provides training,...
04.24.2019
Occupational Summary Surgical abstracting experience needed. General Description of the Job Class The Medical Coder Specialist will have frequent and daily interactions with internal and external clients including but not limited to...
04.14.2019
Looking for your next opportunity? If so, choose Parkland and discover what a meaningful job feels like. Whether you work directly with patients or use your talent to support our care, youll be part of a team thats providing valuable health...
02.22.2019
Under the direct supervision of the Hospital Coding Supervisor, the Coder II will Abstract inpatient, outpatient, clinic, and/or emergency department medical record documentation to select and sequence appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS, and/or...
01.10.2019
Under the direct supervision of the Hospital Coding Supervisor, the Coder I will Abstract inpatient, outpatient, clinic, and/or emergency department medical record documentation to select and sequence appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS, and/or CPT4...
04.24.2019
Coder III Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2018-3818 Category Non-Clinical Support Svcs Position Type Regular Full Time Department Coders Overview Norman Regional Health System is a team of more than 3,000 healers all working...
04.24.2019
Will be coding for surgical services The Coder is responsible for the accurate, timely and accountable coding of the providers' hospital charges. Responsible for insuring all hospital charges are captured and billed in a timely manner. Provides...
  1. Coder Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Purpose and Scope: Utilize ICD-10CM & CPT-4 to code inpatient and outpatient Medical Records Virginia Hospital Center is an independent and progressive 342-bed not-for-profit teaching hospital in Arlington, VA. Part of the Mayo Clinic...
  2. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required VCU Health System's BUS OFF_CODING/BILLING is seeking a full time Medical Coder II in our Colonial Heights office. The Medical Coder II translates authenticated provider documentation and/or...
  3. Medical Coder III Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - Successful completion/graduate of a program required by job VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing is seeking a full time Medical Coder III. The Medical Coder III translates authenticated provider documentation and/or...
  4. Certified Medical Coder Gardnerville, NV Carson Valley Medical Center
    Under the direction of the Health Information Management Supervisor, the Medical Coder is responsible for coding ICD diagnosis and CPT facility and professional fee codes. Assignment may include outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic procedures,...
  5. Medical Coder III Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System Business Office_Coding Services is seeking a full time Medical Coder III. The Medical Coder III translates authenticated provider documentation and/or operative reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
  6. Coder III Meridian, MS Anderson Regional Medical Center
    Responsible and accountable for performing assigned coding processes in a timely manner; performing appropriate pre-billing audits; participating in the retrospective query process and other department documentation improvement processes;...
  7. Coder III Meridian, MS Anderson Regional Medical Center
    Responsible and accountable for performing assigned coding processes in a timely manner; performing appropriate pre-billing audits; participating in the retrospective query process and other department documentation improvement processes;...
  8. Medical Coder I Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Services-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder I to translate provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
  9. Risk Coder Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Under the general supervision of the Ambulatory Coding Manager, and the Senior Risk Coder, the primary function of this position is to ensure accurate documentation, coding (ICD10/CPT/HCPCS) and billing of service provided. Provides training,...
  10. MEDICAL CODER SPECIALIST - SURGERY Durham, NC Duke Health
    Occupational Summary Surgical abstracting experience needed. General Description of the Job Class The Medical Coder Specialist will have frequent and daily interactions with internal and external clients including but not limited to...
  11. Professional Coder Dallas, TX Parkland Heath and Hospital System
    Looking for your next opportunity? If so, choose Parkland and discover what a meaningful job feels like. Whether you work directly with patients or use your talent to support our care, youll be part of a team thats providing valuable health...
  12. Coder II Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    Under the direct supervision of the Hospital Coding Supervisor, the Coder II will Abstract inpatient, outpatient, clinic, and/or emergency department medical record documentation to select and sequence appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS, and/or...
  13. Coder I Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    Under the direct supervision of the Hospital Coding Supervisor, the Coder I will Abstract inpatient, outpatient, clinic, and/or emergency department medical record documentation to select and sequence appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS, and/or CPT4...
  14. Coder III Norman, OK Norman Regional Health System
    Coder III Job Locations US-OK-Norman ID 2018-3818 Category Non-Clinical Support Svcs Position Type Regular Full Time Department Coders Overview Norman Regional Health System is a team of more than 3,000 healers all working...
  15. Coder - Clinics Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Will be coding for surgical services The Coder is responsible for the accurate, timely and accountable coding of the providers' hospital charges. Responsible for insuring all hospital charges are captured and billed in a timely manner. Provides...