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
07.21.2017
Experienced coder with one to three years experience in healthcare operations and coding certificate. Requires extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and ICD-9-CM codes.
07.21.2017
Certification Required Experience is preferred 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...
07.21.2017
VCU Health System's Business Office_Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder II. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT, ICD-9/10 codes for...
07.21.2017
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1965238 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are...
07.21.2017
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07.21.2017
The Certified Coder position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana Job Duties The Certified Coder codes and abstracts inpatient or outpatient hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, or professional services, using software and coding books, as...
07.12.2017
Reporting to the Coding Supervisor - Professional, primary responsibilities include the assignment of ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 codes, and modifiers, evaluation and management (E/M codes) to code and charge post for ED, radiology, cardiology, and clinic...
12.11.2015
Responsible for reviewing/coding/abstracting inpatient records of low to high complexity in an accurate and timely manner. Requires skill in the sequencing of diagnoses and procedures using the International Classification of Diseases. Will...
07.12.2017
Reporting to the Coding Supervisor - Hospital, primary responsibilities for facility based coding includes the assignment of ICD-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes, modifiers, abstracting, selection of MS Diagnosis Related Groupings (MS-DRG), APC...
07.21.2017
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To assign and group diagnoses, procedure and level codes based on medical record documentation in accordance with coding compliance, regulatory and reimbursement requirements. To ensure appropriate coding for case mix...
05.08.2017
GED or High School Diploma required Position Summary: The Surgical Office Coder will apply knowledge of CPT and ICD coding to appoint procedure/diagnosis/modifier codes to surgical encounters from the operative report. The Coder will be...
07.21.2017
Provides a high level of technical competency and expertise analyzing and evaluating inpatient/ outpatient medical record information to identify and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures. Abstracts data from the medical record for the...
07.21.2017
Performs ICD-10-CM and CPT 4 coding including evaluation and management codes for emergency department physicians and facility levels. Abstracts records as assigned. Establishes emergency room E&M levels and procedures for physicians with RMC...
07.21.2017
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1965152 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are...
07.21.2017
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1965159 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are...
  1. Coder Gooding , ID North Canyon Medical Center
    Experienced coder with one to three years experience in healthcare operations and coding certificate. Requires extensive knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and ICD-9-CM codes.
  2. Coder Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Certification Required Experience is preferred 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...
  3. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office_Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder II. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT, ICD-9/10 codes for...
  4. Medical Records Technician - Coder Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
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  5. CODER I Tupelo, MS North MS Medical Center
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    The Certified Coder position is located in Indianapolis, Indiana Job Duties The Certified Coder codes and abstracts inpatient or outpatient hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, or professional services, using software and coding books, as...
  7. Coder Professional Mattoon, IL Sarah Bush Lincoln
    Reporting to the Coding Supervisor - Professional, primary responsibilities include the assignment of ICD-9-CM and CPT-4 codes, and modifiers, evaluation and management (E/M codes) to code and charge post for ED, radiology, cardiology, and clinic...
  8. Coder Roanoke Rapids, NC Halifax Regional
    Responsible for reviewing/coding/abstracting inpatient records of low to high complexity in an accurate and timely manner. Requires skill in the sequencing of diagnoses and procedures using the International Classification of Diseases. Will...
  9. Coder Hospital Mattoon, IL Sarah Bush Lincoln
    Reporting to the Coding Supervisor - Hospital, primary responsibilities for facility based coding includes the assignment of ICD-CM/PCS, CPT, and HCPCS codes, modifiers, abstracting, selection of MS Diagnosis Related Groupings (MS-DRG), APC...
  10. Medical Coder-MACC Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    PURPOSE OF POSITION: To assign and group diagnoses, procedure and level codes based on medical record documentation in accordance with coding compliance, regulatory and reimbursement requirements. To ensure appropriate coding for case mix...
  11. Certified Procedures Coder Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
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  12. Medical Records Coder - Health Information Management - Full Time - Days Dubuque, IA Mercy Medical Center Dubuque
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  13. Coder II (HIM/RI) Orangeburg, SC The Regional Medical Center
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  14. Supervisory Medical Records Technician - Coder/Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1965152 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are...
  15. Supervisory Medical Records Technician - Coder/Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist Des Moines, IA VA Central Iowa Health Care System
    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1965159 OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are...