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
10.16.2019
EMPLOYER PAID PENSION PLAN OF 29.25% OF YOUR ANNUAL SALARY! GENEROUS BENEFITS PACKAGE! INPATIENT CODER Abstracts clinical information from a variety of medical records and assigns appropriate codes to patient records according to...
10.14.2019
VCU Health System's Business Office-Coding Services is seeking a part time Medical Coder II to support internal medicine. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate...
10.14.2019
CU Health System's Business Office-Hospital Based is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support Radiology. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
10.14.2019
CU Health System's Business Office-Hospital Based is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support the Emergency Department. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
10.14.2019
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing 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...
10.14.2019
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support Psychiatry. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
10.14.2019
The Coder reviews, analyzes and assures the final diagnoses and procedures as stated by the practicing providers are valid and complete. Accurately codes office and hospital procedures for providers to ensure proper reimbursement. Provides...
09.21.2019
PRMO:, established in 2001, Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is a fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization supporting all of Duke Health, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh...
10.14.2019
VCU Health System's Prof Coding dept. is seeking a full time Medical Coder Lead. This person leads a team of coders and/or billers by assisting Supervisors with the daily production by working with team members to ensure that established...
07.19.2019
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...
10.10.2019
PRMO:, established in 2001, Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is a fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization supporting all of Duke Health, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh...
09.21.2019
PRMO:, established in 2001, Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is a fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization supporting all of Duke Health, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh...
10.16.2019
Certified Professional Coder, RHIT (Associate Degree) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with at least one year previous outpatient coding experience with and CPT coding schemes including evaluation and management codes and experience with...
10.14.2019
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...
10.16.2019
Clinic Coder I (Trainee) A. Experience, Knowledge and Skill 1. Previous Experience Required: Experience required: Coding, Medical Billing, Medical Assistant or LPN. Good verbal and written communication skills. Excellent analytical and...
  1. Coder Las Vegas, NV University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
    EMPLOYER PAID PENSION PLAN OF 29.25% OF YOUR ANNUAL SALARY! GENEROUS BENEFITS PACKAGE! INPATIENT CODER Abstracts clinical information from a variety of medical records and assigns appropriate codes to patient records according to...
  2. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office-Coding Services is seeking a part time Medical Coder II to support internal medicine. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate...
  3. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    CU Health System's Business Office-Hospital Based is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support Radiology. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
  4. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    CU Health System's Business Office-Hospital Based is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support the Emergency Department. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
  5. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing 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...
  6. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support Psychiatry. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
  7. Coder Cleveland, OH St Vincent Charity Medical Center
    The Coder reviews, analyzes and assures the final diagnoses and procedures as stated by the practicing providers are valid and complete. Accurately codes office and hospital procedures for providers to ensure proper reimbursement. Provides...
  8. MEDICAL CODER SPECIALIST - SURGERY Durham, NC Duke Health
    PRMO:, established in 2001, Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is a fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization supporting all of Duke Health, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh...
  9. Medical Coder-Lead Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Prof Coding dept. is seeking a full time Medical Coder Lead. This person leads a team of coders and/or billers by assisting Supervisors with the daily production by working with team members to ensure that established...
  10. 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...
  11. MEDICAL RECORDS CODER II - INPATIENT Durham, NC Duke Health
    PRMO:, established in 2001, Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is a fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization supporting all of Duke Health, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh...
  12. MEDICAL RECORDS CODER II - ANCILLARY Durham, NC Duke Health
    PRMO:, established in 2001, Patient Revenue Management Organization (PRMO) is a fully integrated, centralized revenue cycle organization supporting all of Duke Health, including Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh...
  13. CODER II (B305) Tupelo, MS North MS Medical Center
    Certified Professional Coder, RHIT (Associate Degree) or Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with at least one year previous outpatient coding experience with and CPT coding schemes including evaluation and management codes and experience with...
  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. Clinic Coder (Trainee) or Clinic Coder (Certified) Hammond, LA North Oaks Health System
    Clinic Coder I (Trainee) A. Experience, Knowledge and Skill 1. Previous Experience Required: Experience required: Coding, Medical Billing, Medical Assistant or LPN. Good verbal and written communication skills. Excellent analytical and...