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
12.13.2019
Medical Coder - Full Time Twin Lakes Medical Foundation is currently accepting applications/resumes for the following position for new provider offices: Medical Coder - Full Time 72 hours and PRN Minimum Requirements: Previous...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System's Professional Coding Surgical department is seeking a full time Medical Coder I. The Medical Coder I translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT and/or ICD-9/10 codes...
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
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,...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder III to support Inpatient Provider Coding. This person translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
12.05.2019
Under the general supervision of the Ambulatory Coding Manager, the primary function of the coder is to ensure accurate documentation, coding (CPT/HCPCS/ICD10) and billing of service provided. The coder provides feedback, insight and guidance to...
12.07.2019
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...
12.13.2019
JOBSUMMARY: Medical coding of any hospital or clinic medical record. Knowledge ICD-10 coding. Ability to utilize 3M coder program. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Coding of any hospital/clinic medical record, accurate and timely coding of records in...
11.18.2019
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...
12.13.2019
The Compliance Auditor plans, schedules, and performs comprehensive internal professional fee audits to include routine and focused audits. Performs detection of documentation, coding, and billing errors as well as collaboration with appropriate...
12.13.2019
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The Coder/Abstractor, under the direct supervision of the Director of Health Information, is responsible for the prompt processing of discharged medical records and the timely and accurate assignment...
10.17.2019
v The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent...
12.13.2019
The VCU Health System's Coding Services is seeking a full time Inpatient Coder. Under the direction of the coding management the Inpatient Coder verifies data necessary to ensure correct billing and documentation, coding, quality, Discharged Not...
11.30.2019
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...
11.25.2019
The information described in this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature of the work performed. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and...
  1. Medical Coder - Full Time Leitchfield, KY Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center
    Medical Coder - Full Time Twin Lakes Medical Foundation is currently accepting applications/resumes for the following position for new provider offices: Medical Coder - Full Time 72 hours and PRN Minimum Requirements: Previous...
  2. Medical Coder I Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Professional Coding Surgical department is seeking a full time Medical Coder I. The Medical Coder I translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT and/or ICD-9/10 codes...
  3. 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...
  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 Radiology. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
  5. Medical Coder III Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder III to support Inpatient Provider Coding. This person translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
  6. Coder Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Under the general supervision of the Ambulatory Coding Manager, the primary function of the coder is to ensure accurate documentation, coding (CPT/HCPCS/ICD10) and billing of service provided. The coder provides feedback, insight and guidance to...
  7. MEDICAL RECORDS CODER II 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...
  8. Coder Artesia, NM Artesia General Hospital
    JOBSUMMARY: Medical coding of any hospital or clinic medical record. Knowledge ICD-10 coding. Ability to utilize 3M coder program. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Coding of any hospital/clinic medical record, accurate and timely coding of records in...
  9. 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...
  10. Compliance Auditor- Medical Coder/Biller Hendersonville, NC Pardee UNC Health Care
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  11. Coder/Abstractor South Bend, WA Willapa Harbor Hospital
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  12. Coder 3 Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
    v The following statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements, which may be inherent...
  13. Inpatient Coder Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    The VCU Health System's Coding Services is seeking a full time Inpatient Coder. Under the direction of the coding management the Inpatient Coder verifies data necessary to ensure correct billing and documentation, coding, quality, Discharged Not...
  14. MEDICAL RECORDS CODER II - Ophthalmology Durham, NC Duke Health
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