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
05.21.2018
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...
04.24.2018
Maria Parham Health Experienced Hospital InpatientMedical Coder. Must be willing to be cross trained to code outpatient and ED as needed.
05.21.2018
We have one part-time opening in our Health Information Management Department for a Coder. Days and hours will vary. Qualified candidates must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Previous experience in ICD-9-CM coding, DRGs and CPT...
05.21.2018
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder III to support the Orthopedics/Neurosurgery. This person translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
05.21.2018
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder III to support the Division of Plastic Surgery. This person translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
05.21.2018
Status: Full Time Basic Summary: The Medical Records Coder interprets medical documentation to assign the uniform classification system to meet mandated requirements such as DRG and APG assignment under Medicare. The Coder abides by the...
05.21.2018
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder - Lead to support Internal Medicine. This person will lead a team of coders and/or billers by assisting Supervisors with the daily production by...
05.21.2018
VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding/ Billing is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support CMH billing and coding. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
04.12.2017
Ability to retrospectively analyze outpatient medical records to accurately assign ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes according to national coding regulations and conventions. Must meet minimum productivity and accuracy standards while performing...
05.15.2018
- MEDICAL CODER OUTPATIENT - PD - OUTPATIENT FLOAT POOL (HEA0092C) Job Description MEDICAL CODER OUTPATIENT - PD - OUTPATIENT FLOAT POOL-HEA0092C Description Seeking a per diem coder to to join the outpatient float pool. This person in...
05.21.2018
VCU Health System's Business Office _ Coding/ Billing 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...
05.21.2018
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...
03.26.2018
Under the general direction of the Coding Manager, this position reviews the medical record to verify diagnosis and procedures and Present on Admission Indicators. The Coder abstracts the information by using the appropriate coding classification...
02.01.2018
Code Inpatient hospital discharges and specialty services according to diagnosis, operation, and procedure using appropriate ICD and CPT classification systems for the purpose of reimbursement, research and compliance and in accordance with...
05.03.2018
The Coder, Outpatient performs the functions of coding of ED and outpatient surgery, and observation records, collection of predefined indicators and abstracting medical records. Provides timely and accurate ICD-10-CM and CPT codes for...
  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 Records Coder Henderson, NC Maria Parham Medical Center
    Maria Parham Health Experienced Hospital InpatientMedical Coder. Must be willing to be cross trained to code outpatient and ED as needed.
  3. Coder Port Clinton, OH Magruder Hospital
    We have one part-time opening in our Health Information Management Department for a Coder. Days and hours will vary. Qualified candidates must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent. Previous experience in ICD-9-CM coding, DRGs and CPT...
  4. 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 the Orthopedics/Neurosurgery. This person translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
  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 the Division of Plastic Surgery. This person translates provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
  6. Coder I Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Status: Full Time Basic Summary: The Medical Records Coder interprets medical documentation to assign the uniform classification system to meet mandated requirements such as DRG and APG assignment under Medicare. The Coder abides by the...
  7. Medical Coder - Lead Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office - Coding Svcs-Proce is seeking a full time Medical Coder - Lead to support Internal Medicine. This person will lead a team of coders and/or billers by assisting Supervisors with the daily production by...
  8. 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 CMH billing and coding. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the...
  9. Certified Coder Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    Ability to retrospectively analyze outpatient medical records to accurately assign ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS codes according to national coding regulations and conventions. Must meet minimum productivity and accuracy standards while performing...
  10. MEDICAL CODER OUTPATIENT - PD - OUTPATIENT FLOAT POOL Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - MEDICAL CODER OUTPATIENT - PD - OUTPATIENT FLOAT POOL (HEA0092C) Job Description MEDICAL CODER OUTPATIENT - PD - OUTPATIENT FLOAT POOL-HEA0092C Description Seeking a per diem coder to to join the outpatient float pool. This person in...
  11. Medical Coder - Lead Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office _ Coding/ Billing 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...
  12. Inpatient Coder Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    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...
  13. Inpatient Coder/Coder II Boston, MA Tufts Medical Center
    Under the general direction of the Coding Manager, this position reviews the medical record to verify diagnosis and procedures and Present on Admission Indicators. The Coder abstracts the information by using the appropriate coding classification...
  14. CODER II Albuquerque, NM The University of New Mexico Hospitals
    Code Inpatient hospital discharges and specialty services according to diagnosis, operation, and procedure using appropriate ICD and CPT classification systems for the purpose of reimbursement, research and compliance and in accordance with...
  15. Coder, Outpatient - 307181861000 Raleigh, NC WakeMed Health & Hospitals
    The Coder, Outpatient performs the functions of coding of ED and outpatient surgery, and observation records, collection of predefined indicators and abstracting medical records. Provides timely and accurate ICD-10-CM and CPT codes for...