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
03.01.2017
Position: Coder Department: Medical Records Status: Fulltime Shift : 1st MUST HAVE MEDICAL CODING EXPERIENCE (a working knowledge of ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS coding) Must have Medical Terminology as well as Anatomy and...
04.21.2017
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...
04.21.2017
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...
04.21.2017
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...
04.19.2017
At Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) we are passionate about our work. We have been serving patients in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 50 years. Join a team dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care to the region. JOB...
04.21.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
04.21.2017
Review medical record to assign appropriate ICD CM and CPT codes.
04.21.2017
Coder I - Certified coder, infusion and oncology experience highly desirable. Must also have understanding of denial management and payer requirements, medical necessity requirements for infusion patients. Highly motivated individual. (B305)
12.15.2016
Position Summary: 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...
04.21.2017
- High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification required per job description VCU Health System's Coding Services is seeking a full time Coder I. The Coder I verifies data necessary to ensure correct billing and...
03.22.2017
Job Description - Coder II (170000JZ) Job Description Coder II - (170000JZ) Description Under the general supervision of Manager and direct supervision of Supervisor, following established policies, procedures and professional guidelines,...
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...
04.21.2017
The Certified Coder position is located in Fishers, Indiana. Job Duties The Health Information Management (HIM) Certified Coder codes and abstracts inpatient or outpatient hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, or professional services, using...
12.15.2016
POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for interacting with physicians and other patient care providers in coding admission, principle, and secondary diagnoses and coding principal and secondary procedures to promote appropriate reimbursement....
04.21.2017
CPT and ICD-9-CM coding experience Knowledge of CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS codes needed Coder II Full Time, 80 hours per pay period - Day Shift CentraCare Health Monticello is a team of health care providers working together to deliver...
  1. Coder Demorest, GA Habersham Medical Center
    Position: Coder Department: Medical Records Status: Fulltime Shift : 1st MUST HAVE MEDICAL CODING EXPERIENCE (a working knowledge of ICD-9, ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS coding) Must have Medical Terminology as well as Anatomy and...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Coder - Medical Records Sunnyside, WA Sunnyside Community Hospital
    At Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics (SCH) we are passionate about our work. We have been serving patients in the Lower Yakima Valley for over 50 years. Join a team dedicated to providing comprehensive quality care to the region. JOB...
  6. Medical Coder-MACC Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  7. Medical Coder Des Moines, IA Broadlawn's Medical Center
    Review medical record to assign appropriate ICD CM and CPT codes.
  8. CODER I Tupelo, MS North MS Medical Center
    Coder I - Certified coder, infusion and oncology experience highly desirable. Must also have understanding of denial management and payer requirements, medical necessity requirements for infusion patients. Highly motivated individual. (B305)
  9. Certified Coder Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    Position Summary: 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...
  10. Coder I Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    - High school diploma or equivalent is required - Certification required per job description VCU Health System's Coding Services is seeking a full time Coder I. The Coder I verifies data necessary to ensure correct billing and...
  11. Coder II Tampa, FL Tampa General Hospital
    Job Description - Coder II (170000JZ) Job Description Coder II - (170000JZ) Description Under the general supervision of Manager and direct supervision of Supervisor, following established policies, procedures and professional guidelines,...
  12. 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...
  13. Certified Coder Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
    The Certified Coder position is located in Fishers, Indiana. Job Duties The Health Information Management (HIM) Certified Coder codes and abstracts inpatient or outpatient hospital, ambulatory surgery centers, or professional services, using...
  14. Certified Coder Oxford, NC Granville Health System
    POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for interacting with physicians and other patient care providers in coding admission, principle, and secondary diagnoses and coding principal and secondary procedures to promote appropriate reimbursement....
  15. Coder II St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    CPT and ICD-9-CM coding experience Knowledge of CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS codes needed Coder II Full Time, 80 hours per pay period - Day Shift CentraCare Health Monticello is a team of health care providers working together to deliver...