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
06.17.2019
Purpose and Scope: Utilize ICD-10CM & CPT-4 to code inpatient and outpatient Medical Records The full-time Coder (Medical Biller) will be responsible for coding inpatient and outpatient medical records utilizing current ICD-10CM and CPT-4...
06.17.2019
Coder - Medical Records CODER Casual Relief position. Coding Credentials through AHIMA or AAPC, RHIT or RHIA, 5 years coping experience. Desirable Candidate will have Accurate and precise attention to detail, Ability to multitask,...
06.17.2019
Associate's Degree 2 to 5 years of experience required Age Requirement: All applicants must be 21 years of age or older to be considered for employment with RiverValley or its affiliates. Medical Records Coder - Senior RiverValley...
06.17.2019
VCU Health System's Business Office-Coding Services is seeking a full 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...
06.17.2019
VCU Health System's Business Office-Coding Services is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support Pediatrics. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
06.17.2019
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...
01.30.2019
Under the direction of the Health Information Management Supervisor, the Medical Coder is responsible for coding ICD diagnosis and CPT facility and professional fee codes. Assignment may include outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic procedures,...
03.27.2019
Under the general supervision of the Ambulatory Coding Manager, and the Senior Risk Coder, the primary function of this position is to ensure accurate documentation, coding (ICD10/CPT/HCPCS) and billing of service provided. Provides training,...
06.17.2019
Occupational Summary Surgical abstracting experience needed. General Description of the Job Class The Medical Coder Specialist will have frequent and daily interactions with internal and external clients including but not limited to...
06.14.2019
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 in the...
06.06.2019
Coding Apprenticeship Program (CAP) Description Candidates who apply to this program must be North Carolina residents and be willing to: (1) attend all required classes at Durham Technical Community College (our corporate partner for...
06.17.2019
The VCU Health System's Coding Services is seeking a full time Outpatient Coder. Under the direction of the Director of Coding, CDI and Revenue Integrity and Department Coding Manager the Outpatient Coder verifies data necessary to ensure...
06.17.2019
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...
02.22.2019
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...
01.10.2019
Under the direct supervision of the Hospital Coding Supervisor, the Coder I will Abstract inpatient, outpatient, clinic, and/or emergency department medical record documentation to select and sequence appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS, and/or CPT4...
  1. Coder Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Purpose and Scope: Utilize ICD-10CM & CPT-4 to code inpatient and outpatient Medical Records The full-time Coder (Medical Biller) will be responsible for coding inpatient and outpatient medical records utilizing current ICD-10CM and CPT-4...
  2. Coder - Medical Records Lovell, WY North Big Horn Hospital District
    Coder - Medical Records CODER Casual Relief position. Coding Credentials through AHIMA or AAPC, RHIT or RHIA, 5 years coping experience. Desirable Candidate will have Accurate and precise attention to detail, Ability to multitask,...
  3. Medical Records Coder - Senior Owensboro, KY RiverValley Behavioral Health
    Associate's Degree 2 to 5 years of experience required Age Requirement: All applicants must be 21 years of age or older to be considered for employment with RiverValley or its affiliates. Medical Records Coder - Senior RiverValley...
  4. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office-Coding Services is seeking a full 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...
  5. Medical Coder II Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Business Office-Coding Services is seeking a full time Medical Coder II to support Pediatrics. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT,...
  6. 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...
  7. Certified Medical Coder Gardnerville, NV Carson Valley Medical Center
    Under the direction of the Health Information Management Supervisor, the Medical Coder is responsible for coding ICD diagnosis and CPT facility and professional fee codes. Assignment may include outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic procedures,...
  8. Risk Coder Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Under the general supervision of the Ambulatory Coding Manager, and the Senior Risk Coder, the primary function of this position is to ensure accurate documentation, coding (ICD10/CPT/HCPCS) and billing of service provided. Provides training,...
  9. MEDICAL CODER SPECIALIST - SURGERY Durham, NC Duke Health
    Occupational Summary Surgical abstracting experience needed. General Description of the Job Class The Medical Coder Specialist will have frequent and daily interactions with internal and external clients including but not limited to...
  10. HIM Coder 1 Guntersville, AL Marshall Medical Centers
    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 in the...
  11. MEDICAL CODER TRAINEE-REX HIM SHARED SERVICES Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    Coding Apprenticeship Program (CAP) Description Candidates who apply to this program must be North Carolina residents and be willing to: (1) attend all required classes at Durham Technical Community College (our corporate partner for...
  12. Outpatient Coder Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    The VCU Health System's Coding Services is seeking a full time Outpatient Coder. Under the direction of the Director of Coding, CDI and Revenue Integrity and Department Coding Manager the Outpatient Coder verifies data necessary to ensure...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. Coder I Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    Under the direct supervision of the Hospital Coding Supervisor, the Coder I will Abstract inpatient, outpatient, clinic, and/or emergency department medical record documentation to select and sequence appropriate ICD-10-CM/PCS, HCPCS, and/or CPT4...