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
03.24.2017
Summary of the Job: The Hospital Coder I reviews and accurately codes and abstracts basic hospital services such as outpatient diagnostic testing, Emergency Department services, low acuity inpatient and other less complex medical coding. The...
03.24.2017
- MEDICAL CODER - OUTPATIENT (HEA008UJ) Job Description MEDICAL CODER - OUTPATIENT-HEA008UJ Description This position serves the UNC Health Care System but will be employed on the UNC Rex payroll and benefits platform. Full time...
03.22.2017
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...
03.22.2017
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...
03.22.2017
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...
03.22.2017
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...
03.22.2017
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...
01.03.2017
Position: Coder
01.22.2016
Codes and abstracts ICD-9 and CPT codes for diagnosis and Procedures on inpatient and outpatient visits. Uses 3M encoder and grouper as well as verifies codes in books. The coder will maintain a productivity log daily. The coder may interact with...
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...
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....
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....
03.24.2017
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...
03.22.2017
I. GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Coding Coordinator, the Coder/Abstractor assigns codes to discharge records for inpatients, outpatients and emergency room patients based on diagnoses and operative procedures. II....
12.14.2016
Care Site Description Description The Medical Coder is responsible for interpreting clinical documentation and translating that information into a coding classification, in accordance with official coding and reimbursement guidelines....
  1. Coder Covington, LA St. Tammany Parish Hospital
    Summary of the Job: The Hospital Coder I reviews and accurately codes and abstracts basic hospital services such as outpatient diagnostic testing, Emergency Department services, low acuity inpatient and other less complex medical coding. The...
  2. MEDICAL CODER - OUTPATIENT Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - MEDICAL CODER - OUTPATIENT (HEA008UJ) Job Description MEDICAL CODER - OUTPATIENT-HEA008UJ Description This position serves the UNC Health Care System but will be employed on the UNC Rex payroll and benefits platform. Full time...
  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 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...
  5. 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...
  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. This person translates authenticated provider documentation and/or reports and makes the determination as to the appropriate CPT, ICD-9/10 codes for...
  7. 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...
  8. Coder Demorest, GA Habersham Medical Center
    Position: Coder
  9. CODER II Valdosta, GA South Georgia Medical Center
    Codes and abstracts ICD-9 and CPT codes for diagnosis and Procedures on inpatient and outpatient visits. Uses 3M encoder and grouper as well as verifies codes in books. The coder will maintain a productivity log daily. The coder may interact with...
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. 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....
  13. 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...
  14. ANALYST/CODER Tifton, GA Tift Regional Medical Center
    I. GENERAL SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Coding Coordinator, the Coder/Abstractor assigns codes to discharge records for inpatients, outpatients and emergency room patients based on diagnoses and operative procedures. II....
  15. Coder - Inpatient Billings, MT St Vincent - SCL Health
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