Medical Coding

Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician's notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MEDICAL CODER

Reviewing patient records for accuracy

Record data for recording and analysis

Track patient outcomes

Use classification software to assign clinical codes for reimbursement and analysis purpose

Reviewing patient information for pre-existing health care conditions

Apply diagnosis and procedural codes for patient care statistics and billing purposes

Working with health clinicians and billing offices to coordinate everything

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIRED FOR MEDICAL CODING

You either need to have a certificate or do a certificate programme. Certificate programmes usually last about 6 to 12 months and there are some associate degree course programme last about 2 years. You can also go and get a bachelors or masters if you have aspirations to become a medical or health services manager


Classification of codes
  • Are used to determine diseases, disorders, and symptoms
  • Can be used to measure morbidity and mortality
  • Examples: ICD-9-CM, ICD-10
Procedural codes
  • They are numbers or alphanumeric codes used to identify specific health interventions taken by medical professionals.
  • Examples: ICPM, ICHI

Pharmaceutical codes
  • Are used to identify medications
  • Examples: ATC, NDC
Topographical codes
  • Are codes that indicate a specific location in the body
  • Examples :ICD-O, SNOMED


Licensing and Certification

REGISTERED HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNICIAN (RHIT)

CERTIFIED TUMOR REGISTRAR (CTR)

CERTIFIED CODING ASSOCIATE (CCA* )

*CCA is most common certification for coders worldwide


LIKES AND DISLIKES ABOUT THIS JOB

SALARY STATISTICS

According to the bureau of labour statistics as of 2014, there is projected to be 15% growth between 2014 and 2024 and seems to us it is faster than average. some people tend to have more salary scale based on their experience and the certifications you are completed

An experienced Medical Coder earns an average salary of Rs 233,205 per year. For freshers the salary generally ranges between Rs.6000-8000 per month. Experience strongly influences income for this job. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Medicine / Surgery, Evaluation and Management Auditing, and Emergency Room (ER).