Medical Coder

 

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Category: Administration

Paid: $35,000 – $50,000

Description: There are over 9,800 CPT codes – one for every type of health care service provided by health care practitioners or facilities. Medical coders spend their days reviewing medical records to assign these codes and ensure that the health care providers they work for are properly reimbursed for their services. Coding accurately is not easy. The coder must carefully read the doctor’s and nurse’s notes to determine exactly what services the patient received. The coder must also understand private payer policies and government regulations for accurate coding and billing.

Years of School: 0-2 Years

-There are no standardized educational requirements. Requirements will depend on employers.

Setting(s): doctor’s offices, surgery centers, hospitals and health care systems or work from home

Hers’s a link explaining some more about Medical Coders:

What classes you can take now:

ROP Medical Terminology,

Multi Media

Job Shadow:

Job Outlook: Excellent, 21-22% increase by 2022

Certification/Licensing: Some organizations base certification on passing an exam. Others require graduation from an accredited program. Once certified, technicians typically must renew their certification regularly and take continuing education courses. Certifications include Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR), among others. Coders that are certified are more likely to be hired and well paid than those who aren’t.

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