(Basic Coding & Certified Professional Coding)
What is 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. Medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.
What Does a Medical Coder Do?
Education and training is key to becoming a skilled and successful medical coder. The first step coders must take is to have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology. It's also important to become familiar with the codebook resources CPT , HCPCS Level II, and ICD-9-CM and their coding systems. It's also vital to know the coding systems' corresponding guidelines and what codes are accepted by which insurance plans, which government and payer regulations to follow, and how to be compliant while coding.
Healthcare companies are most likely to hire a person who has completed Medical Coding or Billing Certification because they already have right skills for the job. This saves the company’s time and money and the medical facilities don’t have to spend weeks or months on training.
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