What does a Medical Coder do?

Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. A medical coder is responsible for assigning the correct code to describe the type of service a patient will receive. They ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes removing the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers. Medical coders work in hospitals, clinics, and physicians' offices.

A certificate or associate's degree in medical coding or a related field is required for a medical coder position. This is an entry-level position and successful medical coders possess a solid foundation of anatomy and physiology and excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Assign codes to diagnoses and procedures, using ICD (International Classification of Diseases) and CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) codes
  • Ensure codes are accurate and sequenced correctly in accordance with government and insurance regulations
  • Follow up with the provider on any documentation that is insufficient or unclear
  • Communicate with other clinical staff regarding documentation
  • Search for information in cases where the coding is complex or unusual
  • Receive and review patient charts and documents for accuracy
  • Review the previous day's batch of patient notes for evaluation and coding
  • Ensure that all codes are current and active
  • Associate's Degree in Medical coding or successful completion of a certification program
  • Strong knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
  • Excellent typing and 10-key speed and accuracy
  • Commitment to a high level of customer service
  • Superior mathematical skills
  • Familiarity with ICD-9 codes and procedures
  • Solid oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of medical jargon and anatomy preferred
  • Able to work independently
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Medical Coder Salaries

Average Base Pay

£26,184 /yr
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Medical Coder Career Path

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Medical Biller
10 May 2021

“It's only good to work here when you're in between jobs and couldn't find anything.”

KSH Solutions, Inc.KSH Solutions, Inc.
Medical Records Technician
9 Aug 2021

“Not really any upsides to working here while I was there since all the old leadership left.”

Examination Management ServicesExamination Management Services
Medical Records Retriever
19 Nov 2019

“Got to do some work from home which is nice to relax/eat while getting paid to upload files.”

Change HealthcareChange Healthcare
Remote Medical Coder
21 Jan 2020

“There haven't been any performance reviews or opportunities to earn a raise or promotion since I started the job.”

Access Healthcare (India)Access Healthcare (India)
Medical Coder
13 Feb 2021

“Good and friendly environment to work”

Omega HealthcareOmega Healthcare
11 Jun 2021

“Good company and good learning thing for career growth”

Rapid Care  Rapid Care  
Medical Record Reviewer
3 Oct 2021

“I worked over there for 2 and half years and I enjoyed working with rapid care”

CIOX HealthCIOX Health
18 Nov 2021

“The job itself is probably the easiest job I have ever worked & the management team to my co workers were the best.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a medical coder

When working as a medical coder, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPT Coding, HCPCS, Excellent Organizational, Releases and HIPAA.

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The most common qualifications to become a medical coder is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.