A medical coder is a member of the health information service team. The coding professional uses a classification system to assign code numbers and letters to each symptom, diagnosis, disease, procedure, and operation that appears in the patient's chart. These codes are used for insurance reimbursement, research, health planning analysis, and to make clinical decisions. A high degree of accuracy and a working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology are important skills for these professionals. For more information about Medical Coding go to www.ahima.org and www.aapc.com.
Career options include:
Inpatient Hospital Coder
Coding Abstracting Analyst
Insurance Claim Analyst
Managed Care Organization Coder
Physician's Office/Clinic Coder
Visit our Advising Guide webpage for current requirements for these programs.