Medical coders translate medical terminology into standardized codes so that the patient is properly billed for the services that were provided. Every patient diagnosis, illness, and medical service is assigned the appropriate code, then the medical coder uses that information to create a claim to be paid by the insurance provider.
Medical coders must have an extensive knowledge of medical terminology, diseases, medications, and anatomy. In addition, they usually have at least one of the following coding certifications: RHIT, RHIA, CCS, or CPC.
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- Translate medical terminology into standarized codes
- Anazlye patient records and check for accuracy
- Lead educational sessions for coding specialists, documentation specialists, and physicians
- Strong analytical skills
- Attention to detail
- Working independent
- Computer skills
- Communication skills
- Coding and auditing