What are medical coder qualifications?

By: Michael MacLaren |
Published: December 1, 2017
Author at Assurance Health Care Financial Services

Medical coding is a specialized field that requires significant study, certification and training. A medical coder needs to be efficient and speedy but also extremely accurate as mistakes can mean thousands of dollars. Make no mistake, medical coders play an essential role in the healthcare industry and are highly valued.

Basic Requirements

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics considers a medical coder as a “health information technician”. This means most medical coders have at a minimum a certificate in health information technology. An associations degree is not required but is beneficial and desired for medical coders.

College Education

A medical coder has a variety of courses available to them including medical record coding, medical terminology, anatomy and medical coding systems. The goal of the courses is to familiarize the student with medical codes and how to effectively complete their job.

Certifications

This really is vital and provides several benefits. The key benefit is the allowance for medical coders to stay on top of industry changes. How is this done? Every 2 years to keep a certification, a coder must complete a certain number of credits to retain their certification.

  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • CPC-Outpatient Hospital
  • CPC-Payer

At Assurance Health Care Financial Services we value our qualified team of Medical Coders. It is their dedication, skill, attitude and drive that has allowed us to achieve success as a respected Florida Medical Billing company with a long track record of happy clients.