Do you want to work in the medical field, but prefer to avoid hands-on patient care? If you are interested in health information, health sciences, and laws and ethics, the Medical Coding Certificate program may be right for you. Medical coding is the process of converting descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical code numbers. The medical coding professional has a unique blend of clinical knowledge and information management skills. Computer applications are used to manage health information and review medical records. Coding professionals must possess a thorough understanding of diagnostic and procedural phrases in order to translate the information into coded form. The Medical coder must also be familiar with the laws and regulations relative to disclosure, confidentiality, maintenance, and retention of medical records.
Nature of the Work
Medical records and health information technicians organize and manage health information data by ensuring its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories.
Employment of medical records technicians is expected to increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance. Additional records, coupled with widespread use of electronic health records by all types of healthcare providers, should lead to an increased need for technicians to organize and manage the associated information in all areas of the healthcare industry.
The Medical Coding program is a two semester certificate designed to prepare students to work in the medical field as a Medical Coder. This certificate is intended to prepare students to sit for licensing as a Medical Coder. Medical Coding professionals play a key role in the medical billing process. Every time a patient is seen in a healthcare setting, the provider must document the services provided. The Coder abstracts the information from that documentation, assigns the appropriate codes and creates a claim to be paid. The curriculum emphasizes practical hands-on learning experiences in the laboratory setting. A background check and drug screening test are required.
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