Q: 1. What exactly is medical coding?:
Medical coding is the process of transforming the medical procedures and diagnoses in the patient’s record into standardized code sets for the purpose of medical reimbursement.
Q: 2. What kind of training does coding require?:
The basic requirement for coding is a thorough understanding of the medical terminology, so an intensive medical terminology, anatomy and physiology oriented to medical coding is mandatory. The next level of training should focus on the code sets, coding guidelines and the specialty specifications.
Q: 3. Does coding require certification?
Certified coders are in high demand in the industry. Accurate coding is critical for compliant and profitable medical practices, and a certified coder has proven by rigorous examination and experience that they how to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-9), procedure (CPT) and supply (HCPCS level II) code for a variety of clinical cases and services. So certified coders earn around 20% more than non certified coders.
Q: 4. What kind of certification should I have?
AAPC(American Academy of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) offers certification.
Q: 5. Why medical coding is outsourced to India?
- Increased efficiency
- Cost effectiveness
- Skilled manpower
- Time zone advantage
- More number of English speaking population.
Q: 6. What are basic specialties in medical coding?
Anesthesia, Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Surgery, Evaluation and Management, Emergency Room, etc.
Q: 7. What are the standardized code sets used for medical coding?
- CPT (Current Procedural Terminology)
- ICD-9-CM (International Classification of Diseases 9th Revision Clinical Modification)
- HCPCS (Health Care Common Procedural Coding System)