Medical coding is a specialized profession within the wider eld of healthcare administration. Professional medical coders review the documentation contained in patients' medical records, then they translate the written documentation into universally accepted, industry-standard medical code. These codes are used to submit claims to third-party payers and to gather statistical information, both by tracking incidents of specific diseases and by detecting developing trends in treatment procedures. Accurate medical coding is essential to the healthcare industry. It is how claims for payment are reported for appropriate reimbursement of provided medically necessary services.
Associate's Degree + Certification
$55,290.24/year or $26.48/hour
Loma Linda University, Glendale Community College, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Monica College, Westchester College of Nursing and Allied Health
Local: AAPC – Region 8 West
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