Medical Coding and billing professionals are an asset to healthcare registries, nursing
registries, nursing agencies.
The Medical Coding and billing professional plays a crucial role in healthcare delivery of
business for nursing agencies, nursing registries, nursing homes, and home
healthcare agencies. Medical records containing vast amounts of information must
be converted into a set of classifications (codes) that are recognized by health
insurance companies. Coders must make this conversion before the patient can be
How can I become a Medical Coder? If you are a competent person who can be
trusted with sensitive information and who enjoys working with computers, you
may be able to begin working in this profession after you:
1. Successfully complete an approved course.
2. Independently satisfy the Medical Terminology requirement of this course*
3. Pass the CCA *Certified Coding Associate) Exam offered by the American Health
Information Management Association (AHIMA) to become credentialed.
The course is usually blended online course with class room lecture, and
will require additional time for intensive practice. It teaches the two coding
classification systems used nationwide (ICD-9 and CPT).
*There is also a comprehensive medical terminology component to the class, which
students complete independently.
What is it like to work as a Medical Coder?
Once certified, coders can work in a variety of facilities, including hospitals,
clinics, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, insurance companies,
and government offices, nursing registries, nursing agencies, home healthcare
agency, homecare settings. To succeed in coding, an individual must be
detail-oriented and very accurate in computer entry. Timeliness is also
important, since coded data is used for billing purposes. The facility that you
work for will
have quality and quantity standards that coders are required to meet. Most
coders spend their day reading medical records, coding them, and entering the
information into a computer. Some facilities offer the benefit of allowing
coders to work from home, after they are experienced. (For
accurate, up-to-date information, go to www.ahima.org, the website for the
American Health Information Management Association, the professional
organization that represents and credentials coders.)