Medical Coder

Code insurance claims for patients of medical facilities.

What does a Medical Coder do?

Medical coding is a portion of the medical billing procedure that allocates codes to insurance claims for a patient visiting a medical healthcare facility. Medical coders track the reasons for a medical visit and assist in billing.

You process patient data and insurance information and code a patient’s diagnosis, along with a request for payments from the patient’s insurance company. Many codes must be learned since each procedure has a code assigned to it, and the codes must be accurate in order to bill insurance companies.

Accuracy is critical for coders, as it allows for uniform documentation between medical facilities. Needed skills include accuracy, detail orientation, discretion, and assertiveness, as well as analytical and technical competencies.

You do not need a degree for this position, but you will need the training to learn the coding procedure. There are also various certifications that many employers request for coding jobs.