Medical Coding

medical codingThe demand for medical coders and medical coding supervisors is on the increase. As the population lives longer and longer, the rapid growth in the healthcare industry means the long-term forecast is good.

Medical coding supervisors work in the medical records departments of organizations such as medical centers, hospitals and nursing homes. A typical medical coding supervisor manages the coding staff and has the overall control of the coding function in their place of work.

The average job description of a medical coding supervisor is both technical and managerial, covering the supervision of coding technicians in the accurate and timely input of patient records using codes. Hours of work are usually full-time, and can include day or night shifts, depending on the employer.

Qualifications

Most medical coding supervisors have completed a certificated coding program or accredited record technician qualifications, have three to five years of coding and around two years’ management experience. There is a long list of acronyms reflecting the qualifications required and you will need to do some research. These include ICD-9-CM coding and CPT coding, RHIA, RHIT and CCS. You may also need experience of acute care, inpatient, outpatients, and day patients

A career in medical coding can attract candidates from different areas, including high school graduates, IT professionals and medical professionals looking for a change. Salaries in this area can be highly desirable for the experienced candidate. Armed with the experience as a coder or medical coding supervisor, some people later choose to work from home. In particular, the combination of coding skills with a bachelor’s in management, medicine or administration can result in an excellent salary.

There is a wide range of options for gaining the necessary medical coding qualifications, available online and at schools nationwide.