Medical records professionals who specialize in coding are called medical coders or coding specialists. Medical coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure by using classification systems software. The classification system determines the amount for which healthcare providers will be reimbursed if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance programs using the system. Coders may use several coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory settings, physician offices, or long-term care.
Health information technicians work at a number of healthcare providers such as offices of physicians, nursing care facilities, outpatient care centers, and home healthcare services. Technicians also may be employed outside of healthcare facilities, such as in Federal Government agencies.
Employment growth of medical records professionals such as medical records, health information technicians and medical coders is expected due to the increase in the number of medical tests, treatments, and procedures that will be performed. As the population continues to age, the occurrence of health-related problems will increase. Cancer registrars should experience job growth as the incidence of cancer increases from an aging population. In addition, with the increasing use of electronic health records, more technicians will be needed to complete the new responsibilities associated with electronic data management.
The Medical Coding/Insurance Data Entry Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) offers the student an introduction to medical coding. This technical certificate prepares individuals for careers in medical offices and hospitals. The certificate provides the students with the basic anatomy, medical terms, introduction to diseases, computer skills, and entry level skills for CPT-4 Coding and ICD-10 CM coding.