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What is Medical Coding?
What is Medical Coding? (opens in new window)
According to the AAPC, "Medical coding professionals provide a key step in the medical billing process. Every time a patient receives professional health care in a physician’s office, hospital outpatient facility or ambulatory surgical center (ASC), the provider must document the services provided. The medical coder will abstract the information from the documentation, assign the appropriate codes, and create a claim to be paid, whether by a commercial payer, the patient, or CMS."
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Medical Records and Health Information Technicians (opens in new window)
According to the OOH, "Medical records and health information technicians, commonly referred to as health information technicians, organize and manage health information data. They ensure its quality, accuracy, accessibility, and security in both paper and electronic systems. They use various classification systems to code and categorize patient information for insurance reimbursement purposes, for databases and registries, and to maintain patients’ medical and treatment histories." For more information click the link above.
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Medical Transcriptionists (opens in new window)
According to the OOH, "Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare professionals make and convert them into written reports. They may also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents." For more information about Medical Transcriptionists, click the link above.
What is Medical Billing?
What is Medical Billing? (opens in new window)
According to the AAPC, "Medical billing translates a health care service into a billing claim. The responsibility of the medical biller in a health care facility is to follow that claim to ensure the practice receives reimbursement for the work the providers perform. A knowledgeable biller can optimize revenue performance for the practice."