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Inpatient medical coders

Inpatient medical coders perform/handle the following responsibilities/tasks:

  • Inpatient coders mostly assign standard procedural codes, but to perform this responsibility, the inpatient coder has to do the following activities:
    • Reviewing records of discharged patients including patient medical notes documented records provided by attending physicians
    • Summarizing statistical data
    • Determining different level of diagnoses forming a treatment episode
  • Inpatient coders also perform leadership roles and work as liaisons, mostly interacting with outside parties such as an oversight organization.

Note: Some of these responsibilities may apply depending on experience and the nature of environment.

Salary Range

  • Inpatient coders working in the US earn around $53,000 annually depending on organization size or type, area, expertise, industry  and so on (figures taken from industry sources)

Certification Needed

Certifications for inpatient coding are not a must; however, candidates with formal training will have better job opportunities. The following trainings are recommended:

  • Specialized training in coding to quality as a certified inpatient coder
  • Associate's degree in medical record coding

Additional qualifications

  • Knowledge of coding software to process insurance and billing claims
  • Familiarity with medical terminologies related to anatomy biology
  • Knowledge of pharmacology and all major diseases

Work Environment and Outlook

  • Inpatient coding job growth is expected to grow further as shown by data from the United States
  • Inpatient coders with strong computer and technology skills will have more industry demand due to increasing use of electronic health records
  • General dynamism is helpful for this role as it will help the coder to adjust to various environments and nature of activities
  • Should have knowledge of international ICD-9 and the ICD-10 codes classifications
 
Inpatient coders can post their details with us to access the best opportunities across all US states and varied specialties.
If your hospital or clinic needs an inpatient coder, register your details with us and we can get one in your specialty or location preference.

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