Medical Coding is the use of numbers or alphanumeric codes to identify specific health encounters taken by medical professionals. Over the past few years, the medical field has undergone tremendous changes in the way medical claims need to be submitted and processed.
The main role of medical billing and coding specialists is to ensure health providers are paid for medical services rendered. They are responsible for the accurate flow of medical information and patient data between physicians, patients and third-party payers. Without them, healthcare businesses could not function efficiently.
Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations because of its impact on revenues and description of health outcomes. Earning a nationally recognized coding credential from AHIMA or AAPC demonstrates one’s ability to meet this challenge.