Technology has brought along a whole gamut of career options. This includes the fast-growing career in medical coding.
Medical coding, in simple words, is converting a medical diagnosis or symptom into codes. A medical encoder is in charge of assigning specific codes to different medical services and procedures to enable healthcare providers to be able to bill for services rendered. This is the reason why medical coders are in demand in the healthcare industry. After all, they are needed by several institutions like hospitals, medical clinics and offices.
If you have a propensity for organisation and enjoy administrative work, learning medical coding will be easy for you. In order to make a career out of medical coding the first step that needs to be followed is, taking up a specialisation course. There are specialised courses and trainings available for individuals who want to learn the special ways used in medical coding. These courses can be done through a medical coding school or online, one such online portal that offers this course to the Indian audience is outsource2india.com. You can also approach Medesun.com in Hyderabad.
What these courses will primarily teach you is how to convert a physician’s note into codes that will be further utilised by the insurance providers while they compensate the health care provider. After having successfully completed the degree, students can even opt to become medical transcriptionists, diagnostic and procedural coders.
The prerequisites needed before one picks this career are, a basic understanding of medical terminology along with proficiency in keyboarding, a basic understanding of a word-processing computer program (Microsoft Word recommended), and a command of English grammar, punctuation.
Medical coding is often outsourced to countries like India and the nature of the work is such that it can lend itself to alternative or flexible working arrangements, The salary of a medical coder can range anywhere from Rs 12,000 to 20,000 which is further negotiable.
Medical coding can be the ideal career for a lot of people because it is a lucrative way to make a living that does not come bundled with the usual stresses of a regular 9-5 job. Choosing a medical coding career is choosing to make a living with flexible time and work-from-home benefits.
– Priyanka T