Certified coding associates (CCAs) are responsible for translating data and information regarding diseases and medical procedures into alphanumeric codes which are used in the assessment of medical research and reimbursement. These associates work primarily in office environments within health care facilities, ambulatory care centers, long-term care facilities, and even home offices. Although they generally work during traditional weekly business hours, some extended hours may occasionally be necessary.
This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent with additional training, and may require prior experience with CPT coding and/or ICD-10-CM coding conventions. Strong computer skills are very important for electronic data management, and training in medical terminology is required in some form; some employers may prefer that applicants have coding certificates and an associate's or bachelor's degree in a relevant health care field.
This position is very important in the healthcare industry, as CCAs are responsible for reviewing and analyzing patients' medical records and applying relevant codes based on their diagnosis and treatment; these codes are used for both research purposes and medical reimbursement. Those in this position may also be responsible for maintaining records, coding medical procedures using applicable coding systems, and expediting records relating to health insurance and medical conditions. Applicants should also be highly organized and analytical in nature.
Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Tasks
Review patient documentation including charts, laboratory results, notes, and industry manuals to inform code assignments.
Assign numeric or alphanumeric codes in patient records to identify medical diagnoses and procedures for insurance purposes.