The position of a certified coding specialist in a physician-based setting (CCS-P) can be difficult and often requires a bachelor’s degree in addition to specific training in the coding systems ICD-10-CM and CPT-4. Experience in the specialty of the doctor or practice, such as oncology or orthopedics, is highly beneficial, and they are also required to participate in ongoing education throughout their careers to stay up-to-date in the medical field.
Physician-based certified coding specialists typically work in a medical office or hospital setting during regular weekly business hours, and some are permitted to work from home or other locations of their choosing. They are usually allowed flexibility in their schedules and locations, as a computer and connection to the medical office's database are the only strict requirements of the position.
Some certified coding specialists work closely with patients and/or insurance companies, so telephone skills can be beneficial, and they tend to work alone or in small groups. Small medical offices may only require one certified coding specialist to handle all medical billing needs, so this position can be competitive and relatively difficult for new graduates to obtain.
Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) Tasks
Protect the security of medical records to ensure that confidentiality is maintained.
Identify, compile and code patient data, using ICD-9-CM and CPT and other standard classification coding systems.
Enter data, such as history and extent of disease, diagnostic procedures and treatment into computer database.
Compile, abstract and maintain patient medical records to document condition and treatment.
Review records for completeness, accuracy and compliance with regulations.