Hospital Coder Salary
Job Description for Hospital Coder
A medical coder’s job is to bill insurance companies and track the submitted claims. Medical coders are responsible for reviewing the medical records of patients and then assigning codes to their diagnoses and procedures so that the relevant insurance company, other third-party payers, or the patient can be billed for those claims. A hospital coder is a medical coder specific to a hospital, as opposed to a doctor's office or other medical facility.Read More...
A hospital coder’s job is important, as they help doctors understand which treatment will work best for their patients based on prior therapies. They also help by looking through patient files to find preexisting conditions. As patients receive care, the coder keeps track of their medical records and documents the improvement or deterioration of the relevant condition. When the patients are ready to go home, the coder will process the discharge paperwork. It is also the job of the coder to make sure that the provider meets recordkeeping guidelines. They need to keep medical histories private while making sure that patient records contain the information and treatment care details that the law requires. In order to do that, they need to know the laws concerning the release of that information as well.
The minimum requirements for this position are a high school diploma or equivalent, good math skills, bookkeeping knowledge, and experience with customer relationship management programs that are used in the health care industry. You will also need to have knowledge of billing codes and good communication skills. A college degree is normally not necessary, but a certificate from a credited school is always an added bonus.
Hospital Coder Tasks
- Review patient medical records to judge appropriate diagnosis, procedures, and reimbursement.
- Code each patient record.
- Review and research appropriate codes for insurance purposes.
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Popular Skills for Hospital Coder
Hospital Coders generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, facility with Surgical coding and International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Current Procedural Terminology Coding. Most people familiar with International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 10 Coding also know Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding. People who know Medical Coding usually also know International Statistical Classifications of Diseases - 9 (ICD - 9) Coding.
Pay by Experience Level for Hospital Coder
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Hospital Coders with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. On average, Hospital Coders make $55K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.