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Enter the Healthcare Field with a Medical Coding Degree

7 March 2017 By Vanessa

Do you have a way with numbers and a passion for helping others? Then you might enjoy a satisfying career as a medical coder. Medical coders transcribe medical services into a standardized code and submit results to the medical biller.

What to Expect

Medical coding exists to simplify the volume of data recorded in every patient’s visit, from condition to diagnosis, prescription, and results. Because these details can be varied and detailed, it’s much easier to assign specific codes that are uniform between all medical facilities.

Depending on what office you join, you might be required to know IDC, CPT, and HCPCS codes. ICD-10 alone contains over 68,000 codes. While you may not readily need all 68,000, you will still need to know them. Understanding and retaining the codes takes time, patience, and a great memory.

Medical Coding vs Billing

Medical billing and coding are often seen paired, but it’s important to recognize they are not the same. Each one is an important piece of the payment process for any medical facility. Medical coders translate specific health services into a set of numeric digits. Then, medical billers follow up on payment to ensure it aligns with the code and fulfills the amount of funding owed.

Medical coders and billers work closely with a unified end goal of receiving the appropriate reimbursement.

The Medical Coding Degree at PPC

Pioneer Pacific College offers an Associate of Occupational Science (AOS) in Medical Coding. The degree consists of courses in medical terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, and other specific health fields. However, since a medical coder doesn’t practice medicine, the focus will be on medical office training, such as computer fundamentals, and actual code training.

You will also receive valuable hands-on training in coding authentic reports. Our program bolsters your technical knowledge and confidence in the field so can be ready to perform the same duties in a real medical office.

To inquire further about the Medical Coding degree or other healthcare programs, please contact Pioneer Pacific College at (866) 772-4636.

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