Health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors, or coding specialists assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure, relying on their knowledge of disease processes. They may use classification systems software to assign the patient to one of several hundred Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) which determines the amount for which the hospital will be reimbursed. In addition to the DRG system, coders use other coding systems, such as those required for ambulatory care settings, physicians’ offices, or long term care facilities.
Why should Health Services Majors obtain a concentration in Medical Coding?
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recognizes that the demand for coders has never been greater, and this demand is expected to continue. By creating an entry-level coding credential AHIMA intends to increase the number of qualified coders from which employers can choose, Certified Coding Associates (CCAs) will immediately demonstrate competency in the health information field, even if they do not have much job experience. The CCA designation also demonstrates a commitment to the coding profession.
What are the course requirements for a concentration in coding?
In addition to all other Health Service Administration requirements, the Medical Coding concentration requires 15 credits in Medical Coding related courses.