Medical Coding Specialist/Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Medical Coding Specialists review medical documents provided by Physicians and other healthcare providers and translates this into numeric codes. The Coding Specialist assigns codes to procedures and diagnosis using a universally recognized coding system.
  • The reimbursement to the healthcare provider is dependent on the diagnostic and procedural codes assigned. Knowledge of both the medical and business sides of healthcare make this an interesting profession.
  • These entry-level Medical Coding Specialists work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, Physician practice groups, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and home healthcare agencies.
  • They are also employed by consulting firms, coding and billing services, insurance companies, governmental agencies and computer software companies.
  • They work in office environments using medical records and computer.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Some would like more patient contact.
  • There is sometimes frustration with expectations of speed and accuracy.

 

Getting Started

Career Outlook