What is Medical Coding?

Watch the quick video of Ms. Dari Bonner, RMC (Chief Training Officer at the Medical Management Institute) to gain a deeper understanding of what medical coding is (compared to medical billing) and how it is different in the inpatient, outpatient and physician office setting.  


Quick Overview of Medical Coding

Medical coding is the process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures into universal medical codes. It is a crucial step in the reimbursement process and is key to successful billing. 

A medical coder's tools in the physician-office/outpatient setting include (but are not limited to) the CPT®, ICD-9 & HCPCS II books. Using the patient notes (provided by the provider/physician) the coder will extract the diagnoses and procedures, depending on the clinical setting and translate them into the codes (alpha and/or numeric).  The medical biller can then create a claim to be paid using these abstracted codes. 

 

Medical Coding Courses & Training

Click here to learn more about the online medical coding course & certification (sneak peek available in the video above).