Medical coding is a little bit like translation. Coders take medical reports from doctors, which may include a patient’s condition, the doctor’s diagnosis, a prescription, and whatever procedures the doctor or healthcare provider performed on the patient, and turn that into a set of codes, which make up a crucial part of the medical claim. Medical Coding Specialists are employed in hospitals, physicians’ offices, health care insurance agencies, nursing homes and health clinics. Employment is expected to increase by 14% from 2016 – 2026 with a 2018 median annual wage of $40,350 (Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Projections).
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