Help health care professionals locate and obtain information they need for patient care, research, and decision-making.
The medical coder/billing program takes approximately one year to complete. Medical record coders assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure documented in a patient’s record. They code symptoms, diseases, operations, and treatments according to a recognized classification system. After the information is coded, the medical record coder may use a computer program to assign the patient to one of several hundred “diagnostic-related groups’ or drugs.
Medical record coders work with little supervision in physicians’ offices and many are self-employed. In large facilities such as hospitals and insurance companies, medical record coders work under the supervision of health information administrators or medical record technicians.
- Medical Coder/Biller
The career opportunities in health information and communication are among the most varied and rapidly expanding areas of health occupations today. Employment of health information technicians is projected to grow 15% through 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations. Technicians with a strong background in medical coding will be in particularly high demand, due to an increase in the aging population.
The average annual wage for health information technicians is $39,830, or $19.15 per hour.
Location and Hours:
- D.A. Dorsey Technical College (Certificate – 1110 Hours)