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What is medical coding?

What is medical coding?

Many people ask, “what is medical coding? Medical coding is the translation of healthcare diagnoses, procedures, medical equipment, and medical services into one of several universal coding classification systems using either alphanumeric or numeric codes. Codes for healthcare diagnoses and procedures reflect the information in patient medical record documentation to facilitate reimbursement and provide analysis of patient outcomes and research. Quality medical coding has many positive downstream effects. Studies show that accurate and complete coding for patients’ chronic diseases or conditions results in better care.

Medical coding is also critical to provider organizations working under risk-based contracts. Research indicates improved financial performance for the organization when patient treatments, services, and supplies are accurately and completely coded.

What do medical coders do?

A medical coder, also known as medical records and health information technician, is essentially a translator. The medical coder reviews patient files and translates procedures, diagnoses, and services into a code that healthcare providers and insurance companies utilize. Medical coders require critical thinking skills and a thorough knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

How long does it take to become a medical coder?

Though medical coding certification depends on several factors, the path to becoming a medical coder generally takes nine to two years to complete.

Does Intellis hire medical coders?

Yes! See our open positions here.

Does Intellis offer medical coding services?

Yes! Check out Intellis IQ coding services.
Intellis offers HIM and revenue cycle services. Please see our suite of Health Information Management Services.

Intellis offers AHIMA-approved CEUs medical coding.

The Intellis IQ Education Center offers coding and clinical documentation continuing education approved by AHIMA. Please contact us if you have questions about our education platform and how it helps individuals and organizations.


Looking Ahead at Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in the Outpatient Setting

As healthcare continues to evolve, more procedures and care options have moved forward in the outpatient setting. This is primarily due to technological advances and value-based care incentives.

Health insurance plans and government programs have embraced the move toward offering more services in lower-cost care settings such as outpatient facilities. As the trend toward outpatient procedures continues, what is ahead for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention? Intellis Manager of Medical Coding Integrity & Education David Steinhage RHIT, CCS examines what is on the horizon in our latest IQ Point of View.

Get the IQ Point of View: White paper – Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in the OP Setting

Two FREE Live Webinars Approved for AHIMA CEUs

Thousands of coding and CDI professionals from across the nation joined us for our AHIMA-Approved continuing education webinars. Following the success of our 2020 Q1 Coding Clinic Review and our COVID 19: Outpatient Coding & CDI webinars, we are adding two encore live webinars to our schedule.

Wednesday, August 26, Noon:

2020 Q1 Coding Clinic Review

Please mark your calendar and register for our 2020 Q1 Coding Clinic Review webinar. Attendees who complete the webinar can earn one AHIMA-Approved CEU. The webinar includes a 1-hour education session presented by the Intellis VP of Education & Training Kim Felix, RHIA, CCS. 

This webinar includes guidance on:

      • COVID-19
      • Malnutrition Q&A
      • Diabetes Complications
      • Spinal Tethering Procedure
      • and many other important and relevant topics

Register for the LIVE webinar:

2020 Q1 Coding Clinic Review

For information, please contact us: Intellis IQ Team.

Wednesday, August 19, 1:30 pm:

COVID 19: Outpatient Coding & CDI

We are focused on COVID-19 coding and CDI, and we’re quick to recognize and share critical changes as they become available. Our education and training webinar is led by Intellis IQ experts VP of Education & Training Kim Felix, RHIA, CCS and VP of Clinical and Quality Services Allison Van Doren, RN, BSN, CCDS, CDIP, CRC. Attendees who complete the webinar can earn one AHIMA-Approved CEU.

The information presented is based on trusted healthcare sources including the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The education presented is monitored to reflect the most current healthcare and industry updates.

      • ICD-10-CM updates
      • CPT/HCPCS/Telemedicine Procedure updates
      • OP CDI updates

Register for the FREE live webinar:

COVID-19 Coding and CDI Education 

For information, please contact us: Intellis IQ Team.