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  • What Do Medical Coders Do?

    Medical coding is the translation or transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into medical numeric or alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician's notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc. For every injury, diagnosis, and medical procedure, there is a specific and corresponding code.

    There are a number of sets and subsets of code that comprise thousands of codes for medical procedures, outpatient procedures, and diagnoses. Medical coders review clinical statements and assign standard codes using CPT® , ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II classification systems.

    Questions? Visit our medical coding training or certification pages to learn more about a career in medical coding. Or, contact an AAPC Career Counselor for a free consultation to learn more about a career in medical coding. Contact us online, via email, or by calling 800.626.2633.

  • Are Medical Coders and Billers the Same?

    Although medical coding and billing is often regarded as a single job, in reality they are two different activities. The main task of a medical coder is to review clinical statements and assign standard codes using CPT® , ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II classification systems.

    On the other hand, medical billers process and follow up on claims sent to health insurance companies for reimbursement of services rendered by a healthcare provider. To promote an efficient and effective coding and billing process, the medical coder checks the patient’s medical record to verify the work that was done and to ensure it is coded as specific and accurately as possible for service reimbursement. Both the medical coder and biller work together to avoid insurance payment denials.

    To better understand what a coding transaction looks like, read the article "What Does a Medical Coder Do?"

  • How Much Do Medical Coders Earn?

    A medical coding professional’s earning potential varies depending on many factors. Where they live, how much they work, education, experience, specialization, and certifications all play a role in determining wages. AAPC’s annual salary survey will give you insight into medical coding salary trends. You can also visit our medical coding training or certification pages to learn more about a career in medical coding.

  • What Is the Average Salary for Medical Coding?

    The average medical coder with no college education earns approximately $46,239 per year. The average medical coder with a college degree earns approximately $52,343 per year. Medical coders who specialize and certify as a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) or Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®) averages over $62,000 annually.

    Average Salary for Medical Coding

    Questions? Visit our medical coding training or certification pages to learn more about a career in medical coding. Or, contact an AAPC Career Counselor for a free consultation to learn more about a career in medical coding. Contact us online, via email, or by calling 800.626.2633.

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  • What Has Been the Industry Trend Over the Recent Years for
    Medical Coding Salaries?

    AAPC conducts an annual salary survey where you can learn more about medical coding salary trends. Access past salary surveys here [add smart drop down function from link to show the below surveys:]

  • How Much Does a Medical Coder Make an Hour?

    The average medical coder with no college education averages $22.23 per hour. The average medical coder with a college degree earns $25.16 per hour. However, medical coders who specialize and certify as a Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®) or Certified Physician Practice Manager (CPPM®) average over $30 an hour.

    Questions? Visit our medical coding training or certification pages to learn more about a career in medical coding. Or, contact an AAPC Career Counselor for a free consultation to learn more about a career in medical coding. Contact us online, via email, or by calling 800.626.2633.

  • What Is the Current Outlook for the Medical Coding Industry?

    The 2012-2013 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, estimates:

    • A growing job market as industry employment is projected to grow by 21% by 2020. In addition to these new jobs, there will also be open positions as people retire or leave the profession.
    • A high demand for coding services as the healthcare industry continues to grow and the country's population ages in addition to the increasing number of tests, treatments, and procedures.
    • A growing number of professionals needed in the field to act as liaisons between healthcare facilities, insurance companies, and other establishments.
  • How Do I Become a Medical Coder?

    AAPC provides flexible medical coding training options designed specifically by healthcare professionals and instructors. These training courses can be completed in a classroom or online. Students of these courses learn the fundamentals of medical coding and dissect real-world medical cases and charts to extract the most relevant information. All courses are taught by AAPC approved instructors who have been trained in our exclusive Professional Medical Coding Curriculum (PMCC). Prepare for your certification and career in medical coding today!

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  • Should I Get Trained Through AAPC for a Medical Coding Career?

    AAPC is the world’s largest association representing medical coders, billers, auditors, compliance, and practice managers and provides the largest peer-network for medical coding and billing with over 155,000 members worldwide. AAPC certification is considered to be the standard in the healthcare industry.

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