medical coder qualifications

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Are you in the process of pursuing a job in medical coding? In many cases, a successful medical coding career results from a combination of education and valuable experience. By being proactive with earning a degree and learning about the field in a real-life medical coding environment, you can make yourself a more marketable medical coding candidate. Here are some of the main requirements we seek in viable medical coding candidates at AMN Revenue Cycle Solutions:

Knowledge of coding standards and principles

With the medical coding field constantly changing, it’s important to have a strong understanding of coding industry standards that you can apply to a job at any healthcare facility. Knowledge of coding standards involves understanding compliance regulations; exhibiting consistent coding quality; and being adept at using various types of coding software. These are skills that are applicable to any facility and will be essential in helping you adapt to new positions as you grow your career. For a position with AMN RCS, we require that candidates are fully proficient with a facility’s coding standards before placing them in the job.

AHIMA certifications

In many ways, professional credentials mean more to employers than degrees themselves. Earning coding certifications by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in CCS (certified coding specialist); CCS-P (certified coding specialist-physician based); or RHIT (registered health information technician) demonstrates to employers that you’ve taken steps to further your skills and focus your expertise in specific areas of coding. At AMN Revenue Cycle Solutions, we generally require our coding candidates to have at least one of the AHIMA credentials listed above.

Experience with ICD-10 coding protocols

For most medical coding jobs, it’s important to have working knowledge and experience with ICD-10 coding. ICD-10 stands for coding classifications, as determined by the World Health Organization, which specify codes for diagnoses related to different types of inpatient and outpatient care. Medical coders with strong knowledge of ICD-10 are best suited to perform the most specific and accurate coding, which organizations need to assess and track medical outcomes accurately.

As a medical coding candidate, it’s critical that you have the most relevant certifications and credentials to be competitive in the coding field. By pursuing the minimum qualifications above, you’ll make yourself more appealing to employers and show that you’re equipped to handle the many responsibilities that come with working in the industry.

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