Medical Coding FAQ’s

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Q) What are the core responsibilities of a Medical Coder?Woman Medical Coder

A) A Medical Coder is responsible for selecting a certain set of codes, called medical codes, to transpose written medical records for insurance company reimbursement.

Q) Is the AAPC certification good nationwide?

A) Yes, any AAPC or AHIMA certification is good nationwide.

Q) What tools does a Medical Coder use to find these codes?

A) There are three books that a medical coder uses to look up these codes. They are CPT, ICD-9_CM, and HCPCS.

Q) What basic knowledge does a Medical Coder need?

A) A medical coder should be well versed in Medical Terminology and Anatomy and should be exceptionally well versed in CPT, ICD-9-CM, and HCPCS books.

Q) Do I need to be certified to become a medical coder?

A) No, but it extremely helpful. Certification tells a potential employer that you have a certain level of coding knowledge and skill and are prepared to handle the work in a competent manner.

Q) What certifications are the most common for medical coders?

A) The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are the two organizations that offer the most widely recognized certification. AAPC offers the CPC, CPC-H, and CPC-P plus other specialty certifications. AHIMA offers the CCA, CCS, and CCS-P plus other billing and specialty certifications.

Q) What is the best way to prepare for the certification exams?

A) The best way to prepare is to study and practice with an actual mock practice exam. This will give you an idea of the length of the exam, the exam questions and help you map out a process to pass the exam. The more familiar you are with the layout of the exam the more comfortable you will be when taking the actual exam.