Medical Coding is a great career opportunity for someone who wants to work behind the scenes on the business side of healthcare, instead of hands-on with patient care.
Each time a patient receives treatment, a detailed record is maintained containing observations, medical or surgical interventions and treatment outcomes. Coders are responsible for assigning a code to each specific diagnosis or procedure. They consult classification manuals, but they also rely on their acquired knowledge of disease processes. Medical Coders are detail-oriented and enjoy doing research.
ATA’s Medical Coding program can be completed in as little as 12 months. The diploma program consists of 66 credit hours – additional courses can be added to receive an Associate Degree in Medical Coding (92 credit hours).
- ANA 101 Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
- COD140 & 141 Basic and Advanced ICD-9-CM Coding (4 credits each)
- COD 155 AAPC Professional Coding (10 credits)
- Doctors’ offices
- Urgent/Immediate care centers
- Insurance companies
- Physician billing services
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Standard Occupations Classification (SOC)
More information about careers and occupations can be found at O*NET (http://www.onetcenter.org), the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Use the link below to learn more about Occupational Associates Degree Medical Professional – Medical Coding Hospital or Occupational Associates Degree Medical Professional – Medical Coding (outpatient): www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2071.00