Outlook and Future for Medical Coders
The simple days where a family practice secretary typed out a few invoices after office hours are history!
Employers are tired of outdated coding and billing that causes nothing but headaches and
frustration. Even the smallest offices need computer billing and claims processing, which makes the outlook for
medical coding and billing staff excellent.
Doctors Will ALWAYS Need Medical Coders
There currently are over 819,000 physicians and surgeons, 2.4 million registered
nurses, 77,000 occupational therapists, 182,000 physical therapists, 94,000 respiratory therapists and thousands of
other allied health professionals in America's hospitals in need of medical coding and medical billers.
Health care was the largest industry in 2004. It provided 13.5 million jobs-13.1 million jobs for wage and
salary workers and about 411,000 jobs for the self-employed. Doctors hire medical coders to ensure doctor
visits are being coded to the appropriate levels and properly processed for health insurance/Medicare
reimbursement. Accuracy, speed, and attention to detail are the medical coders' mark of excellence. Even IF, and
that is a big if, everything were to go fully automated, machines and computers can't run themselves. There will
always be jobs for people to maintain and run them.
A Promising Future for Medical Coding
The U.S. Department of Labor states that there will be continued employment opportunities
for medical coding and billing specialists. A contributing factor are the ever increasing medical needs of an aging
population and the growing number of licensed medical and health care practitioners who need to outsource their
coding and billing workload. Today's medical coders are expected to "kick-out" large volumes of
claims in record time. Medical offices, hospitals and clinics expect accuracy and methods that save time. Doctors
hire medical coders to...
- add credibility to their practice
- achieve better cash flow
- avoid financial struggles
- keep their facility in compliance with laws and regulations
Employers are looking for someone with experience, positive attitude, and excellent work ethics.
Future proofing electronic data involves the selection of physical media and data formats which are most likely
to ensure the continued accessibility of the original information. Future proofing data storage means ensuring that
a document or data will be able to be accessed and read in the future. Using open and well-documented formats,
standards and specifications while avoiding closed proprietary formats lessens the risk of data becoming
Once all doctors and hospitals have converted their patient's medical records to Electronic Health Records (EHR)
the demand for medical coders, billers, and health information managers (HIM) will instantly increase even more,
probably double, or triple.