Medical coding specialists review patient records and assign numeric codes to properly classify the services rendered. They use an official classification system to ensure physicians and other health practitioners get paid for the care they provide. Coding specialists also prepare reports for hospital and clinic administrators to aid in planning, marketing and other management purposes.
Medical coding specialists work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, home health agencies and other healthcare facilities. They often work under the supervision of a health information manager or chief financial officer. Some coding specialists work as freelancers instead of in a facility. They have more flexibility and work from home, billing by the hour.
Training programs for medical coding last one to two years and typically result in a certificate or diploma.
Licensure and Certification
Some coding specialists choose to improve their job prospects by taking a national exam to become Certified Professional Coders (CPR).
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
Medical coding specialists and other health information technicians are expected to grow by 18%. The outlook is even brighter in north central and central Iowa.