Medical Office Coding
Coders must have a thorough knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology. Using codebooks, the medical coder assigns correct codes to record the service levels for the procedures performed and to account for supplies used to treat the patient during an encounter with the physician. Proper assignment of ICD-10-CM codes corresponds with the physician’s diagnoses and completes the “story” of the patient’s illness or injury. This curriculum is certified through the American Academy of Professional Coders and upon completion, the students may take the certification test to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). For more information on AAPC, click here.
Demand for certified professional coders is on the rise, and so are salaries. Here are some interesting statistics pulled from AAPC’s Salary Survey:
- The average annual salary of an AAPC member was over $51k in 2018
- Certified members earned 22% more than their non-certified colleagues
- Members with two certifications earned over $61k
- Members with three or more certifications earned over $68k