The Difference Between a Coder & Certified Coder

The Difference Between a Coder & Certified Coder

Medical coders play a vital role in the daily operations of any healthcare provider. In addition to assigning codes for patient diagnosis, office visits, and procedures, coders must submit claims to insurers. As an integral part of your company’s revenue stream, it is crucial these claims are accurate and timely. While all healthcare coders receive training, only certified professional coders are recognized professionally as leaders in their field. Healthcare Information Services employs only certified professional coders, ensuring that your claims and billing are processed in an expert manner.

Proven Track Record

While many non-certified coders are good at their job, there is no way to get a sense of their abilities prior to employing them. Certification means a coder has a track record of excellence in the field. Because certification requires extra training and the completion of an exam, you know the coder in question has been recognized by a national board or agency such as the AAPC. In addition, certified coders always have work experience, meaning that they already possess the knowledge to process your claims quickly and properly. Healthcare Information Services’ has a clean claims rate of 98 percent, ensuring reliable streams of revenue for your company.

Current Knowledge

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Part of the challenge of medical coding is that industry standards change all the time. For example, the change to ICD-10 that became mandatory in 2015 requires healthcare coders to learn and work with new sets of information. Non-certified coders have no way of staying up-to-date on industry changes. Certified coders, on the other hand, must meet educational requirements every few years to stay on top of these updates and changes. As a result, only certified coders have the ongoing knowledge necessary to keep your claims and billing moving properly. At Healthcare Information Services, we make sure coders have the most current experience and knowledge.

Dedication and Ethics

Medical coders deal with sensitive information on a daily basis, such as patient records and medical files. It is important that coders are committed to preserving the confidentiality of this information, and following ethics guidelines generally. Certification means that a coder has been recognized by a professional body as committed to upholding these ethical principles. The certified professional medical coders at Healthcare Information Services are dedicated to handling your patients’ sensitive material with competence and professionalism. When you hire our certified coders, you can rest assured the information will be used only for the purposes explicitly outlined by you.



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