How to write a Medical Coder job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does a Medical Coder do?

A medical coder assigns the correct universal medical alphanumeric code to describe the type of service a patient will receive in a hospital or healthcare facility. They help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes removing the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.

Medical Coder job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Medical Coder job titles

  • Medical Coder
  • Certified Medical Coder
  • Medical Coder (with Meditech proficiency)
  • Medical Coder (Part-Time)
  • Coder

Medical Coder job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Medical Coder job summary

Our children’s hospital needs a Medical Coder to join our team. We are looking for a professional who either has a certification in medical coding or is studying to receive one in the near future. We offer in-house training, but we’re looking for a medical coding professional who can jump in with both feet from day one. We treat children from birth to adolescence and this position requires consistent communication with parents of our patients as well as insurance companies. The successful individual will be committed to accurate medical coding for inpatient and outpatient services, diagnostic tests and other medical services rendered to each patient.

Medical Coder responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Medical Coder responsibilities

  • Comply with all legal requirements regarding coding procedures and practices
  • Conduct audits and coding reviews to ensure all documentation is accurate and precise
  • Assign and sequence all codes for services rendered
  • Collaborate with billing department to ensure all bills are satisfied in a timely manner
  • Communicate with insurance companies about coding errors and disputes
  • Submit statistical data for analysis and research by other departments
  • Contact physicians and other health care professionals with questions about treatments or diagnostic tests given to patients with regard to coding procedures

Medical Coder qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Medical Coder skills

  • Minimum 5 years’ medical coding experience
  • Certification preferred prior to hire date
  • Excellent typing and 10-key speed and accuracy
  • Superior mathematical skills
  • Commitment to high level of customer service
  • Familiarity with ICD-9 codes and procedures
  • Working knowledge of medical jargon and anatomy preferred

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