The Medical Coding Specialist certificate program is designed to prepare coding professionals to meet the needs of an in-demand health care field. Although patient contact may be limited, coding professionals are instrumental in the health care workplace converting disease, injury and procedure descriptions documented in patient records into numeric or alphanumeric codes using coding manuals and encoder software. These codes assist in securing reimbursement for physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
Healthcare organizations use coded data for quality management, planning, marketing, and other administrative and research activities. Coding accuracy is very important to health care organizations, and has an impact on revenues and health outcomes. Professionals experienced in coding procedures should consider obtaining their national certification through the AAPC.