|By Sai | December 13, 2011|
Medical Coding | BPO opportunities for Science and Medical Graduates
After completing the medical courses such as MBBS, BDS or any other related para-medical or semi medical courses with Science back ground, students were often seen unable to find a right career. For all the times, medical graduates may not be successful in the practice or getting the right job. Even in case of the Science graduates career options were seen limited many times. But, it is not exactly correct. Business Process Outsourcing Industry, which has taken many shapes also offering exciting career options for medical and Science graduates in Medical Coding. It has already emerged as serious and successful career and there is clear deficit of right talent in the sector.
What is Medical Coding?
First of all, one has to know what is medical coding before thinking about it. Medical Coding is assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures which help in financial reimbursement from insurance companies and government agencies, software companies and consulting firms. This is mandatory mainly in advanced economies like USA, where insurance claims are completely online and medical records is a must. Medical Coding is also known as insurance coding.
The coder has to assign the required code by going through the medical history of the patient for each record he will receive from the hospital. Once coder finish his job, concerned hospital will send the claim to the insurance compnay and get the bill for the services it has rendered to the patient. For this, coder need to have thorough knowledge of human body, medicines and many aspects of the medical field. This sector generates medical coders who specialize in coding after a thorough training program and a certification process. The American Health Information Management Association offers certification in this field. The bigger databases made it possible to outsource this kind of work to countries like India.
Job Opportunities for Medical Coding
Medical Coding Industry has met the cutting edge of information technology due to which there has been several channels opened towards placements in the health information field. These open doors has diversified and created platforms for the aspiring Medical Coding aids in identifying the history of the patient and the services performed.
Medical Coding as a Career sustainable?
Medical coders should continue to be in high-demand. Even though software has been developed to assist with the role, a qualified person is needed to enter the data, and follow up on any discrepancies between the healthcare providers (physician), the hospital, and the insurance company. An effective and efficient coder is essential to the financial success of a practice. The coders help the physicians to get reimbursed accurately and on time. The hours for medical coders are fairly set and standard – coders don’t have to take call or work nights or weekends. A 40-hour work week, Monday through Friday, is standard.
Additionally, medical coding can be an excellent stepping stone into a more lucrative, higher-level career in medical office management, or medical office operations, if you wish to earn more or do more in the long-term, beyond medical
Some of the companies offering jobs for Medical Coding Professionals
Apollo Health Street
OMEGA HEALTH SOLUTIONS
AEGIS and more number of other small companies.
Medical Coding Course Overview:
Certified Professional Coder sponsored by the American Academy of
Professional Coders LLC (www.aapc.com)
Course Duration: 5 hours 40 minutes
Exam Location: Chennai or Delhi
Qualification: Graduation and 120 hours of Training attendance
For exam schedule: http://www.aapc.com
When to apply: Apply 3 weeks before the exam date.
Number of Questions: 150
Mode of Exam: Pencil and Paper Exam
Pass score: 70% Score
Number of retakes: 1 retake is allowed within 12 months period.
Expenditure for CPC Exam
USD INR (Approximately)
CPC Exam Fees $400
AAPC Membership $145
AAPC doesn’t allow the Photocopies in to Examination Hall. You need to use Original Copies only. Books can be purchased from AMAZON.com.
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