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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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)

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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