About Medical Coding:
Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician’s notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc. Medical coding professionals ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.
Medical codes translate the following:
- Patient’s diagnosis
- Medical necessity for treatments, services, or supplies the patient received
- Any unusual circumstances or medical condition that affected those treatments and services