A Clinical Coder is a very important role in our healthcare industry. In fact, a career as a Clinical Coder is a great avenue to lead into from being a Medical Transcriptionist!
These two roles go hand-in-hand. A Clinical Coder is responsible for analysing the patient’s medical record, which includes reports and letters transcribed by the Medical Transcriptionist. The Clinical Coder will then convert patient information into universal codes. As a result, both roles are essential in the healthcare industry!
Therefore, to help you understand what a Clinical Coder is, we have explained the role, how it works, and the career opportunities below!
What does a Clinical Coder do?
A Clinical Coder reviews the patient’s file in detail and converts the documented medical procedures, diagnosis, and resources into codes.
Overall, being a Clinical Coder helps protect the confidentiality of health information. This is because this information is used in areas of billing, claiming and reimbursing.
Below, we have the process of a Clinical Coder and how it relates to medical transcription:
What is the difference between a Medical Transcription and Clinical Coding?
Medical transcription involves listening to audio files from medical professionals and converting them into written documents, such as a letter or a report. Once the audio file is in written format, it becomes part of the patient’s medical record.
In comparison, a Clinical Coder reviews a patient’s medical record, which may include reports and letters transcribed by the Medical Transcriptionist. From this information, the Clinical Coder allocates a series of codes to the patient’s diagnoses and procedures. These codes will need to accurately represent the patient and the resources utilised.
What are the career pathways for a Clinical Coder?
A career as a Clinical Coder provides you with the opportunity for career development. This can be based on a number of different factors such as experience and accuracy. These positions vary depending on the organisation that you work for, and may include:
Entry-level Clinical Coder
An entry-level Clinical Coder would have recently completed their clinical coding qualification. Due to being a recent graduate, they will undergo on-the-job training and have an advanced Clinical Coder checking all of their work.
Intermediate Clinical Coder
Intermediate Clinical Coders have the ability to work independently to code cases. In addition, they can also code cases that have incomplete information, however, an advanced Clinical Coder will still review their work and provide feedback.
Advanced Clinical Coder
Advanced Clinical Coders are responsible for coding all cases, especially the more complex. Usually, they have many years of experience, and can, therefore, train entry-level Clinical Coders.
How can I pursue a career as a clinical coder?
TalentMed is currently developing training and assessment resources in this area and we anticipate that we’ll launch a course in Clinical Coding in the second half of 2019. We will keep you updated for when this becomes available.However, in the meantime, you can pursue a career as a Medical Transcriptionist!
As a Medical Transcriptionist, you can work from home and choose your own work hours. In addition, this rewarding field is currently growing and is in-demand!
How can I become a Medical Transcriptionist?
TalentMed’s nationally recognised Diploma of Healthcare Documentation is designed to help provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to get a job and excel in this increasingly popular field.
This is currently the first and only nationally recognised course in Australia that provides both medical transcription and editing training. Also, qualified trainers are available from the moment you start the course, all the way through until you complete your course.
TalentHub is your virtual campus and interactive learning environment where you access all your course materials, resources and support services available. Through TalentHub you can also engage with your qualified trainers, student support staff and most importantly, your fellow students.
How will I find work?
There are many career choices for our graduates and TalentMed helps you the entire way in this process. Once you complete the course, your Graduate Support Team will provide you with extensive job placement assistance.
Through our network of associated public and private hospitals, medical clinics, transcription agencies and Medical Transcription Service Organisations (MTSOs) we are able to assist you in finding a suitable position upon graduation. So far, we have been able to place a high number of graduates into working positions!
There is a very high demand for qualified Medical Transcriptionists. As you can see below, we consistently receive large requests for TalentMed graduates from employers nationwide.
How do I get started?
If you would like more information on how you can start your career as a Medical Transcriptionist, you can register for a free consultation with one of our Career Advisers below!