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Why is medical coding important?


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July 03, 2013 10:45AM

Medical coding, billing and transcription are three important part of the healthcare system and are getting more popular and in demand.

Medical billing and coding is the process by which payment for medical services is arranged with either an insurance company or a managed care agency, while medical transcription is an allied health profession, which deals in the process of transcription, or converting voice-recorded reports as dictated by physicians and/or other healthcare professionals, into text format.

Medical coding is the coding of each patient's diagnosis with an ICD-9 code, which is a code number that is recognized world wide. An ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition) book contains a diagnosis code for every illness, disease, injury, etc. known to man, and is used world wide.

Medical billing is the process of billing the medical companies, using the transcribed medical information and the diagnosis codes, to give the insurance companies all of the pertinent data required to process payment of medical services.

Medical transcription is listening the dictation and typing the dictated notes, and Medical Billing is Assigning the codes and billing. If you are good in listening skills and typing, then choose medical transcription. If you are good in medical terminology and analytical skills choose the medical billing.