Some medical records personnel and health information technicians specialize in coding patients' medical information for insurance purposes. Technicians who specialize in coding are called health information coders, medical record coders, coder/abstractors or coding specialists. These technicians assign a code to each diagnosis and procedure. They consult classification manuals and rely on their knowledge of disease processes (U.S. Department of Labor).
The state of Texas requires Medical Coders to be certified. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) provides certification for those interested in becoming Medical Coders. A Certified Professional Coder (CPC) is an individual who has passed a coding certification examination sponsored by AAPC.
Visit the AAPC website to learn about membership, certification exams, ongoing education and seminars.
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Updated May 15, 2014