Importance of Medical Coding for Insurance

With health and diseases becoming a major issue these days around the world, it has become A LOT more important to have more and more coders involved in the medical field for insurance. But what is medical coding? A medical coder, clinical coding officer, or diagnostic coder are professionals involved in the health care sector who analyze clinical documents and using proper classification systems, assign standard codes to them. They provide medical coding guidelines and suggestions to help regulate the ways doctors, nurses, and other medical staff provide care for their patients. There are three main types of medical coding:

1) ICD (International Classification of Diseases): These are codes used for describing the cause of illness, injury, or death.

2) CPT (Current Procedural Terminology): These deal with anesthesia, surgery, pathology, radiology, measurement procedures, and new technological changes in the medical field.

3) HCPCS Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System): These include outpatient hospital care, medical aid, and Medicare.

Let us look at some points as to why coding is necessary for the medical field.

DATA SYSTEMS
When the coding is paired with the data systems of the hospitals, a powerful tool is made. By doing so, a large number of data from various hospitals, clinics, and other sources are stored, accessed, and used from one large online data system. This implementation helps in the transfer of any patient’s data from any hospital to another for any medical purpose. This information helps doctors to be more connected and make wiser decisions, especially in cases involving the life and death situation of the patient.

PATIENT CARE

Coding is very much required for reimbursements, which include submitting medical claims with insurance companies and bills between insurers and patients. The transfer of information for bill related purposes requires medical records, patient’s medical needs, lab results, pathology records (if any), and any other related documents. Appropriate payment is possible only when the required diagnostic codes are put in place, which also means to verify in case the medical claim is denied by the insurance company.

REGULATIONS

Medical billing and coding fall under the rules and guidelines of many countries and states. Coders in this field are also responsible for protecting the privacy of the patients and their families. They are supposed to take safeguards to preserve the confidential details concerning the patient and his/her medical background in a safe place. Electronic medical records fall under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Medical coding analysts are in the front line in healthcare data analytics. They work in many types of healthcare setups and not necessarily in hospitals and clinics. Their valuable service is very functional for research and development in the medical field.

Medical coders are in high demand, with an average growth rate of 20% over 10 years. The training imparted to become a medical coder can be offline and online. Many institutes provide Online Medical Coding Training globally that are reasonably priced and provide proper teaching. Medical training may seem hard, but with many jobs being created in this field, this is the first option chosen by many coders who wish to work in the medical field. Of course, with the ongoing pandemic, it is best to have Medical coding training online.

Plan a Tour to India During Winter

The diversified land of India offers a wide array of pleasing tourist destinations for all seasons and for tourists with varying tastes. Most of the places offer their best attractions in winter season. Therefore, if you are planning to visit India in winter, you can have ample choices. Be it your honeymoon or a family holiday or just a routine vacation with friends, India will surely leave you mesmerized. From all the history buffs to nature lovers, wildlife lovers, adventure enthusiasts, honeymoon couples and even the religious minded people, everyone can satisfy his/her desires. A snowy Christmas in India is as exciting as a Goa carnival, a camel safari in Rajasthan, any adventure sport in the Himalayan ranges or even a sunbath alongside the exotic Goan or Kerala beaches.A few popular winter destinations in India are:

Kashmir – the home of numerous hill stations (like Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahlgam etc.) with some of the most splendid lakes and snow clad peaks; perfect for sightseeing, adventure and relaxation.
Auli (9,500-10,500 ft above sea level in Uttarakhand) – pine scented mountain slopes; ideal for skiing and sightseeing trips.
Shimla (the queen of hills, in Himachal Pradesh) – perfect for adventurous and religious tours.
Mcleodganj (close to Dharamshala, in Himachal Pradesh) – the abode of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; popular for Buddhist meditation centres, health clubs and monasteries.
Halflong (Assam) – wonderful sightseeing place with orange orchards, pineapple gardens and the wildlife species, blue hills, green rivers and cascading waterfalls.
Mount Abu (the only hill station in Rajasthan) – offers various adventure sports and Dilwara Jain temples.
Lake Chilka (Odissa) – paradise for bird lovers.
Corbett National Park (Uttarakhand) – home to around 50 species of mammals, 580 species of birds and 25 species of reptiles.
Backwaters of Kerala – 900 km long intricate network of waterways with tropical climate; houseboats are a unique attraction.
Goa – the queen of beaches; popular for carnival, trance parties, and countless festivities.
The northern belt of India, comprising of states like Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal etc., is the most frequented part in winters. The true beauty of this region is highlighted at its best in the months of October to March.

How to Start Or Join a DirectMatches Network

Like most of the other neat services on DirectMatches that link back to your profile, Networks also do the same. It will link as both networks you mange and networks that you are a member of.So, how do you start and join networks?From you main page, you can access networks from the top menu bar. When you click on it and bring it up, you will have the option to create a new network or to join a network.Here’s an excerpt from the web site that explains the importance of networks and why you should create or join them.”Networks let existing organizations and communities use DirectMatches technology to connect their members with each other.When you create a new Network, you become the manager! Networks give you the ability to:* Manage and build your own private networking organization using DirectMatches technology.
* Approve and control who joins your private network.
* Maintain your own private forum.
* Maintain your own private group mail, including mass mailing your network.
* Post private events and functions.
* Keep your team informed with special announcements.
* Add sub-managers to manage groups within your network
* Market your own Network home page and Website URL.Networks give existing organizations more value by increasing their ability to communicate, be visible and help network with each other.”This is just another great way to build a list of people with common interests, promote your opportunity, join with others who are in your same opportunity, and offer advice to others that benefit both you and them.You have the option to search networks to find ones that best suit you. You can either enter in search terms or click through the pages 10 at a time. When you click on a network that you want to join, you will find a brief synopsis about the network, who created and moderates it, their picture (if they have one), most recent topics, special announcements, the option to join the network, and most importantly the option to invite a friend to join DirectMatches via that network.You will set up these same functions if you create and moderate a network. But, think of it this way, if you create one and the topic really grabs the interest of others, people will join your network. You can also go back out in the community on DirectMatches and promote your network by sending an email to your downline or sending out a group email. The possibilities are endless.Another neat function of the networks is that you can see who the members are and add them to your personal contact list, find out which forums they are attached to if any, see what events are taking place with that network or add your own events, manage network memberships, and allow or limit private networking features.Most of all, have fun with it.