Inpatient VS Outpatient Medical CodingMedical coding professionals form an important link between healthcare practitioners...
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The field of medical coding offers two broad career paths that aspirants can pursue – outpatient coding and inpatient coding. Outpatient coding involves coding the medical charts of patients who are discharged from a healthcare facility within 24 hours, whereas inpatient coding refers to coding the records of patients who are required to stay in a hospital or any other healthcare unit for more than 24 hours.

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Inpatient vs outpatient_medical_coding

  1. 1. Inpatient VS Outpatient Medical CodingMedical coding professionals form an important link between healthcare practitioners and healthinsurance carriers like Medicaid and Medicare. Part of the health information management team in ahealthcare establishment, medical coders assign standardized codes to the diagnoses, treatments andother clinical procedures being performed there.These codified documents then pass into the hands of medical billing professionals who use them to billhealth insurance companies, government, or patients directly.Thus, if it were not for these professionals soldiering on, healthcare practitioners would not be gettingreimbursed for their services, at least not as efficiently and smoothly as they are now.Inpatient VS Outpatient CodingThe field of medical coding offers two broad career paths that aspirants can pursue – outpatient codingand inpatient coding. There are some differences in not just the training required for the two career paths,but also in the job itself. Here’s some more information on inpatient vs. outpatient coding:Outpatient medical coding: As the name suggests, outpatient coding involves coding the medical chartsof patients who are discharged from a healthcare facility within 24 hours. So, outpatient medical codersare responsible for charting the medical records of patients who receive treatments or undergo diagnosticprocedures in clinics, doctor offices or hospital emergency rooms on the same-day basis.Inpatient medical coding: This refers to coding the records of patients who are required to stay in ahospital or any other healthcare unit for more than 24 hours, hence the name inpatient coding. Since themedical records of patients who are admitted to a hospital for treatment tend to be a lot more complex,this naturally makes the job of inpatient medical coders that much harder.Due to advances in medicine, a lot of procedures that earlier required a hospital stay can now beperformed on a same-day basis. What this means is that outpatient coding is a lot more prevalent thaninpatient coding.Another factor to consider when choosing between inpatient and outpatient coding is that employmentopportunities may be more for outpatient medical coders as they can find jobs in a variety of healthcaresettings that include hospitals, physician offices, diagnostic labs, outpatient care centers, nursing carefacilities, etc.On the other hand, most inpatient coding jobs are limited to large hospitals though inpatient medicalcoders may also find employment with long-term care facilities or health insurance companies.Medical Coding TrainingLike mentioned earlier in the article, there may be some differences in the coursework of an inpatientmedical coding training program and an outpatient medical coding training course. However, a large partof the curriculum remains the same for both inpatient and outpatient coding.Most medical coding training programs include courses in different coding systems (ICD, CPT, etc.),healthcare reimbursement process, medical record types and formats in addition to topics like medicalterminology, pharmacology, anatomy, etc. that provide students a thorough understanding of the clinicalworld.
  2. 2. Aspirants can also choose a medical billing and coding training program that provides them the skills forboth inpatient and outpatient coding. However, it’s important to remember that most medical codingprofessionals start their careers as outpatient coders and then move up the ranks to inpatient coding.Now that you know what the two jobs involve, it’s for you to pick the one that suits your career goals andtemperament better.

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