Medical coding is a specialized profession within the wider field of health care administration. Professional medical coders review the documentation contained in patient’s medical records, then they translate the written documentation into Universally accepted, industry-standard medical codes.

These codes are used to submit claims to third party payers, and to gather statistical information, both by tracking incidents of specific diseases, and by accepted developing trends in treatments protocols.

Accurate medical coding is essential to the health care industry. It is how claims for payment are reported for appropriate reimbursement of provided medically necessary services. Above and beyond that, the granulated, specific data contained in medical codes provides a picture of a given patient’s health history.