Companies needing remote medical coders are looking for people to categorize medical diagnoses, services, procedures, and supplies by code for healthcare billing purposes. These organizations include some of the nation's largest healthcare companies as well as smaller groups that are more focused on IT solutions.
To qualify for a medical coding job, you'll need a special certification, and you may need an associate or bachelor’s degree in a health-related field as well. Among the credentials that may be required for medical coders are:
- RHIA: Registered Health Information Administrator (requires a four-year degree)
- RHIT: Registered Health Information Technician (requires a two-year degree)
- CCS: Certified Coding Specialist
- CCS-P: Certified Coding Specialist, Physician-Based
- CPC: Certified Professional Coder
- CPC-H: Certified Professional Coder, Hospital-Based
The two main professional organizations that train and certify medical coders are the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Once you're certified, you can look at the companies listed below to find a job working from home in medical coding.
Aviacode is a company that provides medical coding and auditing services to physician groups, facilities, surgical centers, and payors. The company offers several part-time and full-time medical coding jobs for different types of health care providers, including dentists, inpatient facilities, primary care specialists, hospitals, and more.
Change Healthcare (formerly Altegra Health) is an independent health care IT company that provides software, analytics, network solutions, and technology-enabled services. The type of remote medical coding positions that this company offers range from part-time coders across specialties such as radiology to senior auditors who supervise and review coding work.
The Coding Network provides medical coding and quality assurance services to health care providers. The company offers remote coding jobs in a number of medical specialties. You must have a minimum of three years of experience to apply for a medical coder job and five years of experience in a specialty area to apply for a coding auditor position.
Conifer Health Solutions provides several managed services to health care facilities, mainly focusing on the financial and patient communication aspects of health care. They offer work-from-home medical coding and quality assurance positions that usually require 3–5 years of professional medical coding experience.
This health care information management company hires remote medical coders who live in a number of cities throughout the U.S., including Atlanta, Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit, San Francisco, and Charlotte.
Humana is a large health insurance provider that offers many work-at-home positions, from medical coding and coding educators to case managers, and beyond. Its remote coding jobs may require occasional travel to the company's Louisville, Kentucky, headquarters.
iMedX is a provider of health information and clinical documentation. The company employs home-based medical coding specialists as independent contractors and full-time or part-time employees who have a certification and at least three years of relevant coding experience.
This company offers many services related to health care, including health information management services, which include medical coding, auditing, and clinical documentation improvement services. Candidates for its remote medical coding jobs must have certification and at least three years of experience relevant to the specialty of each position.
Health care giant UnitedHealth Group offers several remote opportunities related to medical coding, including coding educators, coding consultants, and quality assurance coders. Candidate requirements depend on the type of job you're applying for, but most require some level of certification and experience.