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What is the future of medical coding?

Technology increasingly influences the evolution of the healthcare industry. Digital coding software called “encoders” can streamline the coding process and have provoked many to wonder about the future of medical coding.

Software can help to reduce the probability of human error but certainly does not replace what a human medical coder brings to the table: ability to decipher human documentation and the reasoning skills to accurately translate them into instructions for billing.

According to the 2019 projection from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for medical records and health information technicians (including medical coders) is expected to increase 11% from 2018-2028, much faster than the average U.S. occupation.

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