“Modelled after the US and other western countries, recently, the UAE has made medical coding mandatory while Saudi Arabia and Qatar are on the way to follow suit. Considering these, medical coding is opening up enormous growth potential in the region”,said Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman, VPS Healthcare.
Medical coding, facilitating revenue cycle management, is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation such as transcription of physician’s notes, laboratory and radiologic results.
Medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.
At present, there are over 50,000 coders working in Chennai and Hyderabad each, while there are more than 20,000 coders in Bengaluru, over 10,000 in Coimbatore and approximately 3,000 in Thiruvananthapuram, all are working for countries in the West.