Clinical Coder
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
5d ago

Pay for clinical coders varies depending on their experience and qualifications.

  • Trainee clinical coders usually earn between $38,000 and $47,000 a year.
  • Qualified clinical coders usually earn between $49,000 and $61,000.
  • Senior clinical coders with extra responsibilities can earn up to $63,000.
  • Source : PSA / DHBs, 'South Island Administrative Multi-Employer Collective Agreement, 01 February 2016 to 31 January 2019', 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Clinical coders may do some or all of the following :

  • analyse patient discharge records to match codes to disease, injuries or medical procedures
  • use coding software to process and code patient discharge records
  • consult with clinical staff, such as doctors, to verify discharge records
  • keep up to date with health classification codes and coding software
  • take part in coding audits and peer reviews
  • answer public queries
  • work with the Ministry of Health to solve coding issues.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Clinical coders need to have :

  • knowledge of health classification codes
  • knowledge of medical terminology, including anatomy and physiology
  • experience using computers and databases
  • the ability to analyse and interpret medical notes.
  • Clinical coders :

  • work regular business hours
  • usually work in offices in hospitals.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a clinical coder. However, employers usually prefer experience and qualifications in medical terminology and in clinical coding.

    Medical terminology experience and qualifications

    One of the following is preferred :

  • good knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology
  • completion of the Comprehensive Medical Terminology course, run by the Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), via distance learning
  • Certificate in Medical Terminology at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
  • Clinical coding qualifications

    One of the following is preferred :

  • completion of the Introductory ICD-10-AM Clinical Coding course, run by HIMAA, via distance learning
  • completion of the Accelerated Coding Education course, run by Auckland District Health Board.
  • Secondary education

    A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, digital technologies, maths and English.

    Personal requirements

    Clinical coders need to be :

  • good at managing time
  • skilled at problem solving
  • good at seeing patterns
  • excellent communicators, with good people skills
  • responsible, with the ability to keep information confidential
  • accurate, with an eye for detail.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for clinical coders includes :

  • work in nursing, medicine, biological sciences or other health services
  • a health-related clerical background such as medical secretary or reception work
  • work in computing and statistics.
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