Medical Coder Interview Questions for On-Site and Remote Medical Coders

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Are you looking for a job as a medical coder or remote medical coder? If so, we’re here to help. We’re Desert Medical Careers. We have over 20 years experience as a medical staffing agency and we’ve found that those who have practiced interview questions in advance do far better during their job hunt. So we’ve provided you with a list of common medical coding interview questions that will help you whether you are looking for an on-site medical coding position or a remote medical coding job.

In addition to the sample questions we have listed here for you, it is normal to be tested in order to verify your coding skill level. The typical medical coding test will be to review and code example medical records of the case type for which you are being considered.

Below are questions commonly asked during a medical coding interview. Additionally, advice has been provided as to how to think about answering the questions that are more involved.

If you would like to be placed in a medical coder or remote medical coder job within the United States, contact Desert Medical Careers at (602) 468-6300.

How much experience do you have as a medical coder and have you coded in the speciality for which you are being considered?

If you are new to the medical coding field, be honest about what you have and haven’t done so far; express how your previous work experience relates to the medical coding environment.

If you do have previous experience, in addition to talking about the years of coding, elaborating on how you worked is useful information. For instance, did you have regular meetings with your team? Did you meet with doctors? Tell them how much time have you spent working as a remote medical coder and how much time have you spent working on-site as a medical coder.

How do you handle denied claims?

The process for handling a denied claim can vary from office to office. You probably won’t know how the potential employer handles denied claims, so in this scenario answer the question by giving them the process or processes you’ve used in the past and what you found most efficient in your career as a medical coder. Also explain how you worked with people in order to resolve the denial; for instance, did you work with a doctor directly when a claim was denied?

What continuing education have you had?

This question will tell the employer where your knowledge is the most specialized. So if you have years of experience and years of CEUs under your belt, tailor your answer to the type of medical coding work you hope to do with this employer.

How have you handled difficult doctors in the past?

A medical coder’s people skills are very important when dealing with the physicians for which they code. This answer will tell your interviewer how talented you are at keeping situations diffused while getting the information you need.

If you would like to be placed in a medical coder or remote medical coder job within the United States, contact Desert Medical Careers at (602) 468-6300.

Additional questions commonly asked during a medical coder interview:

  • Which private payer regulations are you familiar with?
  • Which specialties have you coded for the most?
  • Have your previous medical coding jobs audited your work? If so, how did you typically score in your audits?
  • What additional medical coding certifications do you plan to pursue in the future?
  • Do you code from books or from a computer program?
  • What is your knowledge of the difference between hospital coding and physician coding?

Additional questions commonly asked during a remote medical coder interview:

  • Where in your house do you do your medical coding?
  • What type of equipment do you have at your home to perform your job?
  • Are you willing to work a set schedule each week?
  • Who, in addition to yourself, uses the computer you use for medical coding?
  • How has your previous remote medical coding job conducted its staff meetings?
  • When working remotely before, were you 100% remote or did you work on-site occasionally?

Are You Looking for a Medical Coding or Remote Medical Coding Job?

Desert Medical Careers has a high demand for medical coders and remote medical coders throughout the United States. We place full-time and part-time healthcare positions. With over 20 years’ experience working with healthcare employees, DMC is an expert at matching healthcare workers with their ideal work environment. Contact DMC today at (602) 468-6300.

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If you would like to be placed in a medical coder or remote medical coder job within the United States, contact Desert Medical Careers at (602) 468-6300.