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Medical Coding Outsourcing to the Philippines

Find and hire medical coders in the Philippines

Looking into oustourcing your medical coding or medical billing to the Philippines? Here’s what you need to know…

Prior to 2010, a great many Filipino medical professionals had moved overseas to pursue careers with higher salaries. But in 2010 and 2011, demand in overseas markets dropped sharply, and many of those professionals moved back to the Philippines to find work at home.

This caused a local over-supply of medical professionals – especially of registered nurses – and a relative drop in local hospital salaries. As a result, many American, Australian, Canadian and European employers found they could now affordably offshore to highly qualified medical professionals – particularly medical coders – in the Philippines for a fraction of the cost of employing someone with comparable qualifications and experience locally.

There are now approximately 85,000 Filipino BPO workers in the healthcare segment, and approximately 45,000 graduates of medical-related courses join the workforce every year. So there’s no shortage of talent for companies operating in the healthcare industry looking to offshore their medical coding to the Philippines.

Medical coding experience

There are 3 general types of medical coders in the Philippines:

  • Non-licensed practitioner – An experienced medical coder who underwent some training, but is not certified or does not have a license.

  • Licensed but without experience – Usually a graduate of a medical-related course who paid for medical coding training and passed a certification exam to earn a license.

  • Licensed practitioner – A certified and experienced medical coder. They may have been exposed to one or more of the following usual medical codes: HCPCS, CPT or ICD-10.

Medical coding tools

Most employers have their own proprietary tools, developed in-house, for medical coding. Experienced medical coders will have hands-on experience in a range of such tools, and while inexperienced medical coders may not, they do usually have an understanding of how the tools work, and tend to pick them up very quickly.

Save up to 70% on labor and occupancy costs

Because living costs are so low in the Philippines, labor and occupancy costs are too. We can employ and accommodate fully qualified, very experienced medical coders for your team in the Philippines for up to 70% less than you’d pay in your local employment market. It’s why outsourcing your medical coding and medical billing to the Philippines just makes good business sense.

Tips for employing Filipino medical coders

  • It usually takes 6-8 weeks to hire medical coders in the Philippines.
  • Licensed medical coders typically command significantly higher salaries – particularly when they have experience.
  • An experienced Filipino medical coder should take just a few days of training to get up to speed with your internal systems and tools. An inexperienced medical coder, on the other hand, may take up to 2 weeks.
  • Healthcare companies that plan to employ quite a few medical coders sometimes sponsor internal training for medical coding, and include a training bond of at least 1 year in their employment contracts, to safeguard their investment in their staff.
  • Though we have hired short-term medical coders for a few of our clients, some coders prefer to have long-term contracts (1 year or more) and are prepared to accept a lower salary rate in return.
  • Companies that employ medical coders on a short-term basis usually offer a completion or attendance bonus as an incentive to motivate employees to serve their contract.

Top universities for medical coders

All Filipino medical coders come from a medical background – usually nursing. Many possess a degree in one of the following medical disciplines:

  • BS Nursing
  • BS Pharmacology
  • BS Physical Therapy
  • BS Occupational Therapy
  • BS Medical Technology

They then undergo additional training to become a medical coder.

There are no specific university courses for medical coding in the Philippines, but there are a number of dedicated training schools that prepare trainees to take the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

These schools run courses that typically take 2 months to complete and include the certification exam. According to the Commission on Higher Education, in 2017, there were approximately 43,000 graduates of medical and allied degrees, and this number is growing by 3% every year.

Sample medical coder profiles

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SKILLS

  • Nurse/Medical Support & Assistant
  • Inpatient Medical Coding
  • Transcribe physician dictation and charts into written medical reports
  • 3M encoder

RECENT ROLES

  • Medical Coder
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Administrative Assistant
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SKILLS

  • Nurse/Medical Support & Assistant
  • IV Insertion
  • IV Therapy

RECENT ROLES

  • Medical Coder
  • Clinical Data Coordinator
  • Nurse
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SKILLS

  • Nurse/Medical Support & Assistant

RECENT ROLES

  • Medical Coder
  • Clinical Data Coordinator/Hedis Abstractor
  • Nurse

Want a medical coder – or team of coders – in the Philippines?

Since our inception in 2006, MicroSourcing has become one of the biggest managed operations providers in the Philippines. With over 4,000 employees, 7 delivery centers and close to 200 clients, we can help you build a dedicated team of medical billers in the Philippines, regardless of the roles and level of specialization you require. We have more than 600 medical coders in our candidate database, and we’ve employed more than 140 medical coders for our clients since 2014.

Ready to outsource your medical coding to the Philippines? Call today or send us an email to discuss your company’s medical coding needs. You’ll have your offshore medical coder(s) up and running in as little as 6 weeks.

Our Outsourcing Business Consultants will discuss with you what roles can be outsourced, saving up to 70% on employment and housing costs. Once you identify your staffing requirements and complete our Job Description template, you'll receive an analysis of the relative employment costs at different levels of experience in your industry.

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