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What’s it like to work as a medical coder at Optum?

Key takeaways:

  • Medical coding careers offer professional development, including promotions and continuing education.
  • We help you stay atop the latest standards and certifications with ongoing training. 
  • We support our people with flexible work arrangements and benefits that foster work-life balance.

A deep dive into medical coding careers at Optum 

In the evolving landscape of health care, medical coding stands as a crucial bridge between patient care and administrative efficiency. At Optum, this role transcends traditional boundaries, offering a unique blend of challenge, opportunity, and work-life harmony. Let's explore what makes a career in medical coding at Optum a path worth considering, illustrated by the voices of those who shape its success every day, our team members.

The role of medical coders: a blend of precision and impact

Medical coders at Optum are the backbone of health care administration, translating complex medical records into universal codes that ensure accuracy in billing and patient care documentation. Kayla N., a senior inpatient medical coder, outlines a typical day: 

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"Your assignments are mainly given via email, with occasional meetings to ensure alignment and coherence within the team." 

Kayla N.
Senior Inpatient Medical Coder

This highlights the structured yet flexible nature of the role, allowing for focused work alongside collaborative engagement.

Katie C. adds,

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"My average day as a coder is filled with productivity, accuracy, researching and communication."

Katie C.
Medical Coder

This underscores the multifaceted nature of the role, where each day brings new challenges and learning opportunities.

Advancing careers: growth opportunities abound

Optum prides itself on fostering a culture of growth and improvement. Cap R., a senior medical coder, shares,

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"Within just a few months of my hire, a trainer was promoted as a supervisor for another team. It was awesome to quickly see the opportunities in action." 

Cap R.
Senior Medical Coder

This sentiment is echoed by Elizabeth G., an AVP coder, who notes,

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"Many of our coders have been recognized for their hard work and leadership skills, advancing to roles as supervisors, managers and directors."

Elizabeth G.
AVP Coder

These stories highlight our dynamic environment where career progression is not just possible but actively encouraged and supported.

Embracing learning: training and certification support

Continuous learning is a cornerstone of the medical coding profession. Kayla N. emphasizes, "Ongoing training and advancement opportunities are always happening. Continuing to grow and learn is something Optum encourages." Donny Z. further illustrates the support for professional development, 

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"They provide me with the CEUs I need to maintain my AAPC membership through a corporate membership, which is a great benefit."

Donny Z.
Medical Coder

These initiatives ensure that coders not only keep up with the ever-changing medical landscape but also advance their careers through certifications and education.

Work-life balance: a commitment to employee well-being

Perhaps one of the most appealing aspects of a medical coding career at Optum is the work-life balance it offers. Donny Z. appreciates the "Ability to work from home. I spend a lot more time on myself and with my family." We are committed to supporting our peoples' well-being and personal life.

Katie C. notes, "At Optum, we are a large organization. This allows you to have job stability. All of those things really keep me motivated to do a great job."

Why Optum? A distinctive edge in medical coding

We strive to sets ourselves apart with our large organizational support, offering job stability, apprenticeships, promotions and an encouraging leadership team. The comprehensive support system, from continuing education to benefits like vacation time and 401k matching, highlights our commitment to your professional and personal growth.

Join our medical coding team

A career in medical coding is just one of the clinical career paths you'll find at Optum. If you'd like to explore our other clinical opportunities, visit our careers page today.

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