Billing and coding knowledge: a comparative survey of professional coders, practicing orthopedic surgeons, and orthopedic residents

Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Jun;43(6):E107-11.


Medical knowledge and surgical skills are necessary to become an effective orthopedic surgeon. To run an efficient practice, the surgeon must also possess a basic understanding of medical business practices, including billing and coding. In this study, we surveyed and compared the level of billing and coding knowledge among current orthopedic residents PGY3 and higher, academic and private practice attending orthopedic surgeons, and orthopedic coding professionals. According to the survey results, residents and fellows have a similar knowledge of coding and billing, regardless of their level of training or type of business education received in residency. Most residents would like formal training in coding, billing, and practice management didactics; this is consistent with data from previous studies.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Coding / economics*
  • Data Collection
  • Humans
  • International Classification of Diseases / economics
  • Internship and Residency / economics
  • Orthopedics / economics*
  • Practice Management / economics*
  • Practice Management, Medical / economics
  • Protein Biosynthesis