The Medical Coding Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 20282.64 Mn or in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 9.6% over the forecast period 2023 to 2030, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.
Medical coding refers to the transformation of healthcare diagnoses, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. This is done for insurance reimbursement and data analytics purposes. The codes are standardized healthcare data elements, such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Current Procedural Terminology (CPT), and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes sets. Medical coders analyze documentation provided by healthcare providers and assign uniform codes accordingly.
One of the major drivers anticipated to bolster growth of the medical coding market is the rising adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) across healthcare organizations. EHRs enable electronically capturing patient health information during visits and ensure easy sharing of patient data across different departments and healthcare professionals. This aids in streamlining workflows related to medical billing, claims processing, and insurance reimbursement. As medical coding needs to be done for billing from EHRs, their widespread adoption positively impacts market growth.
Secondly, implementation of various government initiatives supporting healthcare informatics is also expected to propel the market growth. Favorable policies, such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act have incentivized healthcare organizations to adopt electronic documentation and coding systems, which requires medical coders. This is subsequently projected to fuel demand for medical coding services over the forecast period.
The Medical coding market is dominated by the procedural coding segment due to high demand for ICD-10 coding. Procedural coding involves assigning codes to surgical, medical and diagnostic procedures performed on patients. With more complex procedures taking place across hospitals and clinics, demand for accurately assigning procedural codes is increasing thereby driving growth of this segment.
Political: Regulations regarding medical coding such as HIPAA have increased accuracy requirements which is growing the market.
Economic: Developing countries are spending more on healthcare driving volume-based coding needs. High healthcare costs in the US support market growth through insurance claims processing needs.
Social: Aging population and growing medical awareness has increased patient volume and medical records requiring coding.
Technological: Automation tools for managing clinical documentation and coding are augmenting the manual workforce and improving productivity. Machine learning based solutions are further optimizing the accuracy of coding.
The Global Medical Coding Market Share is expected to witness high growth, exhibiting CAGR of 9.6% over the forecast period, due to increasing healthcare spending and regulatory requirements for coding accuracy.
Regional analysis of the medical coding market saw North America dominate in 2023 owing to stringent regulations and presence of several industry players in the US. However, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the fastest pace during the forecast period due to increased patient volume, healthcare reforms and establishment of new hospitals in China and India.
Key players operating in the medical coding market include 3M Company, nThrive (Precyse Solutions LLC), Talix, Oracle Corporation, Optum Inc., Nuance Communications Inc., Dolbey Systems Inc., Aviacode Inc., MRA Health Information Services, The Coding Network, L.L.C, and Maxim Health Information Services, among others. These players are focusing on partnerships with healthcare providers and development of automated coding solutions to strengthen their market position.
1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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