Medical Records Coordinator

Ensure that a hospital's patient records are complete and organized.

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Salary Range
$21,000 – $53,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Medical Records Coordinators do?

The Medical Records Coordinator is in charge of reigning in the chaos at a clinic, Dentist ’s office, family practice, hospital, or other medical facility. Well, not the whole office, just the part where all of the paperwork for hundreds or even thousands of patients is sorted, filed, organized, and retrieved.

Being a Medical Records Coordinator is a job that never ends. On a typical day, a few hundred patients might enter the office. For each one, the patient file is located and pulled. Then the Nurses, Doctors, and front office staff all put their John Hancock on it, and make billing and procedural notes.

If you’re a lucky Medical Records Coordinator, the file is returned to your department where you can safely file it away. Otherwise, the file might find itself hung up in somebody’s in-basket. If this is the case, you get to perform a midday scavenger hunt.

Of course, you don’t do all of this alone. You have a staff in the medical records department to keep it all organized. That means part of your job is to train and evaluate them. But when a file fails to turn up, it is you who is held accountable, so you keep a watchful eye on the procedures being used.

Your job is ever evolving with the expansion of computer systems. Because of this, you’re well versed in the software programs being used in your department. In addition, you speak medical terminology (a language not all of us understand) and possess common office skills, such as knowledge of fax and copy machines.

Should I be a Medical Records Coordinator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Certified Medical Coder, Medical Claims Processor, Medical Insurance Coding Specialist, Medical-Record Clerk See More

    How to Become a
    Medical Records Coordinator

    Most Medical Records Coordinators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9siaaa&chl=no+college+%2870%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29|associate%27s+%2810%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,70,70
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