What does a Medical Record Specialist do?

Medical record specialists create, organize, maintain, and analyze records and other documents in a medical environment. They are responsible for ensuring compliance with mandated standards and guidelines, while also protecting the security and privacy of patient information. They forward documents to coders for review and coding. They provide support to other departments or staff members in accessing and retrieving needed files.

Medical record specialists typically have at least an associate degree in medical records technology, health information management, or a related field. They commonly have a background as a medical clerk or administrative assistant. Data entry skills and proficiency with records management programs is expected. These roles require careful attention to detail and extensive knowledge of medical procedures and terminology. An understanding of HIPAA regulations is also needed.

Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Medical Record Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$84,088 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $84K
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Medical Record Specialist Career Path

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Thomas Jefferson UniversityThomas Jefferson University
Epic Analyst
Aug 17, 2020

“Flexible and responsive to employee concerns and career development interests”

University of Louisville PhysiciansUniversity of Louisville Physicians
Epic Credentialed Trainer
Jan 26, 2021

“There is room for advancement if your leader engages in mentoring and supporting your career goals.”

Epic Beaker Analyst
Nov 30, 2019

“Great work and life balance”

WhiteHat JrWhiteHat Jr
Coding Expert
Oct 2, 2020

“I don't think so one should found any cons while working in such a positive Environment.”

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Medical Records Specialist
Jan 5, 2022

“You work remotely and pay is good.”

Windhorse Elder Care
Basic Attender
Aug 5, 2021

“Enjoyed working with clients and had great coworkers and bosses.”

National Church ResidencesNational Church Residences
Medical Record Assistant
Jan 15, 2021

“Not much career development (in my experience)”

Ochsner HealthOchsner Health
Epic Consultant
Aug 17, 2021

“pay isnt great”

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