WHAT IS MEDICAL CODING?
Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician's notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc. Medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.
CAN I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL CODER?
Yes and no. It is unlikely that you will find a remote coding position as a newly certified coder with no experience. It's important to work closely with more experienced coders in the beginning in order to learn the craft and excel. Most remote positions require two years of experience for this very reason. Employers of remote coders need to know that they have hired someone who can meet strict productivity and quality standards with little supervision. So, yes, you can work from home... eventually. Working from home should be a goal, not the reason for choosing this extremely rewarding career.
WHY DO YOU TEACH CODING?
Because I love it! I changed careers in my mid-30s and found medical coding. It's one of the fastest growing fields in the country, it's rewarding and challenging, and there is plenty of room to grow your career. I started as a coder and now I'm a Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialist and Coding Instructor. I want to give other people the opportunity to change their lives in a positive way without breaking the bank or going into debt. In short, I want to pay it forward.
IS EXPERT MEDICAL CODING ACCREDITED?
Only traditional two- and four-year colleges can be accredited by the regional and national accrediting boards. Independent certificate programs are not accredited. Keslie Meyers is an AAPC Approved Instructor and Expert Medical Coding is an AAPC Education Partner authorized to teach the AAPC curriculum. Medical coding does not require a traditional degree, it requires knowledge of the material and that you pass your certification exams.