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Is Medical Billing and Coding a Good Career Choice?


Recently we had the opportunity to produce
the CPC Exam Blitz Videos and livestream for Laureen Jandroep of CCO.US. After the production
we asked her to sit down with us and talk a little bit more about beginning a career
in the growing field of medical coding, medical billing and medical auditing. Boyd: What kind of career advice do you have
for people who are looking medical coding and medical billing, as a career? There’s
a lot of choices right now. You get asked this question a lot. So what kind of advice
do you give people? Laureen: Typically I will have someone reach
out to me and say, “I’m interested in medical billing and coding but I’m not really sure
how to get started. Do I do the hospital coding, do I do the physician coding, do I do billing?”
They’re a little bit lost but they kind of recognize that they’re interested in that
field. I normally will schedule a call with them
and we’ll start exploring what they’re interested in but my advice normally is the same. I recommend
that they start with a really good core credential. To me that’s the CPC, the Certified Professional
Coder Credential. Even if they want to get into billing, coding is a part of billing
and it’s really, I think, important to understand it. It helps you learn about all the different
organ systems and things that you’ll be coding for.
Because really medical coders are translators. They’re translating the medical document,
as far as what sickness or illness the patient has and what procedures were done to treat
it and sometimes even how things happened, like accidents and things like that and then
supplies. So there’s a lot that they need to figure out so that’s a really good core
credential. It makes sure that they know the basics and it’s very well respected by perspective
employers. After that I tell them to look for things
as you’re going through the course. Look for something that’s going to resonate with you
that you’re really going to like. Maybe you love diagnostics coding … Like Alicia Scott,
our educational director, she loves diagnostics coding. I like it, but she loves it. I love
CPC coding, she just likes it. It’s kind of interesting, you have your little
niches that you like. Then I tell them, reach back out to me and we’ll talk about exploring
those other avenues. Diagnostic coders love the new HCC coding. It’s very heavy in understanding
chronic conditions that patients have, that’s what’s driving the reimbursement. If that’s
something you love, it makes sense to do that. The Growing Field of Medical Auditing
If you love E&M coding, which is like the office visits and things like that, becoming
an auditor is really a good career choice. A lot of the people we get who already have
some health care background, we get a lot of nurses, we encourage them to think about
auditing because they already have that clinical understanding, so it makes it easier for them
to audit. Auditing is just double-checking and making
sure what is being coded is accurate. So you do these computer programs or audit tools
and it’s very interesting. That’s one thing you can audit, you can also audit surgery
notes or many different things. People who get into auditing often times want to be their
own consultant so they can be their own boss, they can have their own little business. That’s
exciting too. I am excited to be able to offer someone a
career field that doesn’t currently require college education. That you can master these
skills in half a year, 6 months. We’ve had some people learn it in 3 months and they
totally, they were like a truck driver, a guy actually did this, we were amazed that
a person can learn it in 3 months. We don’t recommend that, we normally say 4 – 6 months
to be reasonable and to absorb all the material on it.
If you are interested in learning more about medical certifications like medical coding,
medical billing and medical auditing, click on the link below to learn more at CCO.us.

6 Replies to “Is Medical Billing and Coding a Good Career Choice?”

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  • Thank you. this was extremely helpful in helping me understand there is more to this career than sitting in an office an interpreting doctor's notes

  • Ofc. Medical coders can even work in law offices. Getting the license for this profession is the best. Back when I took the course I didn’t took the exam for the license because I didn’t had the money but I mean, this medical coding is like recommended career. Veryyyy nice!

  • thank you for your recommendation , it was indeed quite important to hear it from you . I am studying this career as well . I cannot express fully my gratitude to you . hope you post another video explaining us others important topics about this remarkable career . thank you yet again .

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