What Is Medical Coding?
Medical Coding is the review of documentation and assigning of codes to different diagnosis and procedures so that the physician or facility can be reimbursed for their services rendered. This work can be done either in house or remotely.
- General Information About The Field (growth by 20%)
- A day in the life of a medical coder
- Professional Fee VS Facility Coding
Is Medical Coding For Me?
Medical coding offers a wide range of opportunities not offered in other fields. Financial freedom & the ability to work from wherever you have an internet connection are just two of the perks of this exciting field. Want to make some extra money from the comfort of your home, or even sitting on the beach? This field is for you. Not stuck in a 9-5.
- How Much Money Can I Potentially Make As A Medical Coder?
- Work Wherever & Whenever You Want.
- Job Security
Okay, So Where Should I Start?
So you want to be a medical coder? There are a few things you must do to become a medical coder. Deciding whether this is for you is the first step. Once you decide you want to do this, you must get certified. Find quality training: anywhere from $1,800 to $3,000 and will take you roughly 6 months to a year and a half depending on your other obligations. the certification without paying for any study aids or books will cost another $300 to get certified. You get one retake for the $300. How long is the test? 6.5 hours roughly. Membership dues $125/year.
- Realize what you’re in for. (not easy in beginning)
- Get Trained & Certified
- Get Your Foot In The Door
Studying For & Passing the CPC Exam
The CPC exam is one of the very first things you must do on your way to becoming a medical coder. This 6.5 hour behemoth of a test may discourage some, but there’s no reason to be discouraged if you are adequately prepared.