The journey to becoming an allied health professional doesn’t end with your certification exams. According to many sources, it is in fact just the beginning of a purposeful career path of continuous learning, growth, and professional and personal development. The journey to becoming a medical coder is no different.
Through IBT’s Medical Biller/Coder/Office Specialist Program, you will be prepared to take the Certified Professional Coder-A Exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). AAPC is the largest training and credentialing entity in the world in the healthcare industry. And this week, we have found the perfect infographic to show you just how to rock that journey:
Published by AAPC, this infographic identifies the following traits to becoming a rockstar medical biller:
A rockstar medical coder must keep up to date on new and improved systems and procedures, including health insurance guidelines, new codes, and changes in healthcare law. Participating in webinars, conferences and seminars are just a few of the ways to do this.
Understanding payer websites and private payer information is a key trait to being a rockstar coder. Right code selections require in depth knowledge of where to find them and how to apply them. Therefore, a rockstar coder must be quite analytical.
A medical coder reviews many documents to determine what and how information is coded. The medical codes selected are then filed, but will stand for the services and protocols used to address a patient’s needs. Sometimes, those needs can be matched to many different codes, requiring a rockstar medical coder to determine the best one. If you enjoy everyday problem-solving and a great deal of responsibility, then a career in medical coding may be right for you!
Medical coding also requires precision. Therefore, paying close attention to detail is a key trait of a rockstar coder. Errors happen when these details are not picked up.
There are many documents that a medical coder must go through, including physician documents and coding information. Therefore, a rockstar medical coder must be organized, have manageable structures in place, and have the resources necessary to analyze, research and code with limited distraction.
Rockstar medical coders are held in high esteem in the healthcare industry. At IBT in Santa Clara, California, we understand the demand of well-prepared medical coders, and take your training seriously.