Ways to Boost Your Medical Coding & Billing Career

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ladderMedical coding and billing has always been a vital part of the healthcare industry, and with the coming transition to ICD-10 the need for talented, well-trained medical coders and billers is only growing. If you’re thinking about enrolling in a medical coding and billing training program, here are a few helpful tips to help you boost your new career.

Training
Your first step toward being a successful medical coder and biller is to enroll in a industry-approved and employer-trusted medical billing and coding training course. Look for a program approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Many people choose to pursue their medical coding and billing training online because it is more convenient and allows them prepare for a new career even while managing a family or a current job. Career Step is one of the only AHIMA-approved, online training programs in the country, making it an excellent option for dedicated working professionals who want to further their careers.

Resources
Even after you’ve completed your medical coding training, staying abreast of the constant changes of the medical industry can be difficult. However, there are a number of resources available online to help you keep up with current trends.

SuperCoder, for instance, is an extensive online database powered by coding experts from The Coding Institute. They bring over 110 years of coding experience to medical coders all across the country. You can join their Facebook community and follow them on Twitter. There are also whole communities of medical coders and billers online, and even a few medical billing firms you can follow on Twitter. If you know where to look, it’s not hard to stay up to date on what’s new in the medical coding and billing world.

Code Changes
The United States currently codes under the ICD-9 coding system. However, as of October 1, 2015, this system will be replaced by the ICD-10 coding system. As a future medical coding and billing expert, it is in your best interest to ensure you train in both the ICD-9 and the ICD-10 coding systems.

The healthcare industry is dynamic and constantly changing, which can seem overwhelming to the unprepared. Medical coding and billing is certainly no exception to this rule, but with the proper training, the right resources, and a thorough understanding of the requirements of the job, you can ensure that your skills stay current and you remain a powerful, dynamic influence in your own career. The key is to never stop learning. If you remember that, your medical coding and billing career can be long and successful!


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  1. Kathy Dooling December 31, 2014

      I am interested in taking a Medical Coding Class. i am a Nurse Practitioner and work in Quality Assurance. I would like to gain a better understanding of the Coding process. I work very closely with the Coding department

    Thank You

    Kathy

  2. Career Step January 05, 2015

    Hi Kathy,

    You can find information on all of our Medical Coding and Billing programs at http://www.careerstep.com/medical-coding-billing or talk to one of our Academic Advisors at 1-800-411-7073. Our programs are meant to take someone from no experience in healthcare to a fully trained medical coder, so there would no doubt be a good deal of information you would already be familiar with as a nurse practitioner. You are free to test through this material within the program, but we unfortunately do not offer a skinnied down version of the course at this time.

    Best wishes!


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