Medical coding has been around for a long time but recently it has gained quite a bit of attention.
It has been sold widely to the public that this is an “easy work from home, data entry job that has little requirements and high earning potential”. This statement is only partly true though.
Before you invest time and money into an education and certification, take a moment to investigate this field and its potential a little more.
Myth 1: Coding is Easy
Most individuals who hear about medical coding for the first time believe that it is easy to learn and/or perform. Most individuals who have attempted to learn, or who do medical coding would disagree.
To be a medical coder you must be very detail oriented and organized.
Medical coders must also have a broad knowledge base of medical billing, medical terminology, gross anatomy, insurance policies, practice management, coding guidelines, HIPPA regulations, how to use each coding manual, and more.
In addition to being knowledgeable, medical coders must also have the ability to read and understand detailed, lengthy medical records and operative notes. Communication skill with physicians and insurance companies are also imperative.
Myth2: Work from Home
Many individuals hear that medical coders work from home and so they enter this field based on this alone.
While many individuals do medical coding do from home, there is more to it than what if often advertised.
In order to do medical coding from home individuals must first become certified as either a CPC or CCS. Following certification individuals must then gain on the job experience.
The majority of companies that allow medical coding from home require 2-3 years of on the job experience as a minimum.
Most coders who do medical coding from home are also independent contractors. Independent contracting should also be researched and considered prior to investing in this career.