Q #23: I have worked in the medical field for over 25 years in coding, compliance, medical and billing collections. But I have been out of the coding field for about 10 years teaching coding, why is it so difficult to get back into the medical field?

A: Well, you’ve been teaching, have you? The one thing about teaching is that it’s hard to keep your foot on the door. I’ll pick up little contracts from time to time just to keep my foot into what’s current and so that I can be educated, because if you’re teaching you’re not actively coding. Your thought process is completely different. So, getting that Practicode would be an excellent way to bring up your coding skills for current redacted live charts. I would check with them, and I think that would help you get back and say, “Oh no, I’m current, because look, I just went and coded 150 cases in cardiology and here’s my testing results,” – you know something like that. So, I would look at that, and network also.

Medical and Billing | Mnemonics for Remembering Anatomy – Video

Q #24: I missed Alicia. You guys work hard! What’s a good reference for anatomy?

Q #25: Do you know any good mnemonics for remembering anatomy, etc?

A: Yeah. I know lots, too many to talk about now. My brain works in a weird way and so I do associate stuff to remember it and sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re morbid, but whatever it takes for you to remember something. Maybe we should start putting those up on the forum. That’s what we could do, is put those up on the forum, different ways to remember things and great advice for people, too. If you have something that helps you remember something about the vascular system or the chambers of the heart – things like that, let us know. We’ll definitely get it. I think that’s it, Boyd.

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About the Author:

Alicia has been working in the medical field for over 20 years. She first learned about medical coding while working in a medical records department at a resort town hospital near where she was raised. Through the years she has held several jobs in the medical field from, CNA, EMT, Pharmacy technician and Medial Records Abstractor and Analyst. Outside of the medical field she has worked as a Real Estate agent, and owned her own on-line retail business. The medical field has always been where she felt the most comfortable. Alicia has taught medical coding, billing and medical law and ethics at a private college. She also did contract work in HCC Risk Adjustment and discovered she really enjoyed ICD work. Because she loves to learn Alicia is working towards her Masters in Health Care Administration with an emphasis on education. Having taken many online classes through the years to complete her degree she feels very comfortable with both face to face and on-line learning. Alicia will tell you that not only does she love medical coding but she has a passion for teaching it. Alicia lives in the middle of Texas with her husband who is a Pastor, five of her six children, three dogs and two cats.

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  1. Corrina Burris May 5, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I never knew this was available. This is so awesome!

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