Laureen: We’re going to open up the line for Joseph hopefully, we like to each webinar have a special guest and just have them kind of give us a little bit of their story.
Laureen: Hi, Joseph.
Joseph: Glad to be part of the webinar.
Laureen: Thank you, thank you so much. Joseph, tell us a little bit about how you came to find CCO and what medical coding courses you’ve done with us.
Joseph: OK. So, I was doing a little research on trying to become a certified coder because I wanted to make a career change and wanted to really show potential employers that I have the knowledge to be a certified coder, to take on medical billing. One of my friends and acquaintances actually was aware of Laureen as a coding guru and recommended that I take a look at her products. I eventually decided to enroll in “Physician Based Medical Coding Course” which included a lot of the other products including the Blitz Videos, and I also enrolled in ICD-10-CM Mini Course.
In the past summer 2013, I basically bought the manuals, the ICD and the AAPC Physician bundle and I marked up my book exactly the way Laureen described in her lectures, exactly as it appeared with the highlighting and bubbling. And a few months later I was able to sit down for the exam and I did fairly well given my background. So, I was very pleased with the overall organized structure of Laureen’s lecture. Alicia was a phenomenal asset for any questions I’ve had. I’ve followed many of the discussion group’s discussions; I looked at a lot of the YouTube videos.
Medical Coder Profile Joseph Samet – Video
What I would say is, thank God, I recently did take a job about a month ago working for a medical billing company. What we do at the company where I work is we receive encounter forms which already were coded by clinics and physicians and our job is to submit it to the proper insurance carrier, but my coding background is definitely been an asset in that I’ve identified codes and modifiers which don’t seem to match medical charts, and a number of my co-workers are already impressed with the coding knowledge I’ve obtained relatively in a short amount of time and I’ve been highly recommending Laureen and Coding Certification as the way to learn it efficiently, quickly in a way that will be retained. So, I’m glad to have benefited, it helped me significantly move to a different career path in a fairly short amount of time.
Alicia: I have to say that Joseph again had no medical background really besides his schooling was in, and he said he wanted to do it very quickly and I have to admit that I said, “That’s great! OK. That’s what you want.” He worked really, really hard and he probably has gone through faster than any other student I’ve ever had including the ones that have medical background. Now, depending on whether you worked fulltime or not, and so on and so forth, but he was dedicated, he set a goal and he achieved it. And then he researched other avenues of things, I think you were interested in compliance and stuff. I think that is something that is very beneficial to share – that you decide what you want, you work at it. It’s not easy, but you just stay focused and stay on goal, and it can be done!
Joseph: I would say that I did not really have at all much of medical terminology or anatomy background, but just based on listening to the lectures – I was considering taking the
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