Medical Coding From Home — Coder Interview
Today’s technology allows medical coding from home. This is one of the many positive benefits of this profession. Carolyn Heath is currently working with a client through an agency and her specific title is “Remote Medical Coder Contractor.” We asked her a few questions about her profession, her thoughts on CCO and more.
Here is what she had to say:
Tell me a little about what a remote medical coder does? A remote medical coder is a coder who primarily works at home. The company that they work for usually has a login at their website and the coder logs in and does the work online.
How did you find this position? Through a group on Facebook. One of the group members posted a list of companies looking to hire coders and, with their help, I applied to an agency who was looking for HCC Coders for one of their clients. I got the position and went through the training. It is temporary, so I am continuing to look for a long-term position.
Do you use paper manuals or online encoders?
What are your thoughts about specialty credentialing?
I believe it will bring more job opportunities.
Tell me about your experience with CCO.
I enjoy the webinars and am very active in the discussion forum. I enjoy helping the CCO discussion forum members by sharing my knowledge.
What do you like least/most about medical coding?
The thing that I like the least about medical coding is that it is difficult to find a position with a CPC-A credential and to the get the experience that you need to succeed in your chosen field. The thing that I like the most about medical coding is that you are always learning something new.
What advice can you offer to people just getting started in their medical coding careers?
Get certified and continue learning.
What are your future career goals?
To continue to work as a remote coder. I would also like to attain more coding certifications such as CCS-P, CPC-H, CPC-P, and possibly CPMA and CPPM.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
How does your personality help you in your job?
I am a friendly person who treats co-workers with respect.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I enjoy playing with my cat and giving her attention. I also enjoy playing games – mostly the Bingo games on Facebook and being a member of Facebook and LinkedIn groups. I just recently created my own Facebook group, “Medical Coders Talk, which has 285 members and is growing. If anyone is on Facebook and would like to join a coding group, you are welcome to check us out. Laureen Jandroep, owner of COO; and Alicia Scott, instructor at CCO are members as well.