Medical coders normally do not have much face-to-face communication with patients. The more interesting fact is that this job can be entirely done from home online using a computer. The freedom is completely in your hands here. But, if you are looking for new challenges everyday in your career, want to meet new people, then medical coding can be a routine job for you. So if you’re searching for a lot of variety and excitement, or if you’re not in quest of a desk job, medical coding may not be right for you. However, considering the competitive academia and future job prospects, medical coding or medical billing might be the perfect ticket for your healthcare career.
Even though software has been developed to help, a qualified person is mandatory to enter the information, and follow up on any irregularities between the health care provider (physician), the hospital, and the insurance company. An effective and efficient coder is very crucial to the financial success of a practice. The coders help the doctors to get reimbursed accurately and timely manner. The hours for medical coders are exactly set and many skilled coders don’t have to receive the call or work long nights or weekends. Usually a 40-hour per week, Monday to Friday, is just enough. Adding to that, medical coding can be an excellent first step into a productive, profitable career in medical office organization, supervision or operations. It is never been better when you are working from home for a large organization and getting 25000 USD annually sitting in your bed. But make sure that you have a fast and uninterrupted internet connection and well working PC with good configuration. If you have fulfilled all these requirements alongside your coding education credential, professional certification and internship experience, you can earn the same amount of money working from bedroom rather than sitting in the boardroom.
Nowadays, remote coding companies are doing the medical coding jobs for the medical institutions contractual or permanent basis. Coding staffs of these companies are doing the job as a customer service from home or other remote places feasible to them. These types of coding companies usually recruits staff who have 1-3 years of experience, strong knowledge of medical coding, holds a AAPC or AIHMA certification, knows ICD-9, ICD-10 codes, medical coding guidelines and laws, insurance and reimbursement policies. These remote medical coding companies have different divisions or departments through which they operates, such as Ambulatory (SDS), Hospital Inpatient, Observation Stays, Interventional Radiology, Emergency Department, Physician Office, Clinic Coding (Wound, Pain, Infusion etc.), E/M Services etc. A remote medical coding company puts the customer service first and foremost, meeting the demand of both the patients and service providers. Thus, medical coders become very familiar with the medical practices and its service providers. There are many companies in the market place that are doing remote medical coding. For example, e.g. MCS, HCCS, Maxim Health Information Services, Global Edge, VEEBill, American Medical & Information Services etc.