American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) has now more than 127000 register coders under their umbrella. There are also some medical coders who have not yet registered for AAPC membership. Finding the right job after the graduation was never easy in any profession. It is also the same for the graduate medical coders. However, some coders may find a job in the hospital or medical center where he/ she have completed internship. But for most of them, job searching and getting the right one was always a strenuous task.
From that need, many top jobs searching site in US is providing online circular of lots of medical coding jobs. Indeed.com, Monster.com, and SimplyHired.com are some of the renowned websites that post lots of medical coding and billing jobs online. All you just have to open a good profile and apply to various coding and billing jobs in healthcare industry. Adding to that you can give hard copy of you well made resume to various medical institutions that regularly recruits coding or billing professionals. Based on the weight of your resume and the performance you can show in the job interview you will be given a chance to prove yourself as a professional medical coder. As the pattern of medical coding jobs suggest it should be done online in a compliant and regulated way. So you must have some necessary skills other than academic knowledge such as how to effectively and efficiently use internet, MS office, strong communication, data entry and good record keeping skills. If you are good at those you are on the go. Yes, you must shine in this profession.
As for example, Michael is selected as an entry level medical coder for the Mayo clinic, Manhattan, New York. He has been working efficiently for 2 years. But now he is leaving New York State and settling in Florida. What he would do? First, he would the matter to his supervisor Sylvia, Medical Information Manager. If she gives a positive feedback, then he would give a letter to the clinic management authority about continuing his job although he will be residing far away from the clinic premises. In case of medical coding, most of the hospital would agree that their experienced coding employees can easily work online no matter where they are now. Even, in case of absolutely new employees most of the hospitals require their coding employees should come at least 1 day in hospital premises. And, rest 5-6 days they can easily work online from home. Yes, this is basically an online job.
That is why, what type of documentation, storage, coding and billing Sylvia wants, Michael can deliver from Florida. It is very interesting. But of course he has to maintain the ICD-9 guidelines and all other related medical & regulatory guidelines. In that case, there is no flexibility. If you do a mistake there, there will be no mercy. You could even lost your job as it deals with the health even life of the general people in some cases.