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beverly in Naples, Florida

40 months ago

Thanks for your responce...
Thought I could test out of the A&P, but the 40 questions asked are nothing an RN would use, let alone a coder when they basically would no so little anatomy and physiology. Although you are right, it would be simpler to train an RN with yesrs of experience, they are in it for the money to sell certificated needed for employment not use and train an already medically confidant RN. Guess coding is not for me. Better to find that out now. Will stay in nursing and massage as RN and LMt :)

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starbuckscutie2003@yahoo.com in Woodbridge, Virginia

26 months ago

txinny in Jamestown, New York said: I am thinking of taking a medical coding course and have spent weeks reading various coding forums. The consensus of opinion is that even if you are certified, it is difficult to find work with no coding experience. I thought that being an RN would push me to the head of the line, but I spoke to an HR person at the local hospital today who told me that 3 yrs acute care coding experience is required and my 25 years of nursing experience doesn't matter (which I personally think is ridiculous) even if I take a course and get certified. Have any other RNs out there had any problems getting hired after becoming certified? I am mostly interested in remote coding. Thanks for any advice.
I am a RN, BSN with 32 years acute experience (several specialties) and also want to do remote coding. I have serious concerns about being able to get my first job. I plan to do the coding cert. course at Drexel U. in PA. Have you found a job yet?
Is there any advice you could pass along?

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Laureen Jandroep in Pleasantville, New Jersey

26 months ago

Hi Starbuckscutie - I surprised someone told you the RN experience has no value. Auditing is a great job for nurses because of their clinical understanding they are particularly good at that. Don't let one place/person discourage you. Also look a large multi-specialty surgi centers vs. a hospital.

BTW I was involved with starting the coding program at Drexel U. Feel free to contact me through my website codingcertification.org

Best wishes!

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Susan Wagener in Nazareth, Pennsylvania

22 months ago

Laureen Jandroep in Pleasantville, New Jersey said: Hi Starbuckscutie - I surprised someone told you the RN experience has no value. Auditing is a great job for nurses because of their clinical understanding they are particularly good at that. Don't let one place/person discourage you. Also look a large multi-specialty surgi centers vs. a hospital .

BTW I was involved with starting the coding program at Drexel U. Feel free to contact me through my website codingcertification.org

Best wishes!


I came across this forum while researching medical coding/analyst information as an RN. What is the BEST way to become an RN medical coder? I have 15 years experience as an RN and a BSN. I live in the Lehigh Valley and I am familiar with Drexel U. Didn't know they had a cert for medical coders!! Is this the best way to become certified? There are many certification programs out there. Thank you!

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Tracie in Naples, Florida

19 months ago

Beverly Barnes in Naples, Florida said: Are there any RN medical billing and coding classes out there so after 40 years of nursing A & P would not have to be repeated??

rncoder-rnauditor.com/programfaqs.html

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Tracie in Naples, Florida

19 months ago

this is an awesome program that I have researched

rncoder-rnauditor.com/programfaqs.html

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Tracie in Naples, Florida

19 months ago

Susan Wagener in Nazareth, Pennsylvania said: I came across this forum while researching medical coding/ analyst information as an RN. What is the BEST way to become an RN medical coder? I have 15 years experience as an RN and a BSN. I live in the Lehigh Valley and I am familiar with Drexel U. Didn't know they had a cert for medical coders!! Is this the best way to become certified? There are many certification programs out there. Thank you!

look here: rncoder-rnauditor.com/programfaqs.html

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home health RN in Seal Beach, California

15 months ago

Does anyone know of a certificate program to become a CDIS/ICD-10 Coder in Orange County or LA County? I have used ICD-9 @ work but I'm not a coder. What is the best way to become one w/ credentials to obtain employment as a coder? I'm mostly interested in remote work.

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home health RN in Seal Beach, California

15 months ago

Does anyone know of a certificate program to become a CDIS/ICD-10 Coder in Orange County or LA County in California? I have used ICD-9 @ work but I'm not a coder. What is the best way to become one w/ credentials to obtain employment as a coder? I'm mostly interested in remote work.

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MJATL in atlanta, Georgia

15 months ago

Below are a couple of websites where you can take these courses online (or the HCPRO you can search for a in-class choice of course in your local area). The second weblink would also be online but through AHIMA. Hope this helps! :)

www.hcpro.com/acdis/certification.cfm

www.ahima.org/certification/cdip

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home health RN in Seal Beach, California

15 months ago

Thanks for the information.

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John McCay in Mission Viejo, California

10 months ago

starbuckscutie2003@yahoo.com in Woodbridge, Virginia said: I am a RN, BSN with 32 years acute experience (several specialties) and also want to do remote coding. I have serious concerns about being able to get my first job. I plan to do the coding cert. course at Drexel U. in PA. Have you found a job yet?
Is there any advice you could pass along?

I am not sure where you are getting your information from but it is not entirely accurate. The reason you can't get into a hospital is because hospitals want you to have "coding experience" You have to start your coding career in a doctors office and become a good coder before a hospital will consider you. And if you are properly trained like I was at Allied Medical School for both ICD-9 & ICD-10 any doctors office will hire you. Medicalo Coding is the easiesat field to get into in health cazre right now with ICD-10 implemtation coming. Call me at Allied and I will give you the true facts.

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John McCay in Mission Viejo, California

10 months ago

beverly in Naples, Florida said: Thanks for your responce...
Thought I could test out of the A&P, but the 40 questions asked are nothing an RN would use, let alone a coder when they basically would no so little anatomy and physiology. Although you are right, it would be simpler to train an RN with yesrs of experience, they are in it for the money to sell certificated needed for employment not use and train an already medically confidant RN. Guess coding is not for me. Better to find that out now. Will stay in nursing and massage as RN and LMt :)

More inaccurate information. In Depth knowledge of A&P is a MUST for Medical Coders when ICD-10 is implemented. If you can't pass a 40 question A&P test then you need to take the course or you will never pass the CPC exam.

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John McCay in Mission Viejo, California

10 months ago

MJATL in atlanta, Georgia said: Below are a couple of websites where you can take these courses online (or the HCPRO you can search for a in-class choice of course in your local area). The second weblink would also be online but through AHIMA. Hope this helps! :)

www.hcpro.com/acdis/certification.cfm

www.ahima.org/certification/cdip

Here is the best training for Medical Coding www.medicalcodingcourses.com They offer a pass or don't pay money back promise for the CPC exam. Ask for John McCay

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John McCay in Mission Viejo, California

10 months ago

home health RN in Seal Beach, California said: Does anyone know of a certificate program to become a CDIS/ICD-10 Coder in Orange County or LA County in California? I have used ICD-9 @ work but I'm not a coder. What is the best way to become one w/ credentials to obtain employment as a coder? I'm mostly interested in remote work.

Contact Me John McCay at Allied Medical School in Laguna Hills. All on line and self paced. Plus we place you in a doctors officew when you are finished and CPC certified www.medicalcodingcourses.com

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John McCay in Mission Viejo, California

10 months ago

Tracie in Naples, Florida said: look here: rncoder-rnauditor.com/programfaqs.html

No! the bgest is Allied Medical School. www.medicalcodingcourses.com ask for me John McCay I already went through the program.

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cricketsarge in Big Bear Lake, California

10 months ago

home health RN in Seal Beach, California said: Does anyone know of a certificate program to become a CDIS/ICD-10 Coder in Orange County or LA County? I have used ICD-9 @ work but I'm not a coder. What is the best way to become one w/ credentials to obtain employment as a coder? I'm mostly interested in remote work.

Go to Ahima.org They are the industry standard. They have coding classes that you can take through them, then you can sit for the CCA or CCS exam, which is given at places like Pearson vue testing centers all over the place.

The focus is on ICD-10-CM, however, this has been put on the back burner for awhile, and you need to take the ICD-10-CM courses right now. Which is good :)

Having a nursing background will help you. I am an RHIT and am starting to apply for remote coding positions, as I have been unemployed (by choice) for a year.

Have fun!
Cricket

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cricketsarge in Big Bear Lake, California

10 months ago

I meant to say you need to take the ICD-9-CM courses right now! Sorry for the typo.

Cricket

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Jmc in Downey, California

10 months ago

cricketsarge in Big Bear Lake, California said: I meant to say you need to take the ICD-9-CM courses right now! Sorry for the typo.

Cricket

Me and allied medical school will train you for both ICD-9 & ICD-10 cm all in one low coat program and place you in a facility in OC when your done call john Mccay www.medicalcodingcourses.com

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Beppie in Seal Beach, California

10 months ago

home health RN in Seal Beach, California said: Thanks for the information.

Hi there! I also am an RN living in Seal Beach. I'd love to hear what school you went to for your certification. Were you able to find a remote job? What school did you end up going too? Any advice you have would be appreciated!!

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Nicole Ardevela in Corona, California

10 months ago

Beppie in Seal Beach, California said: Hi there! I also am an RN living in Seal Beach. I'd love to hear what school you went to for your certification. Were you able to find a remote job? What school did you end up going too? Any advice you have would be appreciated!!

Hello Beppie. Check out Tri-County Allied Health School. We are located in Corona and have a 4 month program geared towards nurses and foreign medical graduates looking to get into medical coding. Visit us at www.tricountyallied.com

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Jmc in Riverside, California

10 months ago

Allied medical school ask for John McCay.

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plarson in Vancouver, Washington

10 months ago

cricketsarge in Big Bear Lake, California said: Go to Ahima.org They are the industry standard. They have coding classes that you can take through them, then you can sit for the CCA or CCS exam, which is given at places like Pearson vue testing centers all over the place.

The focus is on ICD-10-CM, however, this has been put on the back burner for awhile, and you need to take the ICD-10-CM courses right now. Which is good :)

Having a nursing background will help you. I am an RHIT and am starting to apply for remote coding positions, as I have been unemployed (by choice) for a year.

Have fun!
Cricket

Hi Cricket. I am RN BSN 15 years experience interested in working remote coding positions. Should I take the RHIT class at the local college or take the ICD-10 courses right now? and what is your thoughts on this course here: www.rn-coder.com/

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DPalmer in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2 months ago

beverly in Naples, Florida said: Thanks for your responce...
Thought I could test out of the A&P, but the 40 questions asked are nothing an RN would use, let alone a coder when they basically would no so little anatomy and physiology. Although you are right, it would be simpler to train an RN with yesrs of experience, they are in it for the money to sell certificated needed for employment not use and train an already medically confidant RN. Guess coding is not for me. Better to find that out now. Will stay in nursing and massage as RN and LMt :)

Any nurse interested in no nonsense, high quality, and an industry low cost training to add coding as a skill set may email info@compliantcodingsystems.com CCS has staff with decades of experience working with clinical staff (MD's, PA's, NP's, RN's, MA's) and provides excellent training for $65 / month. Some finish the program in as little as 3 months.

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DPalmer in Albuquerque, New Mexico

2 months ago

Any nurse interested in no nonsense, high quality, and an industry low cost training to add coding as a skill set may email info@compliantcodingsystems.com CCS has staff with decades of experience working with clinical staff (MD's, PA's, NP's, RN's, MA's) and provides excellent training for $65 / month. Some finish the program in as little as 3 months.

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Junebugseyes in Carbondale, Pennsylvania

1 month ago

I am an RN with my BSN looking for an accredited school for RN Coding ICD 10 Specialist etc.
My primary goal is to be able to work from home as I have now become a "disabled" nurse bc of a work injury.
Can someone please stear me in the right direction which is most cost effective but the best program. I see and hear so many options I need help! Am I able to attend the allied medical school in CA?
I live in Pennsylvania. Any comments will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance

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Sunrise in Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania

1 month ago

Junebugseyes in Carbondale, Pennsylvania said: I am an RN with my BSN looking for an accredited school for RN Coding ICD 10 Specialist etc.
My primary goal is to be able to work from home as I have now become a "disabled" nurse bc of a work injury.
Can someone please stear me in the right direction which is most cost effective but the best program. I see and hear so many options I need help! Am I able to attend the allied medical school in CA?
I live in Pennsylvania. Any comments will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you in advance

Maybe I can help. I am an RN BSN currently remotely coding. I would STRONGLY suggest you go to the AHIMA website,(this is the credentialing nationally accepted)and select classes from them. Study for the CCA at the very least. Better ye,t go for the CCS. This is the certification most coveted by hospitals. It is an excellent time to start, because the new ICD-10 will be implemented in Oct 2015. Take the basic ICD-10 course first, then CPT course, then CCS exam prep course. Hope this helps your new career endeavor. I LOVE my new career path

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Jmc in Riverside, California

1 month ago

There is a right way and wrong way to do it. Allied medical school and john Mccay can help you with getting your proper credentials. The AAPC is the better association to get your credentials needed. Allied has a program that is very affordable and john Mccay is a great advisor to assist you. Also very affordable. Call him at allied medical school and he'll guide you. I hope this helps.

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Pcurran in Keyport, New Jersey

25 days ago

Does an RN have to have a BSN in order to become a medical coder? I do not have it and have only 3 years nursing home/rehab. center experience. I've had a very hard time finding RN jobs with my limited experience and want desperately to get out of the nursing home. I've met many other RNs with their BSN and limited experience who are also having difficulty finding work. I am trying to figure out what certifications I need to get and if I will have any chance of finding a job when I do. Any advice is welcome!

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Sunrise in Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania

25 days ago

No, you do not have to be a RN BSN to code. You don't even need to be a nurse to code. It just makes it easier because your prerequisite college classes, such as A & P, micro, medical terminology, and your floor nursing experience prepare you to be an excellent coder. More Insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors offices are seeking RN coders to hire because of our ability to read charts, interpret labs,understand op reports and medication orders, and converse with physicians. My advice above may help you to take coding classes online while you are still working as a nurse. I have done ALL my classes on line through AHIMA . I am employed by a large Phila. hospital and work from home remotely coding.

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jjw in Woodstock, Georgia

15 days ago

Sunrise in Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania said: Maybe I can help. I am an RN BSN currently remotely coding. I would STRONGLY suggest you go to the AHIMA website,(this is the credentialing nationally accepted)and select classes from them. Study for the CCA at the very least. Better ye,t go for the CCS. This is the certification most coveted by hospitals. It is an excellent time to start, because the new ICD-10 will be implemented in Oct 2015. Take the basic ICD-10 course first, then CPT course, then CCS exam prep course. Hope this helps your new career endeavor. I LOVE my new career path

wow there are a lot of online courses to wade through on the ahima website , do you have any more specifics on the above classes you recommend. I do not even see the ccs exam prep course

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Jmc in Riverside, California

15 days ago

Ahima is not the way to go. Look at Allied Medical School. They'll get you your cpc from the AAPC and ready for the proficiency exam for icd10. Dollar for dollar Allied is the best. They'll even place you into a facility once cpc certified.

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jmc in Costa Mesa, California

14 days ago

starbuckscutie2003@yahoo.com in Woodbridge, Virginia said: I am a RN, BSN with 32 years acute experience (several specialties) and also want to do remote coding. I have serious concerns about being able to get my first job. I plan to do the coding cert. course at Drexel U. in PA. Have you found a job yet?
Is there any advice you could pass along?

Hello, I can help you out. The reason you are being told this is because you are talking to a hospital. Hospitals always require a minimum of 2 years acute Coding experience. The best way to succeed and the easiest way to get into the Medical Coding field is through a specialist doctor's office. I help RN's every day get their proper education to pass the CPC exam through the AAPC (and A&P is very important for coders so disregard what someone else said about A&P if you saw it) and then place them into a Doctor's office in their area. RN's are very successful in this field and I have helped and placed hundreds of RN's into their 1st Medical Coding jobs. The key to this is training people right and for both ICD-9 and ICD-10. With having knowledge of ICD-10 and being an RN will make you a very marketable Medical Coder. My name is John McCay and I can be reached at Allied Medical School. Look us up at Medical Coding courses dot com. I have been reading these posts and there is some not so good advice being given. Medical Coders who have knowledge of both ICD-9 and ICD-10 are extremely high demand and if you are serious about doing this then find me. I don't only help RN's but they are the easiest to help. I can help anyone interested in getting into this field and there has never been a better time to get into the Medical Coding field.

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jmc in Costa Mesa, California

14 days ago

jjw in Woodstock, Georgia said: wow there are a lot of online courses to wade through on the ahima website , do you have any more specifics on the above classes you recommend. I do not even see the ccs exam prep course

Hello, I can help you out. The reason you are being told this is because you are talking to a hospital. Hospitals always require a minimum of 2 years acute Coding experience. The best way to succeed and the easiest way to get into the Medical Coding field is through a specialist doctor's office. I help RN's every day get their proper education to pass the CPC exam through the AAPC (and A&P is very important for coders so disregard what someone else said about A&P if you saw it) and then place them into a Doctor's office in their area. RN's are very successful in this field and I have helped and placed hundreds of RN's into their 1st Medical Coding jobs. The key to this is training people right and for both ICD-9 and ICD-10. With having knowledge of ICD-10 and being an RN will make you a very marketable Medical Coder. My name is John McCay and I can be reached at Allied Medical School. Look us up at Medical Coding courses dot com. I have been reading these posts and there is some not so good advice being given. Medical Coders who have knowledge of both ICD-9 and ICD-10 are extremely high demand and if you are serious about doing this then find me. I don't only help RN's but they are the easiest to help. I can help anyone interested in getting into this field and there has never been a better time to get into the Medical Coding field.

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jmc in Costa Mesa, California

14 days ago

beverly in Naples, Florida said: Thanks for your responce...
Thought I could test out of the A&P, but the 40 questions asked are nothing an RN would use, let alone a coder when they basically would no so little anatomy and physiology. Although you are right, it would be simpler to train an RN with yesrs of experience, they are in it for the money to sell certificated needed for employment not use and train an already medically confidant RN. Guess coding is not for me. Better to find that out now. Will stay in nursing and massage as RN and LMt :)

Hello, I can help you out. Sounds like you have been in touch with us here. The best way to succeed and the easiest way to get into the Medical Coding field is through a specialist doctor's office. I help RN's every day get their proper education to pass the CPC exam through the AAPC (and FYI A&P is very important for coders with ICD-10 Implementation coming 10-1-15) and then place them into a Doctor's office in their area. RN's are very successful in this field and I have helped and placed hundreds of RN's into their 1st Medical Coding jobs. The key to this is training people right and for both ICD-9 and ICD-10. With having knowledge of ICD-10 and being an RN will make you a very marketable Medical Coder. My name is John McCay and I can be reached at Allied Medical School. Look us up at Medical Coding courses dot com. I have been reading these posts and there is some not so good advice being given. Medical Coders who have knowledge of both ICD-9 and ICD-10 are extremely high demand and if you are serious about doing this then find me. I don't only help RN's but they are the easiest to help. I can help anyone interested in getting into this field and there has never been a better time to get into the Medical Coding field.

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jmc in Costa Mesa, California

14 days ago

Sunrise in Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania said: No, you do not have to be a RN BSN to code. You don't even need to be a nurse to code. It just makes it easier because your prerequisite college classes, such as A & P, micro, medical terminology, and your floor nursing experience prepare you to be an excellent coder. More Insurance companies, hospitals, and doctors offices are seeking RN coders to hire because of our ability to read charts, interpret labs,understand op reports and medication orders, and converse with physicians. My advice above may help you to take coding classes online while you are still working as a nurse. I have done ALL my classes on line through AHIMA . I am employed by a large Phila. hospital and work from home remotely coding.

Hello, I can help you out. The reason you are being told this is because you are talking to a hospital. Hospitals always require a minimum of 2 years acute Coding experience. The best way to succeed and the easiest way to get into the Medical Coding field is through a specialist doctor's office. I help RN's every day get their proper education to pass the CPC exam through the AAPC (and A&P is very important for coders so disregard what someone else said about A&P if you saw it) and then place them into a Doctor's office in their area. RN's are very successful in this field and I have helped and placed hundreds of RN's into their 1st Medical Coding jobs. The key to this is training people right and for both ICD-9 and ICD-10. With having knowledge of ICD-10 and being an RN will make you a very marketable Medical Coder. My name is John McCay and I can be reached at Allied Medical School. Look us up at Medical Coding courses dot com. I have been reading these posts and there is some not so good advice being given. Medical Coders who have knowledge of both ICD-9 and ICD-10 are extremely high demand and if you are serious about doing this then find me. I don't only help RN's.

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