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Four things medical coders need to learn — besides ICD-10 codes

Kristi Pollard has been coding for 20 years. For much of that time, she has been a consultant involved in ICD-10 task forces and mentoring. During that time she has heard a lot of questions.

Because of the mentoring work, she's happy to help. But there are some medical coding questions and statements that make Pollard cringe. In her listing of cringe inducers, she offers some wisdom for medical coders.

  • Not all medical coders are suited for all medical coding. Figure out where you work best.
  • Research the job opportunities for each type of accreditation before investing in it. Learn where the demand is.
  • If you're shifting careers, you're going to have to pay your dues. That means an entry level job at entry level pay.
  • Paying your dues also means not expecting to get a remote coding gig. It is possible. But medical coders need to go where the work is... even if that means commuting to an office.

Pollard always has been excited about medical coding as a career. But success is not automatic.