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How medical coders can advance careers after ICD-10 implementation

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
How medical coders can advance careers after ICD-10 implementation

ICD-10 implementation has changed the medical coding career. Medical coders had to adapt or leave the industry.

Kelly Gooch of Becker's Hospial Review talks to Julia Hammerman, director of compliance and education at St. Louis-based himagine solutions, and gets some tips for medical coders to succeed after ICD-10 implementation:

  • Medical coders need a foundation of ICD-10 knowledge to recognize when technology may be providing the wrong ICD-10 codes.
  • Medical coders should develop their own resource libraries for quick and reliable reference.
  • Medical coders need to do more than memorize coding guidelines. They need to understand how the guidelines can be applied for different scenarios.

While we're considering what medical coders need to know, it's worth revisiting Kristi Pollard's four things medical coders need to learn besides ICD-10 codes:

  • 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.

ICD-10 implementation has made medical coders very valuable if they develop the necessary knowledge and expertise.