Quote from mmc1213
I am actively pursuing different areas of nursing and coding has piqued my interest. I see that AAPC offers courses as well as RN-coder.com. Has anyone that you know self-studied and been able to work remotely from home as a coder?
I came across this post about RN-coder.com by Kojak on Sep 14, 2008, 10:53 PM:
In answer to your question: Has anyone that you know self-studied and been able to work remotely from home as a coder?
I have not heard of anyone being able to work remotely from home as a coder without on-site coding experience.
All the coders (I know) had on-site coding experience at a hospital or clinic for at least one year. After at least one year of coding experience, those coders looked for jobs to work remotely from home, and were able to get those jobs because of the one year experience.
Many hospitals and companies hire certified coders with the certifications from AHIMA or AAPC. However, they are preferring coders with the CCS or CCS-P certifications from AHIMA.
If you're going to spend your time and money, spend it on the CCS-P or CCS.