RN Coder/Auditor - page 2

Seriously considering taking an online certified RN Coder/Auditor course. Has anyone taken it? Is this a needed, lucrative field? Any advice? Thanks... Read More

  1. by   rntrap
    I called clinical coding solutions today. They stated the pay is as low as $1.00 to $2.40 a chart. I am curious about the $30-$50 rate.
  2. by   glenmar3
    I believe it comes down to productivity. I just finished a course for CPC and there were some folks already doing coding with me in the course. I understand that doing 20-30 charts an hour is about what's expected. The exam I just took was 150 questions and you were given 5 hours or two minutes per question to complete it. Some of the questions were based on long operative reports. It can be done.
  3. by   glenmar3
    Hi rntrap,

    Got your PM but couldn't figure out how to send a reply. I found my CPC course through the AAPC website and it was being given locally. It was a 14 week, two nights a week for two hours program. I just took my CPC exam and am awaiting results. I do not work for Clinical Coding Solutions but have been in touch with them. They were very polite but informed me to get back to them when I had passed the examination.
  4. by   glenmar3
    Well, I just found out I passed the exam and am now a CPC with the AAPC. As soon as I get my paperwork I will start to put out resumes and see what happens. I'll certainly post back here with any results.
  5. by   cooliegirl
    congrats Glenmar...no more bedside care for you right?
  6. by   glenmar3
    Hi 2bnurse-1,

    Haven't done bedside nursing in eons. I am also a Licensed Acupuncturist with a small private practice and taught up until earlier this year. I still do home care per diem one day a week to keep up my nursing skills.

    My interest in home coding is two fold. First, my wife is disabled secondary to a brain injury a few years back. Although she's made an amazing recovery, uses a walker and can stay home alone she still needs supervision and I would like to be able to stay home a little more. Secondly, I'm 55 years old and I'm looking for something that I can start doing now and will see me through my retirement. Being a remote coder seemed to fit the bill.

    The class I took was very challenging and I almost thought I didn't pass the exam. I'm just waiting to receive my paperwork from the AAPC and will start looking for work.
  7. by   cooliegirl
    thats awesome Glenmar glad to see that there is few good men like yourself willing to stand by his honey.

    keep us posted on your new job? im also interested in this field
  8. by   mmc1213
    Have you finished the course? I as well have checked into the AAPC self study program and wanted to know if you had any success with finding a job?
  9. by   glenmar3
    Hi mmc1213,

    Yes, I have finished the course and just found out a day or two ago that I passed the exam by going to the AAPC website. For what its worth I am now officially a CPC. I am awaiting my paperwork before I start applying. I had been in contact with someone from Consolidated Coding Solutions back in mid-October who told me that although they currently did not have a position assured me that they wished to have me send them my resume as they only hire RNs with CPC or CCS certification.

    I will post back any progress positive or negative. Wish me luck.
  10. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from glenmar3
    Hi mmc1213,

    Yes, I have finished the course and just found out a day or two ago that I passed the exam by going to the AAPC website. For what its worth I am now officially a CPC. I am awaiting my paperwork before I start applying. I had been in contact with someone from Consolidated Coding Solutions back in mid-October who told me that although they currently did not have a position assured me that they wished to have me send them my resume as they only hire RNs with CPC or CCS certification.

    I will post back any progress positive or negative. Wish me luck.
    Best of luck, Glenmar. Let us know how it goes!
  11. by   Itshamrtym
    Quote from glenmar3
    Well, I just found out I passed the exam and am now a CPC with the AAPC. As soon as I get my paperwork I will start to put out resumes and see what happens. I'll certainly post back here with any results.

    Hello

    I tried to send you a PM, it wouldn't work... Was wondering how it was going with the coding??? Thank you and take care...
  12. by   glenmar3
    Well, I've only put out one resume to Clinical Coding Solutions. They did reply back after some time and told me that they did not currently have openings and sometimes nurses wait for a year before a position opens. I was told that my information would be put into their data base. I will get more aggressive in another month or two and will post back here with any results.
  13. by   Itshamrtym
    Thanks for the speedy reply. Might you check out medassurant. A friend of mine works there. We are in Maryland, but I believe that they have offices
    in a lot of states. There is a lot of positions here. My friend does chart review and was trained in coding. It didn't seem like the training was very long and I don't know if she is certified. We havn't been in touch much lately. This is something that I have been thinking about for awhile. Along with case management, forensics, community health...etc..... Can't figure out what I wan't to be when I'm grown up. I have done pediatric home care for 11 years and I work PRN in the OR. My pediatric patient has had a lot of illness lately and has been in the hospital. The OR is slow... Husband got layed off.... YIKES..... Gotta do something. Not sure if I will be comfortable giving up patient care full time to do chart review/coding. But if I take coding @ the Community College it will take about a year and be costly. If I go to work for a company such as medassurant (spelling??)... they will pay for it... So I have a decision to make... Good luck with your coding aspirations... Thanks for listening... Sorry for the rant....... TAKE CARE!!!!

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