RN Coder/Auditor - page 8

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   green217
    Your profile says you live in CO. These are what I found at the AAPC's Xtern program:
    Denver Health and Hospital Authority; contact Deborah Linehan at Denver, CO
    Panorama Orthopedics and Spine center; contact Elva McNeill at Golden, CO

    You can also "persuade" a facility to become one of the Xtern training site. There are instructions on how to do this at AAPC.com.

    In my community college, they provide hands-on training for at least one semester. If the training site likes your work, then it will be easier for you to get your foot in the door. (Remember, a lot of new CPC-A can't find a job because of lack of experience.) Second, it will be faster for you to remove your apprentice status. Instead of 2 years, you will need one year of job experience AND proof of 80 hrs coding education. This is from AAPC:
    "A minimum 80 hours of coding education AND one letter on letterhead from your employer verifying one year of on the job experience using the CPT, ICD-9-CM or HCPCS code sets. Proof of education may be sent in the form of a letter from an instructor on school letterhead stating the amount of contact hours earned, a certificate/diploma stating at least 80 contact hours or a school transcript."
    Community college will give you a more comprehensive information about billing/reimbursement/coding, etc. When I did my self-study, my book gave a very short course about reimbursement and regulation. I didn't really know what the book was talking about...so I had to Google lots of things.
    The downside is that community college training usually lasts for 3 semesters (full time) I think.
    I have not taken the AAPC online course, so I can't comment much about it. I would think that for the price they charge you, the course is probably detailed. The downside is you have to be disciplined and motivated. I have been in situations when I was supposed to sit in front of the computer to study... then I end up facebooking.
  2. by   85RNtogo
    Glenmar, how are things going with Clinical Coding Solutions? I am an RN with a CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) credential, looking for a work-at-home coding position. I would greatly appreciate an update, if you would. Thanks so much!
  3. by   glenmar3
    Quit about a year ago. Things were not all they were cracked up to be.
  4. by   85RNtogo
    Oh, sorry to hear that! Did you find another position as a nurse coder? Do you have any advice for us nurses who are looking for work in the coding field? Thank you so much for replying so promptly and sharing your experiences with us!!
  5. by   glenmar3
    No more coding. You can work part time as an RN and make as much as you would as a coder. I have not even kept up my CPC.
  6. by   WM_84
    Quote from glenmar3
    Quit about a year ago. Things were not all they were cracked up to be.
    What exactly happened? You're previous posts about this company were so positive. Please e-mail me at fcgurl84@yahoo.com. I have some other questions regarding this company as well. Thanks in advance!
  7. by   tlabedelle
    I am a recruiter for one of the RAC contractors and we are currently hiring Nurse Coders to audit Medicare charts from home. We prefer a CCS - Certified Coding Specialist certification through AHIMA. An RHIT or RHIA is also sufficient but they require degrees. AHIMA offers a basics coding course. Find out more at www.ahima.org.
    We require experience with MS-DRG inpatient coding. If you know of anyone who fits this description send them my way.
  8. by   BonewaxRN
    tlabedelle, I am not currently certified but I'm definitely pursuing the kind of work you are offering. I have sent you a PM.

    After thinking about it, I decided to edit this message with information about myself. I have a MSN in Community Health, but I'm not working at the present time. I am taking a refresher course pursuant to reactivating my RN license, which should happen in September. I live in Mississippi and would like to work from home doing chart auditing or coding.

    I am completely at a loss as to what program I should choose for becoming certified for coding or auditing. I've found some information about it, but I'm a little swamped and overwhelmed. Any help finding my way would be appreciated.
    Last edit by BonewaxRN on Jul 11, '11
  9. by   insgirl
    I am not a certified coder.....yet, However I do work within the insurance industry auditing claims and utilization. I actuall have been applying at a couple of different companies that have contracts for the medicare referral and really would like to do this type of work at home. If you would like to tell me what company, I would gladly send my resume to you.
    Thank you!