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Coding from home
by Robin St, CPC-A - Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 5:55 PM
 

Hello:

I am wondering what it is like coding from home.  Do at-home companies pay coders by the hour, or is it better to work through a hospital?  I am halfway through Module 1.  

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Re: Coding from home
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 6:41 PM
 
Hi Robin, 


I code from home and love it! I know coders that work in the hospital and from home and it just depends on what works for you. Both have their perks. Remote coders usually get paid by the hour. Some remote positions require a regular workday, like 8-5, Mon-Fri, and others can be flexible or very flexible, work in the morning or the evening, pick the days to work, some jobs require weekends, it just depends on what the client needs are. It can also depend on what type of remote position you get, i.e. if you work directly through the hospital or if you work through another company who contracts your labor to the hospital. It also depends on what type of facility you work for, i.e. ER, outpatient, inpatient, orthopedic, OB, etc. There are a lot of variables when it comes to employment. Also, a lot of remote positions come with the same types of benefits one would get working at a job outside of the home, i.e. health, dental, PTO, laptop, life insurance, retirement, etc.

I hope I was able to help answer some of your questions. 

Wendy

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Re: Coding from home
by Charity We, CCS, CPC-A - Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 9:42 PM
 

Thanks for your answer :) It is nice to see there are a lot of options for coders wanting to work from home!

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Re: Coding from home
by Robin St, CPC-A - Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 9:56 PM
 

Thank you Wendy. It's good to see there are options and coders don't get paid per code. Not to mention, that would be totally counterproductive. :)

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Re: Coding from home
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Thursday, 18 January 2018, 9:39 AM
 

Robin/Charity,

I want to encourage both of you to stick with the program you are doing and it will get you where you need to be, even when you get discouraged and feel like you will never get there. Most of the time finding a remote position from home takes a lot of perseverance, but it can be done! It took me eight months to find a position after I obtained my CPC-A and that was applying everywhere. Another note of encouragement, today I read on AHIMA they are implementing more apprenticeship programs, so this is a very positive note for new graduates! I have posted the link below for more information. I just skimmed the article, so I am not sure what the requirements are and so forth.

http://www.ahimafoundation.org/prodev/registered_apprenticeship.aspx

file:///C:/Users/HRS0066/Downloads/N161007%20AHIMA%20DOL%20Announcement.pdf

Best to both of you,

Wendy

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Re: Coding from home
by Amber Lo, CPC-A - Thursday, 18 January 2018, 11:27 AM
 

Great information Wendy!  Thank you so much for taking the time to post this link for AHIMA apprenticeship.

Amber

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Re: Coding from home
by Robin St, CPC-A - Thursday, 18 January 2018, 6:58 PM
 

Wendy: Thank you so much. That's encouraging.  I will definitely keep this in mind.

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Re: Coding from home
by Charity We, CCS, CPC-A - Thursday, 18 January 2018, 10:29 PM
 

Thank you so much!

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Re: Coding from home
by Angie Bo, CPC-A CCS - Monday, 22 January 2018, 4:16 PM
 

Hi, 


that's great info, but not sure if Andrews would qualify in this instance.  one of the questions asks which education program were you enrolled in.  choices were Certificate in Coding course, AA/AS - HIT, bacherlors HIM.  I am looking into this anyway.  Not sure if the educational program needs to be "approved" or recognized by AHIMA.  I'll post again if I find out.