Jokes aside, this has happened to me many times — I have gone to sleep dreaming about medical coding. And this may have been the case for you too! Especially after spending your days studying for a coding exam or coding patients’ medical charts all day. Either way, medical coding may be your passion!
Or maybe this hasn’t happened to you (yet), because you are just starting out on your career path and education.
You aren’t sure exactly what is involved in medical billing or coding or if it’s a good fit for you. In my post on medical billing and coding, you will learn what these health professionals do, where they work, and how much they make.
In addition, you may not know what these funny looking acronyms mean: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, AND HCPCS. And why do medical coders (and billers) need to know this information? In this post, you will learn not only what these acronyms mean but what they are used for. And the reason you need to know them is that it is your job, as a medical coder or biller, to provide important information for communication and billing purposes.
Interested in taking medical billing and coding courses? Check out:
- AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders)
- AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association)
- CCO (CertificationCoachingOrg)
Oh and if you are curious as to what the ICD-10-CM codes mean that the girl is dreaming about in the picture, here is a description for each:
- J44.9, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified
- I12.0, hypertensive chronic kidney disease with stage 5 chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease
- B16.9, acute hepatitis B without delta-agent and without hepatic coma