Practice Does Not Make Perfect
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Practice Makes Perfect.” Well, I’m here to tell you that practice does NOT make perfect. Instead, “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect,” according to Vince Lombardi. And that goes for just about anything.
Hence, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect in Medical Coding.
Don’t get me wrong. Practice is important. But practicing medical coding (or anything else for that matter) for 10,000 hours or 100,000 hours will still not result in perfection…
… Unless you practice in a “smart way!”
At least that’s what Daniel Goleman, an author at Mindful, states, and I tend to agree.
What Is Meant By “Perfect Practice Makes Perfect”
According to John Assaraf, a leading mindset and behavior expert, success means,
“Doing the Right Things, in the Right Order, at the Right Time.”
This makes perfect sense to me.
Assaraf goes on to say that repetition is key to achieving successs, but that’s not all. See, if you continue to repeat the same wrong moves over and over, it only results in a total waste of time. And if you’ve already perfected the right moves, there is no need to keep practicing them.
Instead, you should work on skills that need perfection and practice the right moves repeatedly. This will ultimately result in success. Repeatedly carring out this perfect practice routine in an intentional way will turn into getting the right result that is effortless and automatic.
If, along the way, you have a problem with perfecting a skill, you are probably doing something wrong. In other words, you are not “doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time.” Something is out of sequence.
So, repetition is important to success, but you need to know if you are doing something wrong and learn how to practice it the right way in order to perfect it.
And that goes for whatever you want to excel in, including Medical Coding.
How To Practice Perfectly in Medical Coding
In medical coding, it’s all about the coding guidelines, rules, and conventions. Repetition and applying the right guidelines at the right time are fundamental to becoming an excellent medical coder.
Therefore, if you practice, practice, and practice some more, applying the right guidelines in the right sequence at the right time, you will be practicing perfectly.
And that makes Perfect!
If you plan to take the CPC certification exam, you can expect to see multiple-choice coding questions on CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-10-CM. These questions require your ability to locate the correct code(s) based on coding guidelines, conventions, and instructional notes. It is critical that you pay close attention to all the information provided when looking up the correct codes in your coding manuals. Otherwise, chances are you will assign an incorrect code or you will assign the codes in the wrong order.
In order to help you strengthen your medical coding skills, I want to share with you my medical coding tools, so you can practice your coding skills repeatedly in the right way until you perfect them.
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By practicing your coding exercises repeatedly in the right way, you will learn how to apply the coding rules correctly and discover the right code(s) quickly and effortlessly.
So, apply the Perfect Practice Make Perfect advice provided above, and get practicing!
Success won’t happen overnight, but you will get there!
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