I Am AAPC: Kate Balduff, RHIT, CPC

As a military spouse, I needed a career that was readily available in any state, offered an emergent environment, versatile in nature, and allowed me to help people and patients, especially. Nursing was not my calling, though, so I dug a little deeper.

Unsuspected Career

While at our first military base, I landed a job performing administrative duties, and later, a medical records position at a mental health center. The experience and guidance I received was phenomenal and my career knowledge was already building; yet, I saw it as just a job that was nearby and that I enjoyed. Assisting with charges, scanning records, and maneuvering around an electronic health record at a physician’s office a few years later further educated me in the administrative health realm. And then, we moved.

From Sonography to Health Information Technology (HIT)

While finishing prerequisite classes for sonography, my impatience grew with the director’s lack of enthusiasm and the program’s accreditation timeline. As I passed the HIT office one day, I stopped, opened the door, and 20 minutes later, walked out with a two-year schedule of every class I needed to become a HIT graduate and holder of a medical coder certificate.

Blaze Forth with Confidence

I had my doubts and worries when the time came to take the frightening exams. The Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) and Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) examinations are no trivial matters; they require concentration, preparedness, and a can-do spirit. With the support of my husband and a great mentor, I passed each exam on the first try. The whole experience has been incredibly rewarding. I plan to obtain more credentials in the future, and I hope to use my expertise as a coding consultant and to give back as a coding educator.
My best advice is to believe in yourself and your abilities. Make the extraordinary happen. If I can do it, so can you!

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