Minute with a Member: Robin Moore, CPC
Director Medical Coding/Assisting Program and Remote Coder, Toledo, Ohio
Tell us about how you got into coding, what you’ve done during your coding career, and where you work now.
I began my career as a medical assistant at the same place where I externed during college. The hours were bad, however, and the pay was not great. One night, while making my usual message call backs, I decided it was time to switch careers. A few months later, I was coding heart procedures at a local hospital. I was able to secure more money hourly, and I had the hours I wanted.
I now work as a remote coder for Himagine Solutions, Inc., and as the director of the Medical Coding/Medical Assisting Program at Davis College in Toledo, Ohio.
What is your involvement with your local AAPC chapter?
I served as president, as well as other officer positions, for the Toledo, Ohio, local chapter. I stopped attending for a few years because I was busy being a new mom, but when I found my way back a couple of years ago, I was re-elected as president. We have had two amazing years. We were able to secure national speakers at our events, as well as some great local talent. I also moderate an active Facebook page for the chapter (search “AAPC Toledo Ohio Chapter” on Facebook).
What AAPC benefits do you like the most?
The benefit I love the most is my local chapter. Through my chapter and coding, I have made many amazing friends. I also love the national discounts. Anyone who knows me, knows I love coupons and discounts.
How has your certification helped you?
Certification is a must in this field. It’s very hard to land a good job without it. With my certification, I’ve been able to make a decent living teaching, editing text books, auditing, and educating physicians on coding — there’s no limit!
Do you have any advice for those new to coding and/or those looking for jobs in the field?
My advice is to achieve certification and network. It’s hard work to become certified, but it’s essential. It’s also beneficial to have a network of coding friends you can call on for advice and support. (Yes! Even after coding for over 25 years, I still ask for help.)
What has been your biggest challenge as a coder?
My biggest challenge as a remote coder is to turn off work. I’m always working on at least two jobs.
If you could do any other job, what would it be?
Win the lottery and do nothing.