I Am AAPC: Christiane M. Pokorny, COC, CPC

I Am AAPC: Christiane M. Pokorny, COC, CPC

My mom’s advice to my sister and I growing up was to work in healthcare. She said it’s a great industry to make a solid career.

I took her advice, and in 1989 I entered the world of healthcare via my sister, who was working for a private radiologist. I filled in for her as the courier, delivering reports and copies of X-rays to local physicians.

Medical Coding Takes the Lead

I held two jobs, working as a supervisor for Hallmark at night, and courier for the radiology group by day. The office manager of the group was so impressed with my work ethic that she called a friend who owned a radiology billing service and got me a position as their file clerk.

Two years later, after being promoted to a bunch of different departments and to full-time work, I was offered a medical coding position.

Priorities Change

I continued to work for the billing service for a few more years until they were sold to another company and closed. I was a newlywed, and my husband and I decided that I would take a break from healthcare and focus on starting a family. Little did we know that journey would take us eight years!

When my adopted daughter turned three, I got the itch to get back into the workforce. I knew that if I wanted to be taken seriously, though, I needed to be certified.

Distance Learning Means You CAN Do It All

AAPC’s Distance Learning courses came to the rescue. While my daughter napped and after her bedtime, I studied. After six months, I finished the course and passed the exams for both COC™ and CPC®.

I am both grateful for my mom and for AAPC because I now have a wonderful career as a medical coder analyst II for oncology/hematology. I look forward to all the resources and opportunities AAPC provides for continuing education.

Coding Provides a More Detailed Perspective

I paint landscapes in my spare time, and I have noticed the parallels between coding and art. I look at things from different perspectives and pay attention to the fine details. An open mind causes enormous growth in knowledge and results.

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One Response to “I Am AAPC: Christiane M. Pokorny, COC, CPC”

  1. Roopitha valsan says:

    I am a AAPC member : Roopitha valsan , RN & RM , CPC
    This is my career start..
    I had 3 years of nursing experience in different hospitals. I thought i need a break form hospital side but not at all from medical field because i like medical science,at the same time i heard about medical coding career and i got all the information regarding the CPC under AAPC from google and from Cigma medical academy. For starting my new path my uncle MR. Shaji and my mom supported me very well in all means. I trained hard from Cigma medical academy and i got certified,within a month i got a job from a reputed healthcare industry VPS group of healthcare at Infopark , Kochi. Now i reaching one year of experience in the wonderful field medical coding in the month of October, renewed license once and i completed first 18 CEUs.
    I am both grateful for my mom and Shaji Uncle for getting CPC because now I have a wonderful career as a medical coder specialist .

    Now we got kerala AAPC local chapter in Ernakulam,Kerala . It is indeed great pleasure for me to get invitation for attending inaugural meeting on 22nd sep, It is easy access to CEU meeting, thank you and you have done a great job Mr. Bibin balan ,who is the admin of Cigma academy and now became the president of AAPC local chapter -Kerala. I look forward to all the resources and opportunities AAPC provides for continuing education.

    Once again thank you all for supporting me …

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