Anna and Roxanne make some very good points.
Fortunately (and I know how fortunate I am) I never had to struggle finding a job in coding, as I say "I grew up in it." I have been in medical office management, billing, coding and anything related for about 25+ years. It is quite a challenging field and you will never know anywhere near everything, lol! I work as a consultant and some days its very frustrating. I have to create a coding summary for a company making a "widget." Something that has never been used before, something the device company came up with and now they want a coding solution (i.e. reimbursed!). First of all, I dont have notes (which is really hard sometimes as this is how we are programmed), second the device company wants reimbursement (dont we all!) and third, just because they have a new device or product or procedure, doesnt mean there is reimbursement for it.
My point I guess is it never gets easier per se. There will always always be challenges. DO NOT give up. You will find something. Feel free to email me, or probably any one of us here, if you think we can offer any other advice, or if you just want to vent. We all have our struggles and some days you just want someone to listen who understands.
Last edited by mmorningstarcpc; 06-15-2009 at 10:25 AM.
Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer