Revenue cycle, payer guidelines, CCI Edits, Healthcare law, communication skills, and denial management are all skills and concepts that can be replicated in a virtual office "lab" and taught in the community college level. What I'm seeing with entry-level coders are a whole lot of really earnest people who know how to look things up in the CPT and ICD-9 books, have a general understanding of medical terminology but don't know what the word "adjudicated" means, and who don't know how to use the CCI edits. It's just as frustrating to me as it is to people trying to get hired.
Originally Posted by suziski
Whose fault is that? Good question. The school, for not providing a comprehensive education? And for the 20K I've read that people are plunking down for this opportunity, I sure hope they got some of this training. Or do we blame the students for not researching coding job descriptions in advance of selecting coding coursework?
But the bottom line is that without that knowledge, lately (with a bad economy and a strict budget) it's hard for me to bring anyone on that is going to require a lot of additional training outside the new-employee training like multiple software applications, company policies, and Joint Commission requirements.
Pam Brooks, MHA, CPC, PCS, COC
Dover, NH 03820
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