Our own Lee Williams, RHIT, CPCO, CPC, CCS, CCDS, Director of Coding Operations wrote an article in the July issue of the AAPC Healthcare Business Monthly.
Here is an excerpt from the article that appears on Page 40 of the magazine:
Is Your Next Step Inpatient Coding?
Compare it with outpatient coding, and if the show fits, wear it.
The healthcare industry affords many wonderful opportunities for
career transition and growth. There is a plethora of career choices
available, such as coding, billing, auditing, compliance, and practice
management. If you decide on coding, you will also need to determine
your preference in the outpatient or inpatient setting. Many
outpatient coders assign diagnosis and procedural codes for physician
offices, ambulatory surgery centers, emergency department
(ED) services, etc.; whereas, inpatient coders assign codes for services
provided during a hospital inpatient stay.
It’s always a good idea to stay current with employment trends, no
matter what your profession. Healthcare is evolving, not only on the
clinical side of medicine, but also on the side of business and consumer
awareness. With impending ICD-10 implementation and
coder shortages reported by many facilities, it makes sense to consider
inpatient coding as your next step.
Log-in at AAPC.com to read the full article.