There are definitely a lot of options available for medical coding training. However, it is not always a simple task to find a good medical coding training program. For starters, most medical coding training programs focus almost exclusively on academic training – which of course is important. However, the best medical coding training, in our opinion, is a program that provides intensive hands on practical training in medical coding. This is extremely important in preparing students for the real world. We also strongly prefer programs that allow a person to learn medical coding at home, and at their own pace, on a full or part time basis without quitting their current job.
While making the investment in time and money to get through a good medical coding training program is not for everyone, for those who are committed to getting through a quality program, it is the best way to learn medical coding and get a good job. On the job training is really not an efficient option anymore. What is more, fewer and fewer healthcare institutions are willing to invest in untrained medical coding talent.
You can spend months of time and a lot of money and resources going through a medical coding training program. And once you have committed to a program it is frustrating and expensive to pull out and start over somewhere else. So the decision is an important one. But what makes a good medical coding training program? What sets the quality medical coding schools apart from the masses of confusing options? Let's face it... the only thing that really matters is getting a medical coding job once you are done. And the only way to get the job is to learn to be a high quality medical coder. It all comes back to a reputable medical coding program with a strong emphasis on practical application.
Finding a medical coding training program that offers the flexible training options described above AND a solid medical coding curriculum can be difficult.
Look for a medical coding training program that offers a strong complement of foundation courses in addition to the standard courses on industry codes. Obviously, the industry codes will form the foundation of your training. These codes include:
- ICD-9 and soon ICD-10
However, you should also look for core training courses that ensure competence in areas such as:
* Medical terminology
* Anatomy, physiology, and disease processes
* Healthcare regulations
* HIPAA compliance
* Insurance fraud and compliance
Again, one of the most important components of a quality medical coding training program will be a comprehensive “hands-on” practicum. Nothing will prepare you more for the real world of medical coding than a solid practicum.