Codebusters Presentation

HIM Staffing & Consulting:
What You Need To Know
Tiffany Emigh, Sr. Recruiter for HIM Services
Coder Certifications
There are many certifications out there, so which one(s)
should you get?
 CCA: Entry level, should lead to CCS
 CPC, CPC-H: Physician-based coding with some
 CCS, CCS-P: Hospital-based coding with some
 RHIT, RHIA: Administrative and all-inclusive
Coder Experience
This issue often feels like a catch-22. Coders are expected to have
at least 2-3 years of experience, but how do new coders get that
a) Look into volunteer or internship programs that have potential
to turn into paid work. Our clients only look at paid experience.
b) Start small; get a job as a Medical Records Clerk, or Medical
Records Technician and work your way up to coding.
c) Gather references! If you can volunteer at a hospital, be
communicative with the coding staff around you and let them
know how your work is going. If you can prove your coding
abilities, a Supervisor’s reference may be just what you need to
get a paying job.
First Impressions Count
Your Resume is the first thing any employer is going to see, so
make sure that it leaves a lasting impression. Employers want to
Details, details, details. Every little thing that you have done matters
i.e. do you know medical terminology? Are you familiar with ICD-9
and CPT coding? What specialties have you coded for specifically?
Professional Summary: a summary of all of the skills you have
developed as a coder that are relevant to the job for which you are
applying. This includes coding specialties, coding projects, EHR
experience, coding productivity rate, work ethic, and any accolades
you’ve earned. For students, this could include GPA, Dean’s list, or
volunteer work on the side.
DO NOT submit a cover letter. For coding jobs, cover letters aren’t
looked at.
DO NOT include an “objective” on your resume. We know you want to
be a coder, that’s a given.
Good Resumes Look Like
Bad Resumes Look Like
Back Up Your Resume
 Letters of Recommendation should be included with your
resume to back up any claims you make in your professional
*In some cases, a letter of recommendation can be
considered in lieu of experience*
 Always include a copy of your coding certificate(s).
 Include information regarding any written publications you have
been a part of.
 List any organizations you are a member of; AAPC or AHIMA.
What to Expect in the
Productivity standards and quality guidelines are always specific to
the facility/office, but general guidelines do exist to help us
understand what is commonly expected.
AHIMA coding productivity standards are a good reference:
– Inpatient Coding: ~24 records per 8 hours, 3 per hour
– Outpatient Coding (Ambulatory, Surgeries): ~40 records per 8 hours,
5 per hour
– Emergency Department Coding: ~120 records per 8 hours, 15 per
– Ancillary Coding: ~240 records per 8 hours, 30 per hour
– Hierarchical Category Condition Coding (HCC): ~320 records per 8
hours, 40 per hour
– Professional Services Coding (E&M leveling): Varies drastically
depending on specialty.
Coding accuracy for all specialties is typically 96% or better.
Coding Education
 ICD-10 Made Easy: ER Coding book by Linda Kobayashi sold on
 FREE CEUs for coding credential maintenance.
 CEUs are earned by taking our online courses, which can be
found at
What the links look like:
Before Entering the Course
Be sure to utilize our list of coding tools to assist you. These items can be
downloaded and saved to your computer.
Coding Exams
We created coding exams that we use for preemployment purposes, but they can also be used for
coding practice and can be found on our page.
Currently our tests cover:
– ICD-9 and ICD-10 Inpatient & Outpatient Diagnosis and
– Emergency Room Diagnosis
– IV Infusions & Injections
Professional Services and HCC tests are in the works.
In Conclusion
The coding world is highly competitive.
Learn as much as you can and be
prepared to meet coding expectations.

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