Independent Medical Coding, 2nd edition 2nd Edition

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"I felt as if the authors were sitting across from me explaining all the tips of the trade." --ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals

"In uncomplicated language, readers are told how to set up and manage a small medical-coding service. An array of topics ... are concisely presented ... an excellent resource" --Today's Librarian

"a great introduction to entrepreneurship as a medical coder ... this book is an excellent place to start your research ... excellent advice ... nuggets of coding and business savvy ... references and resources that are likely to be worth the cost of the book on their own merits ... accurate description and excellent list of advantages to a coding carer ... honest outline of concerns and issues that you must be prepared to handle ... you'll be able to use chapter after chapter of 'Independent Medical Coding' both at the beginning of your venture and for years to come." --For the Record

About the Author

Authors Donna Avila-Weil, RHIT, and Rhonda Regan, CCS, CCS-P, have worked extensively in health information management for decades. Avila-Weil has specialized in coding, in medical transcription, directed medical staff services, and provided extensive consulting services during her 30 year career. Regan has performed medical coding for 20 years. She owns her own independent coding and health information management consulting business. Donna lives and conducts her coding, medical transcription, and consulting business in Hawaii, servicing clients across the U.S. Rhonda lives and has her coding and consulting business in the beautiful wine country of Northern California.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rayve Productions; 2nd edition (April 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1877810150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1877810152
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic reference for anyone who is pursuing a career as an independent coder. In this age of "compliance" conscious organizations, anyone working independently needs to now how to organize business practices. This is not a "how to code" book. There are numerous very good coding references. This book addresses coding as a business. Working independently as a consultant, coding education resources and certification. It is an excellent resource and highly recommended to all who are considering pursuing an independent coding practice.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Mendoza on March 19, 2000
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I was very pleased to find this book on Independent Medical Coding. I had been considering just such a career, but didn't know where to begin. This book was exactly what I needed. It gives the experienced coder an alternative career path into entrepeneurship without doing "billing". This book provided me the first stepping stone in what is soon to be my new career. I would like to see the authors do an even more in-depth book, providing even more information about this field. Because books of this nature are so rare, a comprehensive reference would be wonderful, and I would gladly pay extra for the information. The book as written, however, is an excellent resource and I definitely recommend it to anyone already skilled in coding who is interested in working for themselves. Thank you for writing this book!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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Book may be helpful for someone already adept at medical coding, though I thought it still lacking in substance and vague non-responsive answers to very important subjects if really going to help someone changing careers. Title suggested help in coding which I needed and I wasted $35.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lois A. Sullivan on February 28, 2002
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This book is really a great resource. I have devoured it. There is so much useful information in it and it is the first book I have found on this subject that goes into all it would take to make this a great career move. I was looking for a great home business and I think this book will be a great help. I wish I had found it sooner. Good job for the authors.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2003
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The word "comprehensive" in the title is the objectionable term here since this book is essentially a series of short, insufficient passages. There is nothing here that couldn't be found for free on the internet or with a little bit of work reviewing *any* basic "starting your own business books."
I'll be returning this book. Ironically, I'm out the return postage cost, but since the book is really only a handbook and uses a big font, the cost probably won't be much to ship such a small book back. My advice is to not waste your money unless you need a primer on basic business principles and a reference for where to get the medical coder training.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 1999
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As an at-home Medical biller, this book has helped me to see a way to expand my present income potential. It has great information on were to find more resources and educational opportunities. It gave me lots of marketing ideas. I hope to see future editions with more helpful tools. Having a credentialed and experience coder as an author in Ms. Regan gave me insight into how to contract and expand my business into the coding feild.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 3, 2007
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Donna Avila-Weil, Independent Medical Coding (Rayve Productions, 1999)

Looking for information on being a medical coder? This could be an interesting start, but it likely won't complete your education.

Independent Medical Coding spends its first third or so going over some general concepts you'll need to know in coding, though the key word here is "general"; you'll end up using this as a jumping-off point to find more detailed books about the ins and outs of coding.

The rest of the book is devoted to more general discussion on starting your own home-based business, all of which once again is of a general nature and will probably send you searching for more detailed books on the same topic, if you're looking to start your own business rather than code for a company. So this one is worth your time if you're brand-new to the search, but be aware you'll be buying more books after this. ***
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