. Since I am a traveling coder I get the advantage of working flex time, so I have more home time each month than the standard 5 day work week, frequent flyer miles and hotel stay reward programs, and the people. . I enjoy working from home but there are times that I work well over the 40 hour week. . My environment can be lonely at times working from home. I primarily code surgical procedures for our orthopaedic surgeons. . There are 3 other coders in my billing company and we have a coder/supervisor. I am a one person office. . I work for a Medicare Advantage plan and handle post-payment review, some claims processing and ensure fee schedule payment amounts are in line with contracts and benefits for our members.
This is was a selling point for me when I got into coding and have no luck in finding a job to work from home. My dream job would be to work at home on coding and auditing but it would have to be a job with benefits. I am employed by a hospital but work from home. . My employer provides info for proper anesthesia coding. . I do feel that the cost of CEUs are very high and I research ways to find more affordable ways to obtain them. . The good part is I am continuously learning, just at a much faster pace than preferred.
The only other work I do is to email key people to make sure physician orders are present or to call the occasional physician office to see why the test I'm coding was performed if the diagnosis was left off of the order. . Billers and coders will need access to the medical records to obtain information required to support billing and coding of a patient encounter accurately for reimbursement. I enjoy working solo. I purchase my own resources because I am active in my chapter and like to train others. It can be very rewarding working from home at times. I get paid hourly and by a collection. I think it is more effecient to work from home because you do not get unneccesary interruptions.