Coding, Classification & Reimbursement

Working Remote

  • 1.  Working Remote

    Posted 10-11-2018 11:39
    Hello everyone,
    My name is Amanda and I am a current HIM student at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. I am due to graduate this spring and start job searching immediately. I have heard that it can be an option (for coding jobs mostly) to be hired by a company in a different state while still living in your home state working remotely. This is something I could possibly be interested in and I was just wondering if anyone could lend some information and insight about this. If you have some personal experience with this I would greatly appreciate any advice you can provide. Thank you in advance!

    Amanda Caruso

  • 2.  RE: Working Remote

    Posted 10-12-2018 08:22

    Great question Amanda. 

    Remote working for coders is an excellent option for expanding your field of opportunities. Upon a google search there are many companies who are looking for remote coders.
    Some advise I can give from my experience in the last 10 years, would be to ensure your computer skills are advanced. Companies thrive on employees who can trouble shoot computer/internet issues before asking for assistance. Between understanding the basics of VPN/RDP, EMRs, routers and email systems, can add to your first impression for a remote position. Another word of advise, find the coding area  you are most confident in and pursue those jobs. Coding is so fast from inpatient (DRG), Out patient surgeries, physician CPT EM (auditing), and the list goes on. So when applying to a remote job, demonstrate your thirst to learn and grow within that particular coding area.
    My final advice would be regarding working remote would be to ask yourself "does remote working lend well for my learning style". Remote working can be challenging for those who are used to constant socialization. If you are one who enjoys working alone for long periods of time and being self sufficient, remote could work for you. Ask the company you are working for if they have direct people contact for those tough questions that might arise while doing your job. Does that company allow for Skype or other messaging system calls/interaction?
    Best of luck on your bright future!

    Shawna Zastoupil
    Hospice Coding Manager