Introduction

Medical coders are in high demand throughout the United States now more than ever. Deciding on a career - or making the decision to change careers - takes time and careful consideration. While a career change can be exciting, it can also be stressful. It's important that you have all the pertinent information to help you make an informed decision. In this ebook, you'll learn the ins-and-outs of the medical coding field, including the basics of coding, education required and how certification will benefit you.

Becoming a medical coder doesn't happen overnight. However, the time, energy and money you invest for the necessary education and certification will ultimately reap you a rewarding career.

After you've finished reading the ebook, take the time to visit the links. Familiarize yourself with the American Health Information Management Association and the American Academy of Professional Coders, the leading professional coding organizations in the United States.

Both offer professional certifications, essential in the medical coding industry, and both provide medical coders with invaluable information, the latest industry news and educational products.

Visit the message boards in the links provided, and read what new and experienced coders have to say. Join the conversation - if you're still not sure whether medical coding is the career for you after reading this ebook, talk to other medical coders on message boards, and contact schools and talk with medical coding instructors.

Visit Advance for Health Information Management Professionals - you can order a free subscription. Read the articles on their website (registration is free), and browse through their job classifieds to give you an idea of what type of medical coding jobs are available in your area.

Check out the different educational opportunities available and visit the links provided to request free information from the schools about getting a degree or certification in medical coding.

Keep in mind that medical coding is only one of your many options in the health information management field - you'll also get an overview of medical billing and medical transcription, two other challenging, popular careers in the healthcare industry.