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About Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

Rebecca Harmon returned to HIM practice in a leadership role after spending many years as an HIM educator. Tapping her broad history of diverse healthcare experience that began with a tour of duty in the US Navy, Rebecca writes regularly and speaks on education, workforce issues, management and life. An energetic and engaging speaker, Ms. Harmon enjoys sharing her unique perspective with student, faculty, professional and community groups.
New Coding Career? 5 Basic People Skills to Ensure Successful Co-worker Relations

New Coding Career? 5 Basic People Skills to Ensure Successful Co-worker Relations

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA As an educator in both community college and university settings, I had the great privilege of being around students as they prepared to enter the workforce. Some were just emerging from college as fresh-faced new graduates while others were finding a new lease on life with a change in […]

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Coding at Home: it Takes Balance!

Coding at Home: it Takes Balance!

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA One of the major benefits of becoming a Medical Coder is the opportunity to work from home. Remote employment offers a multitude of benefits, including lower costs for professional clothing, reduced vehicle costs, and avoiding the stress of morning and afternoon rush hour commutes. There are also benefits to […]

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In a Coding Rut? Small Changes can Turn it Around

In a Coding Rut? Small Changes can Turn it Around

You studied hard, graduated and sat for your credentials. You landed that awesome job and settled into your routine as a new coder, then became just one of the coders and are well on your way to becoming an experienced coder. You’ve reached the goals you set for yourself, have a great job and are making good money – so where is …

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Coders and Job Satisfaction: Your Career is What You Make of It

Coders and Job Satisfaction: Your Career is What You Make of It

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

My father loved his job. He enjoyed his work, was proud of his skills and abilities and took great pride in the contributions he made every day. When he retired it was not to get away from the ball and chain of his job, but to move on into that period in his life where he could spend more time on things that he chose. Read more

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Seeking a Coding Job? Be Sure to Communicate Your “Fit” in the Organization

Seeking a Coding Job? Be Sure to Communicate Your “Fit” in the Organization

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

You’ve done it! You’ve studied, sacrificed time and sleep, and hung in there. You’re a graduate and a newly-credentialed Coder – congratulations! Now it’s time for the next step: job hunting, interviewing and hopefully, beginning that new job! Read more

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Attention Coding Professionals: It’s all about Preparation and Perspective

Attention Coding Professionals: It’s all about Preparation and Perspective

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

Winter is finally here! For those of us who like the change of seasons, this is a statement of triumph after a dubious entrance into the season last month. Just as we were celebrating, an Arctic blast blew through Pittsburgh and made some of us question why we were so anxious for Winter to arrive. Read more

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Goal-setting for the New Year

Goal-setting for the New Year

by Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

Happy New Year! We’re well into the first month of this new year and what a different year this is – at least for the HIM profession! This year there’s no ICD-10 implementation hanging over our heads; no major projects to conquer and no deadlines to meet. On the personal side of things, many of us marked 2015 with an achievement such as earning a degree, completing a training certificate, or achieving a credential or trainer designation.

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