by Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA
Believe it or not, holding a coding credential has become even more important during this time of disruption in the healthcare industry.
Anyone who works in healthcare, including coders, faces a changing profession, changing workplace and changing economy. Obtaining a coding credential is one of the best things you can do to position yourself for a career that will survive whatever the future brings.
Credentials have always mattered. They indicate mastery level skills and commitment to the profession. Employers use credentials as a short-hand method for indicating a coding professional has the level of knowledge and professionalism needed to handle the always changing landscape that comes with the business of healthcare.
Also consider this: a coding credential belongs to you! As long as you pay your dues and keep up with your continuing education units, no one can take that credential from you. It is not a job that you can lose. It is not a title that can be changed. It is not a piece of technology that must be replaced. A coding credential marks you as a professional. It tells an employer you are someone to be trusted with new challenges. It gives you flexibility and mobility to go to where the jobs are now and in the future.
While the work coders do, and how we accomplish it, will continue to evolve and change, it will remain critically important to the healthcare industry. With each change comes uncertainty and anxiety about getting it right, but it is the credentialed coder that can step forward and say “Give it to me. I will figure it out.”
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