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Coding => Coding => Topic started by: happysoul on March 14, 2013, 05:12:23 AM

Title: Are medical coders required to deal with doctor's handwriting? (Newbie question)
Post by: happysoul on March 14, 2013, 05:12:23 AM
I am considering the possibility of going into medical coding.  I have never worked in the medical field.  Do coders need to deal with hard-to-read doctors' handwriting?  Just the thought of it is quite scary.
Title: Re: Are medical coders required to deal with doctor's handwriting? (Newbie question)
Post by: RichardP on March 14, 2013, 12:33:51 PM
See the response at your first question here:

http://www.medicalbillinglive.com/members/index.php?topic=7206.msg22055#msg22055
Title: Re: Are medical coders required to deal with doctor's handwriting? (Newbie question)
Post by: happysoul on March 14, 2013, 10:05:15 PM
Richard, I have used the search function to look for the answer without success.  That's why I started this thread.  Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: Are medical coders required to deal with doctor's handwriting? (Newbie question)
Post by: PMRNC on March 15, 2013, 08:27:41 AM

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Richard, I have used the search function to look for the answer without success.  That's why I started this thread.  Thanks anyway.


Yes, absolutely coders need to go through the medical records and not all doctors use transcription services. You'll also want to have some medical terminology as well.
Title: Re: Are medical coders required to deal with doctor's handwriting? (Newbie question)
Post by: Christy on March 15, 2013, 11:16:17 AM
a lot of docs are using EMR now, so handwriting would not be an issue there. Also operative notes are always typed/computerized so you are ok there too...I would not let the issue of handwriting stop you- coding can be a very lucrative career if you are willing to enter the field at entry level (receptionist/charge poster etc...) good luck!
Title: Re: Are medical coders required to deal with doctor's handwriting? (Newbie question)
Post by: PMRNC on March 15, 2013, 12:16:17 PM
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a lot of docs are using EMR now, so handwriting would not be an issue there. Also operative notes are always typed/computerized so you are ok there too...I would not let the issue of handwriting stop you- coding can be a very lucrative career if you are willing to enter the field at entry level (receptionist/charge poster etc...) good luck!

I agree, many are utilizing EMR however remember NON medicare/Medicaid providers are not, physicians who are older in solo practices are not. I know some who based their opt-out of Medicare on EMR being forced on them along with the ACA. I can't speak on other areas, but where I am.. only one in 10 physicians is utilizing EMR. JMHO