Well, this post isn’t really related to my music. I thought I’d write a little bit about my new job instead. If you read my other posts, I guess you know this already , but I went back to a paying job about a month ago (I hate saying went-back-to-work because that implies that being a stay at home mom doesn’t qualify as work and I friggin hate that). Anyway, so I started my new paying job as a medical coder.
My kids asked me what that is, so here is a simplified definition. We read reports and take all the information (diagnosis or procedures) and change it into a number. The insurance companies take those numbers and determine a payment for the doctor or hospital that treated the patient. It might sound weird or boring, but I actually really like it. It does involve taking courses to learn how to do this, either at a college or online courses and programs. There’s literally thousands of codes, but depending on the type of coding you do, you’ll use similar codes most of the time, so it’s really not that bad.
I code radiology–so lots of x-rays, mammograms, ct scans etc. When I first decided to go into the field a while back, I told myself I wanted a job that I could just go to everyday, but once that day is over, I kind of didn’t want to care about it. I know that probably sounds terrible, but it’s true. My priorities in life are the people in it–my family and close friends. Everything else has to take a back seat. I also do not define myself as a human being based on my career. Even though I still feel that way after actually starting to work in the field, something that never really crossed my mind has happened. Even though this is a complete push-paper kind of job (like I wanted), I actually do care about it a lot more than I thought I would. Once you get accustomed to reading these reports, you know by reading it whether the patient is going to get bad news or not. Don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not a doctor…but I read enough of these reports a day, that I can distinguish between a “good” one and a “bad” one, even though since this is radiology, the report falls short of officially diagnosing a patient with something. What I’m saying is, I can tell by a few key words in a report if a patient most likely will be diagnosed with a bad disease, like breast cancer. At the end of the day, even though I don’t know the people in real life or even remember their names, I find myself thinking about them, and just hoping that they will be ok. I really start to care about these patients, even though that might sounds kind of weird. Anyway, I don’t even know why I’m even saying any of this, except that it does help to put everyday life into perspective. But overall, I really like my job and it’s going well.
It was a very good career choice, and there’s many different directions you can go in, in time. You have to be weary of all the informercials and scams saying you can take a 4 month training course and then work from home. That is simply not true. A good online training program takes about a year, and there’s also other options if you want to take college level courses, and those programs lasts 2 years. (I took the courses through Career Step since I already have a college degree and just couldn’t imagine going back to school like that again at this point in my life). But I’m happy because this program was very comprehensive and totally prepared me for the “real world”. So, that being said, the whole 4-month-and-you-can-work- from-home informercial thing you might have seen, is a bunch of BS. However, you can eventually work from home, after you have 2-3 years of experience. You definitely can after 5. That is ultimately my goal. Another thing I’m looking into is becoming a coding instructor. To do that, you need at least 5 years experience in the field. So, looks like maybe I can still be a teacher someday after all 🙂
What about you? Would you ever consider medical coding as a career?
And also–in case any of you who follow this blog for my songs are wondering if I’m writing anything new…the answer is yes, I am working on something. I’m still in the writing stages and nothing has been recorded yet. It’s hard to say when it will be finished. I’ll keep you updated 🙂 Thanks again to those of you who listen to my songs 🙂 If you haven’t heard my songs yet and want to, go to the music player on the right of the screen 🙂
Thanks for reading-
Lindsay Della Vella