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INDEPENDENT MEDICAL CODING, 2nd edition
The Comprehensive Guidebook for Career Success as a Medical Coderby Donna Avila-Weil, RHIT, and Rhonda Regan, CCS, CCS-P
ISBN 978-1-877810-15-2
Softcover, layflat
448 pages, 7 x 9


LIVE, CODE AND PROSPER IN YOUR PRIVATE PARADISE
How would you like to have a job that you can perform while living anywhere you choose? Like Hawaii … or on your favorite mountain with a breathtaking view … or on the shore of your favorite lake? Here’s more – you can be your own boss working from home, and make a good (or great) income while performing a highly-respected profession. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is true and this dream of a profession/life style is being lived today by independent medical coders around the United States and in other countries.
There is an enormous and growing demand for skilled medical coders, creating a severe shortage in a large variety of coding situations. Demand greater than supply sounds like a condition that would result in excellent compensation for those on the supply side. That is also true. So, how do you determine if medical coding is the profession for you? If you are already a medical coder, how do you identify and evaluate the rapidly expanding variety of opportunities open to you?

INDEPENDENT MEDICAL CODING, 2nd edition: The Comprehensive Guidebook for Career Success as a Medical Coder provides answers to these questions and many more, such as What is Coding?; Are You Ready to Go Solo?; What is the Future of Coding in Health Care? The 448-page book also gives extensive information regarding Medical Coding Education and Experience; Continuing Professional Education; Becoming Credentialed; Medical Transcriptionists as Coding Specialists; Salary Projections Based on Survey Data; Types of Coding Systems; Establishing Your Independent Coding Business; Alternative Careers for the Health Care Coding Specialist; Establishing Fees; Marketing Tips; Contracts and Independent Contractors; Building a Successful Coding/Consulting Business; Professional Ethics; Finances; and much more, including descriptions of the authors’ favorite references and resources and the appendix’s twenty-three exhibits of helpful forms and documents.

Authors Donna Avila-Weil, RHIT, and Rhonda Regan, CCS, CCS-P, have worked extensively in health information management for decades. Avila-Weil has specialized in coding, in medical transcription, directed medical staff services, and provided extensive consulting services during her 30 year career. Regan has performed medical coding for 20 years. She owns her own independent coding and health information management consulting business. Donna lived and conducted her coding, medical transcription, and consulting business in Hawaii, servicing clients across the U.S. Rhonda lived and had her coding and consulting business in the beautiful wine country of Northern California.


CONTENTS

The Independent Contractor
Benefits to Independent Contractors
Risks to Independent Contractors
Independent Contracting and the Twenty Common Law
Principles
The Six Factor “Economic Realities” Test
The Reality Check
Subcontracting
Assistance from the Chamber of Commerce
Having the Appropriate Documents in Order
Additional Reference Materials
Finances
Financial Needs and Capital Investment
Watching Your Costs and Expenses
Using a Business Credit Card
Equipment Leasing or Renting Versus Buying
Leasing Equipment
When Not to Lease Equipment
Paying Yourself
Tax Incentives: Business Taxes
Types of Taxes
Federal Taxes
Form 1099 and Your Business Income Taxes
Tax Deposits
Social Security Taxes (FICA)
Checking Your Social Security Record
Employer’s Identification Number (EIN)
Estimated Tax Payments – A Horror Story!
State Taxes
Home-Sweet-Tax Deduction
When the Home Office Deduction Is Not the Best Option
Automobile Expenses
Interest on Car Loans
Who Should Lease and Who Should Buy a Car?
Business-related Travel Expenses
Education Expenses
Expensing and Depreciation
Records Needed for Tax Purposes
Tax Sheltering Through Retirement Plans
Simplified Employee Pension (SEP)
Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
Health Insurance
Should You Hire an Accountant, Bookkeeper or Tax Preparer?
The Future of Coding in Health Care
Favorite References and Resources
Associations
Websites
Bibliography
Journals and Publications
Glossary
Appendix: Contains 23 Exhibits
Index
Exhibit I – AHIMA Code of Ethics 2004
Exhibit II – AHIMA Standards of Ethical Conduct
Exhibit III – AHIMA Statement on Health Information Confidentiality
Exhibit IV – AHIMA: Confidential Health Information and the Internet
Exhibit V – HIPAA Security Guidance
Exhibit VI – Business Cards
Exhibit VII – Record Completion Log
Exhibit VIII – DRG Optimization Worksheet
Exhibit IX – DRG Contracting Worksheet for Chart Review
Exhibit X – DRG Optimization Summary Worksheet
Exhibit XI – Personal Time Sheet
Exhibit XII – Billing/Invoice Form
Exhibit XIII – Invoice Form for DRG Contracting
Exhibit XIV – Sample Business Associate Agreement
Exhibit XV – Sample Coding Contract
Exhibit XVI – Schedule A – Fee Schedule
Exhibit XVII – Schedule B – Nondisclosure Agreement
Exhibits XVIII through XX! – Coding Summaries

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Weight2 lbs
Dimensions10 x 9 x 2 in