Dead-end Job Leads to New Medical Career Path

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The end of a 10-year medical transcription job contract turned out to be good news for Kristin Bast. Through Internet searches, she learned of the high demand for certified medical coders and knew that was what she wanted to do.

Kristin Bast

Kristin Bast

“As a mother of three children and with a husband who is also going back to school, the classes at Victoria College were convenient for me,” Bast said. “The teachers we had for the class were amazing. They were very knowledgeable as they have been doing coding for several years, and one of them had taken the certification test not too long ago.”

Bast currently works at a Citizens Medical Center lab and registers outpatient lab work as it comes in from nursing homes, clinics, and home healthcare facilities.

“I get to work with diagnosis codes a lot, so the coding classes really helped in this capacity,” Bast said. “Eventually, I will take the coding certification test and, hopefully, work in a doctor’s office.”

Bast encourages others to go into the medical coding field and become certified.

“If a medical visit is coded correctly, the clinic, hospital, or doctor’s office will be reimbursed fully, and that is the end result that is wanted,” she explained. “If the visit is not coded correctly, the bill could be rejected and not be paid at all.”

- Eric Jensen

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