Remote Medical Coder Home Office

Remote Medical Coder Home Office

Our first featured remote medical coder and her “at home office” is Ashley Hansen CPC, CRC, MA from South Carolina.  HIT Talk – The HITNOTS Blog will feature several remote medical coders in the upcoming months for our Remote Medical Coder Home Office Design series.

 

Clinical Coder Home Office Design - A picture of Ashley Hansen

          Remote Medical Coder Ashley Hansen

Clinical Coder Home Office Design - An image of Ashley's home office

   Remote Medical Coder Home Office Design  –  Ashley’s Home Office                       More pictures below…

Questions for Ashley, a remote medical coder…

Ashley answered the following questions for HIT Talk, the HITNOTS Blog.

  • What type of certification do you have?
    • CPC (Certified Professional Coder) and CRC(Certified Risk Adjustment Coder).   I am also an MA (Medical Assistant).

 

  • What are your professional memberships?

 

  • What type of employer do you work for?
    • Insurance Company

 

  • What are the major duties of your job?
    • My job title is Medicare Risk Adjustment (MRA) Coder.  I work on RADV (Risk Adjustment Data Validation) and Medicare risk adjustment coding for a not-for-profit healthcare insurance company.
    •  I travel every two/three months to be onsite for education and training.
    • My everyday tasks include coding charts for risk adjustment purposes in order to make sure our members receive the best care we can give them.
    • In addition, I fix computer issues for my team.
    • I also enjoy being the cheerleader by planning remote team activities and composing / distributing a newsletter which includes volunteer as well as employee information.I love what I do.

 

  • How long have you been working from home?
    • Almost 5 years.

 

  • What are you normal working hours?
    • 7:30-4:00 pm, with options of flex time.
Clinical Coder Home Office Design - A close-up of Ashley's desk top

 Remote Medical Coder Home Office Design   –  Ashley’s desk top – ready for the day.                                                     See Ashley’s pet below…

  • What do you consider the biggest advantages of working from home?
    • Not having to commute. Also, being able to use my break and lunch to take care of home life.

 

  • What do you consider the biggest disadvantages of working from home?
    • Not using the break as a real break, and instead using it to do laundry or home life stuff.
Clinical Coder Home Office Design - A picture of Ashley's pet dog

Remote Medical Coder Home Office Design – This is Ryu. Ashley’s coding buddy. He is a 120 pound Akita.

 

  • What type of attire do you usually wear while working?
    • Sweatpants and a t-shirt usually. On days we have meetings I like to dress better from the waist up in case it is a video meeting. I have been known to wear cupcake pajama pants and a suit jacket together.

 

  • What are your favorite part(s) of your clinical coder home office design?
    • I love the way it looks. I spent a lot of time on decorating and organizing it to fit the needs of my job. 
    • My bookcases contain my needed reference books.  They are close by and easy to access.
    • I only have on my desktop the items that I typically use throughout the day – No clutter allowed.
    • Extra lighting is available with my desktop lamp.
    • My chair is very comfortable.  It needs to be since I use it many hours a day.
    • The view out my window is always available whenever I need a quick refresh from my duties.
    • Since my desk does not have storage, I use the bookcases and the small dresser near by for supplies.
    • Some of my most precious photos are hanging in the office, as well as my professional certificates.
    • The rug provides a “homey” type atmosphere which I find very comfortable.

 

  • How do you keep your home office HIPAA compliant?
    • I use a locked cabinet, and shredder. I keep everything I work on on a drive that can only be accessed through my company log in. That way, if my computer was ever stolen, I would not have anything they could get off of it.  Also, I don’t love printing things out and prefer everything to be digital.  If I am given anything printed, I scan it in and make it digital, and then shred the paper copy.

 

  • What are your hobbies, and recreational activities?
    • I am a secretary for my son’s Cub Scout pack and on the PTA for my daughter. I love to travel and I love being the cheerleader of our work team.

 

  • How many CEUs are you required to obtain yearly (or whatever your cycle is)?
    • Every two years I am required to get 38 CEUs.

 

  • How do you usually obtain your CEU requirement?
    • I love using HITNOTS  free CEU’s. Thank you for offering them.

 

  • Include any other information which you think would be interesting to readers.
    • After high school I decided to go to college for an MA. It was such a new program that they did not have the insurance to allow us to give each other blood draws. So we practiced on hot dogs. After graduation I went to work for a Urology clinic that did PSA blood draws all the time. The woman training me said that the man coming in was perfect as his veins easily showed. I put on the tourniquet and put the needle in. The man made a face. I saw a tunnel and the next thing I knew I was waking up from the floor. I had passed out. They liked me so much at this office and how great I was with computers that they kept me on to do their EMR conversions. This led to record retrieval, which led to coding. It has been very fun to experience all of it. If I could give any advice it would be to know your equipment. And to learn Excel®. Knowing about computers and spreadsheets helps out not only yourself , but also your team when you work at home.

Remote Medical Coder Home Office Design

Written by Ashley Hansen, CPC, CRC, MA and Mary Dudash-White, MA, RHIA, CCS

February 17, 2020

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3 comments on “Remote Medical Coder Home Office

  1. webmaster says:

    It takes discipline to work from home. You need to stay on task and not become distracted by the many things to do at your residence. Once you have that tackled, you’re good to go.

  2. webmaster says:

    I love the look of her office. I am also a medical coder, but I am unable to work from home.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interesting information about this remote medical coder. I enjoyed it.

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