Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, an experienced HIM professional who regularly writes and speaks on education, workforce issues, and management, is sharing her CCA preparation journey in a series of blog posts on her experiences taking Libman Education's CCA Exam Preparation course.
Titled "Prepping for the CCA," this series is a week-by-week narrative of Harmon's setbacks, victories, and everything in between. However, it is not just about a single coder's personal journey; it is intended to foster a community experience through challenges shared by fellow coders, and by encouraging them to relate their own journey.
“The 'Prepping for the CCA' series is a reach-out to the coding community; a way to not only share ideas and discoveries, but to receive them as well,” says Harmon. “When preparing for a coding credential, we all go through moments of excitement, anticipation, and uncertainty; and we all experience setbacks, standstills, and milestones. By sharing my own experiences, I hope to be an encouragement to my peers—and I look forward to being encouraged by them as well.”
Harmon returned to HIM practice in a leadership role after spending several years as an HIM educator. Having a history of diverse health care experience that began with a tour of duty in the US Navy, she regularly writes and speaks on education, workforce issues, management and life.
With Harmon’s vast experience and current role in HIM leadership for a major medical center, one might wonder why she is undertaking a CCA credential.
“I've decided that after all this time as an RHIA, I need to expand my horizons and add a coding credential to my resume,” she explains. “As an HIM manager I know how critical coding is to the revenue cycle of the hospital and, in fact, to the survival of the health care system. Although I have never worked as a coder, I'm very interested in ‘closing the loop’ in my HIM experience.”
To begin reading the "Prepping for the CCA" series, visit www.libmaneducation.com/cca-prep-student-perspective-part-1-new-challenge.
Libman Education’s CCA Exam Preparation is an online course that provides valuable study and test-taking strategies, a review of medical terminology and common diagnoses by body system, and intensive ICD-9-CM and CPT coding practice. For more about the course, visit www.libmaneducation.com/cca-exam-preparation-course.
Source: Libman Education