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The future of coding - Retired from MT

Posted: Jul 30th, 2023 - 8:59 am In Reply to: Was thinking about coding but - SM

I don’t know how much credibility I would give to a couple of comments made by someone with 5 years of experience who thinks coding is the worst profession ever. They may be stuck in a crap job and don’t have the necessary education or certification to advance. HCC is mastery level coding, and saying that you can easily pass an exam is not the same thing as actually having passed it. As with MT or any other career, it takes a while to become proficient and make good money, and who among us has not wanted to share an achievement when they have done well, it is not necessarily bragging. I was an MT for most of my life and spent a few years as a medical records specialist before I retired. Looking back, I wish I had learned how to code so that I could do both. What people overlook is that coders have a lot of job opportunities; working in medical offices as billing specialists, auditing, compliance, tumor registry, consulting, analytics, etc. Most of those jobs do pay very well. I looked at this thread yesterday and saw a couple of comments and wasn’t going to say anything. Now I see that it’s been driven off the rails by a couple of people with their jealousy regarding someone’s success. To the OP, it really doesn’t matter what “everyone” is going to do, the question should be what are you going to do? If you want to learn to code and think it would be a good fit for you, then by all means go for it and have a back-up plan. It doesn’t have to be coding, it doesn’t even have to be medical, just have a plan. There no future in transcription, and with the event of AI it is only going to get worse. You can’t keep hopping from job to job and expect things to get better. The sooner you come to terms with that, the better off you will be. What any of this has to do with someone’s remarks on the politics board is a mystery to me.


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