To achieve proficiency in International Radiology coding a firm foundation in outpatient coding is necessary.

To achieve proficiency in International Radiology coding a firm foundation in outpatient coding is necessary.

Novice In order to achieve proficiency in International Radiology coding a firm foundation in outpatient coding is necessary. Outpatient coding skills are attained by a mix of professional, directed education in medical records coding and practical experience on the job. Inpatient coding cannot be substituted for outpatient experience as the two systems have different requirements for coding surgical procedures. Classroom education is available at many two and four-year colleges with courses covering medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, disease process and surgical procedures. Some programs will also include an externship served at a local hospital. After completion of the classroom education the next step is acquiring on the job experience. This is when the theory and rules of coding are used in real-life hospital or clinic encounters. The preferred setting is an acute care, general hospital where the greatest variety of outpatient visits occur. Start with outpatient surgery concentrating on the areas of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and nervous systems. Concurrent with this work should be advanced anatomy study of the arterial, venous, portal and pulmonary systems. In Interventional Radiology ninety-six percent of all work is done on the arterial system, two percent on venous and one percent each on the portal and pulmonary systems. The next step is to attend the professional seminars on IR coding that are available year-round from the many consulting firms in this field. After two full years of radiology coding with a minimum of forty percent spend doing IR you can qualify to sit the Radiology Certified Coder national exam. Expert Expertise in Interventional Radiology coding is demonstrated by the ability to correctly code the most advanced types of encounters. These would include the remobilization of multiple arterial fields, complete bilateral spinal angiography, TIPS (Transjugula…


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