What: Love of detective work is, believes Wendy Tester, an essential trait for a medical coder. “I liked the Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid,” she said. “A procedure should be supported by the diagnosis. You don’t do a colonoscopy if the patient has an ear infection.” After learning on the job for a while, she enrolled in the Medical Coding program at St. Catherine University and became a CCS-P: Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based.
Why: Although the transition to EMR has improved legibility of patient records, the emphasis on proper coding and billing has been a boon for institutions that teach coding, and can lead to careers in auditing and health management.