MMI Student of the Month - Dawn Grams, RMC
Posted: Jun 04 2015
How did you hear about the Medical Management Institute?
I researched a certificate coding program for a medical office biller that would be able to train at home. I am also an Alumni of your program.
Why did you choose the Registered Medical Coder certification?
I chose the RMC certificate because I would receive a certificate at the end of the training and it was done at my leisure. The medical field has changed so much over the years that Dr. Johnson [my employer] wanted us coders to be certified with the most up to date information. The RMC is also a Physician based program and was a great learning experience, and still is.
How has the RMC certification impacted your career?
I have been certified since 2003. It has given me so much knowledge within all aspects of coding procedures and diagnoses. Also, the monthly journals are filled with great information. I was so proud of myself when I received my certificate. It stated "Dawn C. Grams, RMC”. I finally had initials after my name.
Where do you currently work, and what is your position?
I have been employed at New England Allergy, Asthma, Immunology and Primary Care P.C. for 27 years now. I am the Accounts Receivable Manager which is a very challenging position.
What makes the RMC stand out among other coding credentials?
It's convenient to learn inside your own home on your schedule. There is no pressure and the instructors are accessible at any time. As a RMC, I have to receive 12 CEU's per year and take an annual coding exam.
What advice do you have for those trying to break into the medical coding industry?
It’s definitely a rewarding field to be in. It’s constantly changing everyday. There are always new guidelines and policies to keep on top of with all the insurance companies. The healthcare field will always be here. I can't imagine my life without coding.
How do you feel about the ICD-10 transition and delay?
I actually was hoping that I would win the lottery and retire before ICD-10 would be developed in the United States. Now that I will be starting the ICD-10 training through MMI I feel very confident that I will be able to code to the highest level. I also bought a cheat sheet designed for Allergy coding and an ICD-10 Mapping book which lists ICD-9 codes and maps them to the new ICD-10 codes. They are great tools and highly recommend other coders to purchase these items.
When you aren't working, what do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy my weeknights spending time with my husband, Tim, of 28 years and my dogs, Gizmo and Riley. On the weekends I spend time with our beautiful daughter Kaileigh who is a Physician Assistant and our son in law Steven who is a Paramedic. I love how they are both in the medical field helping others. I also crochet blankets for an animal shelter so that the animals have blankets to sleep on until they are rescued. Its a rewarding feeling helping the homeless animals.
This article was pulled from the Medical Business Journal, the monthly members-only newsletter brought to you by the Medical Management Institute (MMI).