Networking with Coders
The consistent application of medical codes within the healthcare industry requires uniform understanding and application of the medical code sets. The application of codes is case-specific and networking with other coding professionals is critical to achieve this desired consistency.
Local/Regional Coding Roundtables
AHIMA supports a system of component organizations in every state, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. AHIMA Component State Associations (CSAs) provide local access to professional education, networking, and representation. One of the mechanisms to accomplish this is the local coding roundtable. This coding roundtable network provides a rich resource for data collection and advocacy with regulatory agencies. You can locate your state Coding Roundtable Coordinator by selecting the appropriate state. Contact information for either the coordinator or the state president is found on the CSA Web site.
Online Coding Community of Practice
The Coding Community within the AHIMA Communities of Practice(CoP) is an amazing online tool our members use to reach out to each other to network, share, problem solve, and stay informed on the latest trends in all HIM related topics. This growing professional network provides answers, support, and career advice using the latest technology. Coding Community members enjoy a wide continuum of benefits:
- Current coding news and practices
- Online forums, where coders often seek advice on how to code a particular encounter
- Practical research materials
- Relevant education resources
- CodeWrite, a free monthly e-newsletter
Network with others and discuss coding topics with your peers. As a member of AHIMA, you may access the CoP by logging into myAHIMA. If you are not a member Join now and take advantage of the CoP, and join the communities that best fit your needs.
Find a Mentor
Connect with a mentor to advance and grow your skills. Experts with HIM subject matter expertise in coding and classification topics are available in the ACE Directory. The ACE (Action Community for Excellence) Director allows you to search members of ACE by name, job level, job setting, state, or by subject. Make yourself available to the HIM profession by taking the ACE Challenge.
Networking via the Internet at social networking sites is a useful way to connect with other coding professionals. Select the icons at the bottom of the page to network with others on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.