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Contempo Coding Podcast

Welcome to The Contempo Coding Podcast! 🎙️ Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of medical coding, sharing insightful stories and personal experiences of being a work-from-home mom. 🏠💪 Get ready to explore the industry, stay updated on changes, uncover hot tips, and gain valuable knowledge to empower your success in the dynamic field of medical coding. Tune in now and let's build your path to triumph together! 🌟💻


Career Tips and Trends in Medical Coding: A Chat with Angelika Bodie
In this podcast, I talk with Angelika Bodie, a seasoned medical auditor and AAPC-approved instructor. With over eight years of experience, Angelika shares her journey from a local call center to her current role as an auditor for Norwood. We discuss the critical skills needed to thrive in diverse industries, the importance of mentorship and education in medical coding, and practical advice for newcomers facing the job market. This video is packed with tips on career planning, staying adaptable, and the evolving standards in medical documentation. Don't miss out on this invaluable conversation for anyone looking to succeed in healthcare coding and auditing!
20:56 6/6/24
From Front Office to Auditor: Natasha Timberlake's Career Insights in Healthcare
In this podcast, I sit down with Natasha Timberlake, an experienced professional in revenue cycle management with over 13 years in the healthcare sector. Natasha shares her journey, starting from front office operations, medical assisting, billing, and coding to her current role as a clinical provider auditor at Elevance Health. She discusses how her mother's career in medical coding influenced her path and highlights the importance of understanding every aspect of healthcare administration. Natasha's dedication to her field is evident as she talks about the challenges she has faced, including the need for better communication across different roles within healthcare management. Her extensive knowledge and certifications, such as CPC, CRC, and COC, have played a significant role in her success. Join us as Natasha provides valuable insights into the intricacies of medical coding and auditing, and offers advice for those looking to advance in this field.
28:02 5/22/24
Educate to Innovate: The Crucial Role of Learning in Medical Billing and Coding with Missy Kirshner
Melissa, an expert in medical billing and coding, shares invaluable insights into the intricacies of the field. We discuss the crucial role of education in ensuring compliance and preventing legal issues, explore the impact of technological advancements like e-books on professional training, and gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges and solutions in current practices. 
33:57 5/8/24
The Rising Cost of Being a Medical Coder
This episode shines a light on the dynamic changes in the industry, including a significant 70% rise in AAPC membership dues over the past decade. We explore how these changes impact coders and CEU providers, offering a clear, insightful perspective on the industry's current state and future direction.But there's more! There is positive shift towards remote work in healthcare, a game-changer for many professionals. This transition not only boosts financial savings by eliminating commutes but also brings fresh challenges and opportunities in medical coding. We delve into the complexities and benefits of this new era, from maintaining up-to-date knowledge to enjoying a healthier lifestyle and better work-life balance.
11:50 1/22/24
Shaping the Future of Healthcare: Insights from Alison Gibson
Get ready for an enlightening conversation with Alison Gibson, a seasoned health information executive with an impressive 15-year journey. From her humble beginnings in accounts receivable to a medical billing maestro, Alison's story is one of self-education, determination, and a passion for the healthcare industry. We'll follow her career trajectory, highlighting her coding journey, her notable achievements in value-based care, and her experience working with AI in the healthcare industry.We dig into Alison’s fascinating work in value-based care and medical billing operations, her time developing products for Optum, and her invaluable experience in concept research and development. Listen as we explore her work with medical cost savings, her interactions with medical directors to better understand coding rules and regulations, and her seamless transition to in-person work and continued growth in the field.Alison talks about her exciting future plans — including her upcoming presidency of the AAPC chapter in her local community — and offers her views on the dynamic field of health information management. Join us for an intriguing conversation and gain insights from an expert who's seen the healthcare industry evolve in real-time.
47:03 11/6/23
Staying Ahead in Medical Billing: Insights with Pam Vanderbilt
Promised to be a treasure trove of information, today's episode invites you to navigate the intricate world of medical billing and coding alongside our esteemed guest, Pam Vanderbilt, owner of Knowledge Tree Billing. An industry veteran, Pam uncovers the layers of this dynamic field that's constantly evolving, emphasizing the essentiality of keeping abreast with the rapid changes in regulations and the transformative power of automation. As Pam so aptly puts it, it's not about cramming the answers, but it's about knowing where to search for them.Navigating further, we tackle the compelling task of enhancing medical documentation and crystallize the significance of collaborative networking. The conversation meanders through the critical process of defining the medical necessity of a visit, crafting a narrative through notes, and circumventing provider burnout. We spotlight the balancing act between minimal medical documentation and reaching an exemplary level of detail.Moving into the future, Pam shares her enriching experiences from various medical coding conferences and retreats while highlighting the importance of self-investment and forward planning. We uncover some unique benefits of attending retreats over conferences and the convenience of virtual learning and online resources. As we delve deeper into healthcare challenges, Pam shares her progression towards catering affordable education for healthcare providers, coders, and billers. So, buckle up for an enlightening journey through the complexities and future possibilities of medical coding and billing with Pam Vanderbilt.
30:10 10/23/23
Unlocking Success in Medical Billing & Coding: Expert Insights with Christine Hall
Ever wondered how someone transforms their passion into a thriving career? Christine Hall, President and Senior Consultant at Sterling Global Solutions and instructor for the AAPC, Florida Atlantic University, and more, has done just that. Starting from a humble job in a hospital billing office, she climbed her way up to lead her very own healthcare consulting firm. Christine's journey is not just inspiring; it's a testament to how dedication and a deep love for the industry can lead you to places you've never imagined.But that's not all Christine is here to talk about. Throughout her illustrious career, she has championed the importance of medical practice compliance, ensuring fairness in the revenue cycle process. With an extensive background in transitioning to practice management systems, Christine offers invaluable advice on formulating an effective compliance plan. So, if you're in the healthcare industry, especially in the realms of medical coding and billing, you wouldn't want to miss this episode. Tune in as Christine unfolds her inspiring journey and shares her wealth of knowledge that promises to enlighten and educate.
18:54 10/9/23
The Heartbeat of Medical Coding: Myra Simmons' Tale of Triumph
What happens when a licensed practical nurse becomes a Coding Improvement Coordinator? Find out as I chat with Myra Simmons, who has embarked on a special journey from nursing to medical coding. Myra shares her story of how she transitioned into the world of medical coding, the trials and triumphs, and how she used her expertise to help those who are homeless. Her life revolves around her career in medical coding, and she finds joy in every medical situation as a chance to apply her skills.Learn how Myra tackles the diverse aspects of her career in medical coding. She stresses the difference between merely learning and truly understanding the subject matter, and also highlights how crucial it is to apply what she learns in her day-to-day work. She also shares her current goal of becoming proficient in both pro-fee and facility coding. This conversation with Myra is a testament to her dedication, her passion for teaching, her drive to educate others, and her unwavering belief in service. 
17:35 9/25/23
The Road to Becoming a Medical Auditing Specialist: A Conversation with Shannon DeConda
Brace yourself as Shannon unravels not just the fascinating history of NAMAS, but also dives into a discussion about the significance of proficiency in E&M. You won't want to miss her insights about NAMAS Documentation and Compliance tips that serve as a resourceful tool in the medical coding industry.Now, who said auditing had to be dull? Let's venture into an exciting conversation about the crossroads between auditing and the future - Artificial Intelligence. While AI is gradually shaping the auditing process, it's far from replacing the human touch. Shannon and I delve into the essence of staying updated as an auditor and embracing our strengths, and interestingly, the specializations that make us unique. Hang in there, because the best is yet to come! Shannon unveils the projects NAMAS is currently working on. So gear up for an enlightening conversation with Shannon and Victoria who will navigate you through the evolving landscape of medical coding and auditing!
27:16 9/11/23
Answering the Call of Medical Coding: A Sit-down with Beth Schleeper
What if immersing yourself in a sea of knowledge about medical coding could not only enhance your career but also empower you to establish your own successful business? That's exactly what we're chatting about with Beth Schleeper, the awesome CEO of Advanced Coding Services and TNT Consulting. Beth's here to spill the beans on her journey into medical coding, and she's got some great tips on online and in-person training. Medical coding isn't a walk in the park, and Beth and I are here to break down the challenges you might face. We'll talk about why it's super important to build a strong foundation and how the business of medicine retreats can make learning fun and effective. TNT Consulting is all about helping you not just learn the ropes but become a master. They offer full-service revenue cycle management and really believe in the power of mentoring.Ready to start your own medical billing service? Let Beth be your guide! She's got priceless advice on getting the right education, setting goals you can reach, and taking things one step at a time. You'll also learn about knowing yourself and how to network like a pro to build a thriving business. Plus, we'll share some cool stories from Advanced Coding Services' retreats and tell you how to find out more about their awesome services.Connect with Beth on:Advanced Coding Services - - -  @advancedcodingservices  Facebook -
30:46 8/28/23
From Chart Finder to Chief Product Officer: Rae Jimenez's Journey in Healthcare
Welcome to a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the world of medical coding with our guest, Rae Jimenez, a seasoned expert with over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Rae, who is currently the Chief Product Officer at AAPC, opens up about her journey and roles within the organization. Notably, Rae highlights the indispensable role of digital tools and the importance of coaching the new coders to efficiently navigate these resources in the workplace.Our conversation takes a deep-dive into the careful procedures implemented to ascertain only the qualified individuals sit for the exams and the innovative platform being developed offering a range of motivating options. We further delve into the various levels of assessment needed for different designations and the utility of this platform for employers to evaluate their team's coding accuracy. As artificial intelligence steadily seeps into the medical coding industry, we tackle the challenges that arise. Listen in as Rae reveals how AAPC is tirelessly working to combat these hurdles, safeguarding the integrity of exams, and creating a progressive platform tailored to give individuals a wider choice of exam options. Join us for this insightful discourse on the future of healthcare and the medical coding industry, and the transformative role of technology within it.
24:19 8/14/23
Unleashing the Power of AI in Medical Coding: Maverick's Expert Views
Discover the cutting-edge world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medical coding through my exclusive interview with top industry professionals. In this captivating video, we delve deep into how AI is revolutionizing the medical coding landscape, streamlining processes, and enhancing accuracy like never before.📲 Find out more about Maverick at ✨
40:41 7/31/23
How to Get a Job in Medical Coding: Career Advice from a Recruiter
Do you want to know how to get a job in medical coding? Watch this video for some great advice from a recruiter! You'll learn what skills and experience you need, as well as some tips on how to make your resume stand out.
51:28 4/12/23
Combatting the Coder Funk
Have you ever gone on autopilot and mentally checked out from your work? It could be the Coder Funk! Let's talk about what the funk entails, and how you can get back on the right track.
19:09 9/12/21
You Can Do Medical Coding from WHERE?!
Have you ever wondered where you can do medical coding, outside of the traditional hospital/healthcare system? Or if you can travel as a medical coder? Today I dive into where you can work and the opportunities to work from home (or RV, camper, van, etc) as a medical coder.Interested in earning your medical billing and coding degree? Check out for special deals and find the best program for YOU!Struggling to learn interventional radiology coding?  If so, RadRx has the perfect solution for you - Cracking the IR Code: Mastering Interventional Radiology & Cardiology online training program. In this program interventional radiology coding expert Stacie Buck breaks down the complexities of interventional radiology coding in easy-to-understand terms so you can grasp this complex specialty. Through her course Stacie has assisted many coders with little or no interventional radiology coding experience in successfully passing the CIRCC exam on the first attempt. For additional information and testimonials visit and use coupon code CONTEMPO10 for 10% off select products. T-SHIRTS & MERCH - SOCIAL LINKSInstagram - Facebook – TikTok – LinkedIn – SEND FAN MAIL AND SUCHVictoria Moll PO Box 641 Fleetwood PA 19522 * DISCLAIMER: Links included in this description might be affiliate links. If you purchase a product or service with the links that I provide Contempo Coding may receive a small commission. These affiliate commissions add no extra cost to the purchase price and helps support me so I can continue to provide my viewers great content about medical billing and coding.
19:42 8/6/21
Stand Out & Slay as a Medical Coder - Interview with Kyle Johnston
How can you stand out to employers in the competitive medical coding field?I brought on Kyle Johnston to discuss the tactics you NEED to know to land that first job and get to the next level! We'll cover the crucial items to add to your resume, how to connect with the RIGHT people on social to BOOST your job search, and even get insight on how and when to apply. Struggling to learn interventional radiology coding?  If so, RadRx has the perfect solution for you - Cracking the IR Code: Mastering Interventional Radiology & Cardiology online training program. In this program interventional radiology coding expert, Stacie Buck breaks down the complexities of interventional radiology coding in easy-to-understand terms so you can grasp this complex specialty. Through her course, Stacie has assisted many coders with little or no interventional radiology coding experience in successfully passing the CIRCC exam on the first attempt. For additional information and testimonials visit and use code "CONTEMPO10" for special pricing on select products!* DISCLAIMER: Links included in this description might be affiliate links. If you purchase a product or service with the links that I provide Contempo Coding may receive a small commission. These affiliate commissions add no extra cost to the purchase price and helps support me so I can continue to provide my viewers great content about medical billing and coding.
50:21 6/18/21
Telehealth Talk with Expert Consultant Sam Lippolis
In this podcast we chat with Sam Lippolis, a consultant on implementing telehealth. We discuss how she got into telehealth, some of the telehealth myths, and how implementing telehealth has impacted providers and patients.Connect with SamLinkedIn - - - - - - @SamIamlip Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
23:15 6/4/21
When Cosmetic Crosses Reconstructive
In this episode, I discuss FREE resources for new plastic surgery coders and common procedures that can cross the barrier from cosmetic to reconstructive.
22:15 5/21/21
Networking in a Virtual World
In this episode, I discuss some ideas for how to network in a virtual environment.
21:03 4/17/21
Social Media Usage for Coders
Let's talk about social media usage. Not just "don't"s but some "do"s as well. What type of social media usage might set off a red flag for your professional career?
23:31 4/2/21
What to Do If You Fail the CPC Exam
Some of the best coders out there didn't pass the CPC exam on their first attempt. In this episode, I'll provide my tips on what to do when you fail the CPC exam to position yourself for success on the second try!
19:38 2/26/21
Coding for Advanced Care Planning
In this episode I discuss updates on CRC offerings, the 15k subscriber celebration, upcoming free CEUs, and coding for Advance Care Planning.
19:35 2/12/21
Toxic Positivity
In this episode, I discuss the line when positivity can turn into a negative. 
16:06 1/29/21
Going Solo
In today's episode, I reflect on the end of my first week being a self-employed medical coder and content creator.
18:31 1/9/21
Going All In
This episode is about the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT for Contempo Coding.
13:26 12/11/20
Managing Imposter Syndrome
Have you ever felt like you didn't deserve something good that happened to you or feel like you're a fraud? It may just be imposter syndrome rearing its ugly head. 
17:08 11/27/20
The Impact of AI on Medical Coding
This podcast is in response to the inquiries I got on the new coding software that is being hyped as a medical coder replacement. 
14:21 11/23/20
Emotionally Charged Coding Cases
As coders, we see a LOT of different patient cases, and some of them can be very tragic and invoke high emotional responses. In this episode I discuss managing your emotional response, a visualization technique, and what NOT to do with these cases.
17:09 10/30/20
Breaking The Mold
This episode we discuss advancing by breaking outside the typical mold of medical coding and gaining insight from other industries.
13:47 10/16/20
Coding Degree or Additional Certification
Are you considering getting a degree but not sure if you should pursue that or additional certifications in coding? In this podcast I discuss the differences and opportunities in a degree versus extra coding credentials.
19:19 10/2/20