PART 1 of "Jobs for American Medical Coders"
with Pam Kulczar
Pamela Kulczar has spent over 32 years in coding. Her specialties include Allergy/Immunology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, and urology. She served as the Coding and Compliance Director for one of the largest urology clinics in Central Texas. Mrs. Kulczar developed a curriculum at ETEXCoders/HMH vocational school teaching coding courses directed to clinical personnel including physicians. She currently serves as the founder of JOBS for American Medical Coders (JFAMC), a social media designation for coding professionals with 17,000+ members; as well as numerous JFAMC- Regional and Specialty Social Media groups, on Facebook and LinkedIN. The mission of JFAMC is to provide JOB leads, JOB-related information, support and encouragement to medical coders, billers and transcriptionists; also education and information. Pamela is a certified coder with sub-specialty certification in Pediatrics. She holds an Associate degree in Medical Office Administration from Tyler Commercial College.
What was "Miss Pam" doing and what was going on prior to Jobs for American Medical Coders
Pam describes how she was severely challenged with electronic devices
How we initially thought that ICD-10 was the "Y2K" Bug
How JFAMC got started
Branching out of 28 spinoff groups including regional groups around the United States
In June 2011, AHIMA and the AHIMA Foundation announced the creation of the Health Information Relief Operation (HIRO) Fund, an ongoing recovery source to assist communities of health information professionals whose personal or professional lives have been severely disrupted by a natural or manmade disaster. HIM professionals in areas affected by disasters face a unique challenge as they struggle to piece back together their own lives while working to recover as much of their community’s patient information as possible.
For Members Affected by Disaster
Provided they meet the eligibility requirements, AHIMA members in recently declared disaster areas are invited to submit an application for up to $500 to assist in their efforts to return to work while recovering from the disaster. Only applicants who meet the following criteria will be considered for financial assistance:
Applicant must have an active registered AHIMA membership prior to the date that the county was declared a FEMA disaster area
All applications will be verified by the member’s local CSA
Eligible applicants can apply for financial assistance by completing and submitting the HIRO Fund Assistance Application as directed on the form. Upon verification by AHIMA Foundation and the applicant's CSA, financial assistance will be distributed to applicants as available and in as timely a manner as possible.