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PPV: Determine the training method that works well for continuing your coding education

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 4, 2007

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Do you need to review coding guidelines and participate in coding training on a regular basis? With so many choices, finding the best training method can seem overwhelming. In order to make the right decision and take full advantage of a learning experience, it's important to consider personal factors, such as:

  • Prior coding experience (or lack thereof)
  • Learning ability
  • Learning preferences
  • Financial limitations

To accommodate students from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels, schools and other educational providers offer the following traditional and nontraditional training methods:

  • Live on-site coding classes
  • Online coding classes, including degree and certificate programs
  • Audioconferences
  • Rigorous, one-week courses
  • Electronic learning (e-learning) courses offered online for which you can obtain continuing education (CE) credits

Which method works best for you? Take a closer look at the different types of training options and decide for yourself.

Editor's note: For more information on ways to educate your coders, click here. Subscribers to can read the full article in the October 2007 issue. You can also purchase this article for $10 by clicking on the link above.

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