When medical offices are hiring for new staff—an increasingly common occurrence in the current healthcare job market—they can’t afford to take chances. They need someone who understands the ins and outs of working with medical care providers.
ICD-10-CM, the standard international system for diagnosis coding
Among these three systems, there is at least one code for every diagnosis, test, lab result, and procedure known to medicine. CPCs need to be able to find the correct code for each situation.
What Can You Do with a CPC Credential?
Doctors’ offices and hospitals can’t bill insurance companies without a properly coded reimbursement request. You don’t have to be certified to get a job doing this, but it certainly makes you more marketable. Certified coders also make more money—20% more than non-certified coders, to be specific.
With a CPC certification, you can work in almost any setting, from a busy urban hospital to a small private practice. You can focus on general practice coding or go on to pursue advanced certification in one of many specialties, such as cardiology, emergency practice, or pediatrics. In general, the more specialized knowledge you have, the more you’ll earn.
How Can You Qualify as a CPC?
Your first official step to certification is passing your Certified Professional Coder exam. The best way to prepare is to take CPC classes, where you’ll learn things like:
Medical terminology and how it’s used in healthcare billing
Insurance coverage and how companies process claims
Translation of medical records into code
You can sit for the CPC exam any time after you’ve finished your course. When you pass, you receive a CPC-A apprentice designation. You become a full CPC after you've completed a year of on-the-job coding.
Choosing CPC Courses
Any time you’re looking for a professional training program, look for those that are geared toward certification. MedCerts partners with the AAPC, which grants CPC certifications, to make sure that its Professional Coder Program offers up-to-date and complete career training.
The program typically takes just 24 weeks to complete and includes a thorough grounding in all coding best practices. To learn more, fill out the form below and a representative will be in touch.