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Medical Coding and Billing Certification!

Put Yourself Ahead of The Pack?


Today, hospitals and physicians’ offices look for more than a solid education and experience for their medical coding and medical billing teams – they are looking for medical coding and billing certification. Certainly, while a coding or billing professional might get along just fine without a certifying credential, having one demonstrates dedication to the field and to being the best person for the job.

Certification – Stand Apart In The Field

What can one do with medical coding and billing certification? Plenty. Whether the focus is solely on medical billing, medical coding or both, having the right certifications can help one become more visible in the field and lead to better job opportunities. Here is a look at the specific certifications for medical coding and medical billing.

Certified Medical Billing Specialist ®

Through the Medical Association of Billers (MAB), medical billing specialists can obtain certification. Ideally, candidates should be motivated to consistently improve their knowledge of medical billing (and coding), as well as develop new skills that will help their employers and clients maximize reimbursement through proper documentation and coding.

To become certified, medical billers who have completed the program through Allied Schools must sit for the Certified Medical Billing Specialist® Exam, which consists of 100 questions in areas such as:

Candidates for certification must also successfully complete a series of six online courses, or optionally take a PowerWeekend ® or test out at a proctor site.

Certified Professional Coder ®

Offered by the American Association of Professional Coders, the Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) certification is considered a necessary standard in today’s coding arena. Compliant medical practices typically hire CPC®’s; these professionals may earn up to 20 percent more than coders without certification. Additionally, the CPC® helps increase the ability to get hired and retained in the job market.

With the comprehensive medical coding program from Allied Schools, students will have the background and knowledge necessary to sit for the CPC® exam, which consists of 150 multiple choice questions. The exam touches on the correct application of CPT®, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-9-CM codes that billing professionals utilize.

Certification Equals Better Opportunities

According to the AAPC 2011 Salary Survey, the salaries for medical coders are climbing. More than 55 percent of respondents said that certification was a requirement of their employment (the prior year, this was at 52 percent). Growth for those in the medical billing field is expected to hit 20 percent between 2008-2018. Having medical coding and billing certification is a step in the right direction toward this growth.

Get the Education Necessary For a Medical Coding and Billing Certification

Medical coding and billing certification starts with comprehensive training from a top-notch program like those offered by Allied Schools. Join the ranks today – start with Allied by calling (888) 822-2923.

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