Medical Coding and Billing Training

How to Choose Medical Coding and Billing Training

Choosing the correct medical coding school is essential. When potential employers see a quality school on your resume, then they know that you have been well trained for the job. Most employers will test your skills before they will even look at your resume. You want to be sure that the medical coding school you choose will best prepare you for the job as a medical coder. If you plan to get your medical coding certification, you will want to be sure that the school supplies you with the knowledge and skills required to pass the certification exam.

Top 3 Things Your Medical Coding and Billing Training Should Include:

  1. AHIMA Approval- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a medical coding and billing association that reviews and approves certain medical coding and billing schools that meet their high standards. Going through an AHIMA approved school will give you confidence that the education you will be receiving is top of the line.
  2. Certification Preparation- Choose a training course that will prepare you for the CCA or CPC exam. These credential exams are not required by all employers however having a credential on your resume proves to employers that you have proficient skills. Additionally, according to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), certified coders and billers earn 17% more than non-credentialed coders.
  3. Real World Experience- To competently do the job of a medical coder and biller, you will need lots of practice. Correct coding is MANDATORY because Medicare and Medicaid and some insurances reimburse in part, according to the coding. For example, Medicare may reimburse $10K for a surgery if the patientÂ’s codes say it was for a pre-cancerous condition whereas they may only reimburse $6K for the same surgery performed to alleviate discomfort. You will need to practice with numerous medical records to get the experience needed to accurately code and bill medical records. Preferably the training course will use actual medical records (personal data will be blacked-out) so you can get experience with real medical records.

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