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How to Code and Process Workers’ Compensation Medical Claims

With Workers’ Comp claims, not only are you billing and coding for the benefit of the medical provider or payer, but you are also coding something that will affect whether someone receives proper compensation [more…]

How to Choose a Medical Coding Credentialing Organization

The two primary credentialing organizations for medical coding and billing professionals are the AAPC (formerly the American Academy of Professional Coders) and the American Health Information Management [more…]

How to Figure Return on Investment for Medical Coding Certification

It really does pay to be a certified medical biller/coder, no matter what designation you choose to pursue. Surveys conducted by the AAPC indicate that coder salaries have continued to increase despite [more…]

How to Weigh the Pros and Cons of Multiple Medical Coding Certifications

You may be wondering, since medical coding certification offers so many benefits, whether you can compound your advantages by having more than one certification. Very possibly. But before you begin signing [more…]

How Medical Coders Can Choose an AAPC Certification Level

The basic medical coding certification level for the AACP is the CPC certification. This certification indicates proficiency in reading a medical chart and abstracting the correct diagnosis codes, procedural [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing Certification Exam Preparation Bundles

The AAPC offers an Online Bundle course for those training for medical coding and billing certification through either the CPC (Certified Professional Coder) or CPC-H [more…]

How to Avoid Bad Medical Coding and Billing Training Programs

One of the biggest drawbacks to the increasing need for medical billers and coders is the rise of programs that are nothing but diploma mills. These unscrupulous companies take your money and leave you [more…]

How to Get the Most Out of Medical Coding and Billing Continuing Education

As a medical coding and billing professional, you often need to earn CEUs on your own time (and your own dollar), in which case you want to make sure you’re getting the most benefit for the cost. [more…]

How to Find Free Continuing Education Resources for Medical Coding and Billing

Some free CEU resources are available for maintaining your medical coding and billing association membership if you know where to look. Read on to find out more. [more…]

How to Study for Medical Coding and Billing Exams: Develop a Strategy

Your first reaction when you begin to study for a medical billing and coding exam is likely to be, “Where do I start? There is so much information!” True, you do need to know a lot. Here are some helpful [more…]

How to Learn Proper Pronunciation for Medical Coding and Billing Terms

It’s no secret that many of the words you encounter in the medical billing and coding world don’t exactly roll off the tongue (consider acetabulum or olecranon [more…]

Continuing Education for Medical Coding and Billing Professionals

Regardless of which medical coding and billing certification(s) you choose, you’ve got to participate in some continuing education to maintain it. The healthcare industry is constantly evolving. Codes [more…]

Medical Coding and Billing Certification from BMSC and PAHCS

The AAPC and AHIMA aren’t the only games in town when it comes to certification for medial coding and billing. Although they are perhaps the most well-known, you may discover that your professional goals [more…]

Benefits of Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) Training for Medical Coders and Billers

Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) is an important resource for medical coders and billers. It deals with just about everything associated with the information created, disseminated, [more…]

How to Prepare Your Resources for Medical Coding and Billing Certification Exams

As the time nears for your medical coding and billing certification examination, look through your ICD-9 and CPT books. Make sure you’re familiar with all the sections and highlight the areas you want [more…]

AAPC Trademarked Certifications for Medical Coders and Billers

The AAPC offers several trademarked certifications for the medical coding and billing field. These specialty certifications do not require you to get a Certified Professional Coder [more…]

Specialty AHIMA Certifications for Medical Coders and Billers

AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) offers several types of specialty certifications for those in the medical coding and billing field. It’s a veritable alphabet soup of acronyms [more…]

How to Align a Medical Coding Certification to Your Career Goals

Deciding which type of medical coding certification best fits your career goals is really a two-step process. Think about these two factors when you are selecting a certification type: [more…]

How to Prepare for the CPC Exam for AAPC Medical Coding Certification

To ensure that you can perform all the necessary job requirements out in the medical coding field, the CPC certification examination itself tests for strength in all areas, including the following: [more…]

How to Prepare for the CCS Exam for AHIMA Medical Coding Certification

The CCS examination for medical coding certification consists of multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions that are based on medical terminology and coding examples and that include questions based [more…]

The Medical Coding Certification that Will Further Your Career Aspirations

Although you can’t predict the future, you can put some thought into your long-term career needs when you’re thinking about the type of medical coding training program you want. The last thing you want [more…]

How to Plan for Medical Coding and Billing Job Training

Although becoming certified in medical billing and coding requires only that you pass a 5-hour exam, you can expect your training to take between one and two years. Then, following certification, you should [more…]

How to Schedule Your Day while Training for a Medical Coding and Billing Career

Classroom training for medical coding and billing, like most vocational school programs, involves about 10 hours per week in the classroom. For every hour you spend in class, plan on at least 2 hours of [more…]

Prerequisites for Medical Coding and Billing Training

General prerequisites for a successful medical billing and coding career are strong keyboarding skills and strong reading skills. You also need to know basic math skills. [more…]

How to Choose a Program of Study for Medical Coding and Billing

Certification may open the door to your new medical coding and billing career, but you need to understand the workings of the industry to succeed in the billing and coding business. That’s where your program [more…]

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