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 would be better met by getting certified by another organization or by adding certifications from other organizations on to your AAPC or AHIMA certifications.
Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance (BMSC)
BMSC is a lesser-known provider of specialty medical coding certifications and training for coders, compliance officers, and clinicians. BMSC certifications encompass those who work in physician offices, as well as home healthcare professionals.
Because the levels of education required in coding and compliance build from one certification level to another, BMSC certification helps coders and other professionals move up the career ladder.
The BMSC’s certifications include the following:
Specialty Coding Professional (SCP) and Advanced Coding Specialist (ACS), both of which offer specialty certification in numerous areas
Certified Compliance Professional-Physician (CCP-P), a certification for compliance professionals in physician offices
Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D) for home care coders with experience in that area
Home Care Clinical Specialist-OASIS (HCS-O) for home healthcare clinicians
All the BMSC certifications are directed to those who already have experience in the specified areas. Recertification requires taking an exam every two years and renewing your membership annually.
Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS)
PAHCS is a support organization that functions as a communication network for members. This organization serves primarily as a support system for coders working in a medical practice, but membership is open to all coding professionals.
Certification by this organization involves submitting an application and completing a written examination that shows proficiency within the ambulatory healthcare delivery system. If you’ve been certified by other organizations, you may receive PAHCS certification by showing proof of current certification and paying a membership fee and a processing fee.