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Wednesday November 19, 2014 | Edition 2.70
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Why is CPC Certification Necessary for better Job Prospects?
Are you an experienced coder looking for better job prospects? If the answer is yes, a CPC (Certified Professional Coder) certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) will give you the required boost for your career. Additional credentials play an important role in a coder’s career advancement. In order to sail through ICD-10 coding challenges, private practices and hospitals are looking for coders with CPC or alternative certifications.

Industry facts:
According to AAPC, certification helps coders earn 17% more than coders without similar credentials
AAPC also estimated in 2013 that coders with CPC credential can easily earn a median annual salary of $48,593 whereas higher credentials can fetch them an average annual salary of $69,138
Is Certification Necessary?

Although certification is not mandatory for coders, it surely increases the potential for a high-salaried job. Physicians prefer hiring certified coders who can play a vital role in spot checking claims and cases, participating in compliance activities, handling coding-related appeals and acting as a valuable resource on coding issues.
Growing Demand for Outpatient Medical Coders
The demand for outpatient medical coders is growing in a variety of healthcare settings including physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient care centers, nursing care facilities and diagnostic labs. They handle the crucial task of coding patient records accurately tos attain maximum reimbursements.
News Feed
According to the 2013 Healthcare Salary Survey by AAPC, the job market for coders, billers and practice managers is expanding
2 New York offers the highest salary to a Certified Professional Coder with a median total pay of $45,000
CMS Updates
1 Eligible Hospitals: Meeting Meaningful Use in 2015 with 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Read More
2 Learn More about the Protect Electronic Health Information Core Objective
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Preparing for CPC Exam?

  • AAPC recommends coders to have an Associate’s degree
  • Examination fee can be paid at the time of application submission
  • CPC requires 2 yrs coding experience
  • Exam duration is for 5 hours and 40 minutes
  • Three core CPC certifications are offered by AAPC
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