As we all know Medical Coding is one of the fastest growing fields in the India. As industries are growing day by day according to industry data, the offshore healthcare services industry is growing at a rate of 25-35 % per year. Medical coding is the fastest-growing outsourced business process in India, so trained and certified coders are required but currently very few of healthcare employers are adequately staffed with trained medical coders. The most common reason for this is the lack of qualified candidates. In United States currently only 49% employers have adequate staff of medical coders due to the lack of trained candidates.
A qualified medical coder can be expected to earn a very handsome package in United States as well. You too can be a part of a fast growing industry with potential for growth.
The Medical coding certification i.e. CPC is conducted by AAPC it is an importance exam because a certified medical coder is paid more in comparison to the non-certified medical coder. In fact, AAPC estimated that coders who holds its certified professional coder (CPC) credential earn 20 percent more than their non-certified counterparts.
In addition to its entry-level CPC credential, AAPC offers a variety of certifications that demonstrate expertise in certain settings and branches of medicine.
One of the most popular certification in medical coding is CPC i.e. Certified Professional Coder.
The first question arises in mind that what is CPC certification?
The answer is CPC is the first step against noncompliance and down or up-coding for any medical provider.
AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential is the benchmark for medical coding in physician office settings and held by nearly 99,000 coding professionals. CPC’s are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices and typically earn 20% more than non-certified coders. The CPC increases your chances of being hired and retained in a competitive job market.
A Certified Professional Coder has proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD), procedure (CPT), and supply (HCPCS Level II) code for a wide variety of clinical cases and services.
Medical Certification Overview:
More than 98,000 health care professionals around the US hold AAPC certifications in physician offices, clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals. These credentials represent the benchmark inmedical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, andpractice management, and are nationally recognized by employers, medical societies and government organizations.
Once trained and prepared, validate your expertise and schedule your credentialing exam.
AMCI offers this Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Examination training through part-time and interactive modes. For Delhi/NCR, classes are conducted in Delhi Institute campus and for students at other locations, interactive classes are conducted on weekends.
All the study materials, assignments, test papers, case studies, lectures on key areas will be provided by the Institute from time to time.
The modules have been compiled to introduce the attendee to various aspects and basics of Medical coding systems.
Module 1: ICD (International Classification of Disease)
Module 2: CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) & HCPC (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System)
Module 3: Practice Papers, Mock tests
Module 4: ICD
This module contains.
Introduction to ICD
Infections and parasitic diseases
Endocrine, nutritional, metabolic diseases
Blood and blood forming organs
Nervous system and sense organs
Complications of pregnancy and abortions
Skin and subcutaneous
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue
Perinatal period conditions
Signs and symptoms
Injuries, poisoning and complications
Module 2: CPT
This includes the following:
Introduction to CPT
Evaluation and Management
Surgery (6 chapters)
Pathology and Laboratory
HCPC (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System)
Module 3: Practice Papers, Mock tests
This module contains practice and mock tests paper for practice.
150 Multiple choice questions(Proctored)
5 hours 40 minutes to finish the exam
Open code books (Manuals)
One free retake
Passing Score: 105/150
Examination Fee: $500
Membership Fee: $150
In the Regular, part time and interactive modes classes are conducted throughout the duration of the course apart from Learning Management System (LMS) support and comprehensive and dynamic study material for all the modules. For Delhi NCR and Vadodara students face to face classroom sessions will be conducted on weekends and for other location students interactive classroom sessions will be conducted.
Candidates with Graduate/Post Graduate Degree/Diploma in Pharmacy, Healthcare, Medicine, Dentistry, Biology, Zoology, Chemistry, Microbiology or even Biochemistry are eligible to apply for this course.
The course will be completed over a period of two months (for regular mode) and three months (for part time and interactive modes) which will include the tenure applicable for examinations as well as case studies completion.
The registration dates for this bi-annual programme run by the institute are updated timely on the webpage. Effective E-learning tools incorporated into the design of the webpage make the course lectures, videos and study material easily accessible. This gives huge window of self-regulated and self-paced performance to the participants.
Future Prospects of Training in Medical Coding
AMCI levels grounds and provides essential tools making the candidates confident before entering the field. The course is structured in a way to provide knowledge, experience and training altogether. With basics set right and strong, the candidate is sure to excel in the medical coding industry.
Through the course, aspirants gain good hold on the framework and legislations of medical coding industry leading to become certified medical coders. Certified Medical coding professionals are a need in all the setups of the healthcare industry. From clinics, to hospitals, insurance companies, big universities, testing labs, diagnostic centres, and legal centres addressing health or life insurance issues and many more. Medical coding is a sure shot for those with dedication and an eye for details.
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Mr Vinod Arora, Principal Advisor, IGMPI
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