Because many employers prefer to hire candidates with certification, earning your medical billing and coding certification gives you a competitive edge in the job market. Certification assures your prospective employers that you have the right skills and professional qualifications to do the job.
Once you’ve gained some experience in the field, pursuing medical billing and coding certification in a particular specialty—beyond just basic certification—can help boost your career. For many professional medical coders, the path to advancement is through management positions or jobs that require specialty expertise.
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) offers several types of medical billing and coding certification:
Specialty credentials are also offered through the AAPC in the following areas:
|Evaluation & Management||Internal Medicine|
|Obstetrics & Gynecology||Gastroenterology|
|Orthopedics||Plastic & Reconstructive|
|Ambulatory Surgical Center||Rheumatology|
|Cardiovascular & Thoracic||Urology|
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers the following credentials:
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