There are two paths to becoming a certified medical coder. You can either become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The certification is required for most careers in medical coding. A certification exam if offered through AAPC and AHIMA. Each association offers courses on the exam, resources to find in-person instruction, and networking opportunities. If you are considering a career in medical coding, you are welcomed to attend a meeting in your area to better understand the industry. You can find a local AAPC Chapter here. This is a great opportunity and free for guests!
The career outlook for medical coders is highly positive in any area of the United States! Take a look at AAPC’s graph on salaries.
Medical coders are an important position within the healthcare revenue cycle. Once you’ve gained experience in this area, you might be interested in a related career or a move up the career ladder. AHIMA has created a helpful interactive career map to search these interesting roles.
I became a medical coder in 2012. The most rewarding experience has been encouraging my colleagues whether in the workplace or through AAPC opportunities. Are you interested in this career? I welcome your questions and discussions!