Why Get Certified?
An individual may have the general knowledge of a specific subject, but having a certification makes the individual more valuable in the eye of the employer. In the medical coding and billing field there are multiple certifications for specific career positions. There are a few accredited umbrella companies that put in place the foundations of these certifications. The two main companies in this field are AAPC and AHIMA. A few of the certifications provided by AAPC and AHIMA are (but not limited to): Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA), Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner (CDIP). Again, this is only a small insight of all certifications offered. The majority of medical facilities that are looking hire professional coders and documentation practitioners require a certification. These certifications are interesting and also influencing in a way because they build on top of each other. Individuals are not limited to only one certification. With that being said, individuals can be successful with only one certification, however if the individual has the desire to expand their knowledge base they can gain as many certifications as the individual desires. (Hint: The more certifications you have, the more valuable you are to employers).
In regards to AAPC and AHIMA specifically, they say a certification can help you in the following aspects: Improving your earning potential, can open the door to career advancement, provide a foundation of broad and deep understanding, help you reach both short term and long term career goals, increase your job mobility and opportunities, connect with a strong network of other certified peers, and to be associated with the strong reputation of AAPC and AHIMA.
While MCHC also has a strong reputation and a strong network of peers, MCHC also provides live and online courses that can help you achieve these certifications and help you on your way to dominating the medical coding and billing field!