Everyone seems to be an expert these days. In the ever changing landscape of medical coding, it is imperative that you know who is doing the work and how your billing is being coded. It’s the lifeblood of your revenue cycle. Coding errors lead to rework. Rework leads to lost time and denials. Denials lead to rework, and the costly cycle continues.
Not sure if your team is certified? This list provides some of the top organizations for current coding certifications.
- American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- Healthcare Billing & Management Association (HBMA)
- Medical Association of Billers (MAB)
- The Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS)
Many experts agree that AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder and Certified Professional Biller courses as best overall because they not only help students prepare for an entry-level career in medical coding and billing, but also double a student’s likelihood of passing the AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and other Certification programs.
According to the AAPC, Medical coding derives from public bills of mortality posted in London in the 18th century. It was through correlating these that doctors determined the cause of a cholera epidemic. It is even more vital now as the data gathered through Medical Coding is used to improve healthcare overall. The results are submitted to payers for reimbursement, but the data derived from the codes also are used to determine utilization, manage risk, identify resource use, build actuarial tables, and support public health and actions.
Are you and your team current on the latest coding changes? Then you’re probably losing revenue.
Most providers struggle to keep up with complex payer rules. Having an in-house you’re your RCM can help alleviate the pain and lost revenue. Many providers have figured out that outsourcing medical coding makes sense. Especially when the coders are certified by a reputable organization and understand the complexities of the changing healthcare landscape.
On-Point coders are experienced and certified by AAPC.