WHAT IS MEDICAL CODING?
Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services, and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. The diagnoses and procedure codes are taken from medical record documentation, such as transcription of physician's notes, laboratory and radiologic results, etc. Medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes, and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.
IS THIS REALLY THE SAME AAPC CPC PREP COURSE?
YES! This is really the exact same course you can take from AAPC directly. Keslie Meyers is an AAPC Approved Instructor and Expert Medical Coding is an AAPC Education Partner so we are authorized to offer the AAPC CPC course to our students. You are welcome to call AAPC or check their website to confirm our Instructor/Partner status.
HOW CAN YOU KEEP THE COST SO LOW?
Unlike AAPC we are not a huge corporation with lots of expenses, employees, and overhead. EMC licenses the course material from AAPC and passes the savings on to our students. We believe in affordable, quality education for everyone. We also believe in giving students more for their money so we include one year of access and unlimited support, including test taking tips and career resources, at no additional fee.
WILL I BE ON MY OWN IF I DO THE ONLINE COURSE?
No! Expert Medical Coding is there for our students when they have questions. Most students who choose the self-paced online course are independent learners by nature. Even so, we proactively engage with our online students so they know they aren't alone, and that we're here to support them and answer questions. We give individual feedback to all students in their online exercises and utilize an online discussion board for student interaction as a group. We will even set up zoom calls to talk face-to-face if needed.
WHAT'S THE BENEFIT OF THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM?
Well, that all depends on your preferred learning style. Some students do just fine with the self-paced online course and need very little guidance. Other students prefer to have a face-to-face engagement with their instructor and other students. The virtual classroom is meant to compliment the online class with 16 weeks of instructor guided coursework and test taking tips. The virtual classroom is unique to Expert Medical Coding and not offered by any other online coding instructor.
ARE ANATOMY AND MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY REQUIRED?
No, we do not require students to take our Medical Terminology and Anatomy courses prior to taking the CPC prep course. However, if you are brand new to the medical field, we strongly recommend you do take them. Both medical terminology and anatomy are essential building blocks to becoming a great medical coder.
HOW DO I GET RID OF THE "A" AFTER I PASS MY CPC CERTIFICATION EXAM?
When you pass your CPC exam you will be designated as an apprentice, or CPC-A, until you have two years of coding experience. Because we offer the AAPC course, you will have one year's credit toward removing your "A" when you successfully complete our course. You can also complete AAPC's Practicode to get another year's credit and become a CPC right away!
CAN I WORK FROM HOME AS A MEDICAL CODER?
Yes and no. It is unlikely that you will find a remote coding position as a newly certified coder with no experience. It's important to work closely with more experienced coders in the beginning in order to learn the craft and excel. Most remote positions require two years of experience for this very reason. Employers of remote coders need to know that they have hired someone who can meet strict productivity and quality standards with little supervision. So, yes, you can work from home... eventually. Working from home should be a goal, not the reason for choosing this extremely rewarding career.
WILL YOU HELP ME GET A JOB?
Expert Medical Coding will give you the education, tools, and advice to succeed in the medical coding field, but it is ultimately up to you to land a job. Medical coding is a competitive and rewarding field that requires dedication and persistence. You must work hard to learn the craft, invest in yourself and your future, and be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up. Nothing worth while is easy. I did it - so can you!
WHICH CERTIFICATION EXAMS CAN I TAKE?
Expert Medical Coding courses prepare our students to sit for AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam and AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams. Both AAPC and AHIMA are nationally recognized coding and HIM professional certification organizations and their certifications are sought after by most employers. AHIMA requires one to two years of coding experience to sit for more advanced certifications like the CCS and CCS-P.
WHY DO YOU TEACH CODING?
Because I love it! I changed careers in my mid-30s and found medical coding. It's one of the fastest growing fields in the country, it's rewarding and challenging, and there is plenty of room to grow your career. I started as a coder and now I'm a Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialist and Coding Instructor. I want to give other people the opportunity to change their lives in a positive way without breaking the bank or going into debt. In short, I want to pay it forward.
IS EXPERT MEDICAL CODING ACCREDITED?
Only traditional two- and four-year colleges can be accredited by the regional and national accrediting boards. Independent certificate programs are not accredited. Keslie Meyers is an AAPC Approved Instructor and Expert Medical Coding is an AAPC Education Partner authorized to teach the AAPC curriculum. Medical coding does not require a traditional degree, it requires knowledge of the material and that you pass your certification exams.