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What is Medical Coding?

Medical coders hold a key role in the success of many types of health care companies. Whether its a hospital, physician's office, or other managed health care setting, coders are relied on everyday for the success of the company. The primary role of a medical coder is to ensure that these organizations are properly reimbursed for patient care from insurance companies. Read more...

What is medical coding

Medical Coding Certification

To the untrained, understanding medical coding certification seems a little intimidating. But don't let that stop you - becoming a certified medical coder can benefit your career in many ways. By proving your expertise, medical coding certification shows future employers that you know your stuff - and it can help you make more money in the end. Read more...

Medical Coding Certification

Paying for Medical Coding Training

The cost of medical coding school can vary tremendously. Both the AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) offer a package of courses for a basic coding certificate for about $2,000. An associate's degree (generally a two year program,) through a community college averages $6,000 for two years, but will give you better credentials than a certificate program. Read more...

Paying for Medical Coding Training

Medical Coding Textbooks

Anyone who goes back to school for vocational training usually has some form of sticker shock when they see how many textbooks they need to buy and how much they cost. Medical coding textbooks are no exception. Many of the books you will need to buy won't be on sale. Rarely, used books may available at a fraction of the price, but because professors are always choosing the newest versions, what's used from one year may not be current enough for use the next year. Read more...

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Studying for the Medical Coding Exam

You completed the courses, paid your registration fee, and your exam date is rapidly approaching. Now what? There are several different types of exams and the one you take will depend on which specialty you choose. For example, you may wish to get certified as a medical auditor or to work for a hospital - either way, test day is looming before you. The exams are held at specific locations where approved proctors can monitor the testing process. Read more...

Studying for the Medical Coding Exam

Work at Home Medical Coding Fraud

Everyone wants to "work from home". But the reality is, the majority of ads online that claim to make you a home-based millionaire with all your personal freedoms and family time intact are working double-time to take your money and run. Medical coding at home job "opportunities" are regularly on the Better Business Bureau's Top Ten scam list. Read more...

Work from Home Fraud

What is HIPAA?

Everyone has a right to have their most private medical information protected. Because new technology makes it easier than ever to share confidential medical information, those who are involved in patient care, or the handling of information must know how to protect patient privacy. Read more...

What is HIPAA?

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