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Certified Coder Health Information and Communications - Data Focused Healthcare
Certified coders apply appropriate national diagnostic and procedural codes to individual patient health data for analysis, reporting, research, claims processing and reimbursement. There are three types of certified coders: certified coding specialist (CCS), certified coding specialist, physician-based (CCS-P), and certified coding assistant (CCA). CCSs and CCS-Ps have successfully passed a national medical coding certification exam designed to measure their understanding of medical terminology, disease processes, pharmacology, and application of International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9-CM) and current procedural terminology (CPT) surgery coding systems. CCS-Ps must also be proficient in the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS Level II). Certified coding assistants are entry-level coders who are able to distinguish themselves from non-credentialed coders.
Annual Pay Education Needed Where to Get Education
High School Diploma and OJT; billing/coding classes at local institutions recommended Health info mgmt degree program AHEC (Courses), Davidson CC (Cert), NCAT (Course), Randolph CC (Cert), Rockingham CC (Cert), WSSU (Certs*)
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Education offered at: Alamance CC (Cert), Davidson CC (AAS, Cert), GTCC (AAS), Randolph CC (Cert), Rockingham CC (Cert, AAS), Surry CC (Cert), WFU (ACLS, PALS & NRP Certs)
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