I AM AAPC: Judy A. Wilson
Judy A. Wilson, CPC, COC, CPCO, CPB, CPPM, CANPC, CPC-I, CPC-P
Reading Brenda Edwards’, CPC, CPB, CPMA, CPC-I, CEMC, CRC, “I Am AAPC” in the November 2015 issue of Healthcare Business Monthly inspired me to share my story as to why I am AAPC. Like her, I hope my story will help others see that they, too, can become a valuable asset in any job position.
It All Began with a Job Posting
I had no idea what a coder was or that coding was a thing until one day, back in the 1970s, when I saw a job posting for a Medicare biller outside the hospital lab where I worked. The lady who was hiring was just across from the posting and asked me if I was interested in the position. I said, “I don’t even know what Medicare is.” (I was 19.) She said I could learn. I figured it had to be better than playing around with bodily fluids in the lab. And that is when my coding career started.
I spent the next five years working at Chesapeake General Hospital, billing Medicare patients. I then applied for an anesthesia coder/biller position at DePaul Medical Center. I was hired without knowing anything about anesthesia. It was a whole new adventure, and I worked my way up to the office manager position during my 10 years there. Then, I went on to cardiac anesthesia at Anesthesia Specialists, working out of Sentara Heart Hospital. That is where I found my niche.
Never Stop Learning
I heard about AAPC and decided to get my Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) credential to validate that I knew what I was doing. I took a course, earned my CPC®, and have never looked back.
AAPC credentials are worth every cent you spend to obtain them. I would not be where I am today without the leadership and guidance I continue to obtain from being an AAPC member. I hold several credentials, and each one has helped me to better understand my job as business administrator for Anesthesia Specialists, PTR for the past 28 years.
Help Others Along the Way
I became involved in my local AAPC chapter and offered training for people seeking certification — it was my way of giving back. So much of my business life has been with AAPC by my side. I never thought I would get up in front of a group of people and be able to help them learn and become the person they want to be. I also feel honored to have been able to speak at several AAPC national and regional conferences. I know that, without AAPC leadership, I would not have been able to do any of this.
If you ever think you can’t make it in this business, I am here to say, with the help of AAPC, you can. Never give up on yourself and reach for the stars! Dreams do come true — I am living proof.