I Am AAPC: Marissa McClure, CPC, CPB
My story started when I wanted to make a change to a more interesting career path. I had a friend that passed her Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam and was in a very rewarding career. Upon consideration, I decided that the same career might be rewarding for me as well, so I began a billing and coding certificate program at my local community college.
Testing My Knowledge
I was hired right out of college to work as a denial management billing specialist for a small private practice physician group. I was exclusively hired to clean up their accounts receivable and work on denial resolution. I was brand new to healthcare, after being in retail for 10 years. The type of work was so new to me that I had little direction on where to start. But I hit the ground running and was sent to my local Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) seminar and state Medicaid seminar to gain knowledge. I dove right in and started researching how I could help clean up denials and start doing claim follow-up. I learned quickly and started seeing claims getting paid, which meant revenue coming into the practice.
My billing manager caught on to how well the billing started looking. She is a CPC®, Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™), and Certified Professional Medical Auditor (CPMA®), which inspired me and gave me the idea to sit for my CPC® exam. I knew this was something I wanted, and the motivation I received from her as a mentor gave me the right push. I signed up for AAPC’s medical coding curriculum. I studied very hard for months and really learned from the rationales on questions I would get incorrect. I sat for my exam in July 2020. The moment I got my results back was truly moving. I found out that not only had I passed on my first try, but I also passed with a whopping 93 percent!
Making a Difference
My CPC® credential has opened up networking experiences, given me tons of motivation, and rewarded me with pay increases. I am now a medical billing specialist in a medium-sized hematology practice and still working with denials and correcting coding as needed. I also received my Certified Professional Biller (CPB™) certification in February. The best part about being a member of AAPC is I am able to use both of my credentials every single day. AAPC has changed my life, and I am forever grateful.
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