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    ADVICE: If you are looking for a job

    Due to the poor economy, it is definitely an employer's market. Favoritism is the golden key to getting a job...it's all about who you know, NOT what you know these days. And no matter how much experience/knowledge/education you have...it is impossible to get hired over favoritism towards...
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    Letting Credentials Expire

    Oooppss....sorry. I meant "Thank you, Erik".
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    Letting Credentials Expire

    Thank you for the information, Theresa. After some researching, I also agree with you, it seems AHIMA is the route to go. :)
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    Letting Credentials Expire

    Try going for RHIA or RHIT With the mandate of EHR/EMR increasing, I'm seriously thinking about going for the RHIT certification. It's not a coding credential, but IMO it's more marketable and can more easily get my foot in the door and open more opportunities that later could lead to a coding...
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    CPC vs CCS

    I've noticed more and more postings have RHIA or RHIT listed as well. Of course, depending on the type of position will require an actual coding certification, but I'm seriously thinking about going for the RHIT certification. It's not a coding credential, but IMO it's more marketable and can...
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    Further delays in the ICD-10 implementation

    Now it may possibly be in 2015 when ICD-10 will be implemented. AMA Calls for Further Delay to ICD-10 Compliance Deadline http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2012/5/14/ama-calls-for-further-delay-to-icd10-compliance-deadline.aspx AHIMA repeats opposition to ICD-10 delay...
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    Frustrated

    WOW...that sounds awesome! Are these mentors employees of AHIMA, or local chapter members?
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    A question for those who work in HR?

    Well, many employers must be adopting this new process because I've never had to release that information until after I was personally contacted by a recruiter. Even last summer when I was searching for a new job, I never had to release that information until someone contacted me by phone.
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    A question for those who work in HR?

    Is it normal - or even legal - for an employer to ask for your SS# and/or birth date when applying for a job BEFORE any type of interview has taken place? With identity theft as one of the top crimes, it seems to make it easier for this to happen to you, no matter how secure the application...
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    CPC-A vs CCA?

    Sorry if this topic has already been posted on this forum. If it has been, please post the link to the original thread. Just curious what everyone's thoughts are on the CPC-A vs CCA, and which certification is in higher demand, which one is most recognized by employers? I know that it...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    The answer was from the March 2012 Coding Edge. Here's the thread. "CPC-A Elimination?" from March 2012 Coding Edge http://www.aapc.com/memberarea/forums/showthread.php?t=69065
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    CPC-A designation to continue....for now

    Considering there were only 526 votes from a membership of 112,000, that's not even 1% :eek: of the AAPC membership that participated in this...a very disappointingly low turn out in this participation :(
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    "CPC-A Elimination?" from March 2012 Coding Edge

    As I had posted on another thread, this seems very vague "on-the-job experience (externships accepted) using the CPT®, ICD-9-CM, or HCPCS Level II code sets". For some, this could mean just filling out billing forms checking off the same codes every day (small private practice, small specialty...
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    "CPC-A Elimination?" from March 2012 Coding Edge

    Letter from the Chairman and CEO, Reed E. Pew, from the Coding Edge Magazine March 2012. "CPC-A Elimination?" In January's Coding Edge, AAPC outlined a new proposal to eliminate the Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A) credential. We asked for your input on this throughout the...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    This seems very vague "on-the-job experience (externships accepted) using the CPT®, ICD-9-CM, or HCPCS Level II code sets". For some, this could mean just filling out billing forms checking off the same codes every day (small private practice, small specialty clinics, etc) to others who...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    Okay, the 'Virtual Experience 800 Note' was for betatesting last year, and now AAPC has currently put in on hold because they realize there are too many problems with it. So...what does that mean for all those who signed up for it and coded the notes, whether they completed them or not before...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    Due to the mandate of medical records becoming digitized by 2014 and the increased usage of automated medical coding software, it seems the administrative healthcare employment demand might soon be in RHIA and RHIT? This link is from the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    That sounds like a good idea, AHIMA set up the CCS exam that way as well. However, if AAPC goes that route, than they need to switch things. For those that are not able to achieve the two-year experience (coding that is), then you must EITHER pass the 20 note Clinical Exam or complete the 800...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    I posted to the AAPC comments: Having to pay for two exams and then sit for them separately, just to remove the apprentice status, seems a bit too much and unfair, compared to those who already have the alleged “experience” and are not labeled apprentice, yet who can't even pass the CPC exam...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    Todays it's an Employer's Market I've read many posts from many threads (not just AAPC) that are from one end of the spectrum: those who have coding experience and a credential yet still can't get a job, to reading posts on the other end of the spectrum: those who don't have coding experience...
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    Elimination of “A” Designation: The Apprentice designation is not needed anymore

    The following is a shortened version of an article from the AAPC Coding Edge magazine January 2012 issue written by Reed E. Pew, AAPC Chairman and CEO. Effective July 1, 2012, the CPC-A credential will no longer be granted. All current CPC-As would have their “A” removed by doing one of the...
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    coding Outlook

    Rani: I tried to go to EmCare website, but I keep getting malware messages. I even tried to click on the corporate website from the wikipedia page on EmCare, and this message came up "This web page at www.emcare.com has been reported as an attack page". Go figure.
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    getting my foot in the door

    Medical claims processor/bill reviewer be experience? I hope being a medical claims processor/bill reviewer would be considered experience. I don't do actual coding, the software determines if the codes are correct. But I am familiar with the codes I see everyday, what documentation/reports are...
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    Online Internship for Medical Coding by Carol J Buck

    I recently just heard about the "Online Internship for Medical Coding by Carol J Buck". I found it on the Evolve Learning System website. Is this the same program as "Virtual Experience: Apprentice Removal" that the AAPC offers? Would either of these be recognized by employers as 'experience'...
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    Has anyone taken the CBCS exam?

    Also, my colleagues mentioned these two other associations that offer coding credentials, the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists and the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance. Do employers recognize these as well?
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    Has anyone taken the CBCS exam?

    I had never heard of the CBCS (Certified Billing Coding Specialist) certification until a couple weeks ago when some of my work colleagues were transferred to a department where they will have to take and pass one of three coding exams, and that was one of them. From what I gather, the exam for...
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    Medical coding jobs didn't exist 10 years ago???

    I'm sorry, but I had a good hard laugh when I saw this! :rolleyes: According to this online article, medical coding jobs didn't exist 10 years ago. :eek: Whoever wrote this article and approved this job to be put on this list is incompetent...
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    Best coding books to use during CPC exam

    Which are the better HCPCS and ICD9 coding books to use during the CPC exam? I know AAPC would prefer me to purchase books from them, but I'm trying to decide if Ingenix coding books are better or the same. Both publishers use lots of colors and illustrations which greatly help me. Or if you...
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    Do you need to be a CPC before pursuing a specialty certification?

    I have not taken the CPC exam yet, but was wondering if I should go for a specialty certification instead. Do you need to be a CPC before you can test for a specialty certification? I am a medical bill reviewer of workers comp claims, and the coders at our company do coding logic review...
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    Looking for a coding job when you have no experience

    Virtual Experience: Apprentice Removal This just came out last week. This sounds very promising and wonderful. As soon as I get certified, I am definitely going to try this out! :) http://ht.ly/2CmAe Virtual Experience: Apprentice Removal As an alternative to on-the-job experience, a CPC-A...
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    No Coding Jobs for inexperienced Coders

    Getting Apprentice removal online This just came out last week. This sounds very promising and wonderful. As soon as I get certified, I am definitely going to try this out. :) http://ht.ly/2CmAe Virtual Experience: Apprentice Removal As an alternative to on-the-job experience, a CPC-A may...
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    Looking for a coding job when you have no experience

    Does anyone know if being a Medical Bill Reviewer be considered experience, or at least partial experience? There is another thread with many similar postings about this topic titled "No Coding Jobs for Inexperienced Coders" also under "General Discussion". I posted there as well. I am...
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    No Coding Jobs for inexperienced Coders

    After reading all these posts, I never knew the outlook of trying to get employment for those without coding experience is negatively overwhelming and very discouraging, especially the many posts from people who have taken the CPC exam and passed it a year or so ago and still haven't found a...
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