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CPC for every Practice???

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    I am certified through the National Healthcareer Association. I am a member of the AAPC, and will be taking the exam in June. Can anyone tell me when that law goes into effect that says there has to be a Certified coder in every practice? And, do you have to be certified through the AAPC or can you be certified through the NHA?

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    I haven't heard this, where did you get this information? Would like to read up on this.

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    I also had not heard this before and would like to research this further.

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    I graduated in Nov of 08, and one of the Instructers told us that it would soon be required by law that every practice have a certified coder. I'm assuming she knows what she is talking about; mabe not.

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    I thought that was the case for years already!? It was my understanding that if the facility is a Medicare provider then they must have at least one certified coder in their coding department (if they have one) or where-ever their coding is being done.
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    I think it's mandatory for facilities - but not physician practices yet.

    But I also know that Medicare processors, or contractors, (supposively) require certified coders.

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    I got an e-mail from one of the Officials at the AAPC and He said it was not a law. I have noticed though, that potential employers want certified coders.
    Thanks for the input.

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    As I said, I haven't heard of it being a law, but our facility does require us to be certified within a year of employment. Not by law, but by their own request. I will have our compliance department check on this and see what they can find out. Interesting concept though!!!

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    The Medicare Modernization Act that went into effect last year states -strongly urges all coders doing Medicare/Medicaid coding/billing be either AAPC or AHIMA certified. If you email me I can send a copy of the act.
    Judy Houston, CPC, CPT
    hstnjdth@yahoo.com

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    Would like to see the act. My email is rlampert@crossroads-lake.org.
    Thank you!

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