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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    Macon, Georgia

    Default Big misconception

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    I have went to employers and when they see AAPC or American Academy of Professional Coders, they ask me " What the heck is AAPC, I have never heard of such a place!" Can you belive that these people do not know this or are they just ready stupid?!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007


    I can believe they really don't know.

    Reading some of the job postings for coders I crack up. I think my favorite is when they require you have a CPC-P, which they define as certified profesional coder for physicians. Which we all know is not what the P stands for in that credential.

    I had a coding consulting company send me information that they only higher CPCs (certified physician coders). This was a company trying to get coding business from us. I lost a lot of faith in their abilities based on the fact they didn't even know what the credential actually means.

    So I can certainly believe employers really don't know.

    Laura, CPC, CEMC

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    Default Cpc-p

    CPC-P is an AHIMA certifcation and there are lots of employers who will only hire AHIMA certified coders.

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    CPC-P is NOT an AHIMA credential. It is an AAPC credential.

    CCS-P, however, is an AHIMA credential.

    AHIMA is predominently facility-based coding, most employers such as hospitals or other facilities do require AHIMA credentials due to the setting.

    AAPC is outpatient facility and physician focused.

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