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    Can anyone tell me if CMS has mandated the CPC certification in order to work as a coder?

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    it's not mandatory to be a certified coder, but over the years CMS has been contemplating it. However,many large medical facilities now require the coder hold a AAPC or AHIMA cert.

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    I worked for Medicare for over 3 years before I got my CPC-H and found a coding job. Medicare does require their medical review RNs to have a coding certification now and I have noticed that some the education specialists also have a CPC. It depends on the position you have with Medicare.


    Debbie Peterson, CPC-H

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    Yes, to be clear, Medicare does require its providers to hire certified coders.

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    OIG's compliance recommendations for providers and hospitals also support the use of certified coders. While there isn't a mandate, there is language that encourages providers to utilize them.

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