OOOO MY GOD!!! So what do I do now? Iâ€™m one of the thousands CPC-Aâ€™s that this decision will affect. I sat and passed the exam a year ago October; spent 1 year in the class room and the 2nd year just studying the coding books, page-by-page, line-by-line; took free on-line anatomy classes and every practice test I could find; now youâ€™re telling me all of my efforts may have been for not!!! There is no way that I can afford the expense of taking yet another exam. When youâ€™re living on $400 a month, it is hard enough keeping up with the yearly AAPC Membership costs, the cost of the chapter meetings, and the CEUâ€™s.
I have been hunting for a medical coding job every day for the past 14 months, sending out hundreds of resumes and made just as many cold calls, resulting in only 1 interview. The only company in 14 months, that was looking for newly accredited medical coders. I was told I was in the running for a job, but then the company decided to â€śreorganizeâ€ť; what does that mean? So I keep looking. There is nothing out there if you donâ€™t have at least 3 to 5-5 to 7 years of experience (yes, Iâ€™ve even applied for those jobs too).
This is nothing more than another excuse to squeeze us for yet one more fee. How will this AAPCâ€™s new Clinical Exam, help us obtain jobs? It wonâ€™t. At present the A is removed after completing 1 to 2 years of on-the-job experience; employers still request 3 to 5 - 5 to 7 years of actual on-the-job experience. So whether or not, you have an A at the end of your credentials changes nothing. Let the employers decide for themselves. With the economy in a depression/recession (whatever the politicians and economist are calling it this week, itâ€™s bad), why does it seem like weâ€™re being penalized when the hospitals, clinics, doctor offices (Iâ€™ve even tried senior living facilities) that no one is hiring??? . Donâ€™t hinder me anymore than Iâ€™ve already have been by this economy.
Now AAPC said SORRY and wants to wipe away my last 3 years because of 1 letter!!! Itâ€™s not fair, itâ€™s not right, to all of the CPC-Aâ€™s, like myself, who have been struggling, barely keeping our head above the flood waters. Weâ€™ve paid for classes and studied, weâ€™ve paid and sat for the exam, and weâ€™ve paid our yearly AAPC membership dues, and paid for chapter meetings. Weâ€™ve done everything that was asked of us, and more. SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If others are similar to me, we have sacrificed years of family time, knowing doing this will better ourselves and our families; so we thought. THIS IS VERY FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The NAB and the AAPC are changing the rules after the game has been played and weâ€™ve gone home â€“ now they want a do over. Itâ€™s not fair; weâ€™ve played your game, by your rules and won; now let us move on to the next challenge, without hindering us further. Our credentials matters (I worked very hard for that CPC); the apprentice (A) may be out dated or obsolete, but we have more than earned that CPC after our names. I demand on behalf of the thousands of current CPC-Aâ€™s that we are grandfathered into the CPC credentials. Let our resumes speak for themselves, and let the employers decide.
If the objective of the apprentice (A) was to show prospective employers â€“ an individual had passed the CPC exam. Why not, then, grandfather the CPC-Aâ€™s into CPCâ€™s? Weâ€™ve passed our CPC exam, that fact hasnâ€™t changed, (or is the NAB & the AAPC now saying otherwise). Like it states in the AAPCâ€™s own Coding Edge article, our resumes will indicate our experience level and speak for itself. To eliminate our credentials because a group of people, sitting behind desks, who are not out in this economy job hunting, have decided our credentials are obsolete, and believes 1 letter at the end of our credentials has out lived its usefulness â€¦. Is to discredit my time, (Iâ€™ve never worked harder for anything), and will now be meaningless; it is disrespectful of our commitment to try to better ourselves and our families futures.
WEâ€™RE NOT ASKING FOR A HANDOUT; WEâ€™RE JUST ASKING TO BE ALOWED TO KEEP WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY EARNED, NOTHING MORE, AND NOTHING LESS. THIS IS A FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURES.!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. And Pam Brooks, Iâ€™m sure that when you were a new CPC (with or without the A), someone had to sit and endlessly train you, also. I only pray that someday I might have the same privilege.
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