While I personally do not think an additional test would help someone with no experience get a job as a coder I DO NOT think the AAPC engages in fraudulant practices.
Originally Posted by shakira
I went into this with absolutely NO experience in the medical field whatsoever. No "friends" in the industry to pave my way AND no other degree of any sort. I spent a year in a community college taking Medical Billing and Coding, Transcription, and Medical Terminology. I sat for the test three months after my classes ended and passed on the first try. I was awarded a CPC-A. Three months later I was hired as a coder in a local surgical practice. A year later the executive office manager wrote a brief letter stating that I had been coding for a year and my -A was dropped.
Prior to the -A designation a person had meet certain criteria before they could even take the test so the people you have spoken to did not give you all of the honest details.
Have you called the AAPC and discussed your issue? I have always found their employees to be friendly and helpful. No one involved with the organization,in my opinion, would purposefully deny you anything you were entitled to. Of course without any knowledge of your extenuating circumstances I can't really offer any concrete advice.
A. McCormick, CPC, CGSC
Walters Surgical Associates