I posted to the AAPC comments:
Having to pay for two exams and then sit for them separately, just to remove the apprentice status, seems a bit too much and unfair, compared to those who already have the alleged â€śexperienceâ€ť and are not labeled apprentice, yet who canâ€™t even pass the CPC exam.
Please continue with the â€śVirtual Experience: Apprentice Removalâ€ť 800 Note program. I believe this is the next best thing for those who have not been able to achieve any kind of real-world coding experience in order to remove the apprentice status. Also, I think one should have the choice of either completing this program or passing the 20 note â€śClinical Examâ€ť in order to remove the apprentice status.
However, I highly recommend adding a fill-in-the-blank section of medical records to the CPC exam similar to the CCS exam. This would be a great asset because it would show potential employers that those who pass the exam know more about coding than just choosing codes from multiple choice questions.
Nonetheless, it all comes down to the potential employer deciding if all this is good enough to hire someone as a medical coder. I seriously hope AAPC will heavily consult with as many coding employers across the country as they can to see if they will even â€śrecognizeâ€ť any of this as â€ścoding experienceâ€ť before AAPC implements any changes.
It would be futile for a member to shell out a lot of money and time towards this if an employer wonâ€™t hire them because they donâ€™t acknowledge this as any kind of coding experience.
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