Q #29: Why do most employers mention or ask for AHIMA certification instead of an AAPC?
A: Laureen: I don’t think that most employers do, it’s probably the type of jobs that you’re looking at are. In my area, in New Jersey, most of them want AAPC. So, I think it depends on your region, and of course if you’re… go ahead.
Alicia: I was going to say it, too. One of the things that when you go to get a job, the people that are listing the jobs are not from that department, they’re from HR. AHIMA has been around since 1920. Everybody knows AHIMA. AAPC has been around since the 80s. So, they don’t necessarily update their stuff, they just – “Oh, you need a coder? OK, this is the standard blurb we put in our ads.” So, you need to educate them when you go in and say, “Oh, I’m a CPC through the AAPC,” or whatever, and they’re probably going to be just fine with that. However, it is regional.
Alicia: Maybe, there’s a bigger AHIMA organization chapters in that area and have been for years or vice versa, the AAPC.
Laureen: If you’ve got a coding credential you certainly can still apply for jobs that they’re asking for AHIMA credentials because you’re a certified coder. Sometimes, it’s just educating the prospective employer, or you can do what I did, I got dually certified. For a long time I had my CCS and my CPC. Unfortunately, I let it lapse, I could kick myself, but that way was in both camps, if you will. I was an AAPC and an AHIMA member. I had a credential in each. So, I did that because I was a consultant, I was an educator; and so, that’s why I did it. So, if you’re worried, get both. If you can afford it, it’s definitely worth it. It does look – I think two credentials looks good. You don’t have to go crazy beyond that.
Alicia: Ryan just made a point about this question, if you say you’re a CPC and they want a CCS, and a lot of times they’ll give you a year to pick up the CCS, pick up the other certification – an employer will do that. If there’s something specific they want you to have, apply for it, and say, “Yeah, I love cardio coding, and I don’t have a specialty certification, but if you hire me, I’ll go pick it up. Give me a year, and I’ll have it by the end of the year.” So, market yourself.
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Laureen: There you go.
Q #30: Do you have any webinars for students who are currently in a medical coding class that can get the extra exposure and help that they may not get in the classroom?
A: Laureen: That’s what we’re doing, I hope.
Alicia: We get a lot of those
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