Q: (Credentials for Remote Coders) – What are the best credentials for remote coders?
A: It depends what they’re looking for. Aviacode, Coding Network; if you go to their websites and see what specialties they’re looking for, like, I think Aviacode right now is looking for cardiology coders so then I would focus on getting proficient at cardiology coding and you can do that. If you do our Medical Coding Practicum with Practicode and you get to pick which module will you work on and if you pick the cardiology module and you get proficient at it – and proficiency is speed and accuracy and the system tracks it for you.
Say, you get your proficiency from 50 up to 92, well now you can go to Aviacode and say I have 92% proficiency in cardiology coding even though I don’t have experience in coding yet. They’ll hire you if they have an opening because you’ve already demonstrated, not only are you proficient but you’re proficient on the system they created because Aviacode created Practicode.
Now, some other prospective employers, like, the Coding Network, they might not be as familiar with this proficiency report but if you educate them, that’s another thing to put in your portfolio as you go job hunting. The best credentials, I think vary based on need. I know cardio is a popular one, the new HCC is going to be popular, the COC. The AAPC did a salary survey and showed that outpatient hospital coders are earning $20,000 more roughly than regular coders; so some food for thought.
What are the Best Credentials for Remote Coders? – Video
Boyd: How do you spell Avia?
Laureen: A-v-i-a; Aviacode.
OK! So I think that was everything we had. I think we covered some good info here. I appreciate all of your questions. I’m sorry that we didn’t have the ability to answer them all. But if you go to codingcertification.org and you go to our forum, community discussion forum, right here it says “Enter your Q&A webinar questions here.” You click on that and you can post them here, this is where we pull the questions that go on the slides that we covered tonight.
All you do to sign up is you just click here, “log in” or “sign up” and you can pick your own user name if you don’t want people to know your full name, you can use a handle. So, go ahead and do that. I know some people are afraid of asking questions or they don’t their employer to see them on there, then use a handle, like, “Jersey Girl” or I don’t know.
Thank you Jo-Anne and thank you Tammy for being with us; we’ll do this more, get some more talent in the pool.
Boyd: Absolutely. And our best going out to Alicia again tonight and each of you if you’re having health or travel or weather issues, and then thank you for being patient, if we didn’t get to your question here tonight. You can always go to http://cco.us/forum and ask your question there and help, a lot of other people might have the same question as well.
Laureen: Yeah, thanks everyone, see you next month!
Boyd: Thank you, take care!
Jo-Anne: Thank you, bye.
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2 thoughts on “What are the Best Credentials for Remote Coders?”
Good information on practicode, I am going to look into that! Thanks!! :)
One thing to consider as a Remote Coder is whether or not the company for which you want to work has a preference for AAPC or AHIMA certifications. There are some companies who would prefer an outpatient facility coder have the CCS certification rather than COC due to a pre-conceived notion that the AAPC COC certification is still Pro-fee based.