Medical coding certifications recognize individuals who have demonstrated a level of competency and expertise in medical coding. The following are some of the most widely recognized medical coding certifications:
- Certified Professional Coder (CPC): Offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), the CPC certification is a comprehensive program that covers all aspects of medical coding.
- Certified Coding Specialist (CCS): Offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the CCS certification is specifically designed for individuals who work in hospital settings.
Each certification program has its own eligibility requirements, exam format, and continuing education requirements. It’s important to carefully review each program and choose the one that is best suited to your background and career goals.