Everyone craves for superior knowledge and expertise once they are well versed with the basics of the subject. For the people in medical coding profession, who are experienced, there are certain AAPC credentials which can establish their superior levels of knowledge in certain specialty disciplines. These credentials are independent certifications and do not require one to hold certified professional coder (CPC) certification. These specialty credentials help in substantiating a coder’s knowledge in a specialty regarding the codes, reimbursement and compliance issues.
To get a specialty credential in medical coding one has to show expertise in the operative and patient-note based coding apart from the correct application of ICD-10 CM, CPT, HCPCS level II and modifier coding. To clear the exam for these credentials one has to prove their knowledge in specialty-specific coding and related regulations. Let us take a look at the different specialty certifications that one can earn.
CASCC (Certified ASC Coder Credential) – This exam tests the ability read and comprehend the operative notes so as to apply the correct codes related to ICD-10-CM, CPT, HCPCS level II and modifier coding. Along with this, the examinee has to know the various types of surgeries which can be carried out at an ASC. The rules and regulations related to the reimbursement of the services provided at ASC also have to be known by the examinee to clear this examination for attaining this credential.
CANPC (Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management Coder Credential) – The knowledge tested for this credential includes selection of appropriate CPT codes for the surgical cases, appropriate use of the modifiers that are applicable for anesthesia cases, determination of time units and total units for anesthesia cases, rules and regulations of Medicare billing, and coding per NCCI.
CCC (Certified Cardiology Coder Credential) – This exam tests the ability to code surgical procedures performed by cardiologists, rules and regulations related to Medicare billing, evaluation and management of 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines along with the coding abilities with regard to physician office notes and operative notes.
CCVTC (Certified Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Coder Credential) – The knowledge tested for this credential includes coding appropriately for the surgical procedures performed by the cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons, rules and regulations related to Medicare billing, evaluation and management of 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines along with the coding abilities with regard to physician office notes and operative notes.
CCPC (Certified Chiropractic Professional Coder Credential) – This exam tests the ability of how accurately one can assess the type and level of Evaluation and Management Service; ability to use appropriate use of Modifier 25 & 59, apply the medical policy standards in making decisions regarding coding, ability to apply AMA and CMS rules related to time-based services, use appropriate codes for procedures related to radiology, neurology, and musculoskeletal diagnosis. If you are among the people who interested in medical coding jobs and wish to gain experience in specialty medical coding, then Avontix is the right place for you.
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