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The Importance of a Compliance Officer Credential (CPCO)

Compliance Officers are required to have a vast knowledge of government laws, regulations and guidelines since the officer develops and monitors compliance departments, including internal compliance reviews, audits and risk assessments. Read on to learn more about what CPCOs are, the career opportunities you’ll have with a credential and what you’ll learn with a CPCO…

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3 Things We’re Grateful for This Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving arrives this year, we’d like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for several different areas of our lives. Medical Coding Academy wouldn’t be possible without any of the following, so we’re eternally grateful. Here are three things we’re grateful for this Thanksgiving: 1. Our Students Whether you’re a past, existing or…

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The Importance of an Outpatient Medical Coder Credential (COC)

Outpatient Medical Coders are among the highest demand in the medical industry. Why? Since physicians often leave their private practice to join hospital groups, they need someone to handle the medical coding and billing at their new location. That’s where an Outpatient Medical Coder credential (COC®) step in.  Read on to learn more about what…

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5 Practical Tips for Passing Your Medical Coding Certification Exam

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you have plenty of fears. According to Inc., more than half of us fear not having enough money for the future and 25 percent of us are afraid of sharks. For medical coding students, certification exam day can cause a tremendous amount of anxiety. But it doesn’t have…

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3 Techniques for Answering Patients’ Medical Coding Questions

One aspect of medical coding you might not be aware of is patient interaction. Sure, it might be ideal for some if your day only consisted of dealing with doctors, nurses and medical codes. But the truth is, patients have lots of questions and it’s inevitable that some of these will head your way one…

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4 Reasons Companies Love Hiring Medical Coders with Certifications

Those interested in a career in medical coding and billing have a difficult decision to make.  Do they immediately try and enter the workforce? Do they get a certification first? Or do they go all-in on a college degree? The first scenario can be difficult, as employers usually like to see experience or knowledge before…

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The Importance of Medical Risk Adjuster Credential (CRC)

The shift toward providing more specific and complete documentation of all medical problems on an annual basis is a challenge for many practices. This is particularly problematic in the outpatient setting, which typically has less administrative infrastructure to support adequate coding.  However, aligning current payment-focused billing and documentation practices with evolving risk-adjustment-focused coding practices will…