Certified Professional Coder

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Certified Professional Coder (CPC) is a professional certificate[1][2] administered by AAPC, previously known by the full title of the American Academy of Professional Coders in the United States. Passing the exam results in license as a Medical Coder. To be eligible, an individual has an associate’s degree (recommended).[3][4][5][6][7] The Medical coders analyses clinical statements & assigns standard codes using classification systems (CPT, ICD-10, HCPCS).

The data produced are an integral part of health information management performed by private healthcare organizations, local and national governments, and international agencies for the purposes of medical billing, research, epidemiological studies, health resource allocation, case mix management, public health programming, and public education.., assigning a specific numeric or alphanumeric code to each diagnosis or procedure. CPC’s[8][9][10][11] can further their career advancement by completing Auditing (CPMA), Compliance (CPCO), Practice Management (CPPM) and specialty credentials.


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