Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
The Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (http://www.PAHCS.org) is offering two new certifications. The Certified Basic Medical Coding Certification for the graduating student and the Certified Healthcare Coding Instructor for instructors. These two new certifications are changing the way coding associations help students, instructors and coding schools.
For the student, PAHCS offers the Certified Basic Medical Coding Specialist (CBMCS) certification. It is a cost effective full certification designed to verify the student has skills, knowledge and abilities to make them an asset as a medical coder. The CBMCS also provides a recognized path for coders to become specialty certified as their career progresses.
For the instructor, PAHCS offers a Certified Healthcare Coding Instructor (CHCI) certification that is also cost effective. It doesn’t require expensive instructor training or require the instructor to use specific training material in their classroom. Instructors can use training material they feel best meets the needs of their students. PAHCS supports the educator and institution and will work with them to ensure graduating students have the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and abilities that will give them the best chance for success after graduation.
To further support students, instructors and coders PAHCS:
1) Members have free access to the PAHCS E-Network (list serve) where, any time, using email, they can ask coding questions and get responses from hundreds of coders from around the country. Some employers say it’s like having hundreds of coders on staff, without the overhead.
2) Programs are cost effective. Students can join for $65 for the first year and take the CBMCS exam for only $100. Instructors must be PAHCS members and, if qualified, can become a PAHCS certified instructor for a onetime fee of $300. Regular membership dues are $120 per year.
3) Offers a recognized path to specialty certification. According to multiple salary surveys, specialty coders are paid more than non-certified coders and more than coders with a general certification. CBMCS certified coders can become specialty certified by taking a 60 question specialty exam for $100, allowing coders to increase their value as their experience in a specialty increases. PAHCS may be the only certifying association where this is possible.
4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered at low cost (many are free) and accessible through a variety of methods. Only 24 CEUs are required to recertify, even for those with multiple certifications. Recertification is required every 24 months.
5) Certification exams can be offered at local educational institutions, national PAHCS testing locations or through other local testing options.
Employed graduates are the goal! Employers want to hire knowledgeable, fully certified coders. The CBMCS certification recognizes and validates the educational value of the students coding program and is a full credential from day one. Doctors recognize the value of certification and appreciate that PAHCS coders have a network of professional coders willing and able to help their peers be successful.
About the Company:
The nationally recognized Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS, pronounced “packs”), on line at http://www.PAHCS.org, was founded in 2003 and pioneered the way for specialty healthcare coders to become nationally certified in their specialty. Our founding principle is “Why does a Gastroenterology coder need to know OB/GYN codes?” PAHCS supports the professional and individual development of healthcare coders within physician office practices. It is a communications network and member support system dedicated to enhancing the compliance, documentation and reimbursement capabilities of healthcare coders. At PAHCS they’re small enough to care and big enough to help.