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AHIMA's CCA Certification

AHIMA's Certified Coding Associate (CCA) designation has been a nationally accepted standard of achievement in the health information management (HIM) field since 2002. The CCA credential distinguishes coders by exhibiting commitment and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, including both hospitals and physician practices.

CCA examination candidates must have a high school diploma from a United States high school or an equivalent educational background.

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that candidates have at least six months experience in:

  • A healthcare organization applying ICD-9-CM and CPT coding conventions and guidelines,
    or
  • Have completed an AHIMA-approved coding certificate program
    or
  • Have completed other formal coding training program
Source: AHIMA 2011
AAPC's CPC and CPC-H Certifications

AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) credential is standard for physician office settings and held by more than 60,000 coding professionals. AAPC's Certified Professional Coder - Hospital Outpatient (CPC-H®) is held by professional coders working in hospitals and outpatient settings.

AAPC's Medical Coding Certification Requirements
  1. An Associate's degree in Medical Coding is recommended.
  2. Pay examination fee at the time of application submission.
  3. Maintain current membership with the AAPC.
  4. All exams will be reported with exact scores and areas of study (65% or less).

A CPC® or CPC-H® must have at least two years medical coding experience (member's with an apprentice designation are not required to have two years medical coding experience.) Membership is required to be renewed annually and 36 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) must be submitted every two years for verification and authentication of expertise.

Source: AAPC 2011
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About Accreditation: Currently, there is no industry wide accepted accreditation for medical coding programs. Although AHIMA offers a small list of AHIMA approved coding programs (40 in the nation), many schools and institutions offer quality medical coding education and training, so their graduate are well prepared to sit for coding certifications through AAPC or AHIMA and to pursue careers as coding professionals.
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Alert: ICD-10 Transition
On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA). The change to ICD-10 does not affect CPT coding for outpatient procedures and physician services.


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Certified Medical Coder (CCA)

A Certified Coding Associate (CCA) is an entry level medical coder who has fulfilled the education and examination requirements to earn AHIMA's CCA credential. A medical coding associate assigns numeric or alphanumeric codes to identify medical diagnoses and procedures on patient records. This coding allows insurance companies to process claims accurately and make payments to providers, as well as reimburse individuals. The work becomes more complex every year as researchers identify more conditions and develop new medical tests and treatments.

The medical coding associate works from documentation provided by physicians, nurses and other health care personnel. The associates identify diagnoses and treatments from charts, laboratory results and notes and assign codes from the industry manuals. Sometimes coding associates must ask a physician for further clarification when there is no single straightforward diagnosis or procedure. After the classifications are assigned, the coder enters the information into a computer database.

Medical coding associates most often find jobs in the finance departments of hospitals, where they assign industry-established classifications to health insurance claims. They also work in clinics, private practices, dental offices, nursing care facilities, non-profit agencies, third-party billing firms and insurance companies. Some coders are employed by hospitals or clinics that allow them to work from home. In smaller practices and clinics, medical coding associates might perform general office assistant duties such as registering patients and scheduling appointments.

Importance of CCA Certification

The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential is a excellent way for a new coder to demonstrate competency in the field, even without much job experience. The CCA credential can provide a competitive advantage when seeking a new job, career advancement opportunities, and salary increase.

Getting the CCA Certification

Candidates can pursue the CCA credential with a quality coding program and less than a year of experience. AHIMA and AAPC strongly recommend a quality coding program which lasts at least a year and results in either an Associate Degree or Diploma. Students learn medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and how to analyze medical records and operate billing software. They also study the two standard code classification manuals. Although not required for eligibility, AHIMA also recommends having at least six months of experience in a healthcare organization applying ICD-9-CM and CPT coding conventions and guidelines.

AHIMA's CCA Certification Requirements
AAPC's CPC and CPC-H Certification Requirements

Medical Coder Career Advancement and Salary Potential

Medical Coding provides opportunities for career advancement and increased salary potential. Coders can advance and broaden their careers by meeting additional education, experience, and certification requirements.
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Average Medical Coder Salaries by Credential

Coding Credential Average Salary
CCA $40,196
RHIT $54,880
CCS-P $60,084
CCS $60,919
Based on 2010 AHIMA Salary Survey

Medical Coding Career Outlook

The future for skilled medical coders is excellent. There are two major economic forces that cannot be ignored that will push the need for medical care -- the ARRA stimulus plan passed by Congress in 2009 is pushing the healthcare industry to become more data driven and the growing senior population in the US will require more healthcare services. Both will fuel the increase in demand for qualified professional medical coders. In fact, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment in medical records and health information to increase by 21% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

>> ICD-10 Transition in 2014 Fact Sheet (pdf)

About Accreditation and Certifications: AHIMA and AAPC are the leading credentialing bodies for the medical coding industry. AHIMA also awards credentials for health information management professionals. AAPC offers their own coding courses and does not accredit coding programs outside of their organization. AHIMA offers a small list of AHIMA approved coding programs (approximately 40 in the nation). CAHIIM is the accrediting body of AHIMA for undergraduate and graduate level health information programs. While relatively few medical coding programs are officially AHIMA accredited, many schools and institutions offer quality medical coding education and training that prepare students to sit for certification exams and start their medical coding careers.

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This diploma program is the first step in launching your career in medical billing and coding. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as medical billing specialists, medical coders, and insurance claims analysts. The goal of this diploma program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as extensive training in anatomy, physiology, disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility. This program is designed to prepare students for the following AHIMA certifications: CCA Certified Coding Associate, CCS Certified Coding Specialist, CCS-P Certified Coding Professional (physician-based).

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This Associate level program offers the curriculum from the diploma program and adds the general education classes needed for an associate degree. This provides more career flexibility and better chances for advancement. The goal of this program is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the content of the medical record as well as extensive training in anatomy, physiology, the disease processes, and medical terminology. This program will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding to analyze medical records and assign codes to classify diagnoses and procedures while applying the principles of professional and ethical conduct. The program will prepare the student for an entry-level position as a medical coder in a hospital, clinic, physician’s office, or other healthcare facility. This program is designed to prepare students for the following AHIMA certifications: CCA Certified Coding Associate, CCS Certified Coding Specialist, CCS-P Certified Coding Professional (physician-based).

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Alabama
Fortis Institute Birmingham
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Herzing University Birmingham
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Virginia College Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery
Arizona
Brookline College Coronado, Phoenix, Tempe
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Carrington College Mesa, Phoenix, Tucson
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Fortis College Phoenix
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Phoenix
California
American Career College Anaheim, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Ontario
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Carrington College California Antioch, Citrus Heights, Pomona, Sacramento, San Jose, San Leandro
  • Medical Billing & Coding - AS Degree
  • Medical Billing & Coding - Certificate
Institute of Technology Citrus Heights, Clovis, Modesto
Kaplan College Chula Vista, Riverside, San Diego, Vista
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Laurus College Atascadero, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria
  • Medical Billing
Colorado
Institute of Business and Medical Careers Ft. Collins, Longmont
Kaplan College Denver
  • Medical Billing and Coding
National American University Centennial, Colorado Springs, Denver
  • Healthcare Coding
Connecticut
American Institute West Hartford
  • Medical Coding & Billing - Diploma
Branford Hall Career Institute Springfield
  • Health Claims Specialist - Diploma
Sanford Brown College Farmington
Delaware
CDM Institute Wilmington
  • Allied Health Medical Billing Specialist with Administration
  • Medical Assisting and Billing
Harris School Dover, Wilmington
  • Health Claims Specialist
District of Columbia
Medtech College
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Florida
American Career Institute Celebration
  • Medical Billing and Insurance Coding
ATA Career Education Spring Hill
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Florida Career College Brandon, Clearwater, Hialeah, Lauderdale Lakes, Miami, Pembroke Pines, W. Palm Beach
Florida Technical College Deland, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Orlando, Pembroke Pines
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Fortis College Largo, Miami, Mulberry, Ocean Park, Winter Park
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
  • Medical Insurance Specialist
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist
Herzing University Orlando
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Southeastern College Greenacres, Jacksonville, Miami Lakes, New Port Richey, St. Petersburg, Tampa
MedVance Institute Miami, West Palm Beach
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tampa
Southern Technical College Auburndale, Brandon, Mount Dora, Orlando, Sanford
  • Medical Billing and Coding - AS Degree
Virginia College Jacksonville, Pensacola
Georgia
Herzing University Atlanta
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Miller-Motte College Augusta, Columbus, Macon
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Sanford Brown College Atlanta
Virginia College Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Savannah
Idaho
Carrington College Boise
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Illinois
Computer Systems Institute Chicago, Elgin, Gurnee
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Coyne College Chicago
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Northwestern Business College Bridgeview, Chicago
  • Health Information Technology
Sanford Brown College Collinsville, Hillside, Tinley Park
Indiana
Brown Mackie College Michigan City
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Harrison College Anderson, Columbus, Elkhart, Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Muncie, Terre Haute,
  • Medical Reimbursement Technology
Kaplan College Hammond
  • Medical Billing and Coding
National College Fort Wayne, South Bend
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Fort Wayne, Granger, Kokomo
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Sanford Brown College Indianapolis
Iowa
Brown Mackie College Bettendorf
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Kansas
Brown Mackie College Lenexa, Salina
  • Medical Coding and Billing
National American University Overland Park, Wichita
  • Healthcare Coding
Kentucky
Brown Mackie College Hopkinsville
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Daymar College Bellevue, Bowling Green, Louisville, Owensboro, Paducah
Lincoln College of Technology Florence
  • Medical Coding and Billing
National College Danville, Florence, Lexington, Louisville, Pikeville, Richmond
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Bowling Green, Erlanger
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Louisiana
Fortis College Baton Rouge
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Herzing University New Orleans
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Remington College New Orleans
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Baton Rouge, Shreveport / Bossier City
Maryland
All-State Career Healthcare Division Baltimore
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Fortis College Landover, Woodlawn
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Kaplan University Hagerstown
  • Medical Billing & Coding - Certificate
Kaplan - TESST College of Technology Baltimore, Beltsville, Towson
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Medix School Baltimore
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Landover
Massachusetts
American Career Institute Braintree, Framingham, Springfield, Woburn
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Health Training Center Attleboro, Brockton, Cambridge, Framingham, Lowell, Lynn, Worchester
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Kaplan Career Institute Boston
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Michigan
Dorsey Schools Roseville, Saginaw, Southgate, Waterford, Wayne
  • Medical Administration and Billing
Ross Medical Education Center Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Davison, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Madison Heights, New Baltimore, Port Huron, Portage, Roosevelt Park, Saginaw, Taylor
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Sanford Brown Institute Dearborn, Grand Rapids
Minnesota
National American University Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Falcon Heights
  • Healthcare Coding
Mississippi
Miller-Motte College Gulfport
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Biloxi, Jackson
Missouri
National American University Independence, Kansas City, Lee's Summit, Weldon Spring
  • Healthcare Coding
Sanford Brown College Fenton, Hazelwood, St.Peters
Nevada
Kaplan College Las Vegas
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Carrington College Las Vegas, Reno
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
New Mexico
Carrington College Albuquerque
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
New Jersey
CDM Institute Jersey City, Lawrenceville, Marlton, Philipsburg, Toms River, Vineland, Wayne, Woodbridge
  • Allied Health Medical Billing Specialist with Administration
  • Medical Assisting and Billing
Dover Business College Clifton, Dover
  • Medical Insurance and Coding Administration - Diploma
Eastwick Colleges HoHoKus Schools Hackensack, Nutley
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Fortis Institute Lawrenceville, Wayne
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Coding
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Harris School Cherry Hill Township, Hamilton, Linwood, Voorhees
  • Health Claims Specialist
Prism Career Institute Cherry Hill Township, West Atlantic City
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Iselin
New Mexico
Brookline College Albuquerque
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
National American University Albuquerque
  • Healthcare Coding
New York
Hunter Business School Levittown, Medford
  • Medical Billing Specialist
Sanford Brown Institute Garden City, New York, White Plains
North Carolina
Kaplan College Charlotte
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Miller-Motte College Cary, Fayetteville, Greenville, Jacksonville, Wilmington
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Virginia College Greensboro
Ohio
Brown Mackie College Akron
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Fortis College Centerville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cuyahoga Falls
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Medical Coding Specialist
Harrison College Columbus
  • Medical Reimbursement Technology
Herzing University Toledo
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Kaplan College Cincinnati, Columbus
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Lincoln College of Technology Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton, Franklin, Toledo
  • Medical Coding and Billing
Remington College Cleveland
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Cincinnati, Dayton, Niles, Ontario
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Sanford Brown College Cleveland
Oklahoma
Brookline College Oklahoma City
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Virginia College Tulsa
Oregon
Carrington College Portland
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Sanford Brown College Portland
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Pennsylvania
All-State Career Healthcare Division Essington
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Career Training Academy Monroeville, New Kensington, Pittsburgh
Fortis Institute Erie, Forty Fort, Scranton
  • Medical Transcriptionist / Insurance Billing Specialist
Kaplan Career Institute Harrisburg, Philadelphia
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Keystone Technical Institute Harrisburg
  • Medical Billing and Insurance Coding
Pennsylvania School of Business Allentown
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Prism Career Institute Upper Darby
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown Institute Monroeville, Trevose
YTI Career Institute Altoona, Mechanicsburg, Lancaster
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Rhode Island
Sanford Brown Institute Cranston
South Carolina
Fortis College Columbia
  • Medical Office Administration
Miller-Motte College Charleston
  • Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Electronic He
Remington College Columbia
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Spartansburg
South Dakota
National American University Jolly Acres, Sioux Falls, Watertown
  • Healthcare Coding
Tennessee
Fortis College Nashville
  • Medical Billing & Coding Specialist
Kaplan Career Institute Nashville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
MedVance Institute Cookeville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Miller-Motte College Chattanooga, Clarksville, Nashville
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
National College Bristol, Knoxville, Nashville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Remington College Memphis, Nashville
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Virginia College Chattanooga, Knoxville
Texas
Carrington College Mesquite
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
Fortis College Grand Prairie, Houston North, Houston South
  • Medical Billing & Coding
Kaplan - Texas School of Business Grand Prairie, Houston
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Kaplan College Arlington, Beaumont, Laredo, San Antonio
  • Medical Billing and Coding
MedVance Institute Grand Prairie, Houston
  • Medical Billing and Coding
National American University Allen, Austin, Lewisville, South Austin
  • Healthcare Coding
Remington College Dallas (Garland), Ft. Worth, Houston SE
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Austin, Dallas, Houston, Northloop, San Antonio
Southern Careers Institute Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
Virginia College Austin
Utah
Eagle Gate College Layton, Murray, Salt Lake City
  • Medical Insurance Billing/Coding
Fortis College Salt Lake City
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding
Virginia
Miller-Motte College Lynchburg
  • Electronic Health Records
National College Charlottesville, Harrisburg, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Salem
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Vienna
Virginia College Richmond
Washington
Carrington College Spokane
  • Medical Insurance Billing & Coding - Diploma
West Virginia
National College Parkersburg, Princeton
  • Medical Billing and Coding
Ross Medical Education Center Charleston, Morgantown
  • Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration
Wisconsin
Herzing University Brookfield, Kenosha, Madison
  • Insurance Billing and Coding
Sanford Brown College Milwaukee
Wyoming
Institute of Business and Medical Careers Cheyenne
  • Medical Billing/Coding - Diploma


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