Medical coding career session to be held

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/4/17

Residents of Walker County will have the opportunity to explore a career in medical coding next Thursday.

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Jasper Chapter will host their May MAYnia Meeting at Bevill State …

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Medical coding career session to be held

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Residents of Walker County will have the opportunity to explore a career in medical coding next Thursday.

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Jasper Chapter will host their May MAYnia Meeting at Bevill State Community College-Jasper on May 11 to provide information about becoming a certified professional coder (CPC).

“Next Thursday’s meeting is to inform what certifications the AAPC offers, how to stay certified and learn about all the educational opportunities offered,” AAPC-Jasper President Mandy Smith said.

According to the AAPC website, “Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis, procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes. ... Medical coding professionals help ensure the codes are applied correctly during the medical billing process, which includes abstracting the information from documentation, assigning the appropriate codes and creating a claim to be paid by insurance carriers.”

Smith works as a CPC, and she will be the speaker during next Thursday’s informational meeting. She said working as a professional coder comes with many advantages, including salary and job flexibility.

“The benefit is there’s more educational resources out there, and you have more career opportunities,” Smith said. “Most of the jobs are flexible with your hours, as long as you get your 40 hours of work in for the week.”

Smith said professional coders can make between $34,000 and $57,000 a year, and those who receive speciality certifications in a particular medical field can make $60,000 to $80,000 each year, working full-time.

The informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. next Thursday in the Wade Math and Science Building on Bevill’s Jasper Campus in Room 112. There is no cost to attend, but Smith said guests need to RSVP since refreshments and door prizes will be available.

To RSVP, email JasperAAPCChapter@gmail.com or call (205) 544-5074.

Regular meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the same time and location. AAPC-Jasper’s officers include Smith, vice president Rhonda Thompson and secretary/treasurer J’non Griffin. Smith said the Jasper Chapter of AAPC formed in January. Officers rotate each month to teach classes, and the Jasper Chapter has a number of guest speakers.

For more information about the AAPC, visit www.aapc.com.