Many practices do not include a certified professional coder (CPC) on their staff because certified coders earn more than noncertified coders or clinicians are charged with coding services without benefit of an internal resource for coding expertise. However, certification (eg, American Academy of Professional Coders [AAPC] CPC or certified pediatrics coder [CPEDC]) holds a coder to a high standard of proven knowledge, continuing professional education and development, and a code of ethics enforced by the certifying organization. These characteristics allow a certified coder to take responsibility for monitoring changes to codes and payer policies that affect practice code assignments, provide answers to coding questions based on authoritative resources, and assist the practice in capturing appropriate revenue for all services rendered.

Coders of professional services may be certified by the AAPC or the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Under the AAPC, a coder may obtain the CPEDC certification in lieu...

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