Medical Billing and Coding Education in South Carolina - SC
When it comes to medical billing and coding certification in South Carolina, the state does not require it of their medical billers and coders. The matter of which organization you choose to become certified depends largely upon your employer's preferences. Once you have completed a South Carolina medical billing certificate, you will want to think about becoming certified. The first step under AHIMA's classification tree for billers and coders is to become a Certified Coding Associate (CCA), which requires six months of work experience. Once you earn your CCA, you can go on to earn your CCS (Certified Coding Specialist) after working for three years as a medical biller/coder. If your job requires it, you can even earn your CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Based) after that. Information on testing for these credentials can be found at www.ahima.org.
Alternatively, you can choose to become certified through the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders). Certification through this organization requires a minimum of one year of work experience. The first step in AAPC certification is to earn your CPC (Certified Professional Coder ). You will want to get this credential if you work for doctors, home health agencies, hospitals, billing services, and the like. If you wish to specialize, you can earn your CPC-H (Outpatient Hospital specialization) or CPC-P (Payer specialization). Other organizations such as the National Healthcareer Association and the Practice Management Institute offer certification in Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Certified Medical Coder (CMC), respectively. These certifications are not as common as the AHIMA and AAPC certifications, but some employers will honor them.