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Coding Certificate Program FAQ

Coding Certificate Program

The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program consists of three levels - Basic, Beyond the Basics and Advanced. The Association believes those that successfully complete the entire program should be recognized for their accomplishment and proficiency in OMS coding. While not a certification program, those AAOMS members and staff that complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion and lapel pin. Read on for some frequently asked questions about the new program.

  1. Will I be eligible for the certificate and lapel pin?
  2. Is there a defined amount of time I have to complete the Coding Certificate Program CCP)?
  3. Must I take the Basic Online course to be eligible for the Coding Certificate Program?
  4. Will I be considered a certified coder (or a person holding a coding certification)?
  5. Have any organizations pre-approved AAOMS coding courses for continuing education (CE)?
  6. Is this something that will be available to me?
  7. Does the Advanced Coding Practice Clinic count toward the requirement for the Advanced course?
  8. Will I receive anything for completing each course level?
  9. What can I provide AHIMA as proof that I completed Basic Online and Beyond the Basics earlier in the year?
  10. Is the OMS Billing Conference part of the Coding Certificate Program?
  11. Does the CCP (Coding Certificate Program) designation ever expire?

The information provided to you is intended for educational purposes only. In no event shall AAOMS be liable for any decision made or action taken or not taken by you or anyone else in reliance on the information provided. For legal or other professional advice, you need to consult your own professional advisers.


Question:

I registered for the Basic Online course on June 24, 2008 and Beyond the Basics in San Antonio on November 16, 2008. If I take the Advanced Online course in May 2009, will I be eligible for the certificate and lapel pin?

Answer:

The Coding Certificate Program officially began January 1, 2009. Those AAOMS members and staff that register for the Basic Online course and other courses after January 1, 2009 would be eligible for the certificate and lapel pin.

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Question:

Is there a defined amount of time I have to complete the Coding Certificate Program CCP)?

Answer:

Yes. A total of 18 months from the date you registered for Basic Online is allowed for completion of the program. For example, if you registered for the Basic Online course March 23, 2009, completed Basic online on May 1, 2009, participated in the November 2009 Beyond the Basics course and completed Advanced Online on June 3, 2010 you would be eligible for the Coding Certificate Program.

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Question:

I have been coding for several years and am proficient in basic coding. Must I take the Basic Online course to be eligible for the Coding Certificate Program?

Answer:

AAOMS recommends taking the Basic Online course before attending Beyond the Basics. The Basic course lays the foundation for Beyond the Basics, and Beyond the Basics for the Advanced Coding Courses. There is however one exception. If you are employed by a member of the AAOMS who will attest to your basic coding knowledge, it is possible to waive participation in the Basic Online course and still be eligible for the certificate program. In order to do this, a letter from the OMS would be necessary. AAOMS strongly suggests taking all three courses to maximize your OMS coding knowledge.

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Question:

If I complete the Coding Certificate Program will I be considered a certified coder (or a person holding a coding certification)?

Answer:

No. The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program should not be confused with certification. The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are two groups that have stringent requirements, coursework and testing to certify coders. AAOMS is not a coding certifying body. The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program is program offering a certificate of completion of OMS coding education.

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Question:

Have any organizations pre-approved AAOMS coding courses for continuing education (CE)?

Answer:

Yes. There are several organizations that have pre-approved AAOMS coding courses for CE. They are:

  • AHIMA American Health Information Management Association
  • ADA CERP American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program
  • AMA PRA American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award
  • AGD PACE Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education
  • ACCME Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

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Question:

I am certified as a CPC (Certified Professional Coder) through the AAPC and need to report 20 continuing education units (CEUs) on an annual basic to maintain my certification. The AAPC only allows the certificate they issue to claim credit. Is this something that will be available to me?

Answer:

Yes. Those that complete each level of coding course will be given the opportunity to request an AAPC certificate of completion for the particular course. The certificate will be mailed to you within a month of completion of in-person courses or available immediately at the conclusion of the online courses.

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Question:

I plan to take the Basic Online and Beyond the Basics courses in 2009 and the Advanced Coding Practice Clinic during the Annual Meeting in October, 2009. Does the Advanced Coding Practice Clinic count toward the requirement for the Advanced course?

Answer:

Yes. Successful completion of the Basic Online, Beyond the Basics and either Advanced Online course or Advanced Coding Practice Clinic would make you eligible for the Coding Certificate Program.

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Question:

Will I receive anything for completing each course level? I would like to have something to show the OMS I work for that I have completed the particular level while in the meantime working toward completion of the entire program.

Answer:

Yes. Following completion of each level, each participant will be given an opportunity to either print a CE verification letter (for the online courses) or have one mailed to them (following the in person courses). This CE verification letter will include prior approval information for CE bodies such as AHIMA, ADA, AMA, etc.

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Question:

I am a certified coder through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). I completed Basic Online in early 2009 and plan to take Beyond the Basics in November 2009 right before my AHIMA CE cycle ends at the end of the calendar year. I am required to submit proof of CE but will not be able to take Advanced Online until 2010 (once my 2008-2009 CE cycle has expired). Since I will not have completed the CCP by the end of 2009 and thus will have not received the certificate of completion what can I provide AHIMA as proof that I completed Basic Online and Beyond the Basics earlier in the year?

Answer:

As mentioned above, following completion of each level, each participant will be given an opportunity to either print a CE verification letter (for the online courses) or have one mailed to them (following the in person courses). This CE verification letter will include AHIMA prior approval information as well as prior approval information for other CE bodies.

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Question:

Is the OMS Billing Conference part of the Coding Certificate Program?

Answer:

No. The Coding Certificate Program is comprised of the Basic, Beyond the Basics and Advanced Coding Courses only.

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Question:

Does the CCP (Coding Certificate Program) designation ever expire?

Answer:

No. Since the CCP is a certificate program rather than actual certification there is no expiration.

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