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Coding Certificate Program FAQ

The AAOMS Coding Certificate Program consists of three courses – Basic Coding, Beyond the Basics and OMS Billing. The AAOMS believes those that successfully complete the entire program should be recognized for their accomplishment and proficiency in OMS coding. While not certification, 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 program.

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.

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

Answer:

Yes, you have 18 months to complete the program. As the first course, Basic Coding, is conveniently designed as an online course, the time to complete the Coding Certificate Program begins the date you registered for the first course.

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 Coding course first. The Basic course lays the foundation for the Beyond the Basics and OMS Billing 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.

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 offers a certificate of completion of OMS coding education.

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

I am certified as a CPC (Certified Professional Coder) through the AAPC and need to report 20 continuing education units (CEUs) on an annual basis 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. Simply visit the AAPC website to obtain your credits.

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 course, participants will be able to get a CE verification letter that will include prior approval information for CE bodies such as AHIMA, AAPC, and AMA, etc.

Online course attendees will be able to print their letter following course completion. Those attending in-person courses will be able to go to AAOMS.org/MyCE, fill out an evaluation and immediately print their letter of completion. Those attending in person courses who chose to do a paper evaluation will receive their CE letter of completion via email within three weeks.

I am a certified coder through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and need to submit my CE credits. I haven’t yet completed all my courses to receive the CCP, but would like to submit proof for the courses I have completed. How can I get verification for my completed courses?

Answer:

As mentioned above, following completion of each level, each participant will be given an opportunity to print a CE verification letter (for the online courses by visiting AAOMS.org/MyCE) or have one emailed 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.

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.