AHIMA certification in the the form of Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician (CCS-P) are very valuable and career-making credentials for medical coding and billing specialists in the US. Because of the long-standing value that employers place on these certifications, and the fact that they are also far cheaper than online schools or community college programs that can go for months, an AHIMA certification helps experienced coders move up to the next level. This works works in terms of salary and qualification. Alternatives to this include CCA and CPC-A credentials.
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