Awarding of Health Care Innovation Challenge grants ranging from $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period will be postponed by several weeks, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
March 29th, 2012
Certification Protects Members from Recession
RECOGNIZED AS PROFESSIONALS, CODERS WEATHER ECONOMIC STORM
By Brad Ericson, CPC, COSC, and Jennifer Rothlisberger
View the entire 2009 Medical Coding Salary Survey.pdf
Credentialed coders prove recession-proof in this year’s AAPC Salary Survey, which shows your salaries rose 4 percent to an average of $44,750. And even non-certified coders benefited from their affiliation with AAPC, with a 2 percent average salary gain to $37,290.
And this, mind you, in the midst of bank failures, foreclosures, layoffs, and a housing bust.
“It appears certified coders are more recession proof than others, that multiple specialty credentials improve your career, and that education, of course, adds to that benefit,” Reed Pew, AAPC president/CEO, told Coding Edge. The type of credential makes a difference, too, when paired with work venue. Those who work in the insurance industry or facilities are naturally more likely to make more than those in a smaller physician practices. But the results of this and another study are encouraging not only for those who are certified but for all those who are AAPC members. (more…)
October 2nd, 2009
Credentialed coders prove to be recession-proof in annual salary survey
SALT LAKE CITY–Oct. 1, 2009–Salaries for certified medical coding professionals increased an average of four percent from 2008 to 2009, despite economic conditions, according to an annual salary survey conducted by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC, www.aapc.com). Certified medical coder salaries rose to an average of $44,750 annually; non-certified coders reported a two percent average salary gain, bringing the average salary to $38,290. (more…)
October 1st, 2009
Sunlight on Coders’ Compensation
By Brad Ericson, CPC, CPC-ORTHO
Ask coders what they do and how much they make, and their answers are as varied as how sensitive to the sun they are. Some are easy burners, with salaries and careers that show the results of outside forces quickly. Some are seemingly immune to the forces that buffet our careers. All-in-all, we’re doing pretty well; and, it appears that average salaries have increased more than 11 percent since our survey in 2007.
Sunning the Fruit Trees
This year’s survey was completed by more coders than ever and conducted via the internet during July and August. Over 12,000 coders participated. Like trees in the sun, the information continues to bear fruit, but here are some highlights. (more…)
September 25th, 2008
Coders Cash In With Credentials
You cracked the books to study for the certification exam, you’ve pored over Coding Edge quizzes to earn CEUs, you’ve made it to every local chapter meeting — and it was worth it. The results of our 2007 Salary Survey reveal that certified coders earn an average of 17 percent more than their non-certified counterparts.
The 5,155 coding professionals who responded to our survey offered insight that might surprise some coders, and gave concrete proof that certified coders are in high demand. (more…)
September 25th, 2007