Getting your medical billing certification from an accredited medical billing school ensures that you have undertaken a course which has an official ‘stamp of approval’. It proves that your certification is from an institution which adheres to and follows certain basic codes and guidelines required in medical billing certification.
Employers like to see degrees from accredited schools as well, since it means they won’t need to invest much in the way of training to get employees up and running in their new careers.
For any school, in order to maintain its accreditation they have to comply with certain government norms and strictly adhere to certain course patterns issued by the government and must be able to prove the integrity of the institution.
In order to prove your professionalism, you should necessarily undertake an accredited school’s certification. The two main agencies which accredit the health insurance and medical coding programs are American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Apart from two main accreditation agencies there are certain regional accreditation institutes; whose accreditation is also considered well in the medical billing and coding industry.
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NASC)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Acquiring accreditation as a medical biller means that you have the quality education required for the career of professional medical biller and also it proves that you are serious about your profession in medical billing and coding.
Accredited schools follow certain basic rules, program designs and medical billing practice guidelines. Acquiring your degree from an institution that is not accredited is a very bad idea, as you may not be receiving an ideal education, and your diploma may be useless if potential employers do not recognize it as a genuine degree.