Twenty-five FCHN Employees Complete Coding Class
June 28, 2007
Twenty-five Franklin Community Health Network employees from various departments and physician practices recently completed an in-depth, sixteen-week CPC (Certified Professional Coder) class in preparation of the CPC certification exam. The American Academy of Professional Coders grants the CPC certification.
Medical coders translate clinical data from patient health records and assign appropriate medical codes. Their work is submitted to insurance companies for payment purposes, and may be used for data collection, billing, and quality improvement purposes.
"Because of this investment in our employees, Franklin Memorial Hospital will probably be one of the few hospitals in Maine to have a certified coder in each of its practices," said Leslie Hawkins, Pine Tree Medical Associates Administrator. "These newly acquired coding skills will enable us to consistently and accurately reflect services provided to ensure that our physician practices and hospital departments are appropriately paid."
Congratulations to Nancy Adams, Hope Bell, Contessia Boulay, Diane Breton, Leigh Brown, Brandi Chase, Darcie Ciarcia, Cindy Coulombe, Nancy Corson, Terry Cote, Karen Cowan, Tom Dean, Mavis Dubord, Kim Greenleaf, Wendy Hall, Marian Hastings, Gina Hobert, Elise Holland, Vicki Howard, Melissa Meader, Krystal Mitchell, Sharon Myrick, Dawn Pratt, Cheryl Sillanpaa, and Sandra Swett for successful completion of the class.
To become certified, class participants must demonstrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and coding rules and regulations by successfully passing a 150-question, 5-hour examination.
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