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Healthcare Documentation Specialist FAQ

What service does a Healthcare Document Specialist provide?
Healthcare Document Specialists are trained to process medical claims, research and assign diagnostic and procedural codes to medical records and transcribe and edit dictation. They ensure that patient records are properly coded, organized, formatted and that claims are filed correctly. Doctors depend on their expertise for appropriate reimbursement for services and accuracy of patient records.

Will I be certified after taking the Online Healthcare Documentation training program and
do I need to become certified?

Upon graduation from our program, you will receive your At-Home Professions Diploma attesting to your accomplishment. At-Home Professions Healthcare Documentation program will prepare you to take a Certification exam of your choosing. You are not required to take a certification exam, however taking this additional step will help you market yourself to potential employers and validate your knowledge in Medical Coding and Billing. At-Home Professions recommends taking the CPC-A® exam through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) or the CBCS exam through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).

Is At-Home Professions Accredited?
Yes. At-Home Professions is Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Because of this, our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures, and policies are frequently reviewed to ensure that we continue to meet exceptionally high standards of quality. We are also an Accredited Member of the Better Business Bureau, and we are proud of our A+ rating.

Does At-Home Professions provide career support?
Yes. Our graduate support representatives are committed to helping our graduates succeed. They assist you with resume-writing, practicing interview skills and learning how to market your new skills to potential employers.

Are there any extras I will need to take the course?
All of your course materials, electronic lesson books and supplements are included in your tuition. You will need access to a computer and a CD player.

If I'm in the military, can I be reimbursed for my tuition?
At-Home Professions is approved for military education benefits. This includes the GI-Bill®. Military personnel, veterans or veteran spouses may be eligible. At-Home Professions also accepts MyCAA funds for military spouse education assistance. For more information contact the Veteran's Administration or your military education office. Learn more about using your military benefits with At-Home Professions.

Do I need any previous education or experience?
No. Our program is designed to get you started toward a new career with no previous experience required. You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. You must be able to read, write and understand English to begin the course. You will need to develop typing skills. If you don't currently know how to type, we can counsel you on the best typing tutorials to use for your specific skill level.

Will my credits transfer to another school?
The acceptance of transfer academic credits to another institution is determined by the receiving institution. Institutions individually establish criteria for transfer credit acceptance based on many factors, including but not limited to course content, degree or non-degree course, final grade, credits per course, type of accreditation, age of credits, etc. Courses in At-Home Professions’ certificate programs may or may not transfer to other institutions and depends solely on the receiving institution’s criteria and determination. At-Home Professions does not imply or guarantee the transferability of its credits to any other institution unless there is a written agreement with another institution.

To learn more about At-Home Professions' transfer credit policies, see the full At-Home Professions Catalog (pdf).

Why is this field growing so quickly?
Simple. We have a population that is not only growing, it's aging. More people are going to more doctors, which results in more medical reports. This will also mean more claims for reimbursement from private and public insurance.

What makes At-Home Professions different?
Experts in the field developed our Healthcare Documentation program. We provide excellent, up-to-date curriculum. The program is career-focused to give you the skills to join the workforce after graduation. You receive individualized support from an instructor. Plus, we teach you how to market yourself and we provide graduate support representatives to assist you after graduation. These services are provided at no additional cost, as part of your program.

When do classes start?
The course is self-paced so you can enroll and start today!  Give us a call at 1-877-515-5110.

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