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Why Get Certified?

Certification in healthcare documentation makes a difference—to the patients whose care depends your on precise documentation, to employers who must hire highly qualified and trusted healthcare documentation specialists, and to yourself for the satisfaction for attaining certification. The four letters that will follow your name will make a powerful statement about the expertise you bring to the table. Ultimately, becoming credentialed will:

  • Prepare you for new healthcare documentation positions in the EHR.

  • Validate your breadth of knowledge and skills to employers, which may give you access to preferential hiring/employment practices. See Who Cares if You’re Certified?

  • Demonstrate that you are trained and certified in HIPAA compliance.

  • Send the message to healthcare delivery that healthcare documentation specialists are an allied health profession with an accountable scope of practice.

  • Demonstrate you take initiative and go above the minimum requirements.

  • Distinguish you from those without a credential.

  • Raise employer’s confidence in you when introducing new technologies or services.

  • Keep you marketable in the event of cutbacks or mergers.

  • Get your foot in the door as a new graduate.

Ready to pursue credentialing? Get started here  Types of Credentials

 

Why is Certification Important to Health Care?
Healthcare documentation involves a highly interpretive skill set, where medical language specialists partner with providers to create an accurate reflection of a patient care encounter. It requires a foundational understanding of the diagnostic process, clinical medicine, treatment and care to be interpreted accurately and applied within the context of complex narrative dictation that is often very difficult to understand. Dictation challenges continue to be an ongoing problem for the transcription sector and demand that healthcare documentation specialists bring a strong interpretive skill set to the process.

Healthcare documentation specialists cannot bring that interpretive skill set to the table without a significant foundation of knowledge and training. The pace at which healthcare delivery is moving does not provide a space for on the job training or mentoring. Such an unregulated training scenario creates unpredictable and dangerous gaps of knowledge that impacts the interpretive process and limits the ability of the healthcare documentation specialist to identify errors and inconsistencies in the dictated narrative – a role that is critical in the continuum of deployed risk management. Flagging inconsistencies and discrepancies in the health record is the guardian role of the healthcare documentation specialist, and providers rely on the keen eyes, ears, and interpretive mind of the workforce to ensure that health data is captured and recorded accurately, that inconsistencies are addressed, and that the amended record is authenticated by the provider.

The only way to ensure that a candidate can be entrusted with that role is to hold our workforce accountable to a defined scope of practice through benchmark testing and certification.

Ready to pursue credentialing? Get started here → Types of Credentials

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