AAPC member Emily Williams, CPC, COC, CPMA, CHONC, has been coding for 10 years. She is currently a coder at a large multispecialty group and has experience coding oncology/hematology, gastroenterology (GI), anesthesia, pain management, radiology, dermatology, and cardiology. AAPC asked Williams about her experience with earning the Certified Hematology and Oncology Coder (CHONC™) credential and how it has helped her career.
What led you to obtain the CHONC™ credential?
I decided to obtain the CHONC™ certification because I have been coding for oncology/hematology and I really enjoy it. I feel it is important to learn as much about the specialties I code in order to be as accurate as possible in my daily coding.
Do you have any tips for individuals preparing for the CHONC™ exam?
I recommend taking the practice exams. It is very important to have a good understanding of the time requirements for the administration codes, as well as the hierarchy of infusions and injections. It is also important to have a good understanding of the evaluation and management (E/M) guidelines.
How has the CHONC™ credential helped you in your job/career?
The CHONC™ credential has helped me in my daily coding duties. It also shows my level of knowledge for this specialty to the physicians I code for, as well as my supervisors.
Who do you think would most benefit from the CHONC™ credential?
I think this credential is most beneficial for anyone who codes hematology and oncology claims, but it would also be beneficial for anyone who works insurance denials or audits for this specialty.
What resources do you use most to earn your continuing education units (CEUs)?
I get most of my CEUs from AAPC webinars and quizzes, as well as local chapter meetings.
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