Certified Emergency Department Coder (CEDC)The Certified Emergency Department Coder credential (CEDC) is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This credential focuses mainly on an individual's knowledge of emergency medicine. This includes coding for things like critical care, observation, fracture and burn care, laceration repairs, and foreign body removals (to name a few).
The CEDC examination is a 150 question, five hour and forty minute exam. This exam covers CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9-CM volumes I & II. The CEDC exam focuses on ICD-9 code selection, sequencing, and linkage to CPT codes; The examinees knowledge of both 1995 and 1997 E/M documentation guidelines; Knowledge of Medicare guidelines regarding attestation statements for both MLPs and Residents; Consultation and global surgery guidelines; Correct modifier usage; Moderate Sedation; Time based coding; Medical terminology; Anatomy and Physiology
Individuals who wish to obtain the CEDC are encouraged to have prior education and experience, but it is not required.
Although the CEDC credential is not one of the top two coding credentials sought after it is a great compliment to existing credentials. Individuals holding dual credentials (Ex. CPC and CEDC) have marked themselves as experts in two areas and gain a competitive edge over individuals holding single credentials.
CEUsThe CEDC credential requires individuals to earn CEUs in order to maintain them.
The AAPC requires CEUs based on the number of credentials held by them.
For example: 1 credential requires 36 CEUs every 2 years and 2 credentials require 48 CEUs every 2 years.
For more information please see our CEU page.
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