Highlands employee attains certification for Certified Professional Coder

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PRESTONSBURG – Katie Borders, a Highlands Health System employee for over 5 years, recently passed her national certification exam for Certified Professional Coder (CPC). The CPC is the most recognized medical coding certificate in the healthcare industry.

“Having this certification will open new opportunities for me to expand and utilize my knowledge as a medical coder,” Borders said.

The exam is given by the American Academy of Professional Coders, which is the largest training and credentialing organization in healthcare. Medical coding is vital to the healthcare industry and there is a growing need for certified coders throughout the nation.

Health Information Management (HIM) professionals also increasingly vital with the mandatory transfer of all medical records from a paper-based record to a secure Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Professionals working within HIM, identify current and future information needs, ensure information is correct, code healthcare data and so much more. They also secure the collection, coordinate storage, analysis, use, and transmission of medical information that meets the legal, professional, ethical and administrative requirements of national healthcare standards.

“This is a great accomplishment for Katie, as well as Highlands,” said Lori Mayo, Highlands’ Director of HIM. “We are very proud of her outstanding achievement.”

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