CIGMA Medical Coding Academy: Kerala's Only Professional Healthcare Coding Training Institute Providing AAPC Certified Programs

Bibin Balan,FounderDue to increasing demand of better healthcare needs, the Indian healthcare sector is expected to reach $280 billion by 2020 from today's $100 billion worth. And technology will be a great enabler in doing so, especially medical billing and coding which are two of the most critical components in any medical practice. Accuracy in both of these areas is crucial to patient safety, rapid payment and efficient operations. Hence the job requires skilled professionals who can read, interpret, record and track complex medical information quickly, maintain patient confidentiality and give strong attention to details. An American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) certified professional is what the healthcare industry needs.

Being a widely recognized firm credentialing both physician and hospital based coders, AAPC provides an unmatched edge to its students. Eenabling this is Ernakulam-based CIGMA Medical Coding Academy which is the only AAPC approved training institute in Kerala having AAPC certified instructors. The institute was
founded by Bibin Balan in 2014, who holds six years of intensive medical coding training experience along with payer coding and provider coding, and is one of the very few AAPC certified coding training instructor from Kerala. He has successfully trained over 1000 students across the country and has dozens of articles published in many journals to his credit.

An ISO 9001:2005 certified training institute, CIGMA provides career training to some of the most-in-demand healthcare professional courses

Carving the Best Minds
“We have been training students who intend to achieve a successful healthcare career. Our training programs equip students with all the necessary skills needed to obtain the certification and step into an entry level medical billing or coding job,” asserts Bibin. Under the guidance of experienced professionals, online training programs (targeting European and U.S. students) and much more, the institute imparts accredited courses that aim to help students achieve success.

An ISO 9001:2015 certified training institute, CIGMA provides career training to some of the most-in-demand healthcare professional courses, like Medical Coding & Billing, Medical Billing and Medical Transcription. The Medical Coding &
Billing certificate program provides academic and clinical education in inpatient and outpatient coding, including required courses in health record content, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and disease process, treatments, medical supplies and implants. The programs adhere to the AAPC approval criteria for coding certificate programs. Students completing this certificate qualify to sit for the AAPC exam (CPC/COC/CIC credentials).

These incredible efforts led to a record 225 students clearing CPC exam in AAPC board examination (Medical Coding Training) in 2017 alone (an incredible Kerala story). Going beyond just the quality of education, CIGMA also offers placement assistance to the students as a part of the programs. Catching the opportunity, many students grabbed jobs in leading MNCs in India (XL, Dynamic, Techspine, Cascade Revenue Management, Aster Medicity, Safe Care Technologies and several others), U.S., Australia and GCC countries like Abudhabi, Dubai, & Sharjah.

Being an booming market, several healthcare giants have jumped to the opportunity, one being VPS Healthcare - a healthcare conglomerate with a chain of hospitals in the Indian subcontinent and west Asia. The company recently launched its medical coding company called Dynamed Heatlhcare Solutions and CIGMA is its official training partner. Thus, making its first leap towards corporate training, CIGMA carries its voyage with a vibrant plunge.