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Trish in Sturgis, Michigan

75 months ago

Ok
One more time, Coding books are great. I have 4. Software is great. I have 2.
I love it. I did not say there was anything was wrong with having some codes in your head..you've learned from memory.
I hope this gets puts to rest soon. Geeze. Lets move on!

VickiMarie in Sturgis, Michigan

75 months ago

Hi Trish-I am from Sturgis also, so I have your back! How do you like coding, and do you work in Sturgis? I want to start taking classes this month.

Trish in Sturgis, Michigan

75 months ago

Well Good Grief...I have found a friend here... Ha HA I was about to get worried..Just joking....
.I am a nurse auditor and work at Borgess in Kzoo. Have coded off and on since 91. Mostly auditing...I love my job!...I took a refresher course with Ryan at Bronson in Kzoo...very good class
I took the CPC finally in January...feels good to have the certification...Do you work here in town?

Teresa in Fayetteville, North Carolina

75 months ago

Could you give me some information about the CPC test? I am going to sit and take the exam in May and I was just wondering what it is like. Some people say they had to take it several times and some say they only had to take it once.

coder4 in Georgia

75 months ago

Hi Teresa,
Email me offline and I can share with you several tips about the CPC exam. handmaiden5@bellsouth.net

VickiMarie in Sturgis, Michigan

75 months ago

I actually was going to school for cardiac sonography, but the internship was switched to Saginaw Michigan, and I became the legal guardian of a 2 and 5 year old about 6 weeks ago. I have a house here and I thought that coding would be something I would like. Plus, I could take the courses online. Oh, and congratulations on your certification! I plan on starting classes at the end of this month.

Trish in Sturgis, Michigan

75 months ago

I took it in November...got to ? 55 and the instructor said you should be half way..I freaked...I rushed through Section 2..since I was confortable with Lab Anes E/M..my error...I aced Section 1 and Section 3 and did not pass Sect 2. I purchased the carol Buck
CPC Exam Practice Book at Barnes & Noble and I retook Jan 31 and passed all sections...Man did that feel good HA
I had heard to take Sect 3 first and get it out of the way..simpler..and I did that the second time around. Section 1 was where I was most nervous
so this last time I did 3 then 1 & 2. The C Buck exam practice book
was very good...I used the 2008 book for 2009 test..don't think that made a diff..it mainly helped me practice with speed. It has a pre test..that you take before doing any studying..so if you ace E/M..don't spend too much time going back over it every day..etc
post test..and then the final. All 3 have a timer and when you sign out you can start right back in at the same timer...
One important thing to remember...circle the ones you know you need to come back to....in your book as you go on the test..they say not to write in your testbooklet..but I figured for 350.00 I needed to
make myself a note here and there...and also donot get in a panic
if the time is halfway through and you are not on 75 or beyond...the last part is easier....also practice at home at least a 3 hour run.alot....also work on it a little everyday..even 30 minutes if you can..especially on the 10000 to 60000 codes which on my test were Sect 1
Good Luck..you'll do great A friend and I practiced together..doing like 10-20 questions at a time and increasing our speed..
I would advise getting this book..also she offers a CPC-H too.
You could order it used on line...the 2008 edition is fine for this year....any codes that might have changed for 2009..you know it when you take the test and look it up..you can most likely eliminate 2 answers as wrong right away..Email me how you do...good luck

Jennifer in Dayton, Ohio

75 months ago

I do forgive you now and would love to move on from this topic. You didn't sound sorry until I read this so I appreciate the apology and apparent support of my fellow coders! Thanks guys!

rose of sharon in Smyrna, Georgia

75 months ago

HI Everyone
I have a question can I just buy coding books on cpc and study from them and then take test.

Gregg in Youngstown, Ohio

75 months ago

Hi, you can get a free 20 question practice exam or a full length one for cheap at medicalcodingpro.com. Best of luck.

Gregg

maybecoding in Garland, Texas

75 months ago

CODERANALYST2005 in Garland, Texas said: When you have been coding ten years( I'm 30) and you tend to see the same situation everyday, from Dept. Heads and and on a corporate level,and you plan this is going to be your career and want to move ahead into, audit findings, E/M consulting and Consulting travel, the AHIMA cert is a certain thing, It is not a discredit to anyone trying to better themselves, but why reach for some and not all... outpatient coding is where I started and will be most grateful for all my mentors coaching, but as a well rounded coder you must code Multi-specialty this is where the need is and will always be. Inpatient, OP-notes, APC classifications and DRG's are pertinent. NO insult to AAPC credentials just a real world fact.

The only place that is AHIMA certified in the area is Baylor and they have to hire you in order for you to attend. I am looking at other schools that have a National Certificaton but it is not through AHIMA, will I still be able to get a job or will I need to get certified through AHIMA as well as the National Certification that I will be sitting for? Thanks for the help.

Trish in Sturgis, Michigan

75 months ago

Coderanalyst: I agree. I have been auditing 25 years and some of that coding also..I just finally got certified as CPC. But I would feel alot better if I had my cert through AHIMA. I a m 50 years old....and if I was just starting out I would do the AHIMA
cert...no disrespect to CPC..just got it and I am very happy I passed....but as things change in the audit world and about to change in the coding world..I wish I had started this second venture sooner....and not at 50 HA HA

vanessa in Flushing, New York

75 months ago

Trish in Sturgis, Michigan said: Coderanalyst: I agree. I have been auditing 25 years and some of that coding also..I just finally got certified as CPC. But I would feel alot better if I had my cert through AHIMA. I a m 50 years old....and if I was just starting out I would do the AHIMA
cert...no disrespect to CPC..just got it and I am very happy I passed....but as things change in the audit world and about to change in the coding world..I wish I had started this second venture sooner....and not at 50 HA HA

Trish, as they say better late than never. I am glad you did not procrastinate for ten years and get the CPC at 60 lol. Since you already know the basic you should purchase the Professional Review Guide and study and see where you go from there. Juat a thought.

asial in Elk Grove Village, Illinois

75 months ago

I am taking CCS on Monday. Any tips?

Jennifer in South Bend, Indiana

75 months ago

I am an entry level coder by any means. I have roughly 6 months experience coding and have completed my coding certificate. I am now looking at the certification exams. I am considering the AHIMA CCA (entry level) or AAPC CPC exam. Has anyone out here taken both? Has anyone take the AHIMA CCA that knows of good study material? The AAPC seems to offer much better study material for their exam. Thanks!

Jennifer in South Bend, Indiana

75 months ago

Have you taken the AHIMA CCA? I understand it is 100 questions, 2 hours long, but they dont really offer much study material. Any advice on study materials to seek out?

Jennifer in South Bend, Indiana

75 months ago

Annie in Millington, Michigan said: Oh, and I am pretty pro-AHIMA, but I wouldn't go for the CCA credential IMO. I don't think a lot of employers recgonize it and it is equal to or lower proficiency than the CPC. (Again, IMO, I'm sure there are areas that differ.) I do think the CCS is worth shooting for, though I've heard it is pretty hard.

I just took the CPC and passed, and after two years of school I found it extremely easy. But I am afraid of the CCS exam! We did the prep books in my coding internship and they were so hard.

*****For the AAPC CPC exam, do you believe someone such as myself who passed a coding program, but has been out for 2 years could brush up and pass this?*** I am trying to choose b/w this and the AHIMA CCA. Thanks!!!

stargazer@travel2newplaces.com in Troy, New York

74 months ago

Is taking the CCP exam a requirement if someone prefer's working for a Dr.'s office rather than a hospital?

khanbarkath in Kuwait

73 months ago

Nicole in Dublin, California said: I just read in Ahima's fine print: "The CCA exam is not linked to any formal education or training in coding."

All you need is a high school diploma to qualify for the CCA. So basically, you can go to school for coding ANYWHERE to sit for the exam.

In another section, I read "it is strongly recommended that you have at least 6 mos of experience OR have completed an AHIMA-approved coding certificate program or other formal education program."

Same for the CCS and CCS-P exams - there are no specific education requirements, just recommendations on how long you should have worked in the field before taking the exam.

This cleared alot up for me on schooling. I didn't realize it doesn't really matter where you go to school, just as long as you can study to pass the AHIMA exam.

It's exactly like when I got my real estate license.. it didn't matter WHERE I took the Real Estate Principles class to qualify for the state exam, I just had to pass the state exam to become real estate licensed. No one ever asks where you took the class because it doesn't matter!

I want to now how i can give exam of cca i am in this feald from 6 years can you provide me details about this exam of cca

khanbarkath in Kuwait

73 months ago

please provide me details of cca exam how i can give this exam i am in this feald from 6 years so i want to see i can give this exam are not thanks a lot

jesse in Corpus Christi, Texas

73 months ago

I graduated with a coding specialist certificate with honors and in the Dean's list and I have been working for 4 years as a medical record deficiency analyst and quality review analyst. I am thinking of taking the cca exam soon, should I study hard or is it fairly easy?
I am familiar with cpt and Icd-9 coding.

Linda in Las Vegas, Nevada

72 months ago

rhit2002 in Downers Grove, Illinois said: I respectfully disagree about not needing typing speed, especially for an entry level coder. An entry level coder will likely code lab and x-ray orders, where speed is the name of the game. You will not even meet production if you can't type fast with accuracy.

If you want to work as a coder for a hospital, get into an Associate Degree program at a local junior college that has an HIM program accredited by AHIMA. If you can successfully complete this program, you should be successful passing the RHIT exam. I read a lot about people saying they can't get a job without experience, but let me tell you, this will open doors for you at hospitals all over the country. I speak from my personal experience and also seeing the hospitals I've worked at hire these new grads. Trust me on this. And if you can't fit your schedule around your local junior college schedule or don't have a program available, go online to AHIMA.org and you can see the on-line degree programs that are available. The only catch is that they are kind of expensive.
During the time you are getting your degree, spend time increasing your typing speed and accuracy. Coding at a hospital means coding all day every day on a computer and speed and accuracy are extremely important.

I am currently enrolled at DeVry University for the HIT program. It is an all online program.. I have been struggling with the idea that I am wasting my time and money (student loan debt) because I won't be able to get a job in HIT without experience. The school is very good but very expensive. Because of my age, time is not a luxuury for me. Reading your comment is encouraging and I hope it holds true for me. Any additional tips or information would be very appreciated since I am at a crossroad about continuing school.

student in Fairborn, Ohio

72 months ago

[quote]I am currently enrolled at DeVry University for the HIT program. It is an all online program.. I have been struggling with the idea that I am wasting my time and money (student loan debt) because I won't be able to get a job in HIT without experience. The school is very good but very expensive. Because of my age, time is not a luxuury for me. Reading your comment is encouraging and I hope it holds true for me. Any additional tips or information would be very appreciated since I am at a crossroad about continuing school.

I'd suggest looking at a different school. Devry's tuition is outragous. I'm doing my HIM degree at an accrediated school that offers it completely online. It will cost me $10,000.

There are a lot of other schools that offer online programs. Here is a whole list of online, accrediated programs www.cahiim.org/directory/Index.asp

For the experience, do anything to get your foot in the door. Ask if you can volunteer in the HIM department (I know a girl who is doing this). Take any job in a hopsital. Once you get your degree I'm sure they would promote you, since they would already know you. And apply anyway. My teacher, who is an RHIT, told us apply anyway. Sometimes the hospital may not find someone with an RHIT and need to fill the position. Also check the description if its 2 years experience desired or preferred then it doesn't mean you need the experience, its just desired. If it says 2 years required then you do need it. Again do anything you can to get your foot in the door.

K-Hat in Printer, Kentucky

72 months ago

jesse in Corpus Christi, Texas said: I graduated with a coding specialist certificate with honors and in the Dean's list and I have been working for 4 years as a medical record deficiency analyst and quality review analyst. I am thinking of taking the cca exam soon, should I study hard or is it fairly easy?
I am familiar with cpt and Icd-9 coding.

You shouldn't have any problems with the CCA. It has only about 15 real coding questions. The rest of the test is stuff like "What part of the medical record would you find ____" and "When can you disclose patient information?" Just make sure you're up to date on HIPAA and basic medical record information. Also, there are some questions that are geared toward anatomy. With your education and experience, you should do well!

Also: I would not advise anyone to take the test without education or on the job experience. The test hits on CPT, ICD-9, insurance, anatomy, HIPAA... it would be very hard with no knowledge of these areas.

stevphan in Troy, New York

72 months ago

Would it be worthwhile for someone who is middle-aged to even both taking an coding courses and getting certified? I wouldn't mind take advantage of the opportunity to learn a new skill,however I'm not sure if time is on my side (late 40's), to even both with such a venture? Any and all comments are appreciated.....

Trish in Coldwater, Michigan

72 months ago

Late 40's?.....go for it! You are good for another 30 + years...and if remote maybe 40+. HA HA no driving...(just a joke..cause I am 50).. itwill be the best thing you ever did.
I had a college instructor tell me when I got a 4.0 in Chemistry at college at 40 that his best students were that age...cause they studied like they had no tomorrow and he wished his younger ones would do the same...I always sucked at math and that stuff in school..
so don't let age stop you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Linda in Las Vegas, Nevada

72 months ago

Don't get your training from an expensive school like DeVry because you will rack up a huge student loan debt that you will be paying for a very long time. DeVry pushes you through the courses so quickly that you can't really learn the material for the long term. You may learn the course work just so you can pass the course but will you remember it say twelve months from now? Probably not. I took three classes and I already owe $5K in student loan debt. I can't even remember what I learned during the first three weeks. It's too much material in too little time. Also, be sure to research the job market in your area for medical coding and medical record jobs. All my research showed that you need at least three years experience in order to get a decent paying job. That first job is going to be difficult to get. Meanwhile you will have thousands and thousands of student loan debt to pay. I am 57 years old and thank God I came to my senses and realized that I would never recoup the money I would have owed working in the job market at a job that does not pay very much at the beginning.

Trish in Coldwater, Michigan

72 months ago

Linda has a good point...do your homework....get some info from people
who have completed AHIMA programs and those who have not....so far I am seeing AHIMA people do really good in the job market....but experience is the key.....and that does take time...

janet in Boise, Idaho

72 months ago

I am a registered nurse. I completed a rn coder boot camp. I am having trouble find work as I don't having any experience.
What should I do?

thanks

Annie 21 in Millington, Michigan

72 months ago

janet in Boise, Idaho said: I am a registered nurse. I completed a rn coder boot camp. I am having trouble find work as I don't having any experience.
What should I do?

thanks

I would look into becoming a clinical documentation specialist. They are people (usually RNs) who work on the floor at the point of care to make sure physician documentation is what it needs to be before the charts go to the coders. At many facilities--mine included--CDS need to be RNs. They are not coders per se, but they do use some coding guidelines--for example, clarifying the stage of CKD, or documenting the correct type of anemia. They query the physicians according to specific rules after reviewing the charts for the missing info.

Annie 21 in Millington, Michigan

72 months ago

oh--and they make a little more than coders, about $2 more an hour.

student in Fairborn, Ohio

72 months ago

Linda in Las Vegas, Nevada said: I am currently enrolled at DeVry University for the HIT program. It is an all online program.. I have been struggling with the idea that I am wasting my time and money (student loan debt) because I won't be able to get a job in HIT without experience. The school is very good but very expensive. Because of my age, time is not a luxuury for me. Reading your comment is encouraging and I hope it holds true for me. Any additional tips or information would be very appreciated since I am at a crossroad about continuing school.

The College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas has a 2 year Health Information Management degree. Its on campus but if you go to this website you can find online programs in other states.

www.cahiim.org/directory/Index.asp

coder in Portland, Oregon

72 months ago

Lizze in Dallas, Texas said: I am planning to get my CCS certification this fall can anyone tell me what is the best review CCS book for review? Can anyone tell me about Faye Brown CCS Prep book.

The Faye Brown is good. The Coders Desk References are also good (to give lay man explanation of codes). The Professional Review Guide is also good. Good Luck

JeannieOH in Columbus, Ohio

71 months ago

I am interested in taking online courses for a medical coder but I can not afford to pay $100's. I processed Medicare claims for 13 years and am familiar with Dx, ICD-9-CM and CPT codes and I know what modifiers are. I did not do Medicare billing, just data entered (keyed)in codes in computer. I am interested in medical coding and am searching for online coding courses. I just can not afford to pay $100's since I'm on unemployment and my husband is on disability. If someone here can give me any help or suggestions I would appreciate it.

I decided to take courses and get licensed as a medical coder but I don't know how many courses I need to take. I'm very concerned about the cost of the courses since I cannot afford to pay much.
Thank you for listening.

Joni in Tulsa, Oklahoma

71 months ago

I heard you could test w/o courses, just experience, think you could pass? Good luck?

Joni
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Joni in Tulsa, Oklahoma

71 months ago

JeannieOH in Columbus, Ohio said: I am interested in taking online courses for a medical coder but I can not afford to pay $100's. I processed Medicare claims for 13 years and am familiar with Dx, ICD-9-CM and CPT codes and I know what modifiers are. I did not do Medicare billing, just data entered (keyed)in codes in computer. I am interested in medical coding and am searching for online coding courses. I just can not afford to pay $100's since I'm on unemployment and my husband is on disability. If someone here can give me any help or suggestions I would appreciate it.

I decided to take courses and get licensed as a medical coder but I don't know how many courses I need to take. I'm very concerned about the cost of the courses since I cannot afford to pay much.
Thank you for listening.

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Trish in Greenville, Michigan

71 months ago

Just my opinion: if you don't take classes I suggest you buy the
Carol Buck book on CPT coding...I took a 600.00 refresher course at a local hospital...the book is very good..you can order online and get the work book too...or get at Barnes & Nobles......you can do the book on your own but I would not suggest it...
go online and search for a 150 question test...to buy and try it..also the book has one in it.....I took the exam in Jan 09...after coding several years ago.....and the fact that I am a nurse for 25 really helped with the anatomy/phys........The tests is very difficult and it is not for the unprepared...you can take the test on CD..in this book and do a 5.5 hour test practice run...
goodluck...whatever you do...:)

JeannieOH in Columbus, Ohio

71 months ago

I found a book by Carol J. Buck Workbook for step by step medical coding 2009 edition. There's no test in it. The CPT coding exam book is a different book. Are these the books you are suggesting for me to study coding from? I really do appreciate your help on this.

Trish in Greenville, Michigan

71 months ago

Hi

Yes I found these helpful to me. The workbook we used for homework and went over it in class....the actual larger book is very good..(

the Carol Buck study guide is the one that has the test in it ...the CD really helped me study and keep my pace going.....I would buy the 2009 exam study prep book..I think it is called....not much chg from 08-09 for me .....since you are using current code books when you take the exam...

You can find these on Amazon ..the 09 editions would save you $$$
I would get these and start going through it..take your time. ...
I am sure there are more seasoned coders out there who can give you better advice..but these books were good for me..It also helps to have a anatomy and Phy book to reference too. Good LUck

gmj1281 in Kingston, Pennsylvania

71 months ago

Hi :)
I'm hoping someone can help me. :(
I graduated last you in Medical Billing, Coding and Transcription with a 4.0. Medical Coding is my dream job and it is so hard to find a position.

I'm trying to find a company that will give me the extra training that I need and so much time to take my certification. If I can't find that I'm trying to find something in Medical Data Entry from home but have had no luck.

I was temping at a hospital in the Trauma department until I found a position I wanted. I know a lot of the Medical Software:Epic, Collector, IDX, and Tower. Plus I have 9 years experience with Excel, word, etc.

If anyone can point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

Please send me an email at Gmj1281@yahoo.com
thank you so much!!!

Gina Marie

Joni in Tulsa, Oklahoma

71 months ago

Just google and put coder training, maybe that will help. I work for medquist.com, don't know if you need credentialling or not.

Gmj1281 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

71 months ago

Thank you for the response! I really appreciate it!! :)

I've tried to google that but got mostly schools in my search.
It's kind of turned into an endless search. I spend countless hours researching and rewording. :(
Everyday I try to be positive and hope I will stumble on something.

Are you doing coding at Medquist?

Thanks again :):):):):)

Joni in Tulsa, Oklahoma

71 months ago

I have been there 13 years transcribing. I know Kforce sends girls to travel and there. I have a coding book, it is Learkign to Code with ICD-9. It has a book and CD in it. You don't have to have schooling to take the test, but I hear it is hard. I am taking Coding at Tulsa Tech from August to May just to get my credentialling so I can travel. I am single and I used to travel w/transcription but I believe coding is the thing now w/all the voice recognition taking over. Hope this helped some, you can email me at jonijoyner@sbcglobal.net. Good luck, God bless.

Savannah in Raleigh, North Carolina

70 months ago

CODERANALYST2005 in Garland, Texas said: GETTING ANYTHING THROUGH AHIMA IS THE BEST DECISION YOU COULD MAKE FOR YOUR SELF AND FUTURE, AHIMA IS THE ONLY RECOGNIZED CERTIFICATION IN THE "REAL WORLD"( OF CODING ) I KNOW THAT IT SOUNDS SHALLOW BUT I GET RESUMES ALL THE TIME AND I WOULD HIRE A NO EXPERIENCE CCS AND TRAIN FROM BOTTOM UP RATHER THAN A 3 YEAR EXPERIENCE CPC, THE STANDARDS ARE MUCH HIGHER AND THE PAY IS ABOUT A 15-20,000 A YEAR DIFFERENCE I AUDIT FOR THE CENTER OF MEDICAID AND MEDICARE SERVICES CMS YOUR SOON TO BE BEST FRIEND!

PLEASE CONTACT ME. BABrandon@aol.com I am a two time breast cancer survivor, my husband bailed out after my second diagnosis. I am on my own financially and need to get up to speed on coding quickly so I can go to work. I don't have a lot of time or money to get started. I would greatly appreciate guidance on the correct path to take to enter this field. Thank you!

Confused in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

"AND I WOULD HIRE A NO EXPERIENCE CCS AND TRAIN FROM BOTTOM UP RATHER THAN A 3 YEAR EXPERIENCE CPC, THE STANDARDS ARE MUCH HIGHER AND THE PAY IS ABOUT A 15-20,000 A YEAR"

Is there a reason why everyone is saying AHIMA is better than AAPC CPC?? I went through AHIMA to take the courses but they only offer the BASIC and I didn't see anything for them to educate for CCS or CCS-P. That is why I went with AAPC for the CPC exam. I also know that AAPC has CPC-H for hospital base coding, so I don't understand why AHIMA is a higher credentialing. Can someone let me know?? THanks.

student in Fairborn, Ohio

70 months ago

Confused in Chicago, Illinois said: "AND I WOULD HIRE A NO EXPERIENCE CCS AND TRAIN FROM BOTTOM UP RATHER THAN A 3 YEAR EXPERIENCE CPC, THE STANDARDS ARE MUCH HIGHER AND THE PAY IS ABOUT A 15-20,000 A YEAR"

Is there a reason why everyone is saying AHIMA is better than AAPC CPC?? I went through AHIMA to take the courses but they only offer the BASIC and I didn't see anything for them to educate for CCS or CCS-P. That is why I went with AAPC for the CPC exam. I also know that AAPC has CPC-H for hospital base coding, so I don't understand why AHIMA is a higher credentialing. Can someone let me know?? THanks.

There are no classes for the CCS because you learn most of it on the job after years of experience. You don't need experience to pass the CCS, some have passed after doing a basic course, but its a hard test. There is about a 65% pass rate. The hard part is really the coding part. Its timed and you have to read really long charts, find the info you need and then look up the codes.

I think the only reason AHIMA is more recognized is because its been around longer than the AAPC. From what I've seen, and this is only where I live it may be different in other states, to code in a hospital they want a CCS. A few hospitals have said they would consider a CPC-H but only at the hiring managers approval.

Confused in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

thanks for the information.

LynnVT in Swanton, Vermont

70 months ago

Re: AHIMA/AAPC...I am 54 years old and thinking of starting a new career. I took a Medical Coding class thru a local tech center and really loved the Diagnostic coding. I think I would have a better chance at succeeding IF I took actual classes from a real school, but I am confused. At my age, I really hate to go for an associates' degree (because of the time AND cost involved), but I am not sure a certificate program is the way to go either. HELP from someone who has been there would be greatly appreciated. I have been doing a lot of research, but can get no good answers. Thanks!!!!

Vanessa in Corona, New York

70 months ago

Confused in Chicago, Illinois said: "AND I WOULD HIRE A NO EXPERIENCE CCS AND TRAIN FROM BOTTOM UP RATHER THAN A 3 YEAR EXPERIENCE CPC, THE STANDARDS ARE MUCH HIGHER AND THE PAY IS ABOUT A 15-20,000 A YEAR"

Is there a reason why everyone is saying AHIMA is better than AAPC CPC?? I went through AHIMA to take the courses but they only offer the BASIC and I didn't see anything for them to educate for CCS or CCS-P. That is why I went with AAPC for the CPC exam. I also know that AAPC has CPC-H for hospital base coding, so I don't understand why AHIMA is a higher credentialing. Can someone let me know?? THanks.

AHIMA is around longer than AAPC and someone with the CCS is paid more because I heard its a harder exam to pass. Although I heard the CCS exam could be passed with your first try. With the AAPC you can complete a one year program with them and sit for the exam. They recommend that for the CCS that you have at least two years exp. before sitting for the ecam.

troublet in Bronx, New York

70 months ago

Is there a reason why everyone is saying AHIMA is better than AAPC CPC?? I went through AHIMA to take the courses but they only offer the BASIC and I didn't see anything for them to educate for CCS or CCS-P. That is why I went with AAPC for the CPC exam. I also know that AAPC has CPC-H for hospital base coding, so I don't understand why AHIMA is a higher credentialing. Can someone let me know?? THanks.

I've been a coder for the past 8 years (I also teach coding and freelance as a coding auditor) and it's been my experience that coders who have certification from AAPC are just not as good as coders who have certifications from AHIMA (Sorry, I don't know a nicer way to say it.) The AAPC exams are easier (and cheaper). Many take it soon after finishing school with no on the job experience. Coding in school is just not the same as on the job.

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