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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

39 months ago

TRuss in Madison, Mississippi said: That's exactly how I feel! I missed by two points in April, I am taking again THIS Saturday. I will pass this damn test! I will NOT fail again. However, when I finished taking it the last time I said to myself "If I could take this test over again, right now, I would fail again". IT was SO hard and Ive been a coder for over 10 years! This test is a beast!
Pray for ME!

TRuss
I have faith that you will pass this time, you have a great attitude and you are well prepared. Relax, deep breathe and go get it. YOU CAN AND WILL DO THIS...Break a leg.

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ChristineL in Kihei, Hawaii

39 months ago

Hello fellow CCS test takers..... I will be taking the CCS exam at the end of May. I have been a coder for over 13 years coding mostly Evaluation and Management and some outpatient minor surgeries (bronchs,caths,renal bx,pacers etc) at a hospital out in California,but am very nervous about taking this test....i have heard that it is a lot harder than the CCS-P,which I have but that wasn't easy! Can anyone tell me if they have used the Jennifer Hornung Garvin CCS Prep (4th edition) and was it helpful? I think i have come across a few mistakes in the book. I have Faye Brown's 2012 ICD-9 Handbook and the Clinical Workout book. Hoping these help... sounds like the Guidelines in CPT and ICD-9 are the most important thing to learn.... Any help would be appreciated, i live on Maui and no schools or study groups here for this test!! Thank you much for any suggestions !

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JenM in Wilmington, Massachusetts

39 months ago

There is a great study group on facebook. this website will not allow me to post the website. but I am going to try to help you find it. It is called the CCS Study Group.

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

39 months ago

ChristineL in Kihei, Hawaii said: Hello fellow CCS test takers..... I will be taking the CCS exam at the end of May. I have been a coder for over 13 years coding mostly Evaluation and Management and some outpatient minor surgeries (bronchs,caths,renal bx,pacers etc) at a hospital out in California,but am very nervous about taking this test....i have heard that it is a lot harder than the CCS-P,which I have but that wasn't easy! Can anyone tell me if they have used the Jennifer Hornung Garvin CCS Prep (4th edition) and was it helpful? I think i have come across a few mistakes in the book. I have Faye Brown's 2012 ICD-9 Handbook and the Clinical Workout book. Hoping these help... sounds like the Guidelines in CPT and ICD-9 are the most important thing to learn.... Any help would be appreciated, i live on Maui and no schools or study groups here for this test!! Thank you much for any suggestions !

Hi Christine,
I plan to sit for the exam in May too. I believe timing is the key and you probably know a lot of ICD-9 by heart which save a lot of time, plus reviewing all those guidelines, you will pass. I have never done coding for a hospital.

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K in Methuen, Massachusetts

39 months ago

I see no need to be snobbish about this. The qualifications
for taking the Exam do list "education" as a valid pre-req...

Lorraine W. in Connersville, Indiana said: That would be Certified Coding Specialist.

From AHIMA:

Certified Coding Specialists are professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the hospital setting. These coding practitioners review patients' records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. To perform this task, they must possess expertise in the ICD-9-CM coding system and the surgery section within the CPT coding system. In addition, the CCS is knowledgeable of medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology.

Hospitals or medical providers report coded data to insurance companies or the government , in the case of Medicare and Medicaid recipients, for reimbursement of their expenses. Researchers and public health officials also use coded medical data to monitor patterns and explore new interventions. Coding accuracy is thus highly important to healthcare organizations because of its impact on revenues and describing health outcomes. Accordingly, the CCS credential demonstrates tested data quality and integrity skills in a coding practitioner.

The CCS certification exam assesses MASTERY or proficiency in coding rather than ENTRY -LEVEL skills.

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

39 months ago

TRuss in Madison, Mississippi said: That's exactly how I feel! I missed by two points in April, I am taking again THIS Saturday. I will pass this damn test! I will NOT fail again. However, when I finished taking it the last time I said to myself "If I could take this test over again, right now, I would fail again". IT was SO hard and Ive been a coder for over 10 years! This test is a beast!
Pray for ME!

Hi Truss,
How is it going? Have you taken the exam yet?

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ChristineL in Kihei, Hawaii

38 months ago

@JenM ......thank you for the info on the Facebook study group....will check that out!

@Mimi ......thank you for the encouraging words!

Good luck to both of you also! ! I have been using the 4th edition of ccs prep and just found out in the back of the book they reference 2011 cpt which explains why i got my cath codes wrong (im using the 2012 CPT) in they're own study guide for 2012......so dang confusing....its ridiculous!!

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

Denise in Lithonia, Georgia said: Congrats!!
please send me some of your coding clinics. thanks
aquariuss39@att.net

HI,

Congrats! Canyou e/m me the coding clinics as well? It would be VERY appreciated! I hope before to long I can be here on this site with some helpful tips/advise once I pass the CCS!! Thanks so much!!!!
Linda
lindacharl@gmail.com
or
mybellgirl@yahoo.com
THANKS!!!!!

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

Hello,

I think I am getting closer to registering for the test - but I have a question - for those who have taken the exam - just how LONG are the cases? 1 page 2, 3 5??? I am worried about timing - I ma pretty good with the 1 or 2 pages but the ones that I am practicing from that are 4 5 or 6 pages long are taking me WAAAAAAY to long to code!
Also - I read on the AHIMA website somewhere and I wanted to confirm - on the cases if let's say 6 codes are needed - if I get 4 of the codes correct and 2 codes wrong will the WHOLE qustion be marked as wrong or will I get the 4 points for the ones I got correct?

Thanks! And good luck to all who are preparing!
Linda

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

38 months ago

Linda
I took the CCS exam and the MOST important part of coding the cases is getting the PDX right. NO if you get 4 right and miss 2, it does not count the whole question wrong. Just remember...PDX and PPR counts a lot more than the others.

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

38 months ago

TRuss in Madison, Mississippi said: That's exactly how I feel! I missed by two points in April, I am taking again THIS Saturday. I will pass this damn test! I will NOT fail again. However, when I finished taking it the last time I said to myself "If I could take this test over again, right now, I would fail again". IT was SO hard and Ive been a coder for over 10 years! This test is a beast!
Pray for ME!

TRuss
We haven't heard from you in a while....How did the test go....I prayed for you and would like to hear how it went.

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

38 months ago

mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida said: Hello,

I think I am getting closer to registering for the test - but I have a question - for those who have taken the exam - just how LONG are the cases? 1 page 2, 3 5??? I am worried about timing - I ma pretty good with the 1 or 2 pages but the ones that I am practicing from that are 4 5 or 6 pages long are taking me WAAAAAAY to long to code!
Also - I read on the AHIMA website somewhere and I wanted to confirm - on the cases if let's say 6 codes are needed - if I get 4 of the codes correct and 2 codes wrong will the WHOLE qustion be marked as wrong or will I get the 4 points for the ones I got correct?

Thanks! And good luck to all who are preparing!
Linda


Hi Linda,

I think for multiple select section, we have to get all DX right to get point for that question, but for fill in the blank section (cases) we get point for each DX. we get it right, and of course, the score will generate differently if we get PDX and PP1 correctly.

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

38 months ago

Hi Everyone

Can I get some feedback on a coding question. If the physician dcuments in the discharge summary :Pneumonia, COPD, SIRS, resolved. How would you code any DX as being resolved. Code it, or Don't Code it. That's for the help. IF you can send me some documentation on this subject I would appreciate it.

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi said: Linda
I took the CCS exam and the MOST important part of coding the cases is getting the PDX right. NO if you get 4 right and miss 2, it does not count the whole question wrong. Just remember...PDX and PPR counts a lot more than the others.

Thank you so much!!! Big weight lifted!!! i really do appreciate the feedback! Sorry it took me so long to reply - woking and studying! :-)

Thanks again!!!!!

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

Mimi in Parkville, Maryland said: Hi Linda,

I think for multiple select section, we have to get all DX right to get point for that question, but for fill in the blank section (cases) we get point for each DX. we get it right, and of course, the score will generate differently if we get PDX and PP1 correctly.

Thank you so much for the feedback you guys are great! This is a BIG weight off my shoulders! i am very happy to hear this!! :-)!

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

38 months ago

mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida said: Thank you so much!!! Big weight lifted!!! i really do appreciate the feedback! Sorry it took me so long to reply - woking and studying! :-)

Thanks again!!!!!

I know what you mean. Working full time and taking care of family, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping... you name it. I will sit for the exam in May, scared and frustrated.

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi said: Linda
I took the CCS exam and the MOST important part of coding the cases is getting the PDX right. NO if you get 4 right and miss 2, it does not count the whole question wrong. Just remember...PDX and PPR counts a lot more than the others.

Hi again :-)

One more question if you don't mind.......

For the cases part of the exam again...
How long is the average case question that we will need to ead through? Is it 1 page 2....3....5?
I am trying to figure out if I will have some extra time on the really long ones if there are a couple of shorted cases like 1 page maybe??
I know that if I do the first part of the exam in 1 hr then I will have 15 minutes per case - but the really big ones - 3 or more pages take me longer than that....

Thanks!

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

38 months ago

Mimi in Parkville, Maryland said: I know what you mean. Working full time and taking care of family, cooking, cleaning , grocery shopping... you name it. I will sit for the exam in May, scared and frustrated.

Good Luck Mimi!! I will be taking it in May as well!
Hopefully we will both be back here afterwards with a CCS cert!
Best of luck!
Linda

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

38 months ago

coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi said: Hi Everyone

Can I get some feedback on a coding question. If the physician dcuments in the discharge summary :Pneumonia, COPD, SIRS, resolved. How would you code any DX as being resolved. Code it, or Don't Code it. That's for the help. IF you can send me some documentation on this subject I would appreciate it.

I'm not sure if you have gotten an answer yet on the "resolved" issue, but on page 28, of Coding Book, Previous Conditions-A. It says that resolved or status post procedures that have no bearing on current stay should not be coded. But, I'm still not sure. If the patient came in with a condition and was resolved while in hospital, or the condition presented itself while in the hospital, I would code it. I also would like some feedback from others if they have any thing to add.

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Kcoder in staten island, New York

38 months ago

Hi,
This is not a ccs exam quest. but does anyone have info on ED(Emergency Department) facility production quotas? a range for beginner to advanced coders, charts p/hour, not including data entry.
btw... I passed the ccs exam in Jan. Know the guidelines. Timing is key. Don't get stuck on what you don't know. Do what you know 1st. don't leave any blanks even if you have to guess.
Best of luck and thank you.

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deb in Indianapolis, Indiana

38 months ago

Kcoder in staten island, New York said: Hi,
This is not a ccs exam quest. but does anyone have info on ED(Emergency Department) facility production quotas? a range for beginner to advanced coders, charts p/hour, not including data entry.
btw... I passed the ccs exam in Jan. Know the guidelines. Timing is key. Don't get stuck on what you don't know. Do what you know 1st. don't leave any blanks even if you have to guess.
Best of luck and thank you.

Did you have a lot of coding experience? I haven't been exposed to hardly any inpatient so just curious.

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deb in Indianapolis, Indiana

38 months ago

Also forgot to ask. Is there any down side of waiting until after June 1st to taking the test? From what I found it is the beta period so I won't get my test results right away?? Thanks!

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Kcoder in staten island, New York

38 months ago

deb in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Also forgot to ask. Is there any down side of waiting until after June 1st to taking the test? From what I found it is the beta period so I won't get my test results right away?? Thanks!

No but yes. My experience is unusual. I was never employed as a coder. I supervise coders n audit physicians by day n teach it at nite bout 3yrs. prior; claims processed/appeals/physician billing; 6yrs. 0 in-pt. My coworkers coded 4 yrs b4 passing, some 2 n 3 x's. the odds were not in my favor. i studied hard 4 6 months & just did what I do. I also have a cpc since 2010.
Not sure about the beta period but it was great 2 get my results on the spot.

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Madeline A Meyer PhD in Winter Park, Florida

36 months ago

If you know anyone that could use help studying for their CCS or wants to do a PREP, we have helped hundreds of students pass the test and advance to auditors and analysts.

Drs. Meyer & Meyer
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Sylphie in Franklin, Indiana

36 months ago

Sorry, if it's been asked before. I want to schedule a test in a few months. How does this work? Unlike the AAPC, they don't have a schedule of exams, right?

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

36 months ago

Sylphie in Franklin, Indiana said: Sorry, if it's been asked before. I want to schedule a test in a few months. How does this work? Unlike the AAPC, they don't have a schedule of exams, right?

You have to purchase the test first, then you can search for a schedule in your area. Yes, it is very different from AAPC.

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Vanessa in Plano, Texas

35 months ago

I have some information that most people may find useful.

1.Coders can make really good money working for the right employer. Doctors offices, hospitals, clinics etc do not pay anything ($10 to $20). You want to work for either a hospital revenue cycle management company (example: Conifer Health Solutions) or a corporate office. (yes corporate offices have coders and billers. Example: CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas) Coders will make between 17 and 60 dollars per hour at these places. Yes I mean sixty. HIM Coding Director makes 85.00 dollars per hour at my office. You must have a CCS cert and have 2 to 5 years experience. If you have no experience get a Associates Degree.

2. I also have done billing for about 6 years. Its very easy and you should start at 15 to 16 with little experience. Pay ranges from 17 to 30 dollars per hour depending on experience. Remember these are positions at corporate offices and revenue cycle management companies.

3. In addition to your pay you get a monthly bonus and yearly bonus.

4. Insurance companies are great places to work also. Look at Cigna, United Health Group, Medicare advantage plans, etc. Think outside the box when looking for a job.

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

35 months ago

Vanessa

I thank you for your information. I have just passes my CCS exam May 29th. I have applied for several jobs as a remote coder online, with local hospitals and with staffing services. I do not have any experience except that I code everyday from home just to stay sharp. If you don't use it you loose it. I do have 2 AAS degrees but it doesn't seem to matter. I will look into some of these companies that you have suggested. I am from a small town and it looks like I will have to move in order to get a decent job. Please continue to post ideas. My personal email is Karol_Haley@hotmail.com if you would like to email me personally. Thanks a bunch.

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

35 months ago

Sorry about incorrect English...It's 5 a.m. and I haven't had my 1st cup of coffee yet.

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

35 months ago

Hi all,

I passed the CCS about 3 weeks ago and wanted to give you all studying a heads up on one thing I found very surprising and was happy I was prepared for - There are a LOT of CPT questions on this test! Way more than I had anticipated! I was so focused on studying ICD-9 that I neglected to spend more time on the CPT aspect. Luckily I had a job interview a few months before I sat for the exam and the interview required me to take a test so I prepared with the Blitz course. This course helped me a GREAT deal in the taking the CCS and I think I may have failed had I not done this as well, just though I would share because I really didn't expect there to be that many CPT based questions on the CCS (and I am not talking about the 6 OUT PT cases - the multiple choice part had MANY CPT questions!!) I used this to study for the CPT questions.. nanacast.com/vp/111808/382565/
Good Luck!!

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egd in Marlow, New Hampshire

35 months ago

JRS in Windham, New Hampshire said: Hi everyone,

I have been doing medical billing for nine yrs. This involved coding for physician office oral surgery with some hospital cases for seven yrs. I want to do hospital coding, preferably radiology. I took a five month billing and coding course from 9:00-5:00 Mon-Fri and am happy to have taken my National Coding and Billing exam passing with a 91. I have been studying for the CPC exam and am confused if whether the CCS exam is better or what the difference even is. Anybody know?

I'd prefer not to work in a doctors office again.

Thanks!

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egd in Marlow, New Hampshire

35 months ago

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

35 months ago

mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida said: Hi all,

I passed the CCS about 3 weeks ago and wanted to give you all studying a heads up on one thing I found very surprising and was happy I was prepared for - There are a LOT of CPT questions on this test! Way more than I had anticipated! I was so focused on studying ICD-9 that I neglected to spend more time on the CPT aspect. Luckily I had a job interview a few months before I sat for the exam and the interview required me to take a test so I prepared with the Blitz course. This course helped me a GREAT deal in the taking the CCS and I think I may have failed had I not done this as well, just though I would share because I really didn't expect there to be that many CPT based questions on the CCS (and I am not talking about the 6 OUT PT cases - the multiple choice part had MANY CPT questions!!) I used this to study for the CPT questions.. nanacast.com/vp/111808/382565/
Good Luck!!

This course is expensive. The one I looked at was over $300. Is this the one you took?

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karenanne in Silver Spring, Maryland

35 months ago

The CCS certifaction are for persons who choose to work in oupatient.

CPC certification are for persons who choose to work in inpatient.

Also, I invite you to google the AAPC and the ASHIMA. These orgranzations is a good resource. It will provide a wealth of information.

I hope that this helps!

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

35 months ago

I believe you have this backwards.... According to AHIMA -CCSs are skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting. That statement was taken directly from AHIMA's website.

This statement was taken from AAPC.....Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) credential is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings and held by more than 80,000 coding professionals. CPC®’s are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices and typically earn 20% more than non-certified coders.*

But thank you for your input....I will keep searching. God will send me the perfect job. I will keep applying. I am also training now for ICD-10. Again, thanks to anyone that has information on getting hired straight out of school with no inpatient exp.

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kellyswanson in Courtland, Kansas

34 months ago

Ready to take this exam for the 3rd and FINAL TIME on Friday. Hopefully the waiting period for results will not be as long as they are expecting. Have been studying constantly and praying. Just need to get on with my life.

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coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi

34 months ago

Kelly

I would like to give you some advice before taking the exam. I took the exam in May of this year for the 2nd time. It's difficult to type in this little box, so if you would like some advice that will help you on this exam, please email me at Karol_Haley@hotmail.com. I know you are nervous and I would like to help you in any way I can.

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mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida

34 months ago

coder38901 in Grenada, Mississippi said: This course is expensive. The one I looked at was over $300. Is this the one you took?

Hi coder38901,

No- I did this one - click on the link here - you can do either the online video only for $179 or get the DVD's AND online videos together for $247 - I did online only for $179 - it was a TREMENDOUS help! Let me know if you need anything else....good luck!!

nanacast.com/vp/111808/382565/

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SurelyConfused in Chicago, Illinois

34 months ago

I just read hundreds of your comments trying to decide what to do. I will be moving to Texas next week and the school I attend offers the NRCCS certification through the National Association for Health Professionals. I have not seen one person mention this certification and it makes me nervous. Should I take the certification? I was thinking start with the CPC or CSS (These are the 2 certifications I am most familiar with).
PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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Smarcel1 in Riverdale, Georgia

34 months ago

wella in Dublin, California said: Hi Leo,
Thanks for your quick reply. Wow!Is that impossible,I dont have job experience at all and how I'm gonna get a job.Anyways my email is wellady2004@yahoo.com

You said you passed after you finished the course? You're a brilliant!!

Hi I am getting ready to take the exam as well. Can you please e-mail me any study guides you may have? I would appreciate it. terrimarcelle@yahoo.com

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Smarcel1 in Riverdale, Georgia

34 months ago

ChristineL in Kihei, Hawaii said: @JenM ......thank you for the info on the Facebook study group....will check that out!

@Mimi ......thank you for the encouraging words!

Good luck to both of you also! ! I have been using the 4th edition of ccs prep and just found out in the back of the book they reference 2011 cpt which explains why i got my cath codes wrong (im using the 2012 CPT) in they're own study guide for 2012......so dang confusing....its ridiculous!!

Hi I am getting ready to take the exam as well. Can you please e-mail me any study guides you may have? I would appreciate it. terrimarcelle@yahoo.com

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Smarcel1 in Riverdale, Georgia

34 months ago

mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida said: Hi all,

I passed the CCS about 3 weeks ago and wanted to give you all studying a heads up on one thing I found very surprising and was happy I was prepared for - There are a LOT of CPT questions on this test! Way more than I had anticipated! I was so focused on studying ICD-9 that I neglected to spend more time on the CPT aspect. Luckily I had a job interview a few months before I sat for the exam and the interview required me to take a test so I prepared with the Blitz course. This course helped me a GREAT deal in the taking the CCS and I think I may have failed had I not done this as well, just though I would share because I really didn't expect there to be that many CPT based questions on the CCS (and I am not talking about the 6 OUT PT cases - the multiple choice part had MANY CPT questions!!) I used this to study for the CPT questions.. nanacast.com/vp/111808/382565/
Good Luck!!

I will definitely use this. I am getting ready to take the exam as well. Can you please e-mail me any study guides you may have? I would appreciate it. terrimarcelle@yahoo.com

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Angel Leynes in Seattle, Washington

34 months ago

Smarcel1 in Riverdale, Georgia said: I will definitely use this. I am getting ready to take the exam as well. Can you please e-mail me any study guides you may have? I would appreciate it. terrimarcelle@yahoo.com

Hello,

Congrats, also do you mind to share some study tips or study guide or even advised of the best route to prepare for the exam? my email is angel_leynes@comcast.net, It'd be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Angel Leynes in Seattle, Washington

33 months ago

Sylphie in Bolingbrook, Illinois said: Sure, Angel. Give me your email.

Hello Sylphie, How are you doing? it's me again Angel, I remember you already sent me the coding clinics months ago already and I'm wondering if you can resend it to me, hoping you wouldn't mind and I deeply appreciate that, my email address again is angel_leynes@comcast.net, my computer crashed and couldn't retrieve what you sent me and out of my frustration and exhausted all my options and thought of writing back to you. Hope you don't mind. and hoping you have a great week. Thanks in Advance. Angel

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Melissa in Huntington, West Virginia

33 months ago

CCS exam --- Trying to prepare for CCS exam. Taking refresher courses at Community College, I have had basic coding, advanced coding, ICD-10 class. What other classes are helpful for this exam??? Any study guides, mock exams, or coding clinics or advise would be greatly appreciated.

missa.Manchester@aol.com

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gmichaels in Youngstown, Ohio

33 months ago

Hi, you can get mock exams and study guide here: medicalcodingpro.com/cca-exam-certification.

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wtnewleads in Michigan

33 months ago

mybellgirl in Palm Coast, Florida said: Hi all,

I passed the CCS about 3 weeks ago and wanted to give you all studying a heads up on one thing I found very surprising and was happy I was prepared for - There are a LOT of CPT questions on this test! Way more than I had anticipated! I was so focused on studying ICD-9 that I neglected to spend more time on the CPT aspect. Luckily I had a job interview a few months before I sat for the exam and the interview required me to take a test so I prepared with the Blitz course. This course helped me a GREAT deal in the taking the CCS and I think I may have failed had I not done this as well, just though I would share because I really didn't expect there to be that many CPT based questions on the CCS (and I am not talking about the 6 OUT PT cases - the multiple choice part had MANY CPT questions!!) I used this to study for the CPT questions.. nanacast.com/vp/111808/382565/
Good Luck!!

That was my experience too! I sat for the CCS on 8/12/13 and was shocked at the amount of CPT questions! I studied sepsis/SIRS, AIDS, etc.. and a few more things out trainer told us about and I did not see one sepsis question! I am still waiting on my results from 8/12/13 though?? They said the Beta period was over and to check pearson vue for the pass/fail message. I am scared out of my mind to check though!

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Karen in Frisco, Texas

33 months ago

I have been studying for awhile now and am OK with ICD9CM but I heard there are a lot of CPT questions on test. How do I study for that? I can do general CPT but I do not know which codes need modifers and LT RT etc. I just passed the RHIA and it was multiple choice for these types of questions. I am worried about getting modifers and LT RT right on the 6 OP cases. What resources should I study

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

33 months ago

Karen in Frisco, Texas said: I have been studying for awhile now and am OK with ICD9CM but I heard there are a lot of CPT questions on test. How do I study for that? I can do general CPT but I do not know which codes need modifers and LT RT etc. I just passed the RHIA and it was multiple choice for these types of questions. I am worried about getting modifers and LT RT right on the 6 OP cases. What resources should I study

Karen,

Modifiers RT, or LT...depends on which side a procedure being performed on, not about the codes themselves; For example, if procedure arthroscopy performed on LEFT knee, we would code 29870-LT. Hope this helps.

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Mimi in Parkville, Maryland

33 months ago

wtnewleads in Michigan said: That was my experience too! I sat for the CCS on 8/12/13 and was shocked at the amount of CPT questions! I studied sepsis/SIRS, AIDS, etc.. and a few more things out trainer told us about and I did not see one sepsis question! I am still waiting on my results from 8/12/13 though?? They said the Beta period was over and to check pearson vue for the pass/fail message. I am scared out of my mind to check though!

Hi wtnewleads,
I hope you will pass. Do you remember any of 12 cases we have to code? was multiple choice part hard?
Thanks.

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