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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

59 months ago

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina said:

some people go into coding with a certain mindset of what and where they want to be, some only want to do inpatient coding (which tends to be more difficult, so pays more) some want to be a supervisor or run a HIM dept. But most are like me where you kinda just fall in somewhere and then decide where you want to go.

If you do not have specific path in mind, a certificate program should be fine, just be aware that it can take some time getting that initial job after you finish. many (like myself) start somewhere else like billing or medical records until we get some medical/ICD 9/ CPT experience and then leverage it into a coding position.

Either CCS-P or CPC would be good certifications for physicians or billing office.

If you want to do inpatient coding, then get the CCS, but it is VERY hard to break into hospital coding, you will most definitely (probably) have to start out in medical records or registration or something if you get a job at a hospital.

I hear that SBCC online is a pretty good program, they offer the certificate as well as the associates and bachelors.

Gregg in Youngstown, Ohio

59 months ago

CPC is probably the fastest route to a coding job and that is still tough. I would recommend getting a CPC and a head start learning ICD-10 as there will be tremendous opportunity when ICD-10 is implemented in 2013.

Some coders will not want to get retrained and the playing field will be leveled for the first time in many years. Just my opinion

Gregg Zban
Medical Coding Pro
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valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

59 months ago

Gregg in Youngstown, Ohio said: CPC is probably the fastest route to a coding job and that is still tough. I would recommend getting a CPC and a head start learning ICD-10 as there will be tremendous opportunity when ICD-10 is implemented in 2013.

Some coders will not want to get retrained and the playing field will be leveled for the first time in many years. Just my opinion

Gregg Zban
Medical Coding Pro
medicalcodingpro.com

I am a member of AAPC and I brought that point up in a forum, that maybe some of the "more seasoned" coders would just retire instead of learn ICD 10 and I quickly told that was nonsense. But I would think that when you are already 50+ learning new stuff is difficult and ICD 10 is a HUGE something to learn. I am happy to hear someone else think that might happen.

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina

59 months ago

Thanks to you both. A local technical college offers a program for CMC. This certification can be found on the Practice management Institute website. It is very similar to CPC and I really don't know what the difference is. The person I'm talking with at the college says that with passing the CMC I'll be nationally certified and it's an easier exam than the CPC and they experience high success rates on testing. I would be working in Dr. offices w/this cert.

See next post.....

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina

59 months ago

Here's what the PMI site says about CMC cert: The Certified Medical Coder is a certification designed for physician-based coding professionals. Experienced individuals, able to demonstrate by exam a superior level of physician-based coding knowledge, are awarded the CMC certification. The certification becomes a currency that validates personal achievement, demonstrates a person's commitment to the profession, improves employer confidence, and can help guard the practice against fraud and abuse.

This individual plays an integral role in the reimbursement process ensuring that proper documentation guidelines are followed and that codes are submitted to the highest degree of specificity to ensure that the physician receives every dollar entitled for the services rendered.

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina

59 months ago

Here's what AAPC says about CPC cert: A Certified Professional Coder has proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to code, rationales for why particular codes are used and can do so both efficiently and effectively. A CPC® can review and adjudicate coding of services, procedures and diagnoses on medical claims in the physician-office setting, thus improving the finances and operational efficiency of the practice.

The CPC®'s abilities include:
Proficiency in adjudicating claims for accurate medical coding for diagnoses, procedures and services in physician-based settings

Proficiency across a wide range of services, which include evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgical services, radiology, pathology and medicine
Sound knowledge of medical coding rules and regulations including compliance and reimbursement. A trained medical coding professional can better handle issues such as medical necessity, claims denials, bundling issues and charge capture
Knowing how to integrate medical coding and reimbursement rule changes into a practice's reimbursement processes
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology necessary to correctly code provider diagnosis

Anyone see the difference??

Gregg in Youngstown, Ohio

59 months ago

I say any certification is awesome, however, invest your money wisely and the CPC or something through AHIMA is much more widely recognized and will bring more opportunity.

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

59 months ago

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina said: Here's what AAPC says about CPC cert: A Certified Professional Coder has proven by rigorous examination and experience that they know how to code, rationales for why particular codes are used and can do so both efficiently and effectively. A CPC® can review and adjudicate coding of services, procedures and diagnoses on medical claims in the physician-office setting, thus improving the finances and operational efficiency of the practice.

The CPC®'s abilities include:
Proficiency in adjudicating claims for accurate medical coding for diagnoses, procedures and services in physician-based settings

Proficiency across a wide range of services, which include evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgical services, radiology, pathology and medicine
Sound knowledge of medical coding rules and regulations including compliance and reimbursement. A trained medical coding professional can better handle issues such as medical necessity, claims denials, bundling issues and charge capture
Knowing how to integrate medical coding and reimbursement rule changes into a practice's reimbursement processes
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and medical terminology necessary to correctly code provider diagnosis

Anyone see the difference??

I have been a coder for 5 years, in the medical field for 8, I have never heard of a CMC. Personally, I would not go with any organization other than AAPC or AHIMA. I know the school has a program set up for that, but if employers don't even know what it is, you will be wasting time and money. and just end up sitting for CCS-P or CPC at a later date. I am not saying don't take the program, I just wouldn't sit for that certification.

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina

59 months ago

They also offer review for CPC so I could get that thru them as well. I am leaning toward what you're saying, that too many haven't heard of CMC. It sounded appealing because she said it was a little easier to get certified. Ok I think I'm armed with the right info to make my decision! I will check back for more comments though. Thanks everyone!

Cmorris in West Covina, California

59 months ago

So I am trying to get into the field, I have been in marketing for 7yrs and am ready for a change. Since I have no medical background I am assuming I will require some type of trade school training. Trade school estimates my cost at around 16k for an 8 mos. course (I dont qualify for grants/financial aid) My question is can somebody please explain what AHIMA schooling is? Is this an online course? I tried asking my local trade school if they were AHIMA accredited and they said "no" but all these message boards seem to say AHIMA is pretty much the best way to go....Is AHIMA just a test I take after my schooling?? PLEASE SOMEONE HELP

coder in Portland, Oregon

59 months ago

jj in Palacios, Texas said: I just received the 2010 Professional Review Guide so as to begin studying for the CCS exam. I can honestly say I was totally overwhelmed when I opened the book! I have been coding in a critical access hospital for 8 years. We only have an emergency department and provide ambulatory services. The section on medical billing and reimbursement was too much for me! I'm not quite sure how you learn all of this information when so much of it is already set up in our chargemaster. We don't use CPT codes that often either....sutures, splints, typical things seen in an emergency dept. Any suggestions about studying for this exam?

I am studying for this exam as well and I have the Professional Review Guide. I too was a bit overwhelmed by the reimbursement sections. I found the easiest way for me to work thru the book so far and focus on the areas that I am weakest in was to put my answers in an excel spreadsheet. I put the domain catagory next to the answers then in another column listed the answer from answer key & another column whether I answered correctly. That way I was able to sort the data in the spreadsheet by domain & incorrect answers. I also have highlighted terms I struggled to remember or didn't know and made an additional list to research any term or concept that didn't come second nature to me. I think the best advice I've gotten so far is to read read read everything in the book, the guidelines and coding clinics. I'm due to take the exam in October so I feel I have some time to really prepare. GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

Calista in Beaumont, Texas

59 months ago

I am a CPC & plan to pay thru for an online prgram called "Advanced Hospital Coding & CCS Prep Course". Checking to see if anyone has taken this course & found it to be helpful when you sat for the CCS exam? I am not interested in reading books to prepare for the exam - I want to consult a teacher & hopefully am taught everything needed to pass the test successfully.

Calista in Port Arthur, Texas

59 months ago

I am a CPC & plan to pay thru for an online prgram called "Advanced Hospital Coding & CCS Prep Course". Checking to see if anyone has taken this course & found it to be helpful when you sat for the CCS exam? I am not interested in reading books to prepare for the exam - I want to consult a teacher & hopefully am taught everything needed to pass the test successfully.

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

59 months ago

Calista in Port Arthur, Texas said: I am a CPC & plan to pay thru for an online prgram called "Advanced Hospital Coding & CCS Prep Course". Checking to see if anyone has taken this course & found it to be helpful when you sat for the CCS exam? I am not interested in reading books to prepare for the exam - I want to consult a teacher & hopefully am taught everything needed to pass the test successfully.

I have not taken this course, but since you have a CPC you know how these types of programs work, they will probably teach you quite abit, but probably not everything you need to pass. I have read up on these type of things and most responses is that they were informative, but they still needed to study other material.

I don't think there is a substitute for hard studying, that way you actually learn and know the material instead of just knowing enough to pass a test.

Calista in Port Arthur, Texas

59 months ago

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah said: I have not taken this course, but since you have a CPC you know how these types of programs work, they will probably teach you quite abit, but probably not everything you need to pass. I have read up on these type of things and most responses is that they were informative, but they still needed to study other material.

I don't think there is a substitute for hard studying, that way you actually learn and know the material instead of just knowing enough to pass a test.

Thanks for the reply. I reviewed the course curriculum & they cover some but again - not all! I self study for the CPC and it took a really long time for me to complete the course since I stop/start..etc....So I may consider purchasing the AHIMA books needed for the exam.

Cmorris

59 months ago

So I am trying to get into the field, I have been in marketing for 7yrs and am ready for a change. Since I have no medical background I am assuming I will require some type of trade school training. Trade school estimates my cost at around 16k for an 8 mos. course (I dont qualify for grants/financial aid) My question is can somebody please explain what AHIMA schooling is? Is this an online course? I tried asking my local trade school if they were AHIMA accredited and they said "no" but all these message boards seem to say AHIMA is pretty much the best way to go....Is AHIMA just a test I take after my schooling?? PLEASE SOMEONE HELP

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina

59 months ago

Check out AAPC (www.aapc.com). It's another certification organization and they offer online courses. That is what I am thinking of doing. I looked at degree programs through trade schools and they are costly and more in depth than I'm interested in getting. If you want to get into management someday in the field, it would be a good idea to get a degree. But if you're just interested in getting a job in the coding field, then just taking classes to help get you certified may be the thing to do. At least that is my thinking.....

Some technical colleges offer courses to help get you ready to take the certification exam. In my area, Greenville Tech (S.C.) does. They have online courses so you don't have to be from around here to do it. I don't think you really have to invest a ton of $ to get into this field.

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

59 months ago

I agree with joan in regards to AAPC.

also, I would find a cheaper alternative, $16,000 seems ridiculous, especially since they are probably only going to teach you the basics anyways. There are a lot of online programs that are good, but inexpensive.

Cmorris

59 months ago

Thank you for your replies I feel so overwhelmed with info ... And this trade school is pressuring me and not giving accurate info so I need to research myself...one more thing AHIMA is just an organization right? Not an actual school? They are associated with a certification test I would need to take after some schooling?

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

59 months ago

Cmorris said: Thank you for your replies I feel so overwhelmed with info ... And this trade school is pressuring me and not giving accurate info so I need to research myself...one more thing AHIMA is just an organization right? Not an actual school? They are associated with a certification test I would need to take after some schooling?

AHIMA is a credentialing organization. They offer the RHIA, RHIT, CCS and CCS-P. Like AAPC, they offer an online program, but no, they are not an actual school.

After school, it is best to get certified (it didn't use to be so important, but now because everyone is certified, you can not compete for jobs without it)

if you want to do outpatient (physicians office) coding, a CCS-P or CPC are good for those.

if you want to do inpatient coding (which can be really hard to break into, hospitals usually do not budge on the 2-3 years experience) than I would sit for the CCS. Just be aware it is a difficult test to pass without experience, it is possible, but hard to do.

I have been there with the school thing, unfortunately, it seems that they have become more interested in getting tuition than helping the students. I would not rush into anything, especially if you are unsure on something.

Like I said, $16,000 is ridiculous. I am assuming you are taking the certificate program, which if I remember correctly, med term, cpt, icd 9, and some sort of billing class? You can find a cheaper alternative.

I went to school 5 years ago before coding became popular and probably paid 1/4 of what they are now charging. there is no reason it should have gone up so much, except to take advantage of people.

Calista in Port Arthur, Texas

59 months ago

I'm so overwhelmed! lol..Ok. If someone can shed some light. I have outpatient coding experience. I do not have any hospital experience although I am interested in getting my CCS so that I can pursue that field. I have been reading everyone's post. Which is better to help prepare for the exam for a non-hospital experience person - "Professional Review Guide for the CCS Examination" or the "Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Review Guide by Jennifer Hornung as a recommended referral source by AHIMA? I just want to make the right choice with my purchase. If someone can tell me if they pass the exam using either of these books with little or no hospital experience. Comments are very helpful.

Sheryl in Carbondale, Illinois

59 months ago

Do the questions on the CCS mirror what is in the Professional Review Guide. I realize they won't be the same questions, but as long as I know the information from these questions, will that help me pass. I have to pass this test the first time and am trying to get as much information as I can. I have 3 different companies I have spoke with that are interested in hiring me but I have to be certified. I have 10 yrs experience and want to get a better paying job. I do not get a pay increase for the credential with my current employer. I'll go ahead and answer why I've waited so long to take it because everyone asks...I am a procrastinator and am not a good test taker. Any advice would be appreciated.

Calista in Port Arthur, Texas

59 months ago

Sheryl in Carbondale, Illinois said: Do the questions on the CCS mirror what is in the Professional Review Guide. I realize they won't be the same questions, but as long as I know the information from these questions, will that help me pass. I have to pass this test the first time and am trying to get as much information as I can. I have 3 different companies I have spoke with that are interested in hiring me but I have to be certified. I have 10 yrs experience and want to get a better paying job. I do not get a pay increase for the credential with my current employer. I'll go ahead and answer why I've waited so long to take it because everyone asks...I am a procrastinator and am not a good test taker. Any advice would be appreciated.

Have you purchased the Professional Review Guide? And if so, does it cover USDD?? or DRGs? AHIMA gives some test expectations which some of these questions can be answered if you have hospital experience. If not, does the book cover it? or will I need to complete a hospital coding class?

Sheryl in Carbondale, Illinois

59 months ago

Yes, I do have hospital experience and a working knowledge of OPPS, MS-DRG'S, AND OTHER PAYMENT SYSTEMS. The book I have does not "cover" any of the reimbursement issues or other sections that are on the test. It is merely a guide that lets you know what types of questions will be on the test. I know the questions on the actual test will not be the same as what is in the book, but I wanted to know if the content of the questions were the same or should I study all aspects of these question??

Sheryl in Carbondale, Illinois

59 months ago

mellowcoder in Dallas, Texas said: No, that is not true. In fact it is more flexible than the CPC-H in that you can tape/write anything in your books. As long as the proctor can hold the book up and shake it without anything falling out, you can have it in the book. BUT you can ONLY have your books on the coding part of the exam. Honestly, I ONLY used my book to look up codes. I did not have time to do anything else! Congrats on your certification too!

What guide did you used to study? If you used the professional review guide did the question content mirror that of the study guide? I have asked several people, but most can't remember because it has been a while since they have taken it.

Calista in Port Arthur, Texas

59 months ago

Sheryl in Carbondale, Illinois said: Yes, I do have hospital experience and a working knowledge of OPPS, MS-DRG'S, AND OTHER PAYMENT SYSTEMS. The book I have does not "cover" any of the reimbursement issues or other sections that are on the test. It is merely a guide that lets you know what types of questions will be on the test. I know the questions on the actual test will not be the same as what is in the book, but I wanted to know if the content of the questions were the same or should I study all aspects of these question??

Thanks your reply was very helpful. I will definitely need to get the hospital billing/coding module to test for the exam. I am going to purchase that book b/c many people have stated that it was EXTREMELY helpful in preparing for the exam.

Sheryl in Carbondale, Illinois

59 months ago

I was also told to get the ccs study guide from the AHIMA website.

Sheryl in Herrin, Illinois

58 months ago

Thank you for sedning this website. All help and information is greatly appreciated.

Jane in Shreveport, Louisiana

57 months ago

ed in Elgin, Illinois said: Well I'm currently in a 2 year Medical Office Management Program. My program curriculum includes ICD-9 and CPT classes, however they focus more on medical office coding. I would be more intrested in hospital coding. I am not sure if getting experience in medical office coding can help in passing the CCS exam? Any suggestions?

There is BIG difference between medical office coding and
in-hospital inpatient coding. To me it is harder. JS

lovine9 in Los Angeles, California

57 months ago

Christine in Miami, Florida said: I sat for the exam in May and passed. This is what I used to study:
PRG CCS Review Guide (can find on Amazon)
Clinical Coding Work out by AHIMA.

AHIMA just came out with a review guide. If I were to sit for the CCS now, I would definitely get that.
imis.ahima.org//orders/productDetail.cfm?pc=AC400408&bURL=%2Forders%2Findex%2Ecfm%3F

DId you pass it without experience? DId you just study these two books?

rocati4 in Park Ridge, Illinois

57 months ago

Hi everyone.

I currently am an RHIT and have been working at a large, trauma I level hospital for 3+ yrs coding all types of OUTPATIENT charts. I know that it is emphasized to have 3-5 years of both inpatient and outpatient coding, but not mandatory. I have no experience with inpatient, other than what I learned in my associate HIM program/clinicals.

In your opinion, would I be way over my head to study and attempt the CCS exam?

parthasarathi in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

57 months ago

I am planning to write CCs in 6months, can any one guide me in selecting a good online tutorial?

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina

57 months ago

Has anyone ever taken the online courses offered by AAPC for CPC or CPC-H? I have no experience. I'm looking for a career after years of being a stay-at-home mom and this area seems like a good one based on my strengths (analytical/logical/organized) and needs (job). I know I'd eventually like to work in a hospital but would the CPC-H be too hard for a beginner?

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

57 months ago

Joan in Anderson, South Carolina said: Has anyone ever taken the online courses offered by AAPC for CPC or CPC-H? I have no experience. I'm looking for a career after years of being a stay-at-home mom and this area seems like a good one based on my strengths (analytical/logical/organized) and needs (job). I know I'd eventually like to work in a hospital but would the CPC-H be too hard for a beginner?

No because the CPC-H is outpatient based hospital coding, like emergency dept, out patient surgery,etc. it isn't an inpatient coding credential, but it is a good place to start and work towards inpatient coding.

Just a heads up, this is a great field and it is growing and there are shortages of experienced coders, but you may experience hurdles in finding your first coding job. Start out elsewhere, like medical records, billing, front desk, etc. gain medical experience and become more familiar with coding (they don't teach you enough in school) and then leverage for a coding job

Erika Medina in Galveston, Texas

56 months ago

Leo Eleazar in Los Angeles, California said: It is recommended that you have at least 2 or 3 years coding experience before taking the exam.
In my case I took it after taking a Coding Course and passed the exam. If you study hard and focus
on the topics covered by the exam you will pass.. Send me your email.

Hi Leo
I am studying for the CCS too can you email me with any information as well Erika-medina1@hotmail.com

Donna in San Francisco, California

56 months ago

Erika Medina in Galveston, Texas said: Hi Leo
I am studying for the CCS too can you email me with any information as well Erika-medina1@hotmail.com

Hi Leo,
I will be sitting for the CCS (for the 2nd time) soon. I would love any insight and studying reminders you could throw my way.
Donna
donyaelenia@msn.com

maegene in Richmond, Kentucky

55 months ago

I am a CCA and havn't been able to get a job yet and was thinking of doing either the CCS or CCS-P exam, I was wondering which one would be the easiest to pass.

valentine in Salt Lake City, Utah

55 months ago

maegene in Richmond, Kentucky said: I am a CCA and havn't been able to get a job yet and was thinking of doing either the CCS or CCS-P exam, I was wondering which one would be the easiest to pass.

unfortunately a lot of new grads run into the same problem and try to get more credentials, but more certifications will not get you a job, they do not make up for lack of experience.

Try to get a job elsewhere in HIM, such as medical records, billing, data entry, some sort of unit clerk or front desk. Gain experience and become more familiar with coding and reimbursement and then leverage for a coding job.

If you are still wanting to get a different certification, the CCS-P is easier since it is outpatient coding, which is mostly just E/M and a few procedures, where the CCS which is inpatient is more indepth and complex.

incindary in Fredericktown, Missouri

55 months ago

Tamii in Tifton, Georgia said: I am sitting for the CCS exam and I need to know if anyone have any sample test or guides I can prefer to.I need all the information I can to pass the test the first time.

u can order the ccs guide test from any bookstore, I have one and it comes with cd for practice tests

NC in Seattle, Washington

54 months ago

I went to school for what they called Office Assistant/Medical Billing Program. I have no clue in what to do from there. I've tried looking for work as a entry level billing clerk or something like that to gain experience, but so far to no avail. Can anyone give any suggestions?

nique

54 months ago

Just finished studying billing/coding of this month? I would like to know when is the deadline to take the ICD 9 coding for CPC testing?

valentine2 in salt lake city, Utah

54 months ago

nique said: Just finished studying billing/coding of this month? I would like to know when is the deadline to take the ICD 9 coding for CPC testing?

ICD 10 does not go into effect until Oct 2013

misswatt in Baltimore, Maryland

54 months ago

I am doing my externship. I am just finishing up a Kaplan University medical billing and coding course. Next month I will be reviewing for the AHIMA sponsored CCS AND CCS-P exam. I am extremely happy with the choice I made in school programs. I share extern with other students who attended other career schools, and they all were instructed to take the CPC exam on their own, and out of pocket. I feel that Kaplan offers a completely structured course even though the schooling seems never-ending.

L in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

54 months ago

Ed in Palatine, Illinois said: How can I successfully pass CCS exam without having any experience in coding? Will studying on my own bring any success?

No, U need to know all aspect of coding. It is a very hard test. With schooling and over 30 years of experience, I just did not have enough time to go over the test twice and failed by a couple of points. U have to know the material inside and out and all coding aspects.

Melody Harris in San Antonio, Texas

54 months ago

The CCS-P is for physician office coding. You may want to consider that instead.

www.ahima.org

beebee in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

54 months ago

I want to start a new career in medical coding, i really dont know where to satrt from but i am considering getting the ccs training online from an AHIMA approved school then do the ccs exam.Is this a good idea? can i get a job with the ccs training while i wait to pass the exam?

valentine2 in salt lake city, Utah

54 months ago

beebee in Chapel Hill, North Carolina said: I want to start a new career in medical coding, i really dont know where to satrt from but i am considering getting the ccs training online from an AHIMA approved school then do the ccs exam.Is this a good idea? can i get a job with the ccs training while i wait to pass the exam?

It is difficult to pass the CCS (inpatient/facility) without a couple of years of on the job experience, but you should be able to pass the CCS-P which is AHIMA's outpatient/physician certification.

This field has become a little over saturated with new grads with no experience, and most employers are looking to hire coders with at least 2 years experience. But don't let this deter you, after you graduate, your best bet is to get a job elsewhere in HIM, such medical records, billing, data entry or even front desk. Gain medical experience and become more familiar with ICD 9, CPT and reimbursement. Then you can leverage for a coding job.

I hear that AHIMA's coding program is good, so you shouldn't have too much trouble passing the CCS-P

beebee in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

53 months ago

valentine2 in salt lake city, Utah said: It is difficult to pass the CCS (inpatient/facility) without a couple of years of on the job experience, but you should be able to pass the CCS-P which is AHIMA's outpatient/physician certification.

This field has become a little over saturated with new grads with no experience, and most employers are looking to hire coders with at least 2 years experience. But don't let this deter you, after you graduate, your best bet is to get a job elsewhere in HIM, such medical records, billing, data entry or even front desk. Gain medical experience and become more familiar with ICD 9, CPT and reimbursement. Then you can leverage for a coding job.

I hear that AHIMA's coding program is good, so you shouldn't have too much trouble passing the CCS-P

thank you.i think it is better to start with cpc then with little experience i can pursue ccs.right?

beebee in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

53 months ago

valentine2 in salt lake city, Utah said: It is difficult to pass the CCS (inpatient/facility) without a couple of years of on the job experience, but you should be able to pass the CCS-P which is AHIMA's outpatient/physician certification.

This field has become a little over saturated with new grads with no experience, and most employers are looking to hire coders with at least 2 years experience. But don't let this deter you, after you graduate, your best bet is to get a job elsewhere in HIM, such medical records, billing, data entry or even front desk. Gain medical experience and become more familiar with ICD 9, CPT and reimbursement. Then you can leverage for a coding job.

I hear that AHIMA's coding program is good, so you shouldn't have too much trouble passing the CCS-P

thank you for the info.maybe i should start with CPC then after some experience i can take the ccs exam? is that a better ideai?

valentine2 in salt lake city, Utah

53 months ago

I really can't say what is best for you, where your career will go or how you will get there.

I personally feel that taking the CPC and then working your way over to inpatient coding, is a perfectly good path.

There are others who do not agree with me.

May I ask why you are set on the CCS? do you want to do inpatient coding? or is it that everyone says you should get the CCS?

Knowing your career goal can help us get you on the right path

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