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Madeline A Meyer PhD in Winter Park, Florida

55 months ago

Yes, we have a cost-effective, proven program for CPC and CCS certifications. We've trained hundreds successfully.

See: medicalcodingprep.com/

Dr. Meyer

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gmichaels in Youngstown, Ohio

52 months ago

This is a really good course for self study and it is inexpensive for what you get. medicalcodingpro.com/prep-course.html.

There is a coupon code that worked the last time I checked it to save fifty dollars too. I think it was "save50". Hope this helps and good luck!

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shawn0798 in Baltimore, Maryland

36 months ago

newatcoding09 in Deerfield Beach, Florida said: hi folks,
I too am interested in self study because I don't want to waste money on schools/courses that may be too drawn out and unnecessary. I feel I can learn the material easily. My background is that I studied physical therapy for 2 1/2 years about 10 years ago and completed 3 internships. I earned a B.S. in health sciences as part of a 2 + 1 program. I have a good memory. Is medical coding something that can be learned at a quicker pace? What are the main books needed? I recently purchased a small Billing and Coding pocket Guide, "Provider's Coding Notes" by Alice Anne Andress. Thanks for any feedback. I want to be able to pass the CCA and then earn the CCS after I gain employment in the medical coding world. I also hope to obtain the RHIT or RHIA.

I recommend ctccoding.com. They specializes in CPC, CPC-H CCS, and CPC training. Most of their medical coding courses are approved by the AAPC or AHIMA. Which are the organizations that certifies medical coders. They also offer live webinar courses.

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chelle511 in Evans, Georgia

35 months ago

I recommend All About coding.. they are a licensed AAPC site.. and offer CPC review classes and coder training.. www.allaboutcodingllc.com

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Dorothy in Wheaton, Illinois

35 months ago

My understanding is that to sit for the Certification Testing you are required to show proof that you have completed an academic program that includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology in addition to the coding.
I am working through the Career Step program right now and one of the reasons I chose them is that their Medical Billing and Coding program is AHIMA approved so I know when it comes time for testing that I have covered the correct material to get certified. I had looked at a similar program through my local community college, but it lasts two years and would have cost me $15,000!

I am also very excited about graduating from the course because Career Step has recently partnered with a company called IOD who hires coders to work from home.

They have an offer right now where you can get a free laptop or $300 off when you sign up. Here is the link for that offer:
www.careerstep.com/?uid=ref36530

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nikishere33 in Naperville, Illinois

35 months ago

I ended up taking the AAPC's online course !

This course is so tough, i will even say it's tougher than nursing school.

I could never have done this on my own

If you do, get the AAPC's CPC review book and the Medical Coding Blitz Videos

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nikishere33 in Naperville, Illinois

35 months ago

and I am also a nurse

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nikishere33 in Naperville, Illinois

35 months ago

You do not have to show proof you finished a course or A&P before taking the test

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Marci in Warren, Ohio

35 months ago

This is a cost effective course that covers everything from the beginning. It was created by coding instructors who actually TEACH this at physician offices and hospitals across the country 200 plus days per year. medicalcodingpro.com/medical-coding-certification-prep-course/

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Ashley in Homestead, Florida

34 months ago

Hello I went to school for medical billing and coding and even did my externship but since then i have gotten married and had two children. And now I would like to take the exam what books can I use to study without going back to school

Thank you.

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Topaz07 in Poughkeepsie, New York

34 months ago

Ashley in Homestead, Florida said: Hello I went to school for medical billing and coding and even did my externship but since then i have gotten married and had two children. And now I would like to take the exam what books can I use to study without going back to school

Thank you.

Ashley, if you are going for your CPC exam, I recommend the AAPC Official Study Guide: www.aapc.com/training/cpc-study-guide.aspx. Afterall, they write the CPC Exam. You should do some timed Practice Exams to get you up to speed, and to determine how much proficiency you need to re-develop. A lot of free help is available at this website including a free practice exam. bit.ly/RFisXY

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MedicalCoder in Chesapeake, Virginia

33 months ago

I did a short course and studied for the CPC exam using this - bit.ly/CPC-Exam-Review - CPC/CCS-P review online and passed the test without a problem.

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Vaishali in New York, New York

33 months ago

MedicalCoder in Chesapeake, Virginia said: I did a short course and studied for the CPC exam using this - bit.ly/CPC-Exam-Review - CPC/CCS-P review online and passed the test without a problem.

Hi,

I have Masters in life science and 3+ years of editing/proofreadinf exp. Now, I want to get into medical coding. Could you suggest any basic course probably free online course that can of help to me, appreciate your views, thanks!

Regard
Vaishali

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MedicalCoder in Chesapeake, Virginia

33 months ago

Vaishali in New York, New York said: Hi,

I have Masters in life science and 3+ years of editing/proofreadinf exp. Now, I want to get into medical coding. Could you suggest any basic course probably free online course that can of help to me, appreciate your views, thanks!

Regard
Vaishali

Hi Vaishali,it is going to be hard to find a free course but the one I would say is one of the most affordable and are accredited by the AAPC are the courses from CCO and they are highly recommended by many coders, you may want to check their website bit.ly/Main-Website The basic course that most coders do first and it was the one I did first too is the CPC course bit.ly/CPC-CCS-P-Course that course include all the materials. All you have to get is the coding manuals. I passed the CPC exam last year on my first try. So I really recommend their courses.

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Marci in Warren, Ohio

33 months ago

This is a really good course too! Comprehensive and affordable by someone who actually teaches in some of the top hospitals in the US. medicalcodingpro.com/medical-coding-certification-prep-course/

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Vaishali in New York, New York

33 months ago

Ok, thanks ppl...will take a look at both the courses and will keep u informed once I am done with it hopefully!!

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Bragg in Glen Allen, Virginia

33 months ago

I recommend the book 'Think like a Coder' $10 on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble. It is a guide to accompany those sitting for the exam that the first step is to think like a coder. In this considering various aspects necessary to accurately code. It is for all Healthcare Medical Coders-

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madhavi in Midvale, Utah

32 months ago

Vaishali in New York, New York said: Hi,

I have Masters in life science and 3+ years of editing /proofreadinf exp. Now, I want to get into medical coding. Could you suggest any basic course probably free online course that can of help to me, appreciate your views, thanks!

Regard
Vaishali

hi Vaishali

I too have experience as an MT for five years and currently looking to enter back work force again as an MT to coder. so, did u take any training? if so, where? please help me.

thanks
Madhavi

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Thai in Tampa, Florida

32 months ago

MedicalCoder in Chesapeake, Virginia said: Hi Vaishali,it is going to be hard to find a free course but the one I would say is one of the most affordable and are accredited by the AAPC are the courses from CCO and they are highly recommended by many coders, you may want to check their website bit.ly/Main-Website The basic course that most coders do first and it was the one I did first too is the CPC course bit.ly/CPC-CCS-P-Course that course include all the materials. All you have to get is the coding manuals. I passed the CPC exam last year on my first try. So I really recommend their courses.

I'm a little confused with your comment you mentioned earlier that you did the short course and studied for the exam using this link bit.ly/CPC-Exam-Review - and now your stating you did a course through the one site listed above that is 1297 in price, that is not inexpensive the first link you gave the cost is more reasonable 80.00, so you used both resources to past test??

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MedicalCoder in Chesapeake, Virginia

32 months ago

Thai in Tampa, Florida said: I'm a little confused with your comment you mentioned earlier that you did the short course and studied for the exam using this link bit.ly/CPC-Exam-Review - and now your stating you did a course through the one site listed above that is 1297 in price, that is not inexpensive the first link you gave the cost is more reasonable 80.00, so you used both resources to past test??

Yes, one of the links no longer works but you can find the information in the main website bit.ly/Main-Website The link for the review is bit.ly/cpcreviewblitz Sorry the other link is for people who already have the review and want to get the DVDs.

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Coder1 in North Jackson, Ohio

32 months ago

I would also recommend looking at Medical Coding Pro. They have helped many people prepare for the exam as well and their prices are really good. bit.ly/1H4CgB2

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Coder1 in North Jackson, Ohio

32 months ago

Coder1 in North Jackson, Ohio said: I would also recommend looking at Medical Coding Pro. They have helped many people prepare for the exam as well and their prices are really good. bit.ly/1H4CgB2

Sorry... here is the link that actually works... lol bit.ly/1H4CgB2

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jmc in Costa Mesa, California

31 months ago

Online, Self-Paced Medical Coding Program with John McCay at Allied Medical School www.medicalcodingcourses.com

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Steven Rogers in Kansas City, Missouri

31 months ago

Hello All,

My name is Steven Rogers. I'm with a licensed vendor for AAPC, reaching out in regards to some new benefits we can offer current members of AAPC as well as anybody looking to join AAPC.

I'm with The Coding Institute a licensed vendor for AAPC, and one of the great things we can offer on top of AAPC's website promotions is a 10-20% off discount on all product paid in full or a 3 month no interest payment plan on certification packages.

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dorothy_ in Wheaton, Illinois

31 months ago

Career Step

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CCS,CPC in Saint Petersburg, Florida

29 months ago

Vaishali in New York, New York said: Hi,

I have Masters in life science and 3+ years of editing /proofreadinf exp. Now, I want to get into medical coding. Could you suggest any basic course probably free online course that can of help to me, appreciate your views, thanks!

Regard
Vaishali

Vaishali, there is free material on the Medicare website. That might not enable you to pass an AAPC certification exam, though. It definitely will not qualify you to sit for the AHIMA exams, which are what you want. To do that, you need more than a cheap course. I did Andrews (www.andrewsschool.com) and passed both the CPC and CCS. I had no trouble getting a better than entry-level job.

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Jmc cpc in Riverside, California

29 months ago

andrews school is not an accredited school so if you want a quality education from an accredited school that's comprehensive and affordable check out www.alliedschools.com. Andrews school (a business posing as a school) has no accreditation. They offer medical transcription which is a red flag since medical transcription has not been s career for over 3 years. Don't fall for it. Allied is only school to back up education with a pass or don't pay money back promise for cpc or ccs exams. Be careful

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CCS,CPC in Saint Petersburg, Florida

29 months ago

There is no requirement for accreditation. That is a ridiculous argument. You sound as though you feel threatened by them, which would be understandable since you seem to post all over here that you sell their courses.

Andrews is appropriately licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Schools. They therefore ARE a school and students have the protection of that Board. It does meet AHIMA requirements for the CCS. I am certain of the excellent quality of the instruction because I took their course, passed both the CPC and CCS, and got a medical center job.

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Coder45 in Biloxi, Mississippi

28 months ago

I used this great review bit.ly/cpcreviewblitz for my CPC coding exam and I passed it on my first try you should check it out. This review also works for CCS-P They are AAPC certified and they have many great courses you can check on their main website bit.ly/Main-Website

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Coder45 in Biloxi, Mississippi

28 months ago

Just wanted to clarify that the instructor is the one certified by the AAPC as an approved instructor.

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LD, RHIT in Decatur, Illinois

28 months ago

You can get older copies of coding book, exam prep on websites like abebooks.com, alibirs, booksamillion, etc. Don't pay through the nose for programs as you will find that most employers want you to have at least your associates degree. Go to your local community college and there are grants and scholarship galore to help pay for school. I am studying for my CCS through AHIMA and not one of my study books cost more than 5.00. The majority come with cd's and practice tests. Sorry, I just don't like these post where these people come on here and try to sell a program. AAPC is very expensive and I bought there books at above mentioned sites. Good luck and remember, most employers want work experience too. That is why it is good to go to school as they have an internship that helps with hands on.

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Coder in Ashburn, Virginia

28 months ago

LD, RHIT in Decatur, Illinois said: You can get older copies of coding book, exam prep on websites like abebooks.com, alibirs, booksamillion, etc. Don't pay through the nose for programs as you will find that most employers want you to have at least your associates degree. Go to your local community college and there are grants and scholarship galore to help pay for school. I am studying for my CCS through AHIMA and not one of my study books cost more than 5.00. The majority come with cd's and practice tests. Sorry, I just don't like these post where these people come on here and try to sell a program. AAPC is very expensive and I bought there books at above mentioned sites. Good luck and remember, most employers want work experience too. That is why it is good to go to school as they have an internship that helps with hands on.

Most employers require credentials, not an associate's degree, and they do not accept those internships as "experience." Programs should prepare you for the CCS, not something less so that you still have to study for it through AHIMA.

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LD, RHIT in Decatur, Illinois

28 months ago

I have been working in the medical field since the early 90's. Here in Illinois, the jobs I have been viewing want at least an Associates Degree. Maybe where you are that is not the case. I never said "internships" would be counted toward actual work experience. Also, no you don't have to go through AHIMA to study for the CCS exam. I am going on for my Bachelors and will sit for my CCS exam in September. I was offering advice, not to be picked at by someone. I am sure different areas have different requirements. I was suggesting an Associates instead of just a certificate of study.

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Ben Heyworth in Boynton Beach, Florida

28 months ago

Findacode.com has useful medical and billing coding resources. Along with other resources for the aspiring coder they have a very useful code lookup and library for all major code sets (ICD-9, CPT(R), HCPCS, DRG, APC, NDC, ICD-10 and more) along with a wealth of supplemental information such as newsletters and manuals (AHA Coding Clinics, CPT Assistant, DH Newsletters, Medicare Manuals). All of this information is indexed, searchable and organized for quick access and extensive cross-referencing.

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shawn0798 in Baltimore, Maryland

27 months ago

Learnmedicalcoding.com AAPC CPC program, which means that the coursework is fully approved by the AAPC. The program is designed for 17 weeks of intense study, which will include all the relevant coursework and critical field experiences. Because of this extensive study system, students who complete this course will be well prepared to take the CPC exam, which is necessary to become fully certified.

Many other programs do not provide the path to full certification. Instead, those courses only prepare students to become a CPC-A, which carries far less weight with employers. These students will not receive the vital field experiences, thereby diminishing their employability. With the LMC program, students complete a practicum experience that includes coding 600 actual medical files for the best field experience in the industry. This accounts for the two years of necessary experience to obtain full CPC certification.

To better prepare students for the CPC certification exam, this course provides ample test taking tips and more practice exams than other courses. Moreover, students will not just memorize content. They will understand coding on a different level with specific training on coding directly from an operative report. Overall, this course is so effective that students who successfully complete all the work are 90 percent more likely to pass the exam.

In all, students are prepared to start a new career in less than six months with a lucrative salary of 50,000 dollars. This is why the learnmedicalcoding.com! program is the unparalleled choice for a career in medical coding.

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shawn0798 in Baltimore, Maryland

27 months ago

All of learnmedicalcoding.com medical coding courses were created by the AAPC or approved by the AAPC. AHIMA approved courses are offered as well.

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ALEXANDRA RN in St Augustine, Florida

27 months ago

Psyche RN with some Home Health experience, now a computer nurse working for an insurance company. Is it possible to get certified in HH Coding? What are the chances of getting a job? Best training course? Prefer live classroom.
Thanks

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Savvy Coder in Saint Petersburg, Florida

27 months ago

shawn0798 in Baltimore, Maryland said: Learnmedicalcoding.com AAPC CPC program,

Many other programs do not provide the path to full certification. Instead, those courses only prepare students to become a CPC-A, which carries far less weight with employers. These students will not receive the vital field experiences, thereby diminishing their employability. With the LMC program, students complete a practicum experience that includes coding 600 actual medical files for the best field experience in the industry. This accounts for the two years of necessary experience to obtain full CPC certification.

In all, students are prepared to start a new career in less than six months with a lucrative salary of 50,000 dollars. This is why the learnmedicalcoding.com! program is the unparalleled choice for a career in medical coding.

Anyone can take the AAPC practicum directly from them for $299.

The most desirable credential is the CCS, which you can't even qualify to take with the AAPC programs. Andrews is one of the very few schools that has good success with the CCS, not just the CPC.

$50K is the average coder salary for more experienced coders. No one can promise income in a certain range, especially with just a CPC and no experience. You can get that A removed with that practicum, but you still have no job experience.

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Sancy in Chennai, India

26 months ago

Can one write cpc exam without AAPC membership?

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Mark Sluyter in Newton, New Jersey

26 months ago

CodersDirect.com is offering AAPC Medical terminology and AAPC textbook for $ 199.00 total

CodersDirect.com this site is only open to AAPC & AHIMA certified coders seeking employment opportunities with healthcare providers.

Check it out

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Serious about Coding in Royse City, Texas

26 months ago

I am looking for an easy, inexpressible way to study and obtain my billing and coding cert. Me and my husband cannot agree in this subject. He believes if I just pick up the necessary books and just read and read then take the test should suffice but I believe that I need some sort of course, guide... something that will prepare me better to take the test and hopefully pass it on the first go... any suggestions will be most appreciated. I already have an Associates degree if that helps. Thanks in advance to whomever replies to this.

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Bragg-Medical Billing/Coding Educator in Richmond, Virginia

26 months ago

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Kim in San Antonio, Texas

24 months ago

Dorothy in Wheaton, Illinois said: My understanding is that to sit for the Certification Testing you are required to show proof that you have completed an academic program that includes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology in addition to the coding.
I am working through the Career Step program right now and one of the reasons I chose them is that their Medical Billing and Coding program is AHIMA approved so I know when it comes time for testing that I have covered the correct material to get certified. I had looked at a similar program through my local community college , but it lasts two years and would have cost me $15,000!

I am also very excited about graduating from the course because Career Step has recently partnered with a company called IOD who hires coders to work from home.

They have an offer right now where you can get a free laptop or $300 off when you sign up. Here is the link for that offer:
www.careerstep.com/?uid=ref36530

Did you complete the course with Career Step?

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msbarnes in Kentucky

23 months ago

nikishere33 in Naperville, Illinois said: I ended up taking the AAPC's online course !

This course is so tough, i will even say it's tougher than nursing school.

I could never have done this on my own

If you do, get the AAPC's CPC review book and the Medical Coding Blitz Videos

Hello, I have recently been looking into getting certified for medical coding and have been leaning towards buying the CPC package available on the AAPC website, but with no background in coding whatsoever i'm unsure of what I should get. I was also wondering if you would happen to know if they offer any kind of payment plan for their programs? Looking at the things the CPC Exam has on it, the medical terminology, a&p, and some ICD-9 i think also concerned me a little since it looks like their packages only cover ICD10 and it's been several years since my a&p and medical terminology classes, which i haven't used for any of my jobs since, would you recommend buying those courses as well? Appreciate any advice, i've been thinking about making this change for a while and just want to make sure i spend my money on the right program that will be accredited.

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Pri in Houston, Texas

21 months ago

Hello All,
I am looking for Medical coding as career changing option. I wanna Take CPC exam training to get certified. I looked almost each and every site online.But it costing more than $2,000. As i am new to this field I have to take course of medical anatomy and terminology.
Thanks in Advance.

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MWells in Fort Payne, Alabama

21 months ago

msbarnes in Kentucky said: Hello, I have recently been looking into getting certified for medical coding and have been leaning towards buying the CPC package available on the AAPC website, but with no background in coding whatsoever i'm unsure of what I should get. I was also wondering if you would happen to know if they offer any kind of payment plan for their programs? Looking at the things the CPC Exam has on it, the medical terminology, a&p, and some ICD-9 i think also concerned me a little since it looks like their packages only cover ICD10 and it's been several years since my a&p and medical terminology classes, which i haven't used for any of my jobs since, would you recommend buying those courses as well? Appreciate any advice, i've been thinking about making this change for a while and just want to make sure i spend my money on the right program that will be accredited.

I also am interested in knowing about the Medical Term and Anatomy courses they recommend. I have NEVER had Medical Term or Anatomy, But not sure why we would need these if we are going to take the CPC online 5 month course. Someone advised me to just buy the Medical Term and Anatomy for Dummies and study up on it this way on my own and they will be sufficient.
Thanks!

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brmari in Boston, Massachusetts

19 months ago

LD, RHIT in Decatur, Illinois said: You can get older copies of coding book, exam prep on websites like abebooks.com, alibirs, booksamillion, etc. Don't pay through the nose for programs as you will find that most employers want you to have at least your associates degree. Go to your local community college and there are grants and scholarship galore to help pay for school. I am studying for my CCS through AHIMA and not one of my study books cost more than 5.00. The majority come with cd's and practice tests. Sorry, I just don't like these post where these people come on here and try to sell a program. AAPC is very expensive and I bought there books at above mentioned sites. Good luck and remember, most employers want work experience too. That is why it is good to go to school as they have an internship that helps with hands on.

Does the edition year matters? So I could get one let's say CPT 2012?. I am confused on this one. Thanks for the information!

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Coder in Saint Petersburg, Florida

19 months ago

brmari in Boston, Massachusetts said: Does the edition year matters? So I could get one let's say CPT 2012?. I am confused on this one. Thanks for the information!

Well, you could get old books but you would study with outdated code sets. When it came time to take a certification exam, you would have to update those books with the addition the exam requires. You would also have to review very carefully to identify any code differences from one book to the next.

The post that you responded to gave very poor advice. The nonsense about using old books is so bad it is almost unethical. It's like she is setting you up for failure. AHIMA does not teach a course for the CCS. Their course is only for the CCA and their accredited programs in colleges only teach to the CCA. Employers really don't want RHIT's, either, because most of them can't code.

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brmari in Boston, Massachusetts

19 months ago

Coder in Saint Petersburg, Florida said: Well, you could get old books but you would study with outdated code sets. When it came time to take a certification exam, you would have to update those books with the addition the exam requires. You would also have to review very carefully to identify any code differences from one book to the next.

The post that you responded to gave very poor advice. The nonsense about using old books is so bad it is almost unethical. It's like she is setting you up for failure. AHIMA does not teach a course for the CCS. Their course is only for the CCA and their accredited programs in colleges only teach to the CCA. Employers really don't want RHIT's, either, because most of them can't code.

Hello, thanks for replying to my post and your advice. Could you please help me with a suggestion about if it's a good idea to study for the CPC exam directly through the AAPC online course; or is it fine to buy their books by bundles through their website with membership and study them on my own? If it's more affordable like that? Or go the other route taking the AHIMA preparation courses? Is it fine if i buy their books also through their website and self-study them? Which certification is most requested?. Please, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and welcomed. Thanks again!

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Coder in Saint Petersburg, Florida

19 months ago

brmari in Boston, Massachusetts said: if it's a good idea to study for the CPC exam directly through the AAPC online course; or is it fine to buy their books by bundles through their website with membership and study them on my own? If it's more affordable like that? Or go the other route taking the AHIMA preparation courses? Is it fine if i buy their books also through their website and self-study them? Which certification is most requested!

The most desirable certifications for a new coder to start are the CPC for outpatient coding, and the CCS for inpatient hospital coding. The AAPC courses teach the CPC material. The AHIMA course teaches the CCA material, not the CCS. Employers are not interested in CCAs -- they want the full CCS.

You cannot purchase all of the books that the AAPC course teaches. They have one book (their textbook) that they will not let you buy unless you take their course.

It is unlikely that you would be able to teach yourself coding just by buying books. It is too complicated. Some people are able to do it, but they usually have many years of experience in healthcare and already understand what the job entails and the professional standards required by it. If you don't have that, you are just not going to understand what you need to do to code. You will have difficulty understanding the books and you will have difficulty getting your questions answered. It is a cheap way to start, though, so if you think that you could succeed that way, give it a try.

The AHIMA course seems to have a low success rate. A lot of people seem to start it but not many of them finish. Some succed, but more have difficulty getting jobs. You can see them complaining on Facebook pages. They typically go on about how fabulous it is while they aren't taking the course but switch to complaining if and when they graduate and can't get a job.

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