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lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan

12 months ago

I passed the CCS exam today on my first try with a score of 335. I have absolutely no coding experience and I just graduated in April. It can be done! I am sooooo relieved.

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jeanettebarnes in Greenville, North Carolina

12 months ago

Congratulations. That is awesome! Can you please tell me what study materials you used? Can you email me any notes you may have? Jeanbarnes123@gmail.com If you are saling books, I am interested. Congratulations again. The sky is the limit now you have your CCS. There are so many jobs out there. I hope you get the job of your dreams.

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jeanettebarnes in Greenville, North Carolina

12 months ago

Settles46 in Lima, Ohio said: Was it all icd10 or both?

Netta congratulations. Ehat stidy materials did you use? Can you email me any notes that may be helpful? Jeanbarnes123@ gmail.com
Congratulations. I am so happy for you.

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jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma

12 months ago

lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan said: I passed the CCS exam today on my first try with a score of 335. I have absolutely no coding experience and I just graduated in April. It can be done! I am sooooo relieved.

Congrats!!! I reread your original post that you studied so I I misunderstood. I thought you meant that you graduated and never did anything else to study lol

You have many opportunities now! This is the #1 credential all employers want! Congrats again!!!

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lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan

12 months ago

jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma said: Congrats!!! I reread your original post that you studied so I I misunderstood. I thought you meant that you graduated and never did anything else to study lol

You have many opportunities now! This is the #1 credential all employers want! Congrats again!!!

I studied harder than I have ever in my life. I moved about two months ago and have been unlucky in my job search so far so I was really relying on this certification to hopefully jump start something. Now I just need to pray that these employers will bypass their experience requirements. Hopefully having a degree AND the certification will be okay in lieu of experience. Thank you again!!

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lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan

12 months ago

jeanettebarnes in Greenville, North Carolina said: Congratulations. That is awesome! Can you please tell me what study materials you used? Can you email me any notes you may have? Jeanbarnes123@gmail.com If you are saling books, I am interested. Congratulations again. The sky is the limit now you have your CCS. There are so many jobs out there. I hope you get the job of your dreams.

I used the Clinical Coding Workout book, the 2017 CCS review book from AHIMA by Jennifer Garvin, and another 2017 CCS exam professional review book which I believe was by Schnering. I unfortunately did not take any notes :( What books would you be interested in? My review books are pretty marked up.

Thank you! I appreciate the kind words.

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Barb24 in Wheaton, Illinois

12 months ago

lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan said: I studied harder than I have ever in my life. I moved about two months ago and have been unlucky in my job search so far so I was really relying on this certification to hopefully jump start something. Now I just need to pray that these employers will bypass their experience requirements. Hopefully having a degree AND the certification will be okay in lieu of experience. Thank you again!!

Congrats on passing the CCS on your first try! Now is a good time to be a newly minted coder. Everybody wants a coder with 2 years experience, but since the switch-over to ICD-10 in 2016, more employers are willing (or have no choice but) to hire and provide a bit of training to the right candidate.

Career Step's training program offers over 120 hours of coding actual medical records (provided by their employer partners) that some employers will count as coding experience, especially those who are familiar with the quality of Career Step graduates.
When you enroll by the end of the month Career Step is offering a free laptop (or tuition discount if you already have a computer). Here is a link to that offer:

referral.careerstep.com/mc?ref=36530

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dpmac in Clementon, New Jersey

12 months ago

lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan said: I used the Clinical Coding Workout book, the 2017 CCS review book from AHIMA by Jennifer Garvin, and another 2017 CCS exam professional review book which I believe was by Schnering. I unfortunately did not take any notes :( What books would you be interested in? My review books are pretty marked up.

Thank you! I appreciate the kind words.

Contrats on passing your first time!! I am getting ready to study for it now and hope to take it by next month. I was wondering if you felt that both books helped you because I was debating on which study guide would benefit me the most to hopefully pass the first time too! I have been doing the quizlet reviews also. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan

12 months ago

dpmac in Clementon, New Jersey said: Contrats on passing your first time!! I am getting ready to study for it now and hope to take it by next month. I was wondering if you felt that both books helped you because I was debating on which study guide would benefit me the most to hopefully pass the first time too! I have been doing the quizlet reviews also. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Both books definitely helped but I recommend the Garvin one over the other. The Schnering book had a lot of errors! But it also had a lot more practice tests. Having both of them definitely helped though.

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Experienced Coder in Orlando, Florida

12 months ago

Anyone who wants accurate information and advice about training, certification, and employment and medical coding should get that information from sites other than this. There's nothing wrong with this site, but it is populated by a lot of people who don't have much more information than you do, and also by also by recruiters from some schools whose goal is to get you to sign up for their school no matter what. There are almost no actual experienced, working coders here.

Closed forums on Facebook are the best place to start. They do not usually allow recruiters. Jobs for American Medical Coders is a good starting point for reliable information. After that, find the Facebook forum of the school that you are considering and you'll see a lot more than you might think. The content of posts on some school sites is horrifying.

It is absolute nonsense that some employers will accept schooling as experience. That is recruiter hype. The truth is that you are going to be hired based on what school you attended. You're going to be hired on the credentials that you have and on employment exams.

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Experienced Coder in Riverview, Florida

12 months ago

Experienced Coder in Orlando, Florida said: are going to be hired based on what school you attended. You're going to be hired on the credentials that you have and on employment exams.

Correction . . . you are NOT ever going to be hired based on the school you attended.

Employers do not know what the schools are and they don't care. The only things they care about are your credentials and your ability to pass their employment exams.

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michelle78 in Chicago, Illinois

12 months ago

This site has updated study guide recommendations for 2017, as well as other great info about medical coding:
medicalofficecareers.info/category/medicalcoding/certification-study-guides/

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madara2003 in Alabama

11 months ago

I recently passed the exam :) I found the clinical coding workbook to be the most helpful in my exam prep.

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daniellewills in Daniels, West Virginia

7 months ago

cbkrbb09@*****.*** in Stephens City, Virginia said: jraetucker in Russellville, Arkansas said: I have AMAZING notes for the ICD-9 CCS exam. I took the test on March 13 and passed with a 388. These notes were a Godsend and I'm am more than willing to help anyone out. Let me know.

Jraetucker@aol.com

Are you still able to provide notes? If so, please send to: cbkrbb09@yahoo.com. THANK YOU
Also, has anyone taken the exam recently that could give some insight as to how they felt about it? I am currently preparing to take the exam and find myself a little nervous, like many others! I have 8 years of billing experience and just finished courses for Coding/Billing.

Are these notes still available to send for study? Can they be emailed to daniellenicole07@hotmail.com

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Scam alert in Saint Petersburg, Florida

7 months ago

daniellewills in Daniels, West Virginia said: Are these notes still available to send for study? Can they be emailed to daniellenicole07@hotmail.com

Folks, this sounds like a scam. Please stop falling for it. ICD-9 was phased out years ago. If you don't know that and do not understand that some anonymous person's notes aren't going to help, you aren't going to pass this exam anyway.

Don't put your email address on here, either. It is unsafe.

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kaylamariex626 in Lake Worth, Florida

7 months ago

Do they verify your job? I have 2 jobs where I code. I don't want either to know I'm getting this exam because I plan on quitting both to go somewhere where I make more money. But I didn't go to school for this. So I can only take the ccs under the premise of two years of directly applying codes

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CCS in Saint Petersburg, Florida

7 months ago

kaylamariex626 in Lake Worth, Florida said: Do they verify your job? I have 2 jobs where I code. I don't want either to know I'm getting this exam because I plan on quitting both to go somewhere where I make more money. But I didn't go to school for this. So I can only take the ccs under the premise of two years of directly applying codes

No, they do not contact employers. They may audit you later, but I have never heard it happen to anyone. I think your own job records would do fine if they did audit you, since they have never specified what they would want to see. I think you could use your resume, job descriptions for your position, proof of employment from pay, etc.

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Taylor in Melrose Park, Illinois

6 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?

Is there a part one and part two? is part one multiple choice and is part two just coding scenarios?

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Taylor in Melrose Park, Illinois

6 months ago

lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan said: I passed the CCS exam today on my first try with a score of 335. I have absolutely no coding experience and I just graduated in April. It can be done! I am sooooo relieved.

Is there a part one and part two? is part one multiple choice and is part two just coding scenarios?

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Taylor in Melrose Park, Illinois

6 months ago

lonisherbutt in Port Huron, Michigan said: I passed the CCS exam today on my first try with a score of 335. I have absolutely no coding experience and I just graduated in April. It can be done! I am sooooo relieved.

Also,is an encoder used for the test?

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CCS in Saint Petersburg, Florida

6 months ago

Taylor in Melrose Park, Illinois said: Is there a part one and part two? is part one multiple choice and is part two just coding scenarios?

There is a detailed description of the exam on the AHIMA website. You really do need to read it.

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CCS in Saint Petersburg, Florida

6 months ago

Taylor in Melrose Park, Illinois said: Also,is an encoder used for the test?

Per the AHIMA description of the exam, you will need to use your own ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT code books.

Your questions indicate that you have not seen the exam information online. It is listed under "Certification." Choose the CCS credential. You will have to click all the tabs there and download the candidate guide. It is much better to get it straight from AHIMA -- you have no way of knowing who anyone here is. People here often give incorrect information.

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Taylor in Illinois

6 months ago

CCS in Saint Petersburg, Florida said: Per the AHIMA description of the exam, you will need to use your own ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT code books.

Your questions indicate that you have not seen the exam information online. It is listed under "Certification." Choose the CCS credential. You will have to click all the tabs there and download the candidate guide. It is much better to get it straight from AHIMA -- you have no way of knowing who anyone here is. People here often give incorrect information.

Okay, thanks!

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Miroslava in Annandale, Virginia

5 months ago

Sure. I passed it without any experience. Join the Facebook group CCS Study Group. It helps a lot!

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lydiasihem in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5 months ago

I'm going to take CCS exam next month and i'm so frustrating , can anyone help me get some book or guide to start with please.

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Coder911 in Youngstown, Ohio

5 months ago

This is a good study guide available on Amazon: amzn.to/2oWLr3s. Its's a good place to start and not that expensive. Good Luck

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lydiasihem in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

5 months ago

Okay , Thank you

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madara2003 in Alabama

5 months ago

lydiasihem in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: Okay , Thank you

clinical coding workout and the ahima ccs prep.

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madara2003 in Alabama

3 months ago

One thing I noticed that the pass rate for first time takers has risen to 70%. It seems like AHIMA decreased the difficulty for the CCS and ccs-p. This ultimately makes the credentials less valuable :/

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jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma

3 months ago

madara2003 in Alabama said: One thing I noticed that the pass rate for first time takers has risen to 70%. It seems like AHIMA decreased the difficulty for the CCS and ccs-p. This ultimately makes the credentials less valuable :/

I'm not sure where you are getting your information because I see 56%. Can you provide where you saw that? The ONLY thing that changed with the CCS are the case studies you can choose from a list of diagnosis/procedure, etc. I can assure you the CCS and CCS-P are VERY difficult exams.

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madara2003 in Alabama

3 months ago

jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma said: I'm not sure where you are getting your information because I see 56%. Can you provide where you saw that? The ONLY thing that changed with the CCS are the case studies you can choose from a list of diagnosis/procedure, etc. I can assure you the CCS and CCS-P are VERY difficult exams.

go to ahima's website. Click on ccs(or other certifications) and then certification exam activity pass rates. It has been updated as of 2017. You're looking at the first time pass rates from 2015. In 2016 it was 68% and 2017 it was 75%. I passed the exam last September- I didn't think it was very hard. I would say It's challenging at most. I studied about 5 hours a week for 30 days. I utilized the AHIMA ccs prep book and the Clinical coding workbook. The case studies were the same difficulty level as the intermediate cases in the clinical coding workbook. Please stop saying it is very difficult. This discourages others that are thinking about attempting the exam. If it was very difficult, the pass rates wouldn't even be close to 50%.

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jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma

3 months ago

madara2003 in Alabama said: go to ahima's website. Click on ccs(or other certifications) and then certification exam activity pass rates. It has been updated as of 2017. You're looking at the first time pass rates from 2015. In 2016 it was 68% and 2017 it was 75%. I passed the exam last September- I didn't think it was very hard. I would say It's challenging at most. I studied about 5 hours a week for 30 days. I utilized the AHIMA ccs prep book and the Clinical coding workbook. The case studies were the same difficulty level as the intermediate cases in the clinical coding workbook. Please stop saying it is very difficult. This discourages others that are thinking about attempting the exam. If it was very difficult, the pass rates wouldn't even be close to 50%.

I’m not sure what your issue is. I have the CPC and found the Ccs challenging. coders should be prepared and difficulty is in the eye of the beholder.

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madara2003 in Alabama

3 months ago

jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma said: I’m not sure what your issue is. I have the CPC and found the Ccs challenging. coders should be prepared and difficulty is in the eye of the beholder.

I don't have an issue. I suppose you're correct.

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jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma

3 months ago

madara2003 in Alabama said: I don't have an issue. I suppose you're correct.

Yeah see I also have the COC, I found that pretty easy because most of it is the CPC with outpatient stuff added. I went through a rigorous course for the CCS. I found it very straightforward after that class. Difficult yes, but not as tedious. :)

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Barb24 in Wheaton, Illinois

2 months ago

jennyhorner in Edmond, Oklahoma said: I’m not sure what your issue is. I have the CPC and found the Ccs challenging. coders should be prepared and difficulty is in the eye of the beholder.

I agree, I think it is important for anyone considering the field of medical coding for the first time to realize that although you can prepare for the certification exams through an online course, it DOES require a significant commitment to pass the exams. If you want to qualify to take the CCS through education make sure your program includes: anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic/procedural and CPT coding. (direct quote from AHIMA website)
Career Step's program has all of these elements, plus applied PCS and over 100 hours of practicum coding actual medical records to help prepare you for the exams.
They have been educating medical coders for decades and offer great payment plans and tuition enrollment incentives you help you get started:
referral.careerstep.com/mc?ref=36530

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