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    What is the difference between being AHIMA certificed and CPC certified?

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    AHIMA's CCS is more facility/hospital based coding and the CCS-P is for the physician side. AAPC's credentials are for the physician side & outpatient services, not inpatient.

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    Wink CPC vs AHIMA Certification

    The AHIMA certification is more hospital based coding; however, in KY UK hospital will accept the CPC certification for their ER coding. St Joseph and Ephraim McDowell Hospitals both require the RHIT, rather than the CPC.
    This frustrates me somewhat. I have the CPC and I work in a hospital, but I mainly do ICD coding. Sometimes I do CPT coding when I do surgeries and so forth. All of our lab codes, radiology codes, EM codes, etc are hard coded into the system so we don't code them.

    I get no compensation as far as pay for my credentials. I have thought about job searching, but I really like where I work and I have a great director.

    Has anyone else ran into the same problem with their CPC?

    EE -- CPC

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    Thanks for your responses. We are looking for ER physician coders - so does that mean that we wouldn't be able to have someone that only has AHIMA?

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