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    I am the Revenue Integrity Manager for a mid-size group. We will be hiring coders on staff for internal auditing functions. Do any managers have any advice for questions to be asked or tests to administer? I would like to have the interviewees (sp?) take a test of sorts to evaluate their skills. Thoughts? Help?

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    They have already taken a test. It is called the CPC or CCS exam.

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    I am sure there are tests - even though a coder took the CPC exam, a lot of places still have a short quiz to make sure the coder is current or a little knowledgeble in the positions they are applying for. I applied at a Radiology place, and I had to take a 10 question quiz.
    You might even think about creating something specific for your office - that way you'll have something geared specifically for the line of business you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdeutsch View Post
    I am the Revenue Integrity Manager for a mid-size group. We will be hiring coders on staff for internal auditing functions. Do any managers have any advice for questions to be asked or tests to administer? I would like to have the interviewees (sp?) take a test of sorts to evaluate their skills. Thoughts? Help?
    Do you already have any coders on staff, if so have them audit some charts, visits etc...

    Then have the applicants audit them too, just to see where they are in experience, every coding position I have ever applied for will usually give you some type of quiz/exam usually short ones of maybe 5-10 questions but in your case of auditing charts you could give them maybe 2 or so, depending on how long you want them to spend auditing them.

    I've been to interviews for surgery coding and have always been given 2 surgeries to code, one is usually straight forward and the other is usually more involved/complicated.

    Hope this helps,
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC
    rthamescpci@gmail.com


    "Remember the greatest gift is not found in the store but in the heart of true friends"

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    Thank you for your replies. I realize cpc's have a;ready taken a test as I am one. However, I studied and did well but had no real auditing experience at first. Some coders use their skills in other areas besides auditing "real" charts.
    The other answers were very helpful. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdeutsch View Post
    Thank you for your replies. I realize cpc's have a;ready taken a test as I am one. However, I studied and did well but had no real auditing experience at first. Some coders use their skills in other areas besides auditing "real" charts.
    The other answers were very helpful. Thank you.
    Your very welcome, anything to help a "fellow coder" out...

    Good luck with the interviews,
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC
    rthamescpci@gmail.com


    "Remember the greatest gift is not found in the store but in the heart of true friends"

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonewill7 View Post
    They have already taken a test. It is called the CPC or CCS exam.
    The passing of the exam is an obvious plus but can not be compared with actual experience. I passed my exam 5 years ago & looking back, the knowledge I obtained in the real coding world runs circles around what I learned in order to pass the test. Perhaps it was the course I took but I don't think that was the case. I can definitely see why employers want a minimum of 2 years experience. You just don't get the entire picture from the schooling process, you have to get in by doing actual coding.

    BUT...in all fairness I also think newly certified CPC's need to be given a chance. You can't get experience if no one will hire you. I think pre-employment exams are the perfect solution for that. Make them in depth, make sure you have a mixture of easy & difficult scenario's to see exactly where the CPC stands as far as actual knowledge. If they can prove they can do the job then HIRE THEM! As an employer you'll save money on salaries & they will get the real life experience they need. Both people win.
    Last edited by gared111; 03-27-2008 at 03:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gared111 View Post
    The passing of the exam is an obvious plus but can not be compared with actual experience. I passed my exam 5 years ago & looking back, the knowledge I obtained in the real coding world runs circles around what I learned in order to pass the test. Perhaps it was the course I took but I don't think that was the case. I can definitely see why employers want a minimum of 2 years experience. You just don't get the entire picture from the schooling process, you have to get in by doing actual coding.

    BUT...in all fairness I also think newly certified CPC's need to be given a chance. You can't get experience if no one will hire you. I think pre-employment exams are the perfect solution for that. Make them in depth, make sure you have a mixture of easy & difficult scenario's to see exactly where the CPC stands as far as actual knowledge. If they can prove they can do the job then HIRE THEM! As an employer you'll save money on salaries & they will get the real life experience they need. Both people win.


    I couldn't agree with you more, can I get a AMEN!!!!
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC
    rthamescpci@gmail.com


    "Remember the greatest gift is not found in the store but in the heart of true friends"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rthames052006 View Post
    I couldn't agree with you more, can I get a AMEN!!!!
    AMEN!!!

    I was fortunate enough to have an employer that was willing to hire me to code prior to having my certification. They paid for my schooling to obtain my CPC & continued to pay for my membership & whatever courses I needed to obtain my CEU's for the length of my employment there. Opportunities like that unfortunately are few & far between. I got lucky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gared111 View Post
    AMEN!!!

    I was fortunate enough to have an employer that was willing to hire me to code prior to having my certification. They paid for my schooling to obtain my CPC & continued to pay for my membership & whatever courses I needed to obtain my CEU's for the length of my employment there. Opportunities like that unfortunately are few & far between. I got lucky!
    There was another "thread" talking about employers paying to keep us certified and up to date on coding things. Just wanted to ask you how was your employer about you leaving their employment.

    My employer pays for 1 seminar of my choice, they only pay the cost of the seminar no lodging, food, gas etc... they also pay me if the seminars/classes are on work time, I think thats enough for me, I don't want them doing too much because some employers feel like they "own" you.

    I pay to keep my certification and all other seminars besides the 1 they pay for which is usually my local chapter end of year meeting it's worth 8 ceu's I wouldn't miss that even if my employer didn't pay for it. It's not that expensive for $ 150.
    Roxanne Thames CPC, CPC-I, CEMC
    rthamescpci@gmail.com


    "Remember the greatest gift is not found in the store but in the heart of true friends"

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