I have not taken the CPC exam yet, but was wondering if I should go for a specialty certification instead. Do you need to be a CPC before you can test for a specialty certification?
I am a medical bill reviewer of workers comp claims, and the coders at our company do coding logic review primarily focusing on E&M services. I feel I might have a better chance at passing a specialty exam instead of the CPC exam which covers a much larger span of coding. I do know the CEMC exam is extremely detailed and difficult.
Though I do not actually code in my position, I do see many E&M bills on a daily basis and am somewhat familiar with the E&M codes. It also seems that many coders at third party administrator companies for workers comp focus more on E&M codes, but I could be wrong about that.
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