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I just rec'd CPC-P, now I want to get...

  1. #11
    Overland Park, KS
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    Hi James,

    I hold the CCS-P and the CPC credential. Don't worry about CEUs. AHIMA will accept AAPC CEUs just as AAPC accepts AHIMA's CEUs.

    Let me know if I can answer anymore questions you may have about AHIMA. I am active in their organization.
    Dawson Ballard, Jr., CPC, CEMC, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-P, CRHC, AAPC Fellow

  2. #12
    o just what I wanted to hear!!! that's some Christmas gift!

  3. #13
    I've been seriously considering going after CCS-P next - I think I can do it, but I'm not going to take the risk of failing a $400 test with no free re-take, unless I gain a considerable amount of confidence from being really prepared. I like a good challenge, but this one's a much more expensive gamble! Any recommendations?

  4. #14
    I have the practice book for CCS-p and the multiple choice questions seem similar to the CPC-P questions...there's also 16 cases, and I really need to practice those alot...the other difference in testing is that AHIMA does not allow books for their multiple choice, whereas we used books for the AAPC test...oh and AHIMA test time is 4 hours...I used every minute of the 5.5 alloted by AAPC
    hope this helps...JM

  5. #15
    What do you mean "no books"? No CPT/ICD-9? How would you do that?

  6. #16
    Sarasota FL
    Default CCS-P no books
    They mean that for the multiple choice section the possible codes are listed at the beginning of the question. You then have to see which ones are appropriate to fit the answer. All the codes are correct codes, whereas in the CPC they often have non-existent codes which you can obviously discount straight away.

  7. #17
    Default no books
    they give you codes/descriptors and you are required to pick out the correct can eliminate some choices but usually there are at least two selections that are very close...send me a private message in a few days and I'll give you an example

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    Best of luck with your new certification. I took the AHIMA exam and passed for CCA Certification. I did some volunteer in the Healthcare Finance Department of a local non-profit doing coding and working with Medical Records. I have a library science background and have applied for many positions, but they always want more experience. I am now going to try a physician's office to see if that might work.

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