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Thread: CCS or CPC-H Certification Question

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    Apr 2007
    Blue Bell, PA

    Default CCS or CPC-H Certification Question

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    Is anyone here also certified through AHIMA and have their CCS certification? I am a CPC and would like to start preparing for another certification. I was considering either CCS so I am a part of AHIMA as well or get another certification through AAPC and get my CPC-H. What would you guys do? Thanks!!

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    I have just passed the CCS (in April). The CCS is oupt and inpt so having never been an inpt coder I was very nervous about it. Some of my inpt co-workers helped me out and I actually made higher on my inpt part vs the outpt (even though I have coded outpt for 5 years.) The CCS is not all mulitiple choice like the CPC test. And I found out my results before I left the testing center. I considered getting another certification thru AAPC but I feel like the CCS makes me more marketable. AHIMA's CEUs were a little confusing to me but luckily I work with 4 CCSs and they helped me with that.

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    Apr 2007
    Lauderdale Lakes


    I am not certified yet. I am trying to get certified through Ahima for the CCS. If you want to work for a hospital I would say get the CCS because that is what I am seeing that the hospitals are looking for.

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    I agree that hospitals like the CCS. It is the most recognized where I live. But I love my CPC because it saved me from being unemployed when our ASC was bought out and my co-workers all lost their jobs.

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    Apr 2007


    I recommend getting a CCS if you can. Most hospitals and coding companies recognize CPC nowadays but CCS definitely seems to be the gold standard. I am using my CPC-H course as preparation for the outpatient section of the CCS since I didn't learn CPT and HCPCS when I got my RHIT. In those days, early 1990's, there were no coding certifications, very tough inpatient coding scenarios was included on the RHIT.
    CAUTION regarding CCS: Really prep well for the CCS because it has a very low first time pass rate and it is an expensive test without a free retake ($299 for AHIMA member, doesn't include prep books)
    In 2010 1837 first time CCS test takers 48.5% 891 passed on first try
    In 2009 1883 first time CCS test takers 51.2% 964 passed on first try
    In 2008 891 first time CCS test takers 45.55% 406 passed on first try

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    Apr 2007


    Does anyone know what the pass rate is for CPC-H?
    Also, they just revamped the format of the CCS exam so make sure to get the new review book when it comes out in the middle of August if you are planning to take CCS.

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