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Thread: Difference between CCS and CPC certification

  1. #11
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    Apr 2007
    Louisville, KY


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    Like some others have mentioned, it's very much about what steps you want make in your career. It's wise to know which organizations and settings desire which credentials. Although I recognize that CPCs and CCSs work outside their "certification setting," getting those opportunities is not always easy.

    I wish you the best of luck. Whichever decision you make, always know that you can gain additional credentials as your career progresses.
    Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I

  2. #12
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    Apr 2007

    Default Books with answers

    Hi Joanne,

    The absolute best book for me when I was studying was Clinical Coding Workout from AHIMA. It has both Inpatient and Outpatient case studies, and advanced case studies. All the answers with explanation of why it is right and why it is wrong are in the back. It gets you used to studying the guidelines as you go. It also has physician based cases and ambulatory cases. Everything. Hope this helps! OH, make sure you order the one that says "with answers."

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    more money.

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    Default Mary Teaford CPC,LPN

    I have my CPC and cannot find a job. I worked 15 years at a company coding ER charts. I couldn't keep up with the outsourced coders from India. They wanted me to code 230 charts/day. Couldn't do it, so I was terminated. Most of he jobs out there want you to have a CCS @ least. I'm studying for this test...harder than the CPC....Mary

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    the CCS is harder. The CPC is multiple choice while the Coding portion of the CCS is fill in the blank. Very few hospitals will take the CPC lots of them wont even take the CPC-H. But dont let that stop you. I finally landed a job in a hospital with a CPC after looking for over 2 years.

  6. #16
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    Apr 2007
    San Antonio Texas


    I am studying now for the CPC exam, I am a RN BSN LNC, I am confused when you say "With all the talks of outsourcing, computerized coding and companies not recognizing or accepting the CPC," what are you talking about? I dont want to waste money on a exam and my time if its not going to produce a job in the end. I am still paying for student loans from school. I dont have a desire to work in any hospital or nursing home setting. yuk! changing careers. I love medical review, coding, and nurse paralegal, but all jobs are not coming up. So, what are you saying? Companies not using CPC anymore? want the scoop.

  7. #17
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    Apr 2007
    Pensacola, Florida


    I can't offer any guidance regarding your main question, but I can tell you that I see alot of jobs out there for Nurse Auditors for insurance companies. Many of them are remote positions. The ones I've seen want an RN, preferably BSN, and some type of coding credential.
    Bridgette Martin LPN, CPC, CEMC, CGIC

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