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Difference between CCS and CPC certification

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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.

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    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.

  4. 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.

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    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.

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    Christina,
    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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    I find the statement of "CPC and CCS going together... vice versa..." a little misleading.

    The CCS is much more rigorous of an examination, and will test you on everything from APCs/DRGs, CDI, CPT, ICD-10CM/PCS, UHDDS, Physician Queries, Databases/Registries (most of these are not addressed in the CPC).

    Anyone who is CCS certified can handily pass a CPC, however that is not so true the other way around.

    So naturally, having to demonstrate a mastery in understanding in: disease processes, medical terminology, all modes of coding, and pharmacology, there are going to be less CCS certified individuals.

    The CPC is a rigorous exam as well, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't even begin to touch the nature of the material the CCS demands.

    Also there is the way you are tested that is arduous: after your done with your regular multiple choice portion, your are given clinical scenarios, which are also multiple choice, but leave you with the room to over/under/misreport code.

    The complementary examination to the CCS would be the CCS-P, which is also offered by AHIMA. (I have not tested for this exam, but am highly considering letting my CPC go to obtain this certification)
    Jacob A. Villa CCS,CCA, CPC
    Professional Services Coder II
    Former Education Officer, Sacramento, CA Local

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvilla View Post
    I find the statement of "CPC and CCS going together... vice versa..." a little misleading.

    The CCS is much more rigorous of an examination, and will test you on everything from APCs/DRGs, CDI, CPT, ICD-10CM/PCS, UHDDS, Physician Queries, Databases/Registries (most of these are not addressed in the CPC).

    Anyone who is CCS certified can handily pass a CPC, however that is not so true the other way around.

    So naturally, having to demonstrate a mastery in understanding in: disease processes, medical terminology, all modes of coding, and pharmacology, there are going to be less CCS certified individuals.

    The CPC is a rigorous exam as well, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't even begin to touch the nature of the material the CCS demands.

    Also there is the way you are tested that is arduous: after your done with your regular multiple choice portion, your are given clinical scenarios, which are also multiple choice, but leave you with the room to over/under/misreport code.

    The complementary examination to the CCS would be the CCS-P, which is also offered by AHIMA. (I have not tested for this exam, but am highly considering letting my CPC go to obtain this certification)
    Jacob, I am considering obtaining the CCS certification but I have not been able to find an online training program for the CCS. Do you have any suggestions?

    Heather CPC

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