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Employers wanting CPC's to take coding competency exams

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    I am interested in getting feedback from you all on how you feel about employers that want CPC's to take in house competency coding exams to see if they qualify for a position.

    I myself do not agree with this as we have already passed a difficult exam to be credentialed as a CPC and feel we have proven our skills.


    Thanks,

    Maria A. Candia CPC, CPC-E/M
    Last edited by mcandia; 09-30-2008 at 08:27 PM.

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    Empoyer Competency exams are a joke;laugh at them.

    I have not yet meet a person competent in coding render a competency exam: HR, general office personnel.
    Last edited by 007CPC; 09-30-2008 at 08:41 PM.

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    I think that employers just want to make sure they are hiring the best person for the job- I know that I was presented with a two page "test" but it was so simple, it was almost embarassing. Just like in other occupations, the level of knowledge amongst CPC's will still vary. Some pass the(CPC) exam on the first try, and others need to retake exam before passing. I think it makes sense on the employer's side to request further testing, but I do agree it is frustrating when you have passed a fairly intense five-hour exam already!

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    absolutely! I am a CPC and a "boss" and i require it when interviewing. Everytime i applied for a job i was tested. Just because you're a CPC does not mean you are "good" in all aspects of the coding field. We like to believe that, but in the real world that is not what I am finding out. I have met CPC's that "had no clue", especially on operative coding. i do not understand how that can happen,,,......but I have met them. I also have met some who only know a certain specialty and when they step out of it.........they come across as clueless. You have to test them to find out what you have sitting in front of you, especially when they are responsible for your "revenue"

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    Isn't the whole purpose behind getting certified is to prove to employers that you can medical code, and not walk into a methodology and automatically encrypt full scale op reports, unless you're perfect:

    Quote Originally Posted by tammyboyer View Post
    absolutely! I am a CPC and a "boss" and i require it when interviewing. Everytime i applied for a job i was tested. Just because you're a CPC does not mean you are "good" in all aspects of the coding field. We like to believe that, but in the real world that is not what I am finding out. I have met CPC's that "had no clue", especially on operative coding. i do not understand how that can happen,,,......but I have met them. I also have met some who only know a certain specialty and when they step out of it.........they come across as clueless. You have to test them to find out what you have sitting in front of you, especially when they are responsible for you're "revenue"
    Last edited by 007CPC; 09-30-2008 at 10:31 PM.

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    I think coders should embrace the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and not be afraid to take additional testing/competency exams. After all, you wouldn't want to get into a specialty that "overwhelms" you. I have noticed on the forum, that people are coding for specialty clinics and don't seem to know the basics, and I wonder how they got there! The CPC exam is not the end, it is just the beginning. But again, as I mentioned earlier, the "test" I was given was super basic!

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    I couldn't agree with you more tennislaurie!

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    I think coders should embrace the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and not be afraid to take additional testing/competency exams. After all, you wouldn't want to get into a specialty that "overwhelms" you. I have noticed on the forum, that people are coding for specialty clinics and don't seem to know the basics, and I wonder how they got there! The CPC exam is not the end, it is just the beginning. But again, as I mentioned earlier, the "test" I was given was super basic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cBlackwater View Post
    Isn't the whole purpose behind getting certified is to prove to employers that you can medical code, and not walk into a methodology and automatically encrypt full scale op reports, unless you're perfect:
    cBlackwater, I agree with what you are saying, however, in my area there is a school that teaches people how to pass the test by cheating. These people get credential and CANT code. No idea what they are doing, AND no respect for the crendetial. I understand this is not the only area. So, in theory you are correct, in the real world, you are not.

    I have been tested a couple of times in the past by potential employers. One was based on just the specialty of the practice, I felt that was fair. Others have been in general and were pretty much no brainers, and a bit insulting, but I guess they want to weed out those like referenced above.

    My 2 cents....

    Machelle
    CPC, CPC-H, CPC-E/M

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    I'm all for employers giving competency exams. Just because someone took a test doesn't mean they can actually do the work, many people do well in courses and on tests but it doesn't translate to real world ability. I think coders should welcome these tests. Just like in any other profession it will begin to weed out the people who aren't really up to the task and give those who are more credibility with employers.

    Doreen

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    Here we go again:

    I wrote an article for Coding Edge on this very topic. Not to be self-promoting, but my points are two years old but still valid.

    Chad says it best, people!

    Nothing is more aggravating than having to submit to another exam--especially when that test may or may not have a correct answer key to support it. If I can't vouch for the quality of the key, then how am I to embrace a test that may not (and probably will not) highlight my skill level?

    Take study guides as an example. At least the authors and editors of those are willing to create errata . . . little hope of that in the "real world."

    I suppose the bottom line is that you have to trust in the exam creator(s) and that just is not something I'm willing to bank my career on!

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