Medical Coding professionals who pass the certified coding specialist (CCS) exam that is administered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) demonstrate skills, compliance, and validation of their proficiency, integrity, and knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, disease processes, and pharmacology. Coding practitioners review patients’ records, classify medical data, and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. The CCS credential holder demonstrates his or her expertise in the ICD-9/10-CM and CPT coding systems. Coding accuracy is highly important to healthcare organizations because of its impact on revenues and in describing health outcomes, thus, certification is becoming an implicit industry standard. The program’s core concepts include: Regulatory Guidelines and Reporting Requirements for Acute Care (Inpatient) Service, Regulatory Guidelines and Reporting Requirements for Outpatient (Ambulatory) Services, Health Information Documentation, Diagnosis Coding, Procedures Coding, Overview of Current Procedural Technology (CPT), Data Quality Management, Information and Communication Techniques, Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal and Ethical Issues, and Compliance.
Pass rates over the last 12 months for CCS Examination is 82%, which is well above national average of 56%
There has been an explosive growth in professional certification that can be found in almost every industry today. For the individual, certification gives recognition of competency, shows commitment to the profession, and helps with job advancement. It helps you stand apart from your peers, boost your confidence, and expand your career opportunities. And as for the employer, certification helps evaluate potential new hires, analyze job performance, evaluate employees, and motivate employees to enhance their skills and knowledge.
Offers students an opportunity to learn medical coding under AHIMA’s guidelines. Our school offers subjects that non-AHIMA schools do not. Specifically, they will learn:
- In-Patient and Out-Patient Coding
- Reimbursement Methodologies
- Completion of Claim Forms
- Electronic Info Systems
- Healthcare Delivery Systems
- And More...
These topics will prepare them for the CCS certification, an opportunity they didn’t have at their previous school. The stand-alone program is short term and will be offered on Saturdays. For a free evaluation to find out what deficiencies you have, please call at 323-254-2203 and speaking with a representative at the Admissions Department.