CPC Certification Cost and Exam information
To become a professional Medical coder there are few basic certification exams to clear. CPC (Certified Professional Coder) is the first and basic exam for Medical coders. Any graduate who wants to pursue a career in Medical Coding can give CPC exam. This Certification exam helps in both Physician side and Hospital side practices. There are two major Organizations who are offering Coding certification AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (American Health Information and Management Association).
Facilities Provided by AAPC and AHIMA
AAPC offers certifications, local chapters throughout USA and workshops and study guides. In addition, there are monthly publications about the new updates and information in the field of medical coding. After going through publications we have to go through a set of questions, which will help us earn CEU (continue education units). CEUs are to be submitted regularly at a certain period before the renewal of CPC certificate.
One has to have 2 years of experience to receive a CPC certificate. Those who have less than 2 years experience receive a CPC-A certificate. One can remove A from CPC-A certificate after getting a healthy experience of 2 years. There is one more exam similar to CPC is CPC-H (Certified Professional Coder – Hospital). Coding certification exams questions are based upon the knowledge about ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, Human Anatomy and Physician coding guidelines. CPC and CPC-H holder are tested on these topics. CPC holders can work in variety of setting including Doctor’s office. CPC-H holders may have variety of responsibilities including providing coding for outpatient hospital services
Certification Exam Cost or Fee
For CPC and CPC-H Examination Fee is different for USA citizens and Indians. Below is the exact amount for CPC and CPC-H exam.
$350 for USA and other countries people
$500 for Indians
If you want to just become a member in AAPC, you can pay the below and become a member in AAPC.
$120 for USA citizens
$145 for Indians
$70 for USA citizens
$85 for Indians
The Exam Pattern followed for CPC and CPC-H
• 150 Multiple choice questions (Proctored)
• 5 hours 40 minutes to finish the exam
• Open codebooks (Manuals)
• One free retake
There is a cutoff mark, which everyone has to pass or clear in the certification exam.
Passing Score: 105/150
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Certification Exams conducted by AHIMA
AHIMA (American Health Information and Management Association) offers Certifications, professional development courses, exam preparation material and audio seminars.
CCS-P- Certified Coding Specialist – Physician
CCS-P holders work in variety of settings, including doctor’s offices, clinics and similar settings
CCS-P holders will be tested on their knowledge of ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, Vol.3, Human Anatomy and Physician coding guidelines.
CCS – Certified Coding Specialist
CCS holders work in variety of settings, including Hospital settings.
CCS holders will be tested on their knowledge of ICD-9-CM, CPT, HCPCS, Vol.3, Human Anatomy and Hospital coding guidelines.
Examination Fees for CCS-P and CCS
Examination Fee: $ 299 (Member)
$ 399 (Non-Member)
Membership Fee: $165
Exam Question Paper Pattern
Multiple Choice: Correct answer = 1 point, Incorrect answer = 0 points
Multiple Select: Correct answers = 1 point (you have to select all right answers to get the entire question correct), Incorrect answers = 0 points
Quantity Fill in the Blank (QFIB): Correct codes = 1 point (each code that you enter will be worth 1 point), Incorrect codes = 0 points
The passing score is little high in AHIMA exams, so do have a healthy experience before appearing for such exams.
Passing Score: 300/400
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Certificate Maintenance and Renewal Requirements
CPC or CPC-H Coder will be required to complete 18 continuing education units (CEU) every year. CCS-P or CCS Coder will be required to complete 10 continuing education units (CEU) every year.