December 08, 2011
Here at BC Advantage we talk often (and rather loudly) about the importance of professional certification(s). We believe that further education through obtaining and maintaining a certification provides value to the holder and the employer with the knowledge and confidence that it brings (amongst other things of course!). A recent salary survey conducted by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) also showed that the average wage for a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) was approximately $46,800. That's nothing to scoff at.
So, in light of that information, this book Coding Exam Success Coder's guide to Passing the CPC and CCS-P Exams provides you with the starting point for achieving success in either the CPC® or CCS-P certification exams. Jacqueline's experience as an educator really shines as she draws from her 20 years extensive experience to make the information in this book come alive in an easy to follow text and format.
Separated into three units (Introduction to the Exam, Coding Systems and Specialty Coding) and then further down into Chapters (examples include: Anatomy and Medical Terminology, ICD-9-CM: Chapter Specific Coding, CPT Modifiers, Evaluation and Management Codes, and many more) the reader is guided through the material logically and methodically. Also included are 4 appendices that advise the reader on test-taking strategies (yes, when the exams are 4 hours+ you better know how to manage your time successfully!), common coding errors and a sample examination with separate answers and rationales. There is also a CD-Rom with all of the information on it for you.
Each chapter consists of an introduction, detailed illustrations, key coding tips, examples, suffix and prefix tables, vocabulary, acronyms and abbreviations, coding challenges and a multiple choice test with answers and rationales provided separately. Extensive, yes but so is the exam and preparation is key.
So, should a certification be on your horizon this year please use this book as your first foot on the ladder of success.