What is CCS Certification?
CCS stands for "Certified Coding Specialist." Your main tasks would be to find and classify information from patient records using standard coding software. You would assign a code (usually a number) to each procedure or diagnosis and enter this information into a database. This information is then used for billing purposes. You may send these bills to insurance companies, or you might send them to a governmental department for payment in the case of patients receiving Medicare or Medicaid. Sometimes researchers or environmental health officials may be interested in using this information for tracking the spread of a particular disease. You'll likely learn about medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, legal aspects of health information, coding and abstraction of data, statistics, ethics, database management, quality improvement methods, and computer science.
How Can CCS Certification Help My Career as a Medical Coder?
The CCS certification is rapidly becoming the accepted standard for medial coders. Prospective employers (mainly hospitals or insurance companies) can see that if you hold this certification, you have attained a high level of proficiency, accuracy, and integrity in medical coding. CCS certification proves that you have mastered the skills required and makes you a more valuable contributor to an organization. You may also be called a health information coder, medical record coder, code abstractor, or coding specialist.
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