The Healthcare industry is in the midst of a metamorphosis which is changing healthcare as we know it. Although opinions on the subject are numerous and diverse, there is no denying a simple fact: there is a surge in demand for ambulatory coder jobs. Job openings are popping up in hospital outpatient billing and coding departments and Ambulatory Surgical Centers. Wages are rising because there aren’t enough qualified candidates who have passed the CPC-H exam and demonstrated the skills and knowledge of payment processes and Level II coding.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for medical billing and coding professionals, and their associated wages, are expected to increase in the coming years.
To establish a successful career as a CPC-H certified coder, you must be proficient in the assignment of diagnostic medical codes, as well as with the typical procedures associated with an outpatient setting. These services can include same-day surgery, lab and radiology testing, and outpatient therapy.
Preparing for the CPC-H Exam and Certification
- Previous completion of a pre-certification class in anatomy and medical terminology.
- An associate degree is recommended.
- Two years of documented field experience.
- Letters of recommendation.
- Proof of at least eighty contact hours of coding education.
- You will receive registration details while in training.
- Examination fee of $300. (Discounted $260 for AACP students).
- You should submit your application and registration materials 6-8 weeks before the test date deadline.
The exam itself includes 150 multiple choice questions and will take five hours and forty minutes to complete. You will have two chances to pass (minimum score of 70+).
The exam will cover:
- Medical Terminology
- Coding Guidelines
- Payment Methodologies
- ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 and 2
- HCPCS Level 2 Coding
- Surgery Cases