Facility coding (hospital coding) is one of the best-paying sectors of the coding profession. If you're already performing some aspect of facility coding, the Advanced Hospital Coding (AHC) Program will fill in the gaps, making you a more marketable employee. These skills are essential to your successful completion of the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) mastery-level credentialing exam, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).
If you're currently working in a physician’s office or billing service, this program will give you the edge you need to advance in the workplace. Most hospitals will only hire coders with previous exposure to facility coding or who are already certified. Training on-the-job is a luxury most hospitals are unable to offer. Coders of all levels must undergo continuing education to stay current with the constantly changing regulations.
The AHC program covers advanced, hospital-specific coding and billing procedures and is designed to help students meet the challenge of today's changing standards. This program will utilize your existing knowledge of medical terminology and healthcare sciences. Your coding skills will be heightened and focused, preparing you for employment testing and successful completion of the CCS exam.
Upon registering, you are given an initial six months to complete the program. Should you need more time, you may request a six-month extension at no additional charge.
Note: Beginning April 7, 2014 the CCS Exam will be updated to reflect the new ICD-10-CM and ICD-10 PCS codes. We are currently updating our Advanced Hospital Coding with CCS Prep program to reflect these exam changes. The updated program will guide students through both ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding and will be made available to students Spring 2014.