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By CCO Education Director and Coach Alicia Scott, CPC, CPC-I, CRC
One of the things we've learned here at Certification Coaching Organization (CCO) and also in the years that I've worked in medical coding is that people who want to get certified struggle with education and passing the CPC® exam. The CPC® exam itself is not necessarily easy. It's easy if you have your goals in place and you have done studying. Or even if you had experience in the past with coding you still might not pass the exam because you can be as knowledgeable as the best coder but you have to take that exam.
Here at CCO we came up with an excellent proven process to help you 1) learn the material that you need to be a fabulous coder and as well 2) the tips that you need to pass that CPC® exam. Now we have people that again are coders that haven't ever been certified. That was what I had. I was a coder. I had never been certified. I jumped in and took the exam. Guess what? I didn't pass. It's not uncommon to not pass the first time. So don't let that intimidate you. But our goal at CCO is that you do pass the CPC® CERTIFICATION the first time.
One of the brilliant things about a lot of these exams that you're going to take (getting ready for the big exam for the credential) is that you're going to get lots of practice. So let me go through the CCO Proven Process that's going to make this easy for you.
The CCO Proven Process :
Step 1: Learn The Core Material
The first thing you need to do is Step One: You need to actually understand the core material. Now there are two parts to this. One: you could already be doing coding, but you could be in a niche market of coding. The standard CPC® exam for medical coders is going to include everything in the CPT, ICD and HCPCS Manuals. So it's important that you have a very broad based education first. With CCO, that's the first step. Take the education you need.
Now again we want you to come to CCO. But if you've already gone to another organization and you've gotten your training, we can pick up from there. So the first step enroll in a course or have enrolled in a course that's going to give you the knowledge base that you need to get the CPC® credential.
What we do at CCO is this: When we get a new student, we set up a welcome call with them. That way we can have goals set in place.
This is what you want to achieve. This is how you're going to achieve it. And this is what we're going to do at CCO to help you along the way.
Also we give you an active coach. That means every 7 to 10 days or however often beyond that that you want. If you say no- every two weeks or three weeks- that is fine. We're going to have somebody available that is also a medical coder that's experienced that can answer your questions.
Step 2: Refine, Refresh and Review Your Skills
Step Two with CCO as we like to Refine, Refresh, and Review your skills. Now let's say that you've already taken a course. But you want to still work with CCO and our Proven Process. That's this step. You get to skip step 1 and jump into step 2. This is where the fun happens. Because this is where you know what you need to know to pass the exam, but there's a little more to that. We have to make sure that you are prepared to go in and take this exam. It's not going to be a board exam like the nursing exam because it's not state to state. And some people call it and say “Well I have to go take my state board.” It's not like that. However it is similar in that you are testing for a credential. And right now this is almost a six hour exam that you're going to be sitting for. Sitting in a chair for six hours with your manuals and everything in front of you. That's intimidating. So you need tools to make sure you can get through that. CCO's Step Two of our Proven Process handles that.
And one of the things that we're going to do is give you fabulous CCO Blitz reviews. We're going to show you how to have those key concepts that we know you're going to be tested on leap off the page. So when you read that question, you know this is what they want to know if I know. And I do know it. And then you can answer that question with authority.
We're also going to learn time management skills. This is one of the problems that I had when I took the CPC® exam for the first time.
Step 3: Practice with Timed Exams
Next after you've gone through Step 2 you're ready for Step 3. Now I said Step Two was where the fun begins I think that is true. That's the fun part because you know what you're doing and you're getting your manuals ready.
Step 4: Take and Pass the Exam
Next after step 3 you are finally ready to sit for that exam. You've gone through every one of the steps. You're going to be nervous, because again- this is a big deal.
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