Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P)
Course Information and Features
Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) specialize in physician-based settings such as physician offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers.
CCS-P professionals review patient records.
Assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure.
Possess in-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system.
Are experts in health information documentation, data integrity, and quality
Play a critical role in a health provider’s business operations, because patients’ coded data is submitted to insurance companies or the government for expense reimbursement.
The CCS-P Exam
- 97 multiple choice questions.
- 79 scored questions and 18 pretest questions.
- The pre-test items are scrambled randomly throughout the test.
- 8 Medical Scenarios with three separate questions each. They will require candidates to pick from a range of codes/ list to answer each question.
- 4 hours exam duration.
Exam Content Outline
A certification examination is based on an explicit set of competencies. These competencies have been determined through a job analysis study conducted by practitioners. The skills are divided into domains and tasks as shown in the PDF below. Examinations test only content about the following competencies.
Candidates must have RHIA, RHIT, or CCS certification.
A degree in anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic coding, and procedural coding and medical services.
Minimum of two years of related coding experience directly applying codes
With the growth of managed care, the employement outlook for CCS-P is high.
Demonstrates mastery in skills
The CCS-P certification exam assesses mastery-level proficiency in coding rather than entry-level skills.