Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC)
The inpatient medical coding certification standard, Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC™), is dedicated exclusively to inpatient hospital/facility coding. The CIC validates knowledge and experience in getting information from the medical record for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding, and it signifies specific payment knowledge in Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups and the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
CICs have demonstrated:
Expertise in medical record review to get information to support accurate inpatient coding
Skill in assigning correct ICD-10 medical codes for diagnoses and procedures performed.
Expert knowledge of current rules, regulations, and issues related to medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement under the MS-DRG system.
Ability to integrate coding and reimbursement to include updating the charge description master (CDM), fee updates, and the Field Locators (FL) on the UB04.
Solid understanding of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology to code facility services and diagnoses correctly.
Knowledge of Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) reimbursement methodologies.
The CIC certification, is targeted to working professionals in inpatient settings. The CIC validates expert knowledge and experience in getting information from the medical record for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding.
Coders also have specialized payment knowledge in MS-DRGs and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS).”
The CIC Exam
- 60 multiple choice questions and objectives.
- 5 hours and 40 minutes exam duration
- Open codebook
The CIC examination tests the correct application of ICD-10-PCS procedure codes and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes.
The CPC exam thoroughly covers:
- 10,000 Series CPT®
- 20,000 Series CPT®
- Coding Cases
- Inpatient Coding
- Inpatient Payment Methodologies
- Outpatient Payment Methodology
- Regulatory and Payer Requirements
- Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Pathophysiology
- Medical Record and Healthcare Documentation Guidelines
Graduates from Medical, Paramedical and Life science background, Post Graduates (M.B.B.S, B.D.S, B.H.M.S, B.A.M.S, B.U.M.S, B.S.M.S, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Bio-Medical graduates, Zoology, Botany, Bioinformatics, Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dietetics, Anatomy, Physiology, Health Education
Excellent Job Opportunities
AAPC or AHIMA Certified Medical Coders have a great career opportunity in India, UAE, Philippines, Canada, and various other countries.
Median Annual Salary (2015) $37,110 all for medical records and health information technicians
Jump Pay Scale
The CIC credential certified coders earn 40 percent more than non-credentialed coders.