Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder (CIRCC)The Certified Ambulatory Surgical Center Coder (CASCC) is offered through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). This credential is for individuals who work in ambulatory surgery centers.
The CASCC examination is a 150 question, five hour and forty minute exam. This exam focuses on an examinees ability to read and understand operative note, withdrawal pertinent information, and assign the appropriate ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS codes. In addition, examinees will be tested regarding the types of surgery allowed in an ASC, their ability to code ancillary procedure in addition to surgical procedures, rules for reimbursement services (Eg. discounted procedures), regulatory rules for reimbursement (federal and state), medical terminology, and anatomy.
Individuals who wish to obtain the CASCC credential are encouraged to have prior experience, but it is not required. It is also suggested that prior to the exam that examinees purchase and complete the AAPC's CASCC study guide and practice exam.
Although the CASCC credential is not one of the top two coding credentials sought after, it is a great compliment to existing credentials. Individuals holding dual credentials (Ex. CPC and CASCC) have marked themselves as experts in two areas and gain a competitive edge over individuals holding single credentials.
CEUsThe CEDC credential requires individuals to earn CEUs in order to maintain them.
The AAPC requires CEUs based on the number of credentials held by them.
For example: 1 credential requires 36 CEUs every 2 years and 2 credentials require 48 CEUs every 2 years.
For more information please see our CEU page.
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