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Which credential is better to have for hospital coding COC or CIC?

It depends on the type of coding you are doing.

The COC™ credential indicates you are proficient in coding for outpatient hospital services (outpatient/same day surgeries, outpatient therapies – PT/OT/Speech, etc.) and is very similar in content to the CPC® exam. It includes CPT®, HCPCS and ICD-10-CM.

The CIC™ credential indicates you are proficient in coding for inpatient hospital services (surgical procedures and hospital admissions) as well as the related areas (DRG assignment, payment methodologies, exception payment calculation, documentation regulations, etc.). It is similar in content to the CCS exam offered by AHIMA, and includes ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes. However, unlike the CCS, it does not currently include CPT® and HCPCS coding. 

For some facilities, inpatient and outpatient services may be coded by the same group of coders. However, for many facilities, they are handled by separate hospital areas/departments.

 

It depends on the type of coding you are doing.

The COC™ credential indicates you are proficient in coding for outpatient hospital services (outpatient/same day surgeries, outpatient therapies - PT/OT/Speech, etc.) and is very similar in content to the CPC® exam. It includes CPT®, HCPCS and ICD-10-CM.

The CIC™ credential indicates you are proficient in coding for inpatient hospital services (surgical procedures and hospital admissions) as well as the related areas (DRG assignment, payment methodologies, exception payment calculation, documentation regulations, etc.). It is similar in content to the CCS exam offered by AHIMA, and includes ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes. However, unlike the CCS, it does not currently include CPT® and HCPCS coding. 

For some facilities, inpatient and outpatient services may be coded by the same group of coders. However, for many facilities, they are handled by separate hospital areas/departments.

 

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