Coding, Classification & Reimbursement

2019 self review booklet

sondra brassel, Masters Urban Studies and Planning,BS Interior Des18 days ago

sondra brassel, Masters Urban Studies and Planning,BS Interior Des17 days ago

Sara Bartlett, Health Service Administration,Psychology,CCS,CCS-P11 days ago

Alba Kuqi, M.D,CDIP,CCS,Certified Clinical Documentation Spec3 days ago

sondra brassel, Masters Urban Studies and Planning,BS Interior Des3 days ago

  • 1.  2019 self review booklet

    Posted 18 days ago
    Edited by sondra brassel 17 days ago
    Where can we print the 2019 CCA self review book?  Is it available yet?

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 2.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 17 days ago
    It is available on ahima.org under the Certification tab, Candidate Guide

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    Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom
    Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Development
    AHIMA
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  • 3.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 17 days ago
    I didn't ask my question very well.  I meant the 2019 CCA self review print out but thank you for your response.
    ondra

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 4.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 17 days ago
    Yes, along the same subject line, I'd like to know if there is an option to print the 2019 CCS Self-Review as well. Thank you!

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    Diane Peterson
    Cdi Technician
    St. Luke's Hospital
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  • 5.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 17 days ago
    I was just at the ahima.org site and haven't seen any 2019 Self Review Booklets to print out yet.
    I would imagine they will be posted as soon as they're available. It's early in the month-patience! : ))

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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 6.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 17 days ago
    First - Sondra, sorry if I misread your post.

    The self-reviews are being worked on now. Please look for them next week. You will be able to print out a copy for your review when available.  Thanks much.

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    Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom
    Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Development
    AHIMA
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  • 7.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 16 days ago
    Thank you for the update, Carolyn! : )

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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 8.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 12 days ago
    Any update on the Review booklet?
    Thanks.

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    Janet Baucom, RHIA, CCS
    Director Him
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  • 9.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 12 days ago
    You didn't misread it.  I edited it after I saw what I wrote originally.  Thank you for your information.

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 10.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 11 days ago
    ​Hi Carolyn,
    The Candidate Guide does not have any links to the printable self-reviews. Are they somewhere else on the site?

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    Sara Bartlett
    Supervisor DRG/CCR Medical Coding
    MHSA,CCS,CCS-P
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  • 11.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 11 days ago
    Sara, Sorry - I had misread Sondra's question, I thought she was looking for the candidate guide.  Yet, the 2018 self-reviews are on this page - http://www.ahima.org/certification/Recertification  so you can look there when the 2019 ones are available.

    Janet, I have not received information on the 2019 self-reviews as being available yet.  I would recommend checking under MyAHIMA, then Self-reviews later this week.  Thanks.



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    Carolyn Guyton-Ringbloom
    Sr. Director, Volunteer Leadership Development
    AHIMA
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  • 12.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 10 days ago
    The CCS 2019 self review is available already.  The issue for me is, there is not a pdf booklet to print out.  Is the booklet what they are still working on?  Or am I not seeing where to find it?  Thanks so much for your help.

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    Jeannette Walling
    Coder
    Tri-State Memorial Hospital
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  • 13.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I have been checking the following link occasionally for the 2019 Self Revie booklet (and it wasn't easy to find!):


    Look to the right of your screen.  Currently it only shows "2018 Coding Self Reviews" for CCA,CCS,CCS-P

    Hope this helps everyone!
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    Relax into not knowing -- and just be your natural self!





  • 14.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 10 days ago
    I have called AHIMA customer relations and the 2019 ccs self exam is available to take but they told me that AHIMA has decided not to make the self review booklet available to print.  They do not want people to mail or fax in their test answers and want all answers to be submitted on line. Their solution to insure all online submission is to not post the exam booklet. I told them that we need the exam booklet with questions in order to effectively research the questions and find the correct answers.  The customer relations person told me to email the AHIMA certification department and customer relations and tell them we need the exam booklet as a pdf file to print and they may reverse their decision.  I encourage others to email them and express their disapproval of not having the exam booklet available. AHIMA could make the booklet available and remove the answer sheet so that there is no answer sheet to mail in.

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    Mary Lauterbach
    Medical Record Tech/Coder
    Prohealth Care
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  • 15.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 10 days ago
    Mary,

    Thanks for the update and AHIMA's answer. This is terrible to hear! I just emailed AHIMA Customer Service about it. An AHIMA Moderator told me 3 years ago, "It is recommended that you complete your answers in the booklet ahead of time-with your Code Books out-researching carefully-and at your convenience-and then go to the CEU Center to submit your answers electronically." Trying to answer all 25 questions (and only 1 question is revealed at a time with no availability to save what you've answered) is a train wreck! I did that my first year. It took forever and I did very poorly on it. Plus, the AHIMA page will log you out if you're inactive (looking up questions). : (

    Everyone should contact AHIMA to encourage them to make the Booklets available as soon as possible.

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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 16.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 10 days ago
    I just sent an email to customer relations.  Hopefully they will listen.  I just checked the self review and you definitely can't save your responses.  A different question popped up for the first question than the first time I looked.  Why did I pay for a premium membership?

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 17.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    ​I have sent an email also.

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    Virginia Howard
    Coding Specialist Iii
    St Anthony Hospital
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  • 18.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I have sent an e-mail to Customer Service as well

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    Paula Klabunde
    Research Revenue Compliance Analyst
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  • 19.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago

    Me too!


    Thanks,


    Jeannette R. Walling BAS, RHIT, CCS  

    Health Information Management 

    Coder | Clinical Documentation Specialist

    Tri-State Memorial Hospital

    1221 Highland Ave | PO Box 189

    Clarkston, WA 99403

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  • 20.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    Fellow Members:

    VIP: Send emails to: certification@ahima.org rather than just Customer Service.


    AHIMA Customer Service replied back to me and gave me the same answer they gave Mary L. in the Thread above.
    They even encouraged me to contact certification@ahima.org with this concern!

    If enough of us do this, I'm sure they'll reconsider this and hopefully make a 2019 PDF of each Self Review for our respective Credential(s). On the Recertification page, only 2018 Self Review Booklets are posted. 



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    James Schumer
    CCS-P
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  • 21.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago

    Sending..

     

    Sharon Hekimian, RHIT CCS                                                                 

    HIM Coder

    PH #  781-453-5215

    HOME OFFICE  # 617-312-9205

    FAX # 781-453-5783 ATTN: SHARON

     

     






  • 22.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I sent to certification@ahima.org

    I ordered the CCS Self Exam.  I cannot find the PDF link to the self review booklet.  Please let me know where I can locate this.  It is essential to have this for the Self Exam.  Your website "times out" when trying to look up answers during the exam and it does not save any progress already done.  So, it is impossible to complete the test without the PDF download.  Please help.

    Hope this helps others to know what to say....

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    Jeannette Walling
    Coder
    Tri-State Memorial Hospital
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  • 23.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I sent an email as well.

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    Janet Mohlenhoff
    Clinical Professor
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  • 24.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I have just submitted an email too!  I hope someone takes action and makes the booklet available.

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    Charissa Becker-Martinez, CCS-P
    Certified Coder/Abstractor
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  • 25.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I just sent an email to certification@ahima.org and customer service. As an organization, I hope they listen. If no response, then we must escalate our concerns to the elected Board itself.

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    Robb Rogers RHIT, CCS
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  • 26.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 9 days ago
    I also just sent a email to certification.

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    Kim Horton, RHIT, CCS, CPHQ
    Coding Analyst/Utilization Analyst
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  • 27.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 8 days ago
    Here's my email.

    I just learned of AHIMA's new policy to not provide a printable copy of the CCS Self Review. This is a poor and very short-sighted decision.

    I work full time as an outpatient coder. I complete my Self Review a question or two at a time as my time and energy permits. Since I do not code all types of cases and do not use ICD10PCS, I often need to research the answers. Completing this Self Review can take me a few hours. By not providing me a printable option, this inconveniences me. In the past I printed the test out, completed it and then entered my answers online. I am asking that you allow your membership this option.

    In the past I have used this Self Review for what I think it was intended for--an educational opportunity to refresh my skills in areas that I do not use on a daily basis. It is my understanding this is pass/fail type of review. I tried to get each an every question answered properly as a professional challenge and would research areas that I did not know the answer. If I must take it in one setting with limited ability to research and educate myself, my goal will change from using as it as a learning experience to a task I simply must pass with a minimal score to maintain my certification.

    I hold both an RHIT and a CCS and have been a member of AHIMA since the day I registered in school. This is just one of the many recent decisions that AHIMA has made that I feel are not in best service model to the AHIMA membership.

    I am perplexed by the organization's actions, from the littlest of things like not mailing me an actual ertificate when I completed my RHIT and this inconvenience to the bigger things like the grading issue with the RHIT examinations and the extremely poor communication regarding the ongoing status of the RHIT.

    I ask you to review this decision and to provide a PDF version of this examination.

    Sincerely,

    Lucinda Hovi DC RHIT CCS CPC

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    Lucinda Hovi DC RHIT CCS CPC

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  • 28.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 6 days ago
    Lucinda,
    Thanks for taking the time to contact AHIMA and post your e-mail to them.  I couldn't agree more with your comments and truly feel that most of us who hold multiple credentials do so as professionals and want to have a solid understanding of our profession, the regulations and any changes to the reimbursement system.

    I, too, usually print out the booklet and research the questions then go into the website and complete the assessment.  This provides me the time to research the questions, review the various changes and refresh my understanding of the changes.

    The direction of AHIMA overall is concerning to many of us and it seems like AHIMA  may have lost sight of their base membership which is Health Information Management professionals.  Many of us have a variety of experience in healthcare with particular expertise in coding, reimbursement, revenue cycle and compliance.  This was voiced in a focus group that I attended last year at the Clinical Coding Meetings but this seems to have fallen by the way with no follow-up and what seems to be a distance that is growing between the "rank and file" membership and our organization.

    This greatly saddens me to see this gap widening between membership and AHIMA but it also is alarming as we have such a knowledgeable base, expert and broad-based with healthcare in general.  Our credentialed membership generally has many years of experience "in the trenches" and have a hands on understanding of how we affect healthcare whether it is statistics, analysis, reimbursement or security/privacy.

    I would encourage all of you to reach out to individuals at our professional organization to express your opinions and bring attention to this matter.

    Regards
    Cheryl Bowling, RHIT, CCS, CHC, C-CDI

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    Cheryl Bowling, RHIT, CCS, CHC, C-CDI
    Client Compliance Partner
    samstaff
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  • 29.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    Cheryl,
    Well said and couldn't agree with you more. We have been in this profession for a long time and some of the changes and direction AHIMA has taken certainly are concerning. AHIMA your members are asking for and have a legitimate reason for access to the CCS Self Review Booklet as state by multiple members in this thread.

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    Sheri Simoni

    Documentation and Coding Compliance Auditor
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  • 30.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 7 days ago
    Edited by Shelia Willemse 7 days ago
    Hello everyone!

    I called AHIMA to renew my membership on April 12, 2019. My membership fee for both certifications needed to be updated.  I also sent an email inquiry for the self review PDFs to certification@ahima.org.
    This is frustrating! Hopefully they will address our concerns soon.


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    Shelia Willemse CCS, CCS-P
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  • 31.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 6 days ago
    I just submitted an e-mail also to certification@ahima.org.  Hopefully this will be available when the CCS self-review assessment is posted.

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    Julie Engelland
    Coding Consultant
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  • 32.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 6 days ago
    I’ve also submitted messages to both costumer service and certifications. Thanks for the update.

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    Anthony Bommarito
    Team Leader, Clinical Editing
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
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  • 33.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thanks Sondra for prompting all of us to be more proactive.  I have sent a long communication to them as well.  This is disheartening to see some of the items that we all use and learn from go by the wayside.  It may be that from an administrative point of view it got "lost" on what many of us use the assessment.  Being vocal with our professional organization will help all of us.

    Thanks again,
    Cheryl

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    Cheryl Bowling, RHIT, CCS, CHC, C-CDI
    Client Compliance Partner
    samstaff
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  • 34.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago


    Robb Rogers, RHIT, CCS






  • 35.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    I am forwarding a notice to AHIMA ENGAGE MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS Community. That community seems to have more issues addressed and resolved.

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    Robb Rogers RHIT, CCS
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  • 36.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    ​Does anyone have any tips on how to complete the exam or is everyone waiting for AHIMA to put the booklet available to view?

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    Marita Pond
    Medical Record Tech
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  • 37.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    I am waiting, but I only have until 4/26 to get 5 CEUs.  I may have to break down and try to do it. 
    Sondra
     






  • 38.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago

    I appreciate that coding attracts/creates perfectionists J but perfection is not necessary on the self-assessment - I only use it to keep my cert active; you only need to pass it, which I did using my typical coding process without too much difficulty.  Afterward it was easy to see from the grading where I have room for improvement, plus I hadn't spent a lot of time convincing myself that an incorrect answer was right.  Also if there are any mistakes on the test content itself trying to prepare ahead of time would drive me crazy! 

     

    Shirley Brodginski

    MA, RHIA, CHDA, CCS-P, CPMA, CPCD, CPEDC

    Technician/Coder

    Health Information Management

     

    ArnotHealth

    St. Joseph's Campus

     



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  • 39.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    Marita:

    I went in and took a screen shot of each question. You have to answer the question before moving on. I just selected any old answer so that I could move on. DON'T HIT SUBMIT on the last question. It was very tedious and annoying. Now I have all the questions, I'm going to start answering them. I sent an email to Certification and Info at AHIMA and have not received a response. I'm assuming there will not be one.

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    Janet Mohlenhoff
    Clinical Professor
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  • 40.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    Thanks Janet that's what I was going to do but was hoping there would be an easier way. I also sent a message but you're right I don't think they will answer.

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    Marita Pond
    Medical Record Tech
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  • 41.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    In addition to this review book issue, AHIMA is charging me $218 to recertify this month because my membership lapsed.  I just rejoined last month with the premium membership which should have a $50 recertification fee!  That is the most poorly concocted rule.  I just sent customer relations a message, so we will see.  I really am seeing fewer reasons to hold this certification as I only work with outpatient mental health and we don't participate with insurance. 
    Sondra
     






  • 42.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    ​I asked for help regarding how to print our self reviews and this is the response I got;

    Hi Angela,

    Thank you for contacting AHIMA.

    Our IT Support is working on the system to fix it so it won't time-out on the customers. The self-review questions will no longer be available. I apologize for any inconvenience.

    Regards, Customer Relations-SH




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    Angela Everson
    Clinic Coder
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  • 43.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago

    That's still no good and a weak response.






  • 44.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    I agree.  A weak response.  The timing out issue doesn't help if we can't save our work to complete it at different times.  
    Sondra
     






  • 45.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago
    That response by customer service, speaking for AHIMA, is unacceptable.  I pride myself on being prompt in every manner, but will procrastinate on taking ANY self review as long as possible until the self review is printable.  It's hard to think AHIMA truly cares about its hard working members, who pay AHIMA quite a bit through  each certification cycle, if I might add!  We haven't heard yet from anyone who can truly do anything...shameful.
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    Absolute STILLNESS gives birth to MOTION





  • 46.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 5 days ago

    I agree this is weak and more than just an inconvenience.

     

     

     

     






  • 47.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 4 days ago
    Thanks to everyone for the updates on this issue. I thought I was just not seeing the PDF link. Would never imagine that AHIMA decided it was not necessary for us to use. I'll definitely send a email as well protesting this change.

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    [Sonseeahray] [Green]
    [Certified Sterile Processing Technician/RHIT/CCS
    [Medstar Health]
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  • 48.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 4 days ago
    The Customer Relations Team said to send concerns to the Certification department by e-mail: Certification@ahima.org



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    Jeannette Walling
    Coder
    Tri-State Memorial Hospital
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  • 49.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hello everyone. I just finished completing the CCS self review. It was 30 questions and it took me some time to do in one setting. I did notice that the screen didn't time out while I was trying to find the answers.

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    [Sonseeahray] [Green]
    [Certified Sterile Processing Technician/RHIT/CCS
    [Medstar Health]
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  • 50.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 3 days ago
    Congratulations! I finished my CCS Self Review as well. Feeling Relieved!

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    Alba Kuqi
    MD, CDIP
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  • 51.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 3 days ago
    I encourage all fellow coders to email AHIMA as to the poor decision to remove the print feature from the self assessment in addition to removing the time out feature when completing the assessmnet on line.  This clearly was an ill thought out measure. I was told when I contacted AHIMA this am that the decision was because so many were mailing their assessments in and AHIMA was overloaded.  Easy solution, allow us to print just the assessment, no answer sheet needed.  Any self assessment mailed in will be automatically destroyed and no credit for having completed it will apply.

    Most coders that I know all print out the assessment and complete it in peices as time and circumstances allow.  Many employers do not allow sufficient time, if they allow it at all, to work on the assessments and considering one needs access to coding clinic, cpt assistant and the internet to correctly complete the assessment, I fiind that in itself distressing. Management may have access to that at their lesiure be it at home or in the office, but most coders do not.  Additionally  some coders are streamlined and only code specific chart types so they don't see/code the various scenarios that present on the assessment and thus may need to take some time using various resources to research the answer.    Add to that now, a time out feature that doesnt save your work or allow you to go back and complete the assessment at a later date and what you have is a standardized test not a self assessment.  My understanding was that the self assessment was designed as a tool to help identify areas of individual strengths and weaknesses for personal improvement.

    Prior to last year i don't ever recall the assessment having a pass/fail score.  I say that becasue 2 years back I did not have the liberty of time at work to complete my assessments and therefore no access to coding clinic or cpt assistant.  I did get a few questions wrong even though I answered based on coding guidelines and conventions. When I tried to submit I kept getting an error and it wasn't until I utilized coding clinic and cpt assistant to correctly answer those incorrect questions that it permitted the submission to go thru on line.

    I think AHIMA needs to seriously re-think this decision.  Similair  to when they revamped  the website, that was awful and still is quite confusing to navigate, especailly when trying to figure out what the CEUs are being applied to.  Hence the old additage "if its not broken, don't fix it.."

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    [Annetter] [Hansen] CPC, COC, CCS, CCS-P
    [Sr. Coder]
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  • 52.  RE: 2019 self review booklet

    Posted 3 days ago
    i had to scroll pretty far down to the end of this discussion.  Look what I found.  I'm not sure if this is what we were looking for or it it's just a general review: http://www.ahima.org/downloads/FINAL2019CCAself-assessment.pdf

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    sondra brassel
    Financial Manager/Patient Billing Specialist
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  • 53.  RE: 2019 self review booklet