CIC Exam Certification

Taking the CIC™ Exam is one of the most important steps you can take to become a medical coder in a hospital environment. A Certified Inpatient Coder (Hospital) (CIC™) is comparable to the CCS certification from AHIMA.

The new inpatient medical coding certification standard, CIC (Certified Inpatient Coder), is the only certification dedicated exclusively to inpatient hospital/facility coding. The CIC validates expert level knowledge and experience in abstracting information from the medical record for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding, and specialized payment knowledge in MS-DRGs and Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS). Invest in your future with the CIC certification—certified coders earn 40% more than non-credentialed coders.

CICs have demonstrated:

  • Expertise in medical record review to abstract information required to support accurate inpatient coding
  • Expertise in assigning accurate ICD-10 medical codes for diagnoses and procedures performed in the inpatient setting
  • Superior knowledge of current rules, regulations, and issues regarding medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement under MS-DRG and IPPS systems
  • Strong ability to integrate coding and reimbursement rule changes in a timely manner 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 required to correctly code facility services and diagnoses
  • Understanding of outpatient reimbursement methodologies (OPPS)

source: AAPC website