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HCC CODING TEST

 
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HCC CODING TEST
by Summer Pa, CCS, CPC-A - Thursday, 24 August 2017, 9:08 PM
 

I have been asked to test for HCC CODING for Arrohealth but know nothing about HCC. How can I quickly learn about it so I don't fail this test? 

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Nicki Br, CCS, CPC - Friday, 25 August 2017, 4:54 AM
 

No worries.  They just want to know you can code ICD-10-CM well - it doesn't specifically test whether you know how to do HCC coding.  They teach you the HCC rules after you get through the assessment and interviews.


Good luck!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Friday, 25 August 2017, 8:39 AM
 

Hi Summer,

I agree with Nicki. Don't stress over the test. Just brush up or read over your ICD-10-CM coding guidelines/rules and you should do fine. They will train you. They just want to see if you know how to apply the rules of ICD-10-CM. They are a decent company to work for, just beware if they promise full time because their work load varies depending on the demands of their clients. I have worked for them before. I was a full-time coder but found another position somewhere else doing work that I enjoyed as I don't like HCC coding. Best to you! :0) Wendy

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Summer Pa, CCS, CPC-A - Saturday, 26 August 2017, 2:45 PM
 

Passed with a 91%, what a relief. But there was HCC Coding questions on the test and I had to guess on those but did well enough on the rest to pass. Does anyone know the next step after passing the test? Are you hired or do you interview now?

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Sarah Ni, CPC-A - Sunday, 27 August 2017, 11:35 AM
 

That great Summer!  If you haven't already and you're a member, you might want to ask that question on JFAMC.  I bet you're more likely to have someone see it that has been hired by Arrohealth.  Good luck!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Norma Cr, CPC-A - Monday, 28 August 2017, 10:30 AM
 

What is HCC? 

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Marianne Mu, CCS, CPC - Monday, 28 August 2017, 12:18 PM
 

Congratulations, Summer!  I passed the HCC test for Arrohealth as well.  The next step is to email your AAPC or AHIMA membership to the recruiting email provided in the first email.  They will then notify you to be on the lookout for another email regarding an interview.  Hopefully we will be co-workers!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Teri Ta, CCS, CPC-A - Monday, 28 August 2017, 7:15 PM
 

Congratulations to both of you for passing the HCC test!  

Please let us know how it works out for you.

Thanks!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Jill Lo, CPC-A - Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 9:23 AM
 

Congratulations Summer!!!  So happy for you.  I took an HCC test for OS2 and I FAILED MISERABLY!!  But I know exactly why I failed.  I spent way too much time looking up the HCC questions that they asked, and researching each question I didn't know, instead of concentrating on my strength, which was the ICD-10 part, and when I got to those questions, I was running late and didn't look at guidelines, didn't fully read the questions....basically I did everything you are NOT supposed to do!  I was so upset with myself.  When I got the results back and saw all the ones I got wrong, and I KNEW those answers, I was really hard on myself.  But it was a lesson learned.  Concentrate on my strengths, don't try to demonstrate knowledge I don't have, they know I'm not experienced and won't know certain things, they want to see what I do know.  That was a tough lesson well learned!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Summer Pa, CCS, CPC-A - Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 12:13 PM
 

Just interviewed this morning and should know in a couple days. The part that scares me is during your 1 week training it's a pass or fail. If you fail you are terminated. I am going to be giving up a full time job and the possibility of being terminated after 1 week is SCARY! Can anyone tell me what this training week is like? I asked if they could give me a percentage for a pass/fail rate and she could not.

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Summer Pa, CCS, CPC-A - Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 12:14 PM
 

So sorry Jill, do not give up. Arrohealth is still hiring, go to their website and apply. You will find the perfect coding just keep reaching for the stars!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 12:58 PM
 

Hi Summer, I found the training nerve racking at ArroHealth. As stated before, I worked for them for a few months but found the full-time promise kind of scary as I was without work several times for a day or a few days, waiting on the "projects" to come through so we could all scramble to get the work out, the guidelines were changing frequently, and when the work was finished, we would wait for the next project. Sometimes we had to wait on the "charts" to be downloaded at the beginning of the project with different clients which would cause the work to be sporadic through the day, one would have to keep checking the system to see if anymore work downloaded, etc. However, if you do well, they will put you on different projects and hopefully you will have a steady flow of work without too much downtime. HCC work is also somewhat seasonal. However, maybe someone working there now who has been there for several months might be able to tell you if things have smoothed out since I worked there. It is a good "foot in the door" kind of job for coding...is there anyway you could give take a week off from your other job until you know for sure if you have passed the training with ArroHealth, that way you wouldn't have to quit w/o some type of job security? Best to you. Wendy

p.s. I think the training, they give you three sets of 10 charts with each chart ranging from 10 to 100 pages and you have to correctly pick out the HCC codes. I am not sure but I think they give you 3 tries, meaning if you don't score 95% or better on the first set of 10, they give you another set of 10, and if you don't pass the second set, they give you a final set of 10 charts to do. Once you pass, they set you up with a team with a manager who will be in charge of the work assignments you code. If you don't pass the 3 tries, then they let you go. This is the way I remember unless things are different now...you also have to go through a bunch of training first, so they do train you well. I remember the team calls we all had for the whole company, it was nerve racking. The person doing the meeting was always hollering at everyone on the phone, saying "okay, I hear someone talking, you need to BE QUIET or MUTE YOUR PHONE as we can't hear anything....BE QUIET...I STILL HEAR NOISE. CAN YOU MUTE YOUR PHONE? HELLO, HELLO, WE CAN'T HAVE NOISE." and everyone was constantly interrupting...uggghhh...not good memories. However, I had a great team manager...

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Amy Ha, CPC-A - Wednesday, 30 August 2017, 6:51 PM
 

Hi Summer,

What was the interview like? I interview in the morning. I'm really nervous!


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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Summer Pa, CCS, CPC-A - Saturday, 2 September 2017, 12:47 PM
 

Amy sorry I just saw this. How did it go? I got a call back from HR yesterday but was gone all day and returned the call this morning but I doubt I will hear anything until Tuesday now. Not sure what a call from HR means? 

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Summer Pa, CCS, CPC-A - Monday, 4 September 2017, 4:16 PM
 

How hard will this be for someone new to coding? Maintain 95% accuracy and code 5 charts per hour. Keep in mind I feel like I'm failing Module IV lol and my confidence is so low. Will I really be able to do this? Can I hear your story and how you did? I don't want to jump into this job and get terminated. :(

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Amy Ha, CPC-A - Monday, 4 September 2017, 6:16 PM
 

Hi Summer,

My interview went well! I received a call from HR on Friday offering a full time position contingent on getting through training and the practice charts. I am kind of put off by being told that if I don't get 95% accuracy on the practice charts, that I would be terminated. So, that's a bit disheartening. However, even if I don't make it, I still got practice interviewing, and going through training I'll get to see if HCC coding is something that interests me. So, I'm trying to keep an open mind.

Good luck to you! 

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Monday, 4 September 2017, 8:56 PM
 

Good luck Summer and Amy! Don't let the 95% intimidate you or the company and don't feel like a failure regardless, because you have to be positive and KNOW that you are a good coder! You can do this. :0) Regardless if you get the 95% or not, this kind of work isn't for everyone. Some love it and some don't. Their training is VERY thorough. Once they train you, you can apply for just about any HCC position and be hired because most of this training goes hand-in-hand with this type of work. The training is stressful but it is an excellent foot in the door. Most of the trainers are nice and don't be afraid to ask questions! Wendy

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Marianne Mu, CCS, CPC - Tuesday, 5 September 2017, 2:17 PM
 

Summer and Amy,

I was offered and accepted a position as well!  I sent all my paperwork back today.  I'm also nervous, but I know that we have had great training and we can do this!  We just have to jump...

Let's connect on linkedin -->http://linkedin.com/in/mariannemuncy 


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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Julie Pr, CCS, CPC-A - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 7:32 AM
 

Summer & Amy: What did you decide to do?  I just received an email to take the assessment test as well.  I'm planning to take it this weekend.

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Re:HCC CODING TEST
by Amy Ha, CPC-A - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 10:17 AM
 

Hello Julie!  I have been neglecting my studies for a little bit so I haven't logged in in a while. Sorry!! 

I am still in the process of getting everything completed for ArroHealth. I *THINK* I have everything completed except for the HIPAA exam that I will do this afternoon. I have done two packets of paperwork and a drug test. I'm anxious to get started. They like to start you on a Friday, so I'm hoping for this Friday. If not, it'll be next Friday.

Good luck and let us know how it goes for you!


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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Amy Ha, CPC-A - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 10:19 AM
 

Hi Marianne! Have you started coding charts yet?

I am linkedin illiterate. I have one, I'm just not sure how to work it! Maybe you can assist me. 

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Amy Ha, CPC-A - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 10:20 AM
 

Thank you Wendy!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 10:28 AM
 

You are welcome! Best to you. Wendy

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Marianne Mu, CCS, CPC - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 12:49 PM
 

I haven't started yet.  I will have a short meeting this Friday to set up my pc, then training starts on Monday.  Don't let Linkedin intimidate you.  It's sort of like Facebook for business networking purposes.  Here is a good video that should help. 

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Laura Le, CPC - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 1:23 PM
 

Julie,

Do you mind me asking when (what date) you applied?

Thank you!

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Julie Pr, CCS, CPC-A - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 2:53 PM
 

Laura,


I applied on 8/21 and just heard back last night about taking the assessment...


Julie

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Laura Le, CPC - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 3:12 PM
 

Thanks, Julie! That gives me some gauge as to if/when I might hear from them. Good luck!! ~ Laura

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Julie Pr, CCS, CPC-A - Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 5:45 PM
 

Good luck to you as well Laura! 


Julie

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Julie McL - Friday, 15 September 2017, 1:28 PM
 
Be very cautious about giving up another full time job for HCC coding.   I didn't believe that advice when I started the HCC season last year, but once the season is over, it's over; oftentimes without warning.  Yes, it's great for experience as a foot in the door position, but it's important to understand the HCC industry.  Best wishes! 
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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Wendy Va, CCS, COC, CPC, CRC - Friday, 15 September 2017, 1:44 PM
 

Great advice, Julie! I agree 100%. As you and I have already walked down that road, it would be prudent for others to heed our advice on this. I have worked for 4 different HCC companies and all with the same results - empty promises of consistent, full-time work. There is a great recruiter for another HCC company I can refer to if someone wants that contact once someone has gained some experience in the HCC field...their test is extremely difficult and it probably can't be passed unless someone has experience or has their CRC credential. Wendy

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Mariette Mi - Monday, 18 September 2017, 5:07 PM
 

Julie,

What approximately is the HCC season, which months?

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Julie McL - Monday, 18 September 2017, 10:21 PM
 

It really varies depending on the employer, but somewhere between June and February  

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Re: HCC CODING TEST
by Julie McL - Monday, 18 September 2017, 10:26 PM
 

There are a few companies that hire W2 for year around, but they are rare.   If you search the Jfamc Facebook forum, you can get a good idea of which ones are more permanent.