Skill Assessment Quiz

Renewal

Once you’ve become certified, it’s time to think about the maintenance process. Because BMSC’s exams focus on skill-based testing, skill maintenance is built into a revolving process.

In the first year after your initial exam, you will need to maintain your credential by earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

There are four ways you can earn CEUs:

BMSC's Renewal Process

Specialty Coding Professional (SCP):

To maintain your certification as a Specialty Coding Professional, BMSC requires that you complete 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during a renewal year. Your completed Application for Renewal with all required documentation of your continuing education efforts is due with payment of $79.00 to BMSC on or before the anniversary of your certification (your certification date listed on your certificate).

Advanced Coding Specialist (ACS):

To maintain your certification as an Advanced Coding Specialist, BMSC requires that you complete 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during a renewal year. Your completed Application for Renewal with all required documentation of your continuing education efforts is due with payment of $99.00 to BMSC on or before the anniversary of your certification (your certification date listed on your certificate).

Certified Compliance Professional – Physician (CCP-P):

To maintain your certification as a Certified Compliance Professional - Physician, BMSC requires that you complete 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during a renewal year. Your completed Application for Renewal with all required documentation of your continuing education efforts is due with payment of $79.00 to BMSC on or before the anniversary of your certification (your certification date listed on your certificate).

Home Care Coding Specialist – Diagnosis (HCS-D):

To maintain your certification as a Home Care Coding Specialist, BMSC requires that you complete 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during a renewal year. Your completed Application for Renewal with all required documentation of your continuing education efforts is due with payment of $129.00 to BMSC on or before the anniversary of your certification (your certification date listed on your certificate).

Home Care Clinical Specialist – OASIS (HCS-O):

To maintain your certification as a Home Care Clinical Specialist, BMSC requires that you complete 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during a renewal year. Your completed Application for Renewal with all required documentation of your continuing education efforts is due with payment of $129.00 to BMSC on or before the anniversary of your certification (your certification date listed on your certificate).

Earning CEUs

There are three ways you can earn CEUs:

Educational Events (seminars, conferences, workshops, audio seminars, etc.)

A list of events (both live conferences and audio/web seminars) that have been pre-approved for CEUs can be found on the Events page.

PLEASE NOTE: Videos, audio CDs, online education and similar formats are considered to be events for purposes of CEU calculation and documentation requirements

CMS National Provider Calls- you may tune in any of CMS’s national provider conference calls free of charge. CMS will not issue a certificate of participation, but you may submit your email receipt of registration. Each hour of participation will grant you 1 CEU for any of our credentials, register here.

General Coding Educational Events

BMSC awards 1 CEU per 2 educational hours attended

Relevant Specialty Educational Events

BMSC awards 1 CEU per 1 educational hour attended

BMSC will give additional weight to certain specialty education relevant to a coder's specific SCP or ACS credential. An orthopedic-certified Advanced Coding Specialist (ACS-OR), for example, who attends an orthopedic coding symposium will earn 1 CEU per 1 hour of advanced orthopedic coding education (Whereas all other ACS-certified specialties earn 1 CEU per 2 hours of education).

CEUs in this category are awarded for educational content only, not for social/networking events, meals or general sessions.

To submit pre-approved CEUs, simply include them in the Continuing Education Record portion of the Application for Certification Renewal. You only need to provide the activity date, name, format, indicate its pre-approval status and the number of earned CEUs. Please include a copy of your Certificate of Attendance with your Renewal Application.

To submit non-pre-approved CEUs, please include the following documentation for each event:

  • Copy of the course agenda, including course objectives and name of sponsoring organization
  • Name of presenter/s (include credentials, if applicable)
  • Number of hours dedicated to coding education
  • Copy of your certificate of attendance or completion

PLEASE NOTE: Do not submit CEUs to BMSC as you earn them. Your CEU application and supporting documentation should be sent together before your certification anniversary date.

CEU applications should be sent to:

Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance
Two Washingtonian Center
9737 Washingtonian Blvd., Suite 100
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Online Courses

You can choose from a full selection of courses for coders, billers, clinicians and key management staff. New courses are added every week. All courses teach to the official guidance to ensure compliance. Be sure to select the courses that are approved for BMSC CEUs. See the catalog now!

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Publications - Physician

The following publications are pre-approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

You can earn CEUs from publications in the following ways:

  • Review an article you’ve read in a BMSC-approved publication, and in writing, state what you’ve learned and how it will change the way you code and bill claims for your practice. Provide CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9 codes as appropriate. Include the name of publication, article title, and date of publication on your submission.
  • Review a scenario (for example, found in one of the Coding Pink Sheets) and describe, in writing, what you’ve learned from the coding scenario and how you can apply what you’ve learned to your practice. Provide codes as appropriate. Include the name of the publication, date of publication, page numbers of scenarios you are referencing on your submission.

BMSC awards 1 CEU per review or scenario.

If you would like to submit a scenario or article review from a publication that has not been pre-approved by BMSC, please include a copy of the title page of the publication and article/entry from which you’ve developed the submitted scenario.

Publications - Home Care

The following publications are pre-approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

Subscribers to Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health can now earn 12 CEUs HCS-D CEUs annually. Here is how the process will work for the Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health subscriber:

  1. Subscriber will access the link to the online CEU quiz through their actual newsletter (.pdf version of the newsletter will have the link activated for easy click-through; paper version of the newsletter will have the link available in the credit box.)
  2. Subscriber will log-in to Online Quiz system with his/her Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health site UserID/Password.
  3. Subscriber will click on the link of the quiz he/she wants to take. For example, the link will say “CEU Quiz for March 2009 Issue”.
  4. Subscriber will take the five question quiz, which will be all multiple choice questions. Once the Subscriber clicks on the “Submit Quiz” button, the computer will automatically grade the Subscriber’s quiz. If the Subscriber passes the quiz, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to the email address that the Subscriber has provided. If the Subscriber does not pass the quiz, the computer will allow the Subscriber to retake the quiz again. Per BMSC/DH requirements, subscriber must pass the quiz with a 70% or higher in order to earn 1 CEU towards your credential maintenance.

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Teaching or Presenting

Developing, presenting and/or teaching relevant content will be approved for double-weighted CEU credit based on the event CEU rate on a case-by-case basis by BMSC. Please submit the following to BMSC to have your presentation approved for CEUs:

Please submit the following:

  • Resources used in the presentation
  • Brief synopsis of the educational event (date, timeframe, audience, etc.)

While BMSC does pre-approve CEUs for selected educational events and publications, pre-approval is not required for CEUs to qualify for renewal. CEUs earned from events not pre-approved require additional documentation to support you renewal.

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