I would like to apply for CM certification. I have looked through this thread and still have questions I was hoping some seasoned CMs could answer.
My background: BSN, RN for 16 yrs, Med-Surg, SICU, ER, Eight years of Home Care, Six months as Telephonic concurrent review CM for HMO and six months as Short Term Disability Clinician for insurance co. I am currently unemployed.
I have researched all the credentialing sites and still have questions. I contacted one of them but have not heard back.
Questions I'm hoping you can answer:
1) Does my background qualify me to register? I cannot afford to forfeit a registration fee only to find out I do not qualify. I have taken some sample questions offered by these sites and have done well.
2)Must I be currently employed?
3)Which credentialing agency would you recommend? There seem to be dozens! (CCMC, Kaplan, American Institute for Health Care Professionals, etc.)
4) What books can you recommend?
5) Must I actually take a course or can I just register to sit for the exam? Are the exams given independently or are they through the company that offers the courses?
Any and all help is greatly appreciated! I am at a transition period in my career and would like to pursue CM as I feel it is the future for health care.
Thanks to all!