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AHIMA Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) Exam Preparation Workshop

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  • Venue

    Ortigas Foundation Library, 2nd Floor, Ortigas Building, Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City

  • Date and Time

    Saturday, 17 June 2017 | 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

  • Credits

    7.5 CEUs for the
    entire program

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The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®) is a competency-based (knowledge and experience) credential that validates the skills and knowledge of coding professionals and demonstrates mastery of CCS responsibilities supporting business growth and quality health care.

Workshop Objectives

Based on ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT®, this in-person workshop has been designed to provide trained and experienced coders with a review of the CCS exam domains and assist them in strengthening and reinforcing competencies needed to prepare for the exam. This workshop will serve as a valuable supplement to a candidate’s overall test preparation plan. Each domain item in the workshop contains information specific to that content area as well as practice test questions.

All participants will receive workshop handouts and a copy of CCS Exam Preparation, Seventh Edition book, published by AHIMA.

AHIMA members receive a discount on the workshop. 

It is recommended attendees bring all of the following books to the workshop for exercises:

  • ICD-10-CM code book
  • ICD-10-PCS code book
  • CPT code book

Workshop Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  • Benefit from a structured review of and exercises on the examination domains
  • Become aware of needed areas for focus in test preparation
  • Benefit from a review of application of coding guidelines
  • Benefit from a review of ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT®/HCPCS Level II codes
  • Have increased confidence in their level of readiness for the CCS certification exam

Who Should Attend the Workshop:

Professionals experienced in coding medical data from patient records, generally in a hospital setting. These coding professionals:

  • Review patients’ records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure
  • Possess experience in the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT®/HCPCS Level II coding systems
  • Are knowledgeable about medical terminology, disease processes, and pharmacology

CCS Exam Eligibility:

Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • By Credential: RHIA®, RHIT®, or CCS-P® OR
  • By Education: The following courses MUST be completed; anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic/procedural and CPT coding; OR
  • By Experience: Minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • By Credential with Experience: CCA® plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Other Coding credential from other certifying organization plus one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes.

Exam Format and Content Outline:

Exam Time: 4 hours – no breaks
Number of Questions on exam:

  • 97 multiple-choice questions (79 scored/18 pretest)
  • 8 medical scenarios (6 scored/2 pretest)

Exam Content:

Domain 1 – Health Information Documentation (8-10%)
Domain 2 – Diagnosis & Procedure Coding (64-68%)
Domain 3 – Regulatory Guidelines and Reporting Requirements for Acute Care (Inpatient) Service (6-8%)
Domain 4 - Regulatory Guidelines and Reporting Requirements for Outpatient Services (6-8%)
Domain 5 - Data Quality and Management (2-4%)
Domain 6 - Information and Communication Technologies (1-3%)
Domain 7 - Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal, and Ethical Issues (2-4%)
Domain 8 - Compliance (2-4%)

*Note: The CCS exam will not be administered at the workshop. Attendees may schedule this at a later date through AHIMA.


  • Melanie Endicott

Melanie Endicott


MBA/HCM, RHIA, CHDA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA,AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, Senior Director | HIM Practice Excellence, CDI/EHR Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, is senior director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA. In her role she provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, the media and outside organizations on coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI) practice issues. She authors material for and supports AHIMA online ICD-10 coding education platforms. She also serves as faculty for the AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Academies, CDIP Exam Preps, and CDI Academies. In addition, Ms. Endicott is a technical advisor for the Association on ICD-10-CM/PCS, ICD-9-CM, CPT coding and CDI publications.

Ms. Endicott received her bachelor of arts in health information management from Carroll College in Helena, MT and her master’s of business administration and health care management from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining AHIMA in 2004, Ms. Endicott served as the program director and lead instructor of Spokane Community College, where she still teaches in an adjunct capacity. Prior to her faculty position, she was a health information analyst at a large acute care hospital where she did both inpatient and outpatient coding. Over the past 17 years, she has been a frequent presenter on coding, CDI and HIM-related issues both locally and nationally. She has also been an educator in the health information management programs at the University of Cincinnati, Stephens College, and Loma Linda University.