AHIMA Gold Standard Certifications
The CCS credential certifies advanced data quality skills for coding professionals within inpatient settings.
Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements:
- Current RHIA®, RHIT® credential holder; OR
Completion of a coding training program that includes anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic/procedural, and CPT coding; OR
- Minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes (employer verification required): OR
- Current CCA® credential holder and one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes (employer verification required); OR
- Current holder of a coding credential from another certifying organization and one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes (employer verification required).
Abstractor/coder II, auditing/coding specialist, billing, coding, collections specialist, DRG coding analyst/auditor/specialist, HIM analyst/coder II, III/coordinator/tech, QA auditor/coder, team lead-coding, transcriptionist, utilization review, utilization review coordinator/specialist
Check your local chapter for upcoming workshops.
Additional CCS Recommended Resources: (include chart found at:
|Clinical Classification Systems||Reimbursement Methodologies||Health Records and Data Content||Compliance||Information Technologies||Confidentiality Privacy||Privacy, Confidentiality, Legal, and Ethical Issues||Compliance|
|CCS Exam Preparation, Seventh Edition by Jennifer Garvin, PhD, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ, CTR, FAHIMA; and Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA. AHIMA Press.|
|Basic Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and HCPCS Coding, 2017 by Gail Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P. AHIMA Press.|
|Basic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding, 2017 by Lou Ann Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA; and Brooke Palkie, EdD, RHIA. AHIMA Press.|
|Clinical Coding Workout with Partial Online Answers, 2017. AHIMA Press.|
|Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, Fifth Edition by Nanette B. Sayles, EdD, RHIA, CHPS, CCS, CPSHIMS,
FAHIMA; and Leslie L. Gordon, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, editors. AHIMA
|Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement, Fifth Edition by Anne B. Casto, RHIA, CCS; and Elizabeth Layman, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA.
|CCS Practice Exam. AHIMA Online Course.|