AHIMA Gold Standard Certifications

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS®)

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The CCS credential certifies advanced data quality skills for coding professionals within inpatient settings.

Eligibility Requirements:

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).

Career Opportunities:

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

Exam Preparation

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam Preparation, Seventh Edition by Jennifer Garvin, PhD, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CPHQ, CTR, FAHIMA; and Shawn Wells, RHIT, CHDA. AHIMA Press.

E-Learning:. AHIMA Online Course.
Certified Coding Specialist Virtual Exam Prep

In-Person Workshops
Check your local chapter for upcoming workshops.

Additional CCS Recommended Resources: (include chart found at:

Products
Content Domains
Books
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
Press.
Principles of Healthcare Reimbursement, Fifth Edition by Anne B. Casto, RHIA, CCS; and Elizabeth Layman, PhD, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA.
AHIMA Press.
E-Learning
CCS Practice Exam. AHIMA Online Course.
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