BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – February 12, 2018 – Libman Education has announced the newest sessions of its intensive Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) training for coders and CDI specialists. Taught by nationally recognized CCS expert Mary Beth York, two courses — CCS Exam Prep: CCS for Hospital Coders and CCS Exam Prep: CCS for CDI — are slated to begin in March, with applications now being accepted.
The courses combine online lectures, presentations, and practice exams with weekly live instructor-led virtual class sessions to provide a thorough review of the materials covered on the ICD-10-based CCS exam. The courses include individual mentoring and coaching with proven test-taking strategies that have helped hundreds to achieve CCS success.
The CCS credential is considered a “mastery” level certification for those with a thorough understanding of hospital inpatient and outpatient coding with hands-on hospital coding experience. The exam is known to be difficult: AHIMA reports an average 50% pass rate for those attempting the exam for the first time.
Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC, teacher of the courses, said, “We are gratified that our CCS Exam Prep continues to be an effective method of preparation for the exam. The CCS Exam Prep course is not magic — students have to do a great deal of preparation and study in order to be successful on the CCS coding credential exam — but the course provides the necessary structure and expert guidance to this significant exam preparation effort.”
On the CCS for CDI course in particular, Mary Beth noted that the CCS “can bridge the gap between CDI and coding,” adding, “CDI Specialists ensure the provider’s clinical documentation completely and accurately reflects services provided, translating into accurate coding. CDI Specialists who earn their CCS can maximize this role, as the CCS is the ‘gold standard’ of facility coding. This means that a CDI Specialist with a CCS demonstrates increased value to their facility’s revenue cycle.”
The CCS Exam Prep: CCS for Hospital Coders Spring Session prepares students for the 2018 CCS Exam and takes place Fridays 8:30 a.m. EST, March 23-July 27. Learn more >
The CCS Exam Prep: CCS for CDI Spring Session prepares students for the 2018 CCS Exam and takes place Fridays 7 a.m. EST, March 16-August 3. Learn more >