Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Review

Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

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Prepares candidates to sit for AHIMA’s Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential exam. Online, self-paced, comprehensive review of materials covered on the CCA credential exam including ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding; reimbursement methodologies; and valuable study and test-taking strategies.  Includes a mock CCA practice assessment.

CEUs:     8 AHIMA      N/A - AAPC
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The CCA coding credential, offered by AHIMA, demonstrates coding competency in any setting, including hospitals and physician practices.  The CCA Exam Review offers a comprehensive review of materials covered on the CCA credential exam:

  • Clinical Vocabularies and Classification Systems
  • ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
  • CPT and HCPCS Level II
  • Reimbursement Methodologies including the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS)
  • Claims Processing
  • Compliance
  • Information Technologies
  • Confidentiality and Privacy

The CCA Exam Review includes a final timed practice assessment of 100 questions similar in size and complexity to the actual exam experience.

The CCA Exam Review includes information to help you:

  • Abstract pertinent information from medical records
  • Assign accurate ICD-10-CM , ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS Level II codes for diagnoses and procedures
  • Know where to find and understand current rules, regulations, and issues regarding medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement
  • Recall the coding and reimbursement rules affecting the Charge Description Master (CDM), fee updates, and the Field Locators (FL) on the UB04
  • Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation
  • Validate that codes assigned by provider or electronic systems are supported by proper documentation
  • Perform ethical coding
  • Recognize and report privacy issues/violations


AHIMA’s updating of the CCA Exam lags behind changes to the coding sets. Typically, AHIMA coding credential exams use the current year guidelines and code sets until May 1 of the following year. AHIMA has not yet announced the date for launching the FY2021 exam but based on past years it is expected that AHIMA coding credential exams will test on the 2020 guidelines and code sets until May 1, 2021.

Which year CCA Exam Review will I need? It depends on when you will be sitting for your credential:

  • If you are planning to take the exam prior to May 1, 2021, you should study the FY2020 guidelines and codes and prepare with the 2020 CCA Exam Review.
  • If you are planning to take the exam May 1, 2021 or later, you should study the FY2021 guidelines and codes and prepare with the 2021 CCA Exam Review.

Please refer to the AHIMA website ( for updates on the exam status and the list of allowable code books for your exam. Refer to the PearsonVue website ( for the specifics of what you need to know when registering for an exam.

  • WebinarPlus™ multimedia and interactive online course promotes engagement with challenging materials while offering independent self-study.
  • Knowledge checks and/or final assessment ensure mastery of material.
  • Online Flexibility! Materials available 24/7. Work at your own pace — save time and travel costs.
  • Earn Libman Education Certificate of Completion and CEUs.
  • To receive CEU credit, students must achieve a passing rate on the course assessment(s).
  • Course is self-paced. For planning purposes, assume 1-3 hours required for each CEU.
  • Unlimited course access during enrollment period. For courses offering greater than one CEU, enrollment period is 16 weeks. For courses offering one or fewer CEUs, enrollment period is 4 weeks. Courses purchased as a bundle or package may have a longer enrollment period.
  • Extensions to the enrollment period are available. Contact Libman Education for pricing.
  • Financing available through PayPal Credit.
  • Price listed is per person/per course. Group rates available upon request.

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Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

Gail Smith, president of Gail I. Smith Consulting, is a nationally recognized coding educator. For most of her career Gail was an associate professor and director of the health information management (HIM) program at the University of Cincinnati and HIM program director at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Gail is a currently a consultant with a software company specializing in medical terminologies. Gail has authored several textbooks, including Basic Procedural Terminology and HCPCS Coding published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

An advocate for advanced coder training, Gail is the author of several titles for Libman Education including CPT: Introduction to Procedural Coding and two courses on the unique challenge of CPT coding in the pediatric setting: CPT for Pediatrics and CPT for Pediatrics: Advanced Orthopedic Coding. According to Gail: “One cannot possibly teach every coding scenario a coder will experience in their career. That is why coding education needs to focus instead on how to arrive at an accurate and defensible code assignment. It is the difference between learning to fish, and being given a fish. If you learn to code instead of being given answers to memorize, you will be able to arrive at the complete codes more quickly and with greater confidence.”

“Thank you! Your CCA Exam Review course is awesome! I knew I wanted to go down the AHIMA road and finding your class has been fantastic. I am taking the CCA test in a few weeks (super nervous!) and eventually (with a lot of studying and fingers crossed) I plan to take your CCS review class. Thanks again.” — Natalie A.

“After leaving coding for 14 years to raise children I decided to get a CCA certification from AHIMA – and I believe the Libman CCA course helped me pass.” — Nat A.

“I’m so excited I passed the CCA exam Dec 10th. Thanks again for all your help.” — Paula C.

“Don’t take the CCA Exam until you have taken this course! I never would have passed the exam if it wasn’t for this course.”

“Just wanted to let you know my daughter passed her CCA today with a score of 334 (needed a 300 to pass). She attributes her success to you and your online courses. I am a very proud momma as you can tell. Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for all the encouragement you and your staff have given her. I think the CCA for her was something she needed to prove to herself she can do this! Thank you!”

“I am just finishing up with the CCA prep course. I took it because I was so overwhelmed with trying to study without some structure. The course has really helped me stay on track, and I would recommend it to anyone preparing for the CCA exam. Best of luck to you!”

“There is definitely a need for this preparation course to bridge the classroom learning to preparing for and taking the actual CCA exam.”

“Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I took the Certification Exam yesterday and ……. I PASSED!!!!!! What a relief…“

“This course was very informative and well organized. It was a necessity for me in preparing for the CCA exam.”

“There is a lot of knowledge obtained in this 8-week course that really helped me prepare for the CCA Exam.”

“I have a good news to share with you. I have taken CCA exam and pass! Thank you for you help and guidance. The CCA online prep. Program was so helpful and helps me know where to focus. I appreciate it. I will be back for CCS Prep and ICD 10 courses.”

“The online CCA Exam Review course was very helpful and informative. I-10 is a whole new ball game, but I am sure your course will be as thorough as the I-9 was. Thanks again!”

“I passed my CCA exam on Saturday. Your Prep course was helpful.”

“I went on Saturday and I passed!!! I scored 319! You were the game changer, you completely changed the way I answered those questions. I just wanted to share my exciting news with you. Have a wonderful day.”

“I wanted to let you know that I finally took the CCA exam today and passed it. Also, I felt that my education with Libman more than prepared me for the exam. I had a hard time deciding which exam (the CCA or CCS) to take due to my extensive experience in outpatient but my lack of experience with inpatient and HIM. So I thought it would be best to start with the CCA.”

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2020 Required textbook and coding manuals:

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Which year code books will I need? It depends on when you will be sitting for your credential:

The ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding systems update at least yearly. The ICD-10 code sets are updated for discharges October 1 of each year. The CPT code set changes are effective January 1 of each year.

AHIMA’s updating of the CCA and CCS Exams lags behind changes to the coding sets. Typically, AHIMA coding credential exams use the current year guidelines and code sets until May 1 of the following year. For example, the CCA and CCS exams will test on FY 2020 codes and guidelines until May 1 of 2021.

* Please note:  Candidates for the CCA exam are required to bring the correct edition of code books to the test center. Candidates who do not bring the correct code books to the test center will not be allowed to test and will forfeit their exam fees.  The allowable code books are published on the AHIMA website (see “List of Allowable Code Books: ICD-10” in the right-hand column):

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