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 proficiency in assigning accurate medical codes for diagnoses, procedures and services in all settings, including hospitals (both inpatient and outpatient) 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


  • Multimedia and interactive online course 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.

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

Gail Smith, President of Gail I. Smith Consulting, is a health care consultant with over 30 years experience in the field of coding, education and health information management (HIM). Gail was an associate professor and director of a HIM program at the University of Cincinnati and program director at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Recently, Gail has focused on ICD-10-CM/PCS education: developing online courses, presenting workshops, and performing documentation reviews. She has authored several coding textbooks for CPT and ICD-10-CM and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and Academy faculty member. Ms. Smith received her bachelor’s degree in HIM from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in education from The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“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.

“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.”

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“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.”

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“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!”

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“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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The following code books are required for the course and to sit for the exam:

Other recommended resources:

  • Medical dictionary, any publisher
  • Anatomy and physiology reference
  • Merck Manual

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 2018 codes and guidelines until May 1 of 2019.

* 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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