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
- 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 (www.ahima.org) for updates on the exam status and the list of allowable code books for your exam. Refer to the PearsonVue website (https://home.pearsonvue.com/ahima) for the specifics of what you need to know when registering for an exam.
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2020 Required textbook and coding manuals:
Other recommended resources:
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): http://www.ahima.org/certification/CCA