CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction

Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA


The Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) is a difficult to achieve coding credential. The CCS Exam Review will help you improve your chance of CCS success!  Includes Live Instruction with a Libman Education instructor to make your CCS Exam Review experience even more valuable!

Sign up today!  Next class starts Saturday, July 9, 2022

CEUs:  9    0 AHIMA    0 AAPC
Price per person. Group rates available.

The CCS Exam Review will help you improve your chance of CCS success! 

Prepares candidates to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam. This online, self-paced, interactive and comprehensive review includes ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding practice; covers reimbursement methodologies, documentation quality, and regulatory compliance; and provides valuable study and test-taking strategies.

Know what to expect!  The CCS Exam Review provides comprehensive coverage of the four domains addressed by the CCS coding credential exam:

  • Domain 1 – Coding Knowledge and Skills
  • Domain 2 – Coding Documentation
  • Domain 3 – Provider Queries
  • Domain 4 – Regulatory Compliance

Knowledge checks and coding scenarios throughout the course ensure mastery of material.

The final assessment is comprised of 50 multiple choice questions covering the full range of topics likely to be included on the actual CCS exam.  Drawn from Libman Education’s 100+ proprietary CCS test questions, the assessment questions and answers are randomized to assure the integrity of the exam experience.  Learners are encouraged to take the final assessment multiple times to improve their test-taking skills and gain confidence in their mastery of the material.

Includes Live Instruction to make your CCS Exam Review experience even more valuable!  

  • Fully updated for 2022 codes and guidelines
  • Next session: Saturdays, July 9 – August 20, 2022
  • First course assignments released about two weeks prior to first class to ensure students have time to prepare for the first class
  • Get your questions answered!  Live, weekly instruction led by Libman Education Instructor, Cari Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA
  • Six one-hour classes scheduled over a six-week period
  • The level of effort required is approximately three hours per week with variation depending on the coder’s experience and knowledge
  • Instructor-led sessions on weekly assignments ensure accountability for timely mastery of materials. The instructor-led live sessions are recorded and then added to the online content for re-review at a later time.
  • Unlimited access to online course materials for full 16-week enrollment period.
  • Builds on the materials in the CCS Exam Review, plus additional content to ensure mastery of materials
    • Ancillary assignments
      • Additional ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT coding questions
      • Discussion board to answer questions and facilitate engagement between the instructor and the students
    • Instructor-led question and answer sessions focused on:
      • Review of lecture topics
      • Review of ancillary assignments
    • Discussion sessions are recorded and posted to the course dashboard

In a hurry? Consider the online, self-paced CCS Exam Review.  Same great content but without live instruction.

Looking for more exam-taking practice?  Libman Education’s CCS Practice Exam consists of 97 multiple choice questions and 8-9 coding scenarios that have 2 or 3 associated multiple choice, multiple response questions. The Practice Exam covers the four domains addressed by the CCS coding credential exam.  A special message for you from Instructor Cari A. Greenwood on the CCS Exam Review courses:

Libman Education is not associated, affiliated, or otherwise connected with AHIMA.

AHIMA’s updating of the CCS 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.

Which year CCS 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, 2023, you should study the FY2022 guidelines and codes and prepare with the 2022 CCS Exam Review.
  • If you are planning to take the exam May 1, 2023 or later, you should study the FY2023 guidelines and codes and prepare with the 2023 CCS 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.

CCS Exam Review

Introduction and Overview

  • Overview of the CCS Exam
  • What to expect from the course
  • Navigating the course

Lesson 1: ICD-10-CM Coding

  • ICD-10-CM Organization
  • Key Points
  • Official Conventions
  • Official Guidelines
  • Coding Scenarios

Lesson 2: ICD-10-PCS Coding

  • ICD-10-PCS Organization
  • Official Conventions
  • Official Guidelines
  • Coding Scenarios

Lesson 3: CPT Coding

  • Official Conventions
  • Official Guidelines
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical Package
  • Imaging and Destruction
  • Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Pathology and Laboratory
  • Medicine
  • Parenthetical Instructional Notes
  • Sequencing Rules
  • Evaluation and Management (Facility Rules)
  • National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI)
  • Coding Scenarios

Lesson 4: Auxiliary Coding Considerations

  • POA indicators
  • Reimbursement Classifications
  • CPT Modifiers

Lesson 5: Coding Documentation for Diagnoses

  • General Key Documentation Elements
  • Key Documentation Elements for Injuries
  • Clinical Indicators
  • Documentation discrepancies
  • Coding Scenarios

Lesson 6: Coding Documentation for Procedures

  • Surgical Key Documentation Elements
  • Evaluation and Management Key Documentation Elements
  • Anesthesia Key Documentation Elements
  • Radiology Key Documentation Elements
  • Pathology and Laboratory Key Documentation Elements
  • Medical Terminology
  • Diagnoses (CPT code Selection)
  • Discrepancies
  • Coding Scenarios

Lesson 7: Provider Queries and Regulatory Compliance

  • Queries
  • Regulatory Compliance

Exam Preparation and Test Taking Strategies

  • AHIMA Resources Pertaining to the CCS Exam
  • Applying for the CCS Exam
  • Scheduling the CCS
  • Preparation

CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction

  • Class 1. Introduction, Overview of the CCS Exam, and Focused Review of ICD-10-CM Coding
  • Class 2. Focused Review of ICD-10-PCS Coding
  • Class 3. Focused Review of CPT Coding
  • Class 4. Auxiliary Coding Considerations including:
    • CCs/MCCs
    • Reimbursement classifications
    • POA indicators
    • CPT modifiers
    • Abstracting data from the health record
  • Class 5. Documentation Requirements for Diagnoses and Procedures
  • Class 6. Physician Queries and Regulatory Compliance

The level of effort to complete this course, start to finish, is equivalent to 9 CEUs. Remember: You have access to the course materials for the full 16 week enrollment period and we encourage you to re-review any materials that are helpful to you as you prepare for the exam.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course work, student will be able to download a Libman Education Certificate of Completion.

AHIMA does not award CEUs for credential preparation or review courses.

AAPC will not grant CEUs for courses related to non-AAPC credentials.

  • WebinarPlus™ multimedia and interactive online course promotes engagement with challenging materials while offering independent self-study.
  • Teaching methods including audio and video files, diagrams, and animations to accommodate different learning styles. Where appropriate, the Merck Manual Professional Version supplements course materials with in-depth descriptions of diagnoses and/or procedures.
  • Knowledge checks and/or final assessment ensure mastery of material.
  • Online Flexibility! Materials available via secure Learning Management System (LMS). 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.
  • Price listed is per person/per course. Group rates available upon request.

CCS Exam Review
The CCS Exam Review is online and on demand. Learners may start the course at any time and work at their own pace. Unlimited access to online course materials for the full 16-week enrollment period.

CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction
CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction is a structured learning experience:

  • The start time for the live class depends on your time zone: 7 a.m. Pacific / 8 a.m. Mountain / 9 a.m. Central / 10 a.m. Eastern
  • Live one-hour classes delivered via web-based conferencing
  • Live classes are recorded and then added to the online content for review at a later time
  • Unlimited access to online course materials for the full 16-week enrollment period
  • Six classes over a six-week period
  • First course assignments are released to registered students approximately two weeks prior to the start of class to ensure students have time to prepare for the first class

Spring Session
April 2 – May 14, 2022, no class April 16 registration closed

Summer Session
July 9 – August 20, 2022, no class July 16

Fall Session
September 24 – October 29, 2022, dates are subject to change

Winter Session
January – February, 2023, dates to be announced

Schedule of courses subject to change.

Eligibility to sit for the CCS is set by AHIMA. While not required, one of the following is recommended to sit for the CCS examination:

  • Complete courses in all the following topics: anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic coding, and procedural coding and medical services (CPT/HCPCS) plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Hold the CCA® credential plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Hold a coding credential from another certifying organization plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Hold a CCS-P®, RHIT®, or RHIA® credential

To enroll in Libman Education’s CCS Exam Review learners should already be proficient in ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT coding systems. For learners who require additional instruction in the coding systems, Libman Education offers a complete catalog of online coding courses. Contact [email protected] for recommendations.

Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA

With more than 18 years of experience in health information management (HIM), Cari Greenwood is a well-rounded HIM professional who holds RHIA and CCS credentials from AHIMA, a CPC credential from AAPC, and is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and an HFMA-Certified Inpatient Coding Auditor. Through her 12 plus years as a coding educator, Cari has gathered insight and information derived from her experience working with individual professionals and teams as they pursue advanced HIM training.

Cari’s HIM expertise combined with her passion for teaching is the foundation for her career as an author and presenter specializing in coding and auditing education. As Cari has stated: “The challenge facing anyone working with data and code sets is that it requires regular study to stay current with the evolutions in healthcare and the ability to accurately and efficiently do the work required of an HIM professional. A strong foundation of core skills and knowledge is the beginning, not the totality of an HIM education, there is always more to learn.”

“Just wanted to let you know that I PASSED!!!!!! Thank you so much for your help, The CCS Exam Review with Live Instruction course was good, but it was your knowledge and guidance and patience which really stood out to me. Again, thank you soooo much.” — Laurie Sutton, CCS

“I want to thank you for your time on Saturdays to teach us on the CCS Course. I didn’t realize how much I depend on 3M! This was definitely an eye opener for me. I have lots to learn but I appreciate your time to teach us things I was not familiar with. I truly appreciate your time and the valuable knowledge you shared with us.” — Felicia Acosta

“Thank you so much for your amazing CCS Prep tutorial! I did pass the Exam and your review deserves much of the credit.” — Richard Gordon, RHIA, CCS(!)

“I asked one of my instructors for a review course to study for preparing to take my CCS exam and she recommended this course. It definitely helped me study and get ready to take the exam and I definitely recommend doing this course to get ready for the CCS exam!” — Misty McNeil on the CCS Exam Review

“I truly thank you Libman Group for your wonderful courses that have contributed to my success.” — Leslie Jay Corn, CCS, CPC, CCA/ER Coding Analyst/Boston Medical Center OR LogixHealth

“I’m pleasantly surprised at your response … really didn’t think I would receive anything at all, so, thank you! I believe that alone says a lot for Libman Education. I would recommend you to other coding professionals.” — Jennifer Jones, CPC

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* Please note: It is important that each participant have the correct edition and date of each publication as specified. Failure to have the correct edition and date will result in not being able to complete assignments.

Candidates for the CCS 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 will be listed on the AHIMA website.

A special message for you from instructor Cari A. Greenwood, RHIA, CCS, CPC, CICA, on preparing for the CCS.

Learn more about the original CCS Exam Review here. Same great content, but without live instruction.

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