Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) Exam Prep: CCS for CDI

Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC


Designed specifically for CDI professionals, this highly-acclaimed program prepares candidates to sit for AHIMA’s 2018 Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) credential exam. Online lectures, presentations, and practice exams with weekly live instructor-led virtual class sessions to provide a thorough review of the materials. Our nationally renowned CCS exam instructor, Mary Beth York, provides individual mentoring and coaching with proven test-taking strategies that have helped hundreds to achieve CCS success.

Tuition payable on acceptance to program

CEUs:     39 AHIMA      N/A - AAPC

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Please note: The next CCS Exam Prep: CCS for CDI is scheduled to begin in January 2019. Please join our waitlist to be notified when the course is available.

The CCS Exam Prep includes the following:

  • Seventeen weeks of intensive preparation and personalized attention ensure participants stay on track for the CCS Exam.
  • Additional preparation focused on CPT coding, a key component of the CCS exam.
  • Live one-hour classes are held weekly via web-based conferencing, and are available to participants anywhere with internet access
  • Two hours of recorded lectures each week on critical topics. Recorded lectures may be listened to repeatedly until the material is mastered.
  • Additional coursework to include reading assignments, coding exercises, and quizzes. Depending on experience and skill-level, students should expect to spend an additional 15-30 hours completing additional coursework each week.
  • Extensive proprietary study materials supplemented by carefully selected textbooks and additional resources
  • Includes quizzes with direct feedback and review with the instructor
  • Strictly limited class size ensures one-on-one mentoring and personalized live instruction
  • Bonus content! Students enrolled in the CCS Exam Prep will receive a one year subscription to the Virtual Lab (VLab), a $110 value, at no additional charge.  This web-based, practical, participatory, coding environment has been selected by Libman Education to provide CCS Exam Prep students online access to critical resources including Coding Clinic, CPT Assistant, and AHA’s ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook.
  • More Bonus content! Participants enrolled in the CCS Exam Prep will receive the CCS Mock Exam, a $149 value, at no additional charge.   The Mock Exam will test your coding skills and provide a realistic assessment of your readiness to sit for the CCS credential exam.

CCS Exam Prep: CCS for CDI
Course Syllabus

1. CCS exam specifics
2. CCS Prep Program specifics
3. Pre-Course assignments

Week 1
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 1 – Background of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Classification
Ch 2 – Introduction to the ICD-10-CM Classification
Ch 3 – ICD-10-CM Conventions
Ch 4 – Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set
Ch 5 – The Medical Record as a Source Document

Week 2
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 6 – Basic ICD-10-CM Coding Steps
Ch 7 – Basic ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines
Ch 12 – Z Codes and External Cause of Morbidity Codes
Ch 13 – Symptoms, Signs, and Ill-Defined Conditions

Week 3
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 8 – Introduction to the ICD-10-PCS Classification
Ch 9 – Basic ICD-10-PCS Coding Steps
Ch 10 – ICD-10-PCS Root Operations in the Medical and Surgical Section
Ch 11 – ICD-10-PCS Procedures in the Medical Surgical and Ancillary Sections

Week 4
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 14 – Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
Ch 15 – Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Diseases
Ch 16 – Mental Disorders

Week 5
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 17 – Diseases of the Blood and Blood-Forming Organs and Certain Disorders Involving the
Immune Mechanism
Ch 18 – Diseases of the Nervous System and Sense Organs
Ch 19 – Diseases of the Respiratory System

Week 6
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 20 – Diseases of the Digestive System
Ch 21 – Diseases of the Genitourinary System
Ch 22 – Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue

Week 7
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 23 – Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
Ch 30 – Injuries
Ch 31 – Burns
Ch 32 – Poisoning, Toxic Effects, Adverse Effects, and Underdosing of Drugs
Ch 33 – Complications of Surgery and Medical Care

Week 8
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 24 – Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Puerperium
Ch 25 – Abortion and Ectopic Pregnancy
Ch 26 – Congenital Anomalies
Ch 27 – Perinatal Conditions

Week 9
Text: AHA – ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook
Ch 28 – Diseases of the Circulatory System
Ch 29 – Neoplasms

Week 10
ICD-10-CM and PCS Final Review Exercises
Inpatient case studies
Multiple Choice Practice Questions

Week 11
Inpatient case studies continued
Multiple Choice Practice Questions

Week 12
Reimbursement Methodology
Multiple Choice Practice Questions
Introduction to CPT Nomenclature Basics

Week 13
Intro to CPT Nomenclature
CPT Nomenclature Basics

Week 14
CPT Surgery – General Guidelines
Multiple Choice Practice Questions

Week 15
CPT Case Studies
Multiple Choice Practice Questions

Week 16
Final Preparation

Week 17
Mock Exam
Final Preparation

Additional Resources
Medical Science Review
Health Information Documentation
Common Drugs

Winter Session:
January 2019 (dates tbd)
17 weeks

Please note: Winter Session CCS for CDI will prepare students for the 2019 CCS Exam.

To enroll in Libman Education’s CCS Exam Prep: CCS for CDI, participants must meet have a minimum of two years hands-on acute-care hospital CDI experience

1. Complete the application. An application is required for admission to the course.
2. Complete the CCS Skills Assessment. The CCS Skills Assessment will be sent to you within one business day of receiving your application. The CCS Skills Assessment is online and can be started whenever is convenient for you. The assessment is a tool utilized to assess your foundational coding skills and your readiness to attempt the CCS exam. Please allow 3 hours for completion.
3. Interview with the instructor. An interview with the instructor is required prior to course acceptance. Once you complete the CCS Skills Assessment, the instructor will contact you by email or phone to schedule an interview. The interview will include discussion of the CCS exam, your application, the CCS Prep course in detail and answer your questions.

Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CICMary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC

Mary Beth York has over twenty year’s experience in coding, auditing and documentation improvement for hospitals ranging from community to teaching hospitals as well as physician group practices. As an educator, Mary Beth has taught in a broad range of settings from large classroom, to small group, to one-on-one instruction. Mary Beth has taught Libman Education’s highly successful CCS Exam Prep courses for eight years and has also taught CCS-P exam preparation skills, interventional radiology, and physician education on documentation requirements and assignment of E&M levels. Mary Beth York is a Senior Associate with Barry Libman Inc.

“I have to tell you that Mary Beth is the BOMB!!!!!!! She is great at what she does. I just want to thank all of you for having this course and helping everyone to achieve their goal of becoming certified. I will never forget Mary Beth and her kind words that she offered each week of the course. I enjoyed her class. Mary Beth makes every student feel important!” — Jeannine B., RHIT, CCS, HIM Manager

“I enrolled in Libman’s CCS Prep Course January of this year under the instruction of Mary Beth once again, and after several months of intensive course work and studying, I passed the CCS exam! Mary Beth York is more than just an instructor…she’s a mentor and a coach, and she will be cheering you on and helping you every step of the way. The course was tough with many hours of hard work involved but entirely worth it! I feel such a sense of accomplishment thanks to the mentoring of Mary Beth York.” — Eddy W.

“I took the CCS Exam Prep class with Mary Beth last year & loved it! Successfully passed my CCS!” — Kimberly (Jane) D.

“Thank you Mary Beth! Because of you, I no longer look at the coding book as being bigger than me. You have a methodology for teaching coding that is just awesome.” — Rosemary M. on the CCS for CDI

“I’ve been a CDI nurse for almost 15 years but wanted to take my skill set to a new level. Although this class was long & very labor intensive, it more than prepared me to sit for the CCS exam. I took the exam today & passed it with flying colors on the first try! Thank you Mary Beth York!” — Laura H. on the CCS for CDI

“Relieved and happy to have passed my CCS exam today. Many thanks to Mary Beth York at Libman Education for her hard work and patience and more than preparing me to sit the exam.” — Maria M., BSN,CCDS,CCS, CDI Supervisor

“I want to thank you for one of the best experiences of my life. The growth that took place astounds me. Mary Beth is one of the best instructors I have ever had. Not only did I pass the CCS, my scores were 367/400 or 92%. I’m so glad that I met you!”

“I took the Intensive CCS Exam Prep class and I am happy to report that I passed the CCS exam! I know I would not have passed, or even registered to take the exam, had I prepared exclusively on my own. I really liked the virtual classes. I enjoyed the way it was done because you still have the instructor explaining and being able to ask question. Many people I work with have tried to diminish my credential because I took a class to prepare for the exam. I find, due to taking the course, (even with my lack of ‘coding chops’, as one person put it), I have more in-depth knowledge of some subjects than many of the seasoned coders I work with.”

“It was very challenging! I really liked the way it made us think and really get to know these codes better. Great learning tool.”

“I am doing very well since obtaining my CCS … thanks to you! I have been working part time remotely for over a year now and loving it! I am still working at the hospital as well full time … Having my CCS certification has opened up so many opportunities for me! It also has made me feel more confident in my daily coding work and am able to help coders (without CCS certification) who seem to struggle with coding accounts. So Kudos to you! I can’t tell you how happy I am to have taken your course and above all appreciated all your support and confidence in me!”

“I really liked the virtual classes. I enjoyed the way it was done because you still have the instructor explaining and being able to ask question.”

“I took the CCS prep class and really enjoyed the whole experience. It was quite a lot of work but Marybeth guided us all in the class very well and was always available for help and advice when we were stuck on any coding scenarios that came up. I felt very prepared for my exam when I went to take it.”

“The class requires a lot of commitment (!) and personal study time that you need to put aside and be willing to do in order to be successful on the class as well as on the exam.”

“This email could not have come at a better time. My boss and I were both talking about expanding our credentials (CCS and RHIT)! So, thank you for this opportunity!”
— Christine A., RN, BSN, Manager of CDI Clinical Education, on an email about the CCS for CDI Exam Prep course

“I have encouraged every coder I know, who has the slightest inclination to sit for the CCS exam, to take the course. Unfortunately, some are deterred by the distance to the classroom setting — the addition of online classes is wonderful. Others are deterred by the amount of homework that is required (I am completely honest when I tell them I spent 4 -5 hours most nights on coding exercises, coding cases, coding clinics, etc.), to them I say, well, I guess you just aren’t ready.”

“I feel that CCS Exam Prep was well worth the cost. I highly recommend this course for coders that feel ready to attempt their CCS certification.”

“I would like to express my personal thanks for your time and effort helping her pass her CCS exam. It was certainly above and beyond expectations, and reflects well on your professionalism and work ethic. Well done!”

“Homework, Homework, Homework — there is a lot of it and it needs to be done to pass the test. Mary Beth also had me reading the guidelines till I was dreaming about them! …This was the best educational experience for my professional development without question. It was a lot of work but well worth it, and would recommend the program to anyone.”

“The course is very demanding especially when working full time. At times I found it hard to keep up with some of the others in the class. And I found the range of material terribly broad — but such is the nature of the exam. Mary Beth is an excellent instructor and gave us full warning of the difficulty of the exam. And she obviously prepared us very well since our group all managed to pass.”

“I thought that the course was great and I would have never have passed the test without the prep class.”

“I am very impressed with your strict guidelines to be accepted into this program. It happens far too often that an education facility will just take students for financial gain or to make their ‘numbers’. You seem very passionate about what you do and I think that is wonderful.”

“I had the good fortune to train with Mary Beth York for the CCS exam and passed in 2009. She is one of the most patient, kind and knowledgeable coding mentors that I have encountered. In addition to CCS training, I completed the Barry Libman online education course ‘Anatomy & Physiology for Coders’ in 2011. I hold Libman Education in high regard. The education I received and the professionalism of the staff has been superb.”

“I am a student from last year and I just took my CCS exam March 26, 2015 and pass with flying colors (370/400) . I am truly amazed with MaryBeth’s teaching style and overall serenity. During the class and right before my exam she took the time to calm my nerves and help me to relax so I don’t freak out during the test. She also is able to challenge an individual in such a short amount of time. THANK YOU MaryBeth for changing my life. I am forever grateful!”

“I do very much appreciate the CCS Exam Prep program and what it can do for students if they give 100%. I also appreciate that the class is not over once the weekly classes are complete. The follow-through with mock exam, follow-up calls, and examples is just absolutely wonderful. It is a great program that has been developed and everyone who had a part in that should be commended.”

“Mary Beth went above and beyond my expectations for all the students in our CCS class.”

“I just recently passed the CCS in July. I currently hold a CPC certification but I feel that facility employers favor the CCS. It took me several years to finally take initiative and get the CCS completed! I believe I could not have done that without this class. I do know that as the coding field is just booming I was getting frustrated with some of the coding guidance I was getting. It seems that so many people were advancing to auditing and management positions so quickly that basic coding guidelines were being ignored or not addressed. By going through the class and passing the CCS, my confidence and quality in my coding has improved tremendously!” — Wendy W., CCS


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Provided materials: The course tuition includes online access to all course and proprietary study materials.

Participants will also receive a one year subscription to the Virtual Lab (VLab), a $110 value, at no additional charge.  This web-based, practical, participatory, coding environment has been selected by Libman Education to provide CCS Exam Prep participants online access to critical resources including Coding Clinic, CPT Assistant,  and AHA’s ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook.

Required materials: Our next session will prepare candidates for the 2018 CCS Exam. Each participant in the class is required to purchase (or have access to) the following edition-specific textbooks.

  1. Professional Review Guide Online for the CCS Examination, 2018, 2 terms (12 months) Instant Access, 1st Edition (not available for purchase until January 2018)
  2. 2018 ICD-10-CM Code Book, (any approved publisher*)
  3. 2018 ICD-10-PCS Code Book, (any approved publisher*)
  4. CPT 2018 Standard or CPT 2018 Professional (published by the American Medical Association)

* 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 are published on the AHIMA website (see “List of Allowable Code Books: ICD-10” in the right-hand column):

Note: The 2018 List of Allowable Code Books: ICD-10 has not been updated on the AHIMA website to date.


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