Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) Exam Review


Prepares candidates to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) exam. This online, self-paced, interactive and comprehensive review includes ICD-10-CM and CPT coding practice; covers reimbursement methodologies, appropriate query practices, documentation review and requirements, data quality, regulatory issues, claims development and processing, insurance response, research and compliance; and provides valuable study and test-taking strategies.

CEUs:  7    0 AHIMA    0 AAPC
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Fully updated for 2021 CCS-P Coding Credential Exam!

Prepares candidates to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist – Physician-based (CCS-P) exam. This online, self-paced, interactive and comprehensive review includes ICD-10-CM and CPT coding practice; covers reimbursement methodologies, appropriate query practices, documentation review and requirements, data quality, regulatory issues, claims development and processing, insurance response, research, and compliance; and provides valuable study and test-taking strategies.

Holding the CCS-P coding credential certifies that the credential holder has demonstrated mastery-level skills in coding for physician offices, group practices, multi-specialty clinics, or specialty centers. A minimum of two years related coding experience directly applying ICD-10-CM, CPT and HCPCS Level II codes is strongly recommended before attempting the CCS-P.

The CCS-P Exam Review aims to prepare exam candidates to:

  • Use the ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II codebooks effectively
  • Complete the tasks encountered on the CCS-P exam
  • Identify personal areas of strength or weakness in relation to the tasks on the CCS-P exam
  • Explain the process for registering for and taking the CCS-P
  • Utilize tips and skills that make taking the exam a more comfortable experience

The CCS-P Exam Review follows the exam outline to provide a comprehensive review of the materials covered on the CCS-P exam as well as valuable study and test-taking strategies:

  • Lesson 1: ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding for Physician Services
  • Lesson 2: Navigating the CPT and HCPCS Level II Codebooks
  • Lesson 3: CPT/HCPCS Coding for Physician Services
  • Lesson 4: CPT and HCPCS Level II Modifiers
  • Lesson 5: Revenue and Research
  • Lesson 6: Compliant Coding and Health Record Maintenance
  • Bonus Content: Best Practices for Test Taking

To ensure mastery of material, the CCS-P Exam Review provides knowledge checks and assessment exercises throughout as well as a 100-question CCS-P Readiness Assessment similar to the actual exam.

After completing the CCS-P Exam Review, you will be positioned for coding credential exam success!

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

AHIMA’s updating of the Coding Credential 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.

Which year CCS-P 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, 2022, you should study the FY2021 guidelines and codes and prepare with the 2021 CCS-P Exam Review.
  • If you are planning to take the exam May 1, 2022 or later, you should study the FY2022 guidelines and codes and prepare with the 2022 CCS-P 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.

The level of effort to complete this course, start to finish, is equivalent to 7 CEUs and should take you approximately 7-21 hours to complete. 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.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the course work, student will be able to download a Libman Education Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion will list the course as awarding 7 CEUs.

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

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

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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.”

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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 Coding Credential 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 coding credential exams will test on FY 2020 codes and guidelines until May 1 of 2021.

* Please note:  Candidates for the coding credential 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 “2020 List of Allowable Code Books”) https://www.ahima.org/certification-careers/certifications/ccs-p/

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