The Secret to CCS Exam Success: It’s the Guidelines

The Secret to CCS Exam Success: It’s the Guidelines

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

The CCS is known to be a difficult credential to attain. Coders with years of experience can sometimes have difficulty passing the exam. Knowing the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and knowing how to use your books skillfully makes the difference between adding those lovely CCS initials after your name or having to try again later.

My advice: study your guidelines; know them inside and out; know how to recall and analysis the guidelines within 60 seconds; and know before you go into the exam how to apply them. Having taught CCS Exam Prep for years, I can tell you that coders who take the time to focus on the guidelines have a greater chance of success.

(Important to Note: AHIMA’s CCS Exam is currently based on the 2017 code sets and guidelines. AHIMA has not yet indicated when the exam will transition to the 2018 code sets and guidelines.)

Applications are now being accepted for the Libman Education CCS Exam Prep — an intensive, 15-week course by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC, a nationally recognized CCS expert who has mentored hundreds to CCS success. Don’t delay! Class size is strictly limited to ensure one-on-one mentoring and personalized live instruction.  Learn more here.


About the Author

Mary 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. Mary Beth is the author of Libman Education's highly successful CCS Exam Prep course, as well as Libman Education's highly successful CCA Exam Review course. 

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