The Transformative Power of the CCS

The Transformative Power of the CCS

by Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC
Senior Associate, Barry Libman Inc.

I recently heard from a CCS Exam Prep student of mine. She emailed to tell me that she had successfully passed the CCS exam.

“I took the Intensive CCS Exam Prep class and I am happy to report that I passed the CCS exam! Many people I work with have tried to diminish my credential because I took a class to prepare for the exam. I know I would not have passed, or even registered to take the exam, had I prepared exclusively on my own.”

I am so proud of her. She did the work necessary to be successful on the exam and earned every point of her final score. Ask anyone who has taken it – the CCS is a tough test!

Her comment points out the value of a structured exam prep. Whether on your own, with a group of friends, or as part of a class, preparing for the CCS is overwhelming if you do not have a plan for attacking the material. My advice: Plan your work, and work your plan!

My student closed out her email with the following:

“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.”

This is not an unusual comment. The effort required to do well on the exam will change you forever as a coder. You will have confidence in your skill and in-depth knowledge plus the courage to take on new code guidance, new service settings, and new procedures because you know how to approach a complex coding problem methodically and consistently.

Getting the CCS is the immediate goal for many coders, but the value of that CCS will transform you as a professional.

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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