Medical Coding Certification Exams
Study & Review Guides
My Preparation for the RHIT & CCS Exams
I passed AHIMA's Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT) and
Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) certification examinations many years ago on my first try with flying colors. This is what I did to
prepare for these exams.
Work experience -- I coded inpatient and same-day-surgery cases at work and
reviewed "Coding Clinic" and "CPT Assistant" newsletters as needed. This work
experience was the single most important factor in my very
successful passing of the exam. The exam was pretty much just another day at work! :O)
Coding guidelines -- I read the "Official Coding Guidelines" very carefully and made sure
I understood them well. The official coding guidelines are
currently over 100 pages long, so there's plenty to learn. Go to my
coding links page to download
your free copy.
Coding practice -- For additional coding training, I used a predecessor of the Clinical Coding
This book was called "Coding in Context" then, and it was my favorite coding practice book.
In summary -- Basically, know the official coding guidelines well and
practice, practice, and practice coding.
Note: All exam study guides and textbooks may have occasional errors. If you
don't agree with the answer given, dig deeper into the
issue and find out yourself what the correct answer
might be. Good practice for your future coding job!
Coding rules and guidelines have a lot of gray areas
that cause debate among coders.