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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.

RHIT Exam

CCS Exam

  • 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.
  • Faye Brown book -- I read Faye Brown's ICD-9-CM Coding Handbook for review. It is the best and most well-known hospital ICD-9-CM coding textbook.
  • PRG review guide -- I used the Professional Review Guide for the CCS Examination book for exam practice. This book is also called the "PRG study/review guide" for CCS. It is a very popular review guide for CCS prep.
  • Coding practice -- For additional coding training, I used a predecessor of the Clinical Coding Workout book. 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.
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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.

Always check for the latest editions!

CCS Exam Study Guides

prg ccs 2011

Professional Review Guide for the CCS Examination *2011 ed

  • by Patricia Schnering
  • Delmar Cengage Learning
  • a very popular CCS exam review guide
  • aka "PRG study guide" for CCS
  • updated yearly
  • previous editions: 2009, 2010

buck ccs 2011

CCS Coding Exam Review 2011: The Certification Step *2011 ed

  • by Carol J. Buck
  • Saunders Elsevier
  • comprehensive CCS coverage
  • previous editions: 2009, 2010
CCS-P Exam Study Guides
prg ccsp 2011

Professional Review Guide for the CCS-P Examination *2011 ed

  • by Patricia Schnering
  • Delmar Cengage Learning
  • aka "PRG study guide" for CCS-P
  • updated yearly
  • previous editions: 2009, 2010
buck dr 2011

The Extra Step, Physician-Based Coding Practice *2011 ed

  • by Carol J. Buck
  • Saunders
  • real-world coding cases to prepare for the CPC and CCS-P exams
  • previous editions: 2009, 2010
CCA Exam Study Guides

prg cca 2011

Professional Review Guide for the CCA Examination *2011 ed

  • by Patricia Schnering
  • Delmar Cengage Learning
  • aka "PRG study guide" for the CCA exam
  • previous edition: 2009, 2010
CPC Exam Study Guides
buck cpc 2011

CPC Coding Exam Review 2011: The Certification Step *2011 ed

  • by Carol Buck
  • Saunders
  • review for the CPC and CCS-P exams
  • companion CD with the pre- and post-exams
  • previous editions: 2009, 2010
buck dr 2011

The Extra Step, Physician-Based Coding Practice *2011 ed

  • by Carol J. Buck
  • Saunders
  • real-world coding cases to prepare for the CPC and CCS-P exams
  • previous editions: 2009, 2010

 

Links checked Apr 2011

AHIMA coding credentials - CCS, CCS-P, and CCA
AAPC coding credentials - CPC etc
See the medical coding credentials page for explanations.

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