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The PROFESSIONAL REVIEW GUIDE FOR THE CCS EXAMINATION, 2012 EDITION is an essential, effective preparation tool for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam. This comprehensive learning package includes a reader-friendly, content-rich book, along with a CD-ROM featuring additional useful resources and interactive study tools. Thorough and up-to-date, this invaluable guide covers critical information to help you pass the exam and prepare for professional success, including material on current code sets and AHIMA standards, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding, electronic medical records, HIPAA requirements, and relevant laws, standards, and procedures. In addition to mock exam questions and detailed answer keys, the guide includes study tips, coding case studies, and quizzes and activities linked to AHIMA competencies to help you hone your skills by assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures for a variety of patient settings.

The Professional Review Guide for the CCS Examination, 2006 Edition contains: study tips, a comprehensive resource list, a review section with multiple choice coding questions that review a broad range of competencies. This valuable manual also includes coding case studies for coding review for the CCS examination, a mock examination that strives to mirror the CCS Examination. The mock examination includes 60 multiple choice coding questions reviewing a broad range of competencies, 21 medical record coding cases, 11 outpatient records, 5 Ambulatory surgery, 3 emergency room, 3 other, and 10 inpatient records.

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Reviewer:LouAnn Schraffenberger, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Univ of Illinois at Chicago School of Biomed & Health Info Mgmt)
Description:This book and an interactive CD-ROM is a study guide for the American Health Information Management Association's Clinical Coding Specialist (CCS) certification examination. The CCS exam tests coding competency and skills at the mastery level for hospital and physician coding functions.
Purpose:The purpose is to help candidates for the AHIMA clinical coding specialist (CCS) examination prepare for the test. It provides study and test taking strategies as well as practice exercises in the format of multiple choice questions and case studies for coding.
Audience:The audience includes experienced clinical coders, usually employed in hospitals or other health settings, who are preparing to take AHIMA's clinical coding specialist examination. The authors are experienced health information management and clinical coding educators.
Features:The book starts with suggestions for study and test taking strategies. The next section is a coding review with multiple choice questions and coding case studies that mimic the exam format. The second section is a mock examination containing a Part I with two sets of multiple choice questions and a Part II with mock cases to code. Appendixes in the back of the book contain information on pharmacology, laboratory testing, a summary of the latest ICD-9-CM codes, and guidelines for ICD-9-CM coding.
Assessment:I have used this book to teach a CCS exam review preparation workshops. I trust the authors as they are credible, knowledgeable coding educators.The book follows the format of the CCS exam with the four-part multiple choice questions and the case studies in the format used during the actual CCS exam. Given the fact the CCS exam has a new exam blueprint beginning June 2007, the 2008 edition of the book will need to be updated more extensively. I also think the multiple choice questions need to be longer and/or more difficult to reflect the actual examination. I have been told by candidates who have taken the CCS exam that this review was helpful but somewhat misleading as the actual test was much more difficult in terms of the multiple choice questions asked and the length and depth of the case studies to code. However, I still recommend this book to students as a viable review for the CCS exam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111643836
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Series: Exam Review Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Schnering is an adjunct instructor of HIM at St. Petersburg College, and serves on its advisory board. In addition to experience as an HIM supervisor and consultant, she is the founder and owner of PRG Publishing Inc., where she published the first Professional Review Guides. Ms. Schering has served as president of GCHIMA and on FHIMA's board of directors, where she twice received the FHIMA Literary Award. She is also a member of AHIMA and the Assembly on Education (AOE). In addition to a business administration from the University of South Florida, she is a graduate of the health information management program at St. Petersburg College, and holds both CCS and RHIA certifications.
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Table of Contents

. Examination Study Strategies and Resources. 2. Coding Review. 3. Health Data Content, Requirements, and Standards. 4. Medical Science. 5. Classification Systems and Secondary Data Sources. 6. Medical Billing and Reimbursement Systems. 7. ICD-9-CM Coding. 8. CPT Coding. 9. CCS Case Study Coding Review. 10. CCS Case Study Coding Review Answer Key. 11. CCS Mock Examination Part 1. 12. CCS Mock Examination Part 2: Coding Cases. 13. CCS Mock Exam Answer Key. Appendix A: Pharmacology. Appendix B: Laboratory Testing. Appendix C: ICD-9-CM Coding Guidelines Effective October 1, 2011. Evaluation Form.
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