IMPORTANT UPDATE: 4/2/2014
Due to Congress’s recent passing of H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, resulting in a delay of at least one year to the ICD-10 implementation deadline, CCHIIM has determined that all certification exams will continue testing on ICD-9-CM until a new coding classification system is officially implemented. See more at: http://www.ahima.org/
The Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Preparation course is designed to prepare students for the CCA Certification Exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
The CCA credential distinguishes coders by exhibiting their commitment to the profession and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, including hospitals and physician practices. The CCA credential is intended to balance limited job experience with tested knowledge and is often the first credential earned by new graduates and those new to the coding profession. Earning your CCA Credential can open the door to new employment opportunities and position you for advancement over non-credentialed individuals.
Who Should Take this Course?
- Graduates of HIM and coding certificate programs interested in getting their first coding credential
- Medical coders seeking credentialing of coding competencies in hospitals
- Medical coders seeking credentialing of coding competencies in physician practices
This eight-module course is an online self-paced course offers valuable study and test-taking strategies, review of medical terminology and common diagnoses by body system, and intensive ICD-9-CM and CPT coding practice. (NOTE: Each module is estimated to take 10-15 hours of study time.)
The CCA Exam Preparation course offers:
- Valuable study and test-taking strategies
- Review of medical terminology and common diagnoses by body system
- Intensive ICD-9-CM and CPT coding practice
- Professional Review Guide for the CCA Examination textbook and supplemental CD
- Full-color anatomical drawings to amplify course content
- Test Yourself Quizzes
- Supplemental documents to aid in the review process of important concepts
A note about AHIMA Certification and Codebooks:
Candidates will not be able to test without the correct codebooks Per AHIMA, candidates that do not present the correct versions of codebooks will forfeit their exam fees.
Candidates for the CCA exam will be allowed to use either the 2012 or 2013 version of the ICD-9 codebooks. Many ICD-9 publishers are not publishing a 2013 edition because of the code freeze, instead providing errata with any changes. The AMA is publishing a 2013 version of CPT and the 2013 CPT will be required for the test. Please review the list of allowable codebooks if you have any questions.
See more at: http://www.ahima.org/~/media/AHIMA/Files/Certification/Allowable_Code_Books_CCA.ashx
Group Registration Form:
CCA Preparation Exam for Coders (2013): $149 Per Person/Per Course.
The textbook, Professional Review Guide for the CCA Examination, is purchased separately. The textbook is available for purchase on our online bookstore.
About the Authors:
Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P has over twenty years experience in coding, auditing and documentation for hospitals ranging from community to teaching hospitals as well as physician group practices. As an educator, Mary Beth has taught in a broad range of settings from large classroom, to small group, to one-on-one instruction. Mary Beth is the instructor of Libman Education’s highly successful CCS Exam Prep course and has taught CCS-P exam preparation skills, interventional radiology, and physician education on documentation requirements and assignment of E&M levels. Mary Beth York is a Senior Associate with Libman Education and Barry Libman Inc.
Patricia Parkes, RHIA, has 25 years of experience in the health information management field. As the Health Information Manager in community-based and large urban hospitals in the U.S. and overseas, Patti loved teaching her employees new skills to enhance and further their careers. It was this love of teaching that led to her decision to become first an adjunct faculty member and then a full-time HIM Program Director for an Associate’s Degree and a Medical Coding Certificate Program. While an Associate with Libman Education and Barry Libman Inc., Patti combined her HIM expertise with her commitment to education and training.
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