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RINI ELIZABETH in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

56 months ago

I JUST COMPLETED MY CCA AND WANT TO DO CCS, KINDLY HELP ME GET SOME IDEAS ABOUT CCS.

THE SAME BOOKS OR IT WILL CHANGE???

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TLA in Fresno, California

56 months ago

mike in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: Thanks Deb.

I really recommend getting the Professional Review and CCA Exam prep books. If you have textbooks for your associates degree program you should be able study those and do well. I think what helped me a lot was going through the CCA Exam prep book from AHIMA and the professional Review book and answering the questions. I took notes on the subjects that I didn't do well in and looked them up and studied them from my textbooks. I probably did every question in both books 3x by the time I took the exam.

Hi Mike,
Congratulations. I plan on taking the CCA soon. How many questions can you miss on the test to pass?

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Ray Simeond in Worthington, Pennsylvania

56 months ago

Unless there has been a change, indeed.com has a CCS forum as well. You might want to go there as well as read everything there is about the CCS at www.ahima.org.

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dehabkuflom@*****.*** in Springfield, Virginia

55 months ago

Jeffrey in Bronx, New York said: Strateggy would work best "how to approach questions". So far most of students them passed in first attempt whoever I guide. Except those who didn't follow my instruction or couldn't develope time management skill.

Adeel Jeffrey M.D., MBA, CCA
AHIMA ICD-10 Ambassador / Trainer
adeelaj1@gmail.com

Hi Jeffrey, I am studying for CCA exam.I failed by few points can u please tell me ur strategy

Dehab

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

55 months ago

Does anyone know if I can take my CCA certification exam in a different state from the one I live in? i will be in Florida in January and would like to schedule to take the exam down there, so I have a little more time to study?

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abulwafa313@*****.*** in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

55 months ago

just you in Sylmar, California said: Hola Sandra woul you send me the notes please my email is alyorozco@rocketmail.com Thank you

Can you send me notes for cca to my email abulwafa313@yahoo.com

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abulwafa313@*****.*** in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

55 months ago

RINI ELIZABETH in Dubai, United Arab Emirates said: I JUST COMPLETED MY CCA AND WANT TO DO CCS, KINDLY HELP ME GET SOME IDEAS ABOUT CCS.

THE SAME BOOKS OR IT WILLnCHANGE???

Rani

Can you send me the cca quistion which you remember. Please send me to abulwafa313@yahoo.com

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znapue in Minneapolis, Minnesota

54 months ago

I just took the CCA exam today. I would like feed back is it best to taken the exam again right away when I can again? And has anyone struggled to pass the second test?

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

54 months ago

I am studying for the CCA exam and have run across this question in the PRG book. If anyone can explain why the answer is C and not A, I would appreciate it. (pg. 81)

A preterm infant is born via Cesarean section and has severe birth asphyxia. What are the appropriate codes?

A. V30.01, 765.10, 768.5
B. 765.10, 768.5, V30.01
C. 768.5, 765.10
D. 768.5

Why is the V code not used in this case?

Thank you for your help.

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

54 months ago

znapue in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: I just took the CCA exam today. I would like feed back is it best to taken the exam again right away when I can again? And has anyone struggled to pass the second test?

znapue, as to your first question, I believe you have to wait 91 days to take the test again. I haven't taken it the first time, so I can't answer your second question.

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glgcoder in Roseville, California

54 months ago

What year is the PRG book? Have you checked the author/book webpage for any corrections to the book/answers?

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

54 months ago

It's the 2012 edition. I will see if I can find that webpage you mentioned. Thank you.

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glgcoder in Roseville, California

54 months ago

Look in beginning pages of the book for publisher or contact information

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schizo in Spring Valley, New York

54 months ago

I see the question has been asked but cannot find an answer?

Does AHIMA allow writing in our code books to take the CCA? I took the CPC and they encourage notes but can I use my ICD-9 and CPT code books for my CCA with all the notations in them?

Thanks!

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Phyllis in Miami, Florida

54 months ago

YES, YOU CAN USE WRITTEN NOTES IN YOUR CODING BOOK....BUT NO POST ITS!

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schizo in Spring Valley, New York

54 months ago

Are tabs ok then? Mine are simply the section name or area to find things like maybe "illus. brain"
that sort of thing?

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schizo in Spring Valley, New York

54 months ago

Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina said: I am studying for the CCA exam and have run across this question in the PRG book. If anyone can explain why the answer is C and not A, I would appreciate it. (pg. 81)

A preterm infant is born via Cesarean section and has severe birth asphyxia. What are the appropriate codes?

A. V30.01, 765.10, 768.5
B. 765.10, 768.5, V30.01
C. 768.5, 765.10
D. 768.5

Why is the V code not used in this case?

Thank you for your help.

Did you receive any feed back on this? The only thing I can come up with is that there was more info and the birth was previously reported? From what you provided I too would think V30.01 should be the primary code, followed by the prematurity and asphyxia?

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

54 months ago

schizo in Spring Valley, New York said: I see the question has been asked but cannot find an answer?

Does AHIMA allow writing in our code books to take the CCA? I took the CPC and they encourage notes but can I use my ICD-9 and CPT code books for my CCA with all the notations in them?

Thanks!

I was told that notes are allowed in the coding books, but no highlighting is allowed. I don't know if this is accurate or not.

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

54 months ago

schizo in Spring Valley, New York said: Did you receive any feed back on this? The only thing I can come up with is that there was more info and the birth was previously reported? From what you provided I too would think V30.01 should be the primary code, followed by the prematurity and asphyxia?

Yes, I just heard back from the instructor of the crash course I am taking. She indicated that the answer key was incorrect, and that the answer is, in fact, A. I was also told that there has been no addenda put out. Also, since this has happened, I have read that the other PRG books have errors in them also, which makes it hard to know for sure what is correct.

If anyone has found any other questions in this PRG book that are incorrect, I would appreciate it if you would post it here to help the rest of us. I will post any others that I come across.

Thank you.

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Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina

54 months ago

In addition, I happen to have the PRG for RHIA and RHIT exam, and I have found that there are some of the same exact questions in this book as in the CCA exam book. This may also be the case for the PRG CCS exam book. Therefore, you may want to check these books as well to make sure the answers are correct.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

I just took the CCA 1/19/13. I scored a 341 and PASSED on my first attempt, no medical background. I have been reading this board for the past year. I called my instructor immediately after finding out the results and she was so great. I am going to start applying next week; I will post my post my results when I something to report. I thought the test was hard, but you just have to believe that you can do it.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

Yes you can have writing and notes in your book. They will check it to make sure there are no post its or other things stuck in there.

Does AHIMA allow writing in our code books to take the CCA? I took the CPC and they encourage notes but can I use my ICD-9 and CPT code books for my CCA with all the notations in them?

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znapue in Minneapolis, Minnesota

52 months ago

Congtat! Wishing you the best of luck ahead.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina said: znapue, as to your first question, I believe you have to wait 91 days to take the test again. I haven't taken it the first time, so I can't answer your second question.

I believe its 45 days.

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znapue in Minneapolis, Minnesota

52 months ago

Deb in Wake Forest, North Carolina said: znapue, as to your first question, I believe you have to wait 91 days to take the test again. I haven't taken it the first time, so I can't answer your second question.

Thanks Deb and good luck to you.

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mslana220 in Jacksonville, Florida

52 months ago

imachampion in Columbus, Georgia said: I just took the CCA 1/19/13. I scored a 341 and PASSED on my first attempt, no medical background. I have been reading this board for the past year. I called my instructor immediately after finding out the results and she was so great. I am going to start applying next week; I will post my post my results when I something to report. I thought the test was hard, but you just have to believe that you can do it.

Can you let me know what is a good study guide for the CCA since you just took it?

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coder0123 in Deerfield Beach, Florida

52 months ago

imachampion in Columbus, Georgia said: I just took the CCA 1/19/13. I scored a 341 and PASSED on my first attempt, no medical background. I have been reading this board for the past year. I called my instructor immediately after finding out the results and she was so great. I am going to start applying next week; I will post my post my results when I something to report. I thought the test was hard, but you just have to believe that you can do it.

can you let me know which books you used and did you take any crash course? i dont have any medical background so your info will help me preapre for the exam.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

MsLana220 in Jacksonville, Florida said: Can you let me know what is a good study guide for the CCA since you just took it?

Faye Brown, AHIMA CCA review, and PRG CCA review books. I took a certificate coding class and graduate this past December. I took the test 4wks later. Give yourself some time to study.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

coder0123 in Deerfield Beach, Florida said: can you let me know which books you used and did you take any crash course? i dont have any medical background so your info will help me preapre for the exam.

Faye Brown, AHIMA CCA review, and PRG CCA review books. I took a certificate coding class and graduate this past December. I took the test 4wks later. Give yourself some time to study.

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dwrenn in Orlando, Florida

52 months ago

I am seeing lots of comments about notes. Can someone please forward me the notes that everyone is talking about. I just finish my course and getting prepared to take CCA. Please help.
designsbydanita@hotmail.com

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dwrenn in Orlando, Florida

52 months ago

Loyd1957 in Oviedo, Florida said: I took my test in May of 2011 and passed. Since then have not gotten one bite. Most of the job descriptions for coding always state somewhere in capitals letters: EXPERIENCE A MUST. Since I dont' have experience, they won't even look at you. I have tried gaining entrance through HIM jobs entry level, but no luck. I am volunteering at a local hospital in the medical building women's health clinic for mammography and dexa scans. Not sure what to do now. I am getting further away from coding because I don't know where to go to keep refreshed.

Hey there, Do you still have any study material?

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dwrenn in Orlando, Florida

52 months ago

Marilyn in Charleston, South Carolina said: Tanks for all the info and tips for the CCA exam. I passed!!
Marilyn

Can I request a copy of "The CCA Experience"

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dwrenn in Orlando, Florida

52 months ago

sandra in Chicago, Illinois said: amadeiscia@yahoo.com please send me some notes... Thank You
Please send me the notes, I would greatly appreciate it amadeiscia@yahoo.com

Can you forward me the notes please.
designsbydanita@hotmail.com

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Cathy Long in New London, Connecticut

52 months ago

I agree with Lloyd. I passed my CCA on the first try but can't even get considered for a receptionist job as I have no hospital experience. I got a temp job in another field and am just going to hope that leads to something. The CCA with no experience especially appears to be worthless.

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mimi in Cartersville, Georgia

52 months ago

Sheletha in Jackson, Tennessee said: I am scheduled to take my CCA exam from AHIMA in two weeks. If anyone has taken this certification or any similiar certifications, Can you please tell me what to expect. I graduated from a program a few years back and have now decided to take the certification. Will the test be multiple choice. Should I brush up on medical terminology?

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Deb in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

52 months ago

I had read here were someone chose to do all the coding questions first on the CCA exam, so she went directly to the end of the test and did those questions first. Have any of the rest of you tackled your exam in this way? Also, if all the tests are different, which I get the feeling they are from what I have read, how can we count on the coding questions being at the end of the test? Just wondering. I have to take my exam this coming Thursday, and I'm very nervous.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

Deb in Fort Lauderdale, Florida said: I had read here were someone chose to do all the coding questions first on the CCA exam, so she went directly to the end of the test and did those questions first. Have any of the rest of you tackled your exam in this way? Also, if all the tests are different, which I get the feeling they are from what I have read, how can we count on the coding questions being at the end of the test? Just wondering. I have to take my exam this coming Thursday, and I'm very nervous.

I took it last Saturday and all the coding questions were mixed up. There would be a billing question, then a ICD-9 code question, and then maybe two CPT questions.

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imachampion in Columbus, Georgia

52 months ago

dwrenn in Orlando, Florida said: I am seeing lots of comments about notes. Can someone please forward me the notes that everyone is talking about. I just finish my course and getting prepared to take CCA. Please help.
designsbydanita@hotmail.com

You can put anything you want...I put a few medications that I get mixed up on. I really didn't use my notes after all because of the time limit.

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Deb in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

52 months ago

I started writing notes in my books. My only concern is that I won't have enough to locate them when I need them in order to answer the question. If only I could remember everything...

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Deb in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

52 months ago

I meant to say my concern is that I won't have enough time...

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Jessica in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

52 months ago

RINI ELIZABETH in Dubai, United Arab Emirates said: I JUST COMPLETED MY CCA AND WANT TO DO CCS, KINDLY HELP ME GET SOME IDEAS ABOUT CCS.

THE SAME BOOKS OR IT WILL CHANGE???

Hi I took my CCA and failed can you tell what book you been using to study because I been using three different CCA study guide and none of them I been working out for me. Please help. And Please email me at Gingeryue.jiang@gmail.com.
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coder0123 in Deerfield Beach, Florida

52 months ago

imachampion in Columbus, Georgia said: Faye Brown, AHIMA CCA review, and PRG CCA review books. I took a certificate coding class and graduate this past December. I took the test 4wks later. Give yourself some time to study.

Thanks for reply. I am preparing for cca exam .If u want to sell your fay brown and ahima cca review books i am interested in buying them.Sent me your email address and i will contact you.

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Deb in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

52 months ago

I'm getting ready to take my CCA exam, or else reschedule until next month. I'm concerned about understanding all the rules when it comes to actual coding of the circulatory and respiratory systems, and the right sequencing. Can someone tell me if there are that many actual coding questions on the exam? The CCA exam prep book from AHIMA and the PRG have some very difficult coding questions in them.

Thanks.

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Jessica in Saint Paul, Minnesota

52 months ago

imachampion in Columbus, Georgia said: I just took the CCA 1/19/13. I scored a 341 and PASSED on my first attempt, no medical background. I have been reading this board for the past year. I called my instructor immediately after finding out the results and she was so great. I am going to start applying next week; I will post my post my results when I something to report. I thought the test was hard, but you just have to believe that you can do it.

Just wonder what books did use to prepare for that test. Because I am having hard time to prepare and so far none of the studyguide for the CCA is working out for me. Please email me back at gingeryue.jiang@gmail.com
Jessica

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LMS12 in Columbia, Missouri

52 months ago

I just passed my RHIT exam last Sat., I don't have any coding experience. Should I be taking the CCA or CCS exam.

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LMS12 in Columbia, Missouri

52 months ago

I just passed my RHIT exam last Sat., I don't have any coding experience. Should I be taking the CCA or CCS exam.

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Deb in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

52 months ago

I am actually Deb in Wake Forest, but took the test in Fort Lauderdale yesterday. I passed, but I didn't feel like I was passing while I was taking it and was quite surprised when I found out that I had passed. It was the hardest test I have ever taken. Although I spent months preparing for it, studying from the PRG, Ahima's CCA prep book, and the books I had from my schooling (Casto's book on Reimbursement and John's book), I saw so many questions on the test that totally threw me. I can't recall what all they were now, but I swear they were nothing like anything I have ever read before. I did see a question that has two terms there that I hadn't seen before, clustering and linking. Someone had posted that here the other day, and I looked those terms up as they relate to health care, and I couldn't find anything about them. There were some coding questions, and because I was running out of time, I had to make a quick snap judgement in a few cases. If you know the sequencing rules, that will help to eliminate a few of the possible answers hopefully pretty quickly. Just know as much as you can and hope for the best. That's the best advice I can give. And spend your time studying according to what Ahima's Blueprint Crosswalk says, and you should be okay.

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M Ledbetter in Meridian, Mississippi

52 months ago

Sandra and Judee, will you send me your notes for the exam? Thanks!

mbledbet@gmail.com

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M Ledbetter in Meridian, Mississippi

52 months ago

Can someone tell me if the Barry Libman CCA Exam Prep course is any good? Or do they know of an exam prep course? Thanks!!!

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N Sweat in Warner Robins, Georgia

51 months ago

When I do practice tests in PRG the possible ICD-9 and CPT codes used are listed with the question so I am not having to look codes up in the books. Is that the way it is on the actual CCA exam?

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