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Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original

Course Overview

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The premier CPC® exam preparation course for coders

The demand for CPC-certified coders has never been higher. If you want to take your career to the next level with certification, the Certified Coder Boot Camp will fully prepare you for the AAPC's Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

The Certified Coder Boot Camp teaches the fundamentals of CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II coding for professional services and hospital outpatient services. The first day covers ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding, and the remaining four days are devoted to CPT and HCPCS II coding.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand and apply coding principles and rules appropriately
  • Navigate the ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II coding manuals
  • Apply knowledge to AAPC's CPC exam
  • Develop fundamental coding skills for all medical specialties with a thorough study of the CPT manual
  • Master the art of accurate code assignment for ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II by learning the latest coding guidelines


Leave class ready to take the CPC exam! 

This isn't just any coding course. See the HCPro difference for yourself!

  • Rules-based learning: We only use recognized source authorities, such as the current ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II manuals, but we supplement these with additional nationally recognized source authorities like the AHA's Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS® and the AMA's CPT Assistant®.
  • Hands-on learning: Course participants work approximately 500 coding exercises, including a 150-question practice CPC exam and numerous operative reports. Each participant also receives a printed answer key for all exercises, including the practice exam. Students are required to bring CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS II manuals to class so they can complete the exercises.
  • Small class size: Class size is limited to ensure individual attention.
  • Well-established program: HCPro is the nation's first organization to offer Boot Camp training courses to healthcare coding professionals. We have more than 10 years of experience teaching coders, and on average, participants rate this course 4.9 on a 5.0 scale.


For more detailed information about HCPro's Boot Camps, contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email customerservice@hcpro.com.


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Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original

Course Locations & Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original Boot Camp classes.

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September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016

 

September 2016

Brentwood (Nashville), TN

 

September 19–23, 2016
Mon – Thurs: 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Fri: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

HYATT PLACE Nashville/Brentwood
202 Summit View Drive
Brentwood, TN 37027
615-661-9477
Hotel website


Room Rate: $139/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Aug. 29, 2016

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October 2016

Schaumburg (Chicago), IL

 

October 3–7, 2016
Mon – Thurs: 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Fri: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Hyatt Place Chicago/Schaumburg
1851 McConnor Parkway
Schaumburg, IL 60173
847-330-1060
Hotel website


Room Rate: $127/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Sept. 11, 2016

 

November 2016

Avondale (Phoenix), AZ

 

November 14–18, 2016
Mon – Thurs: 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Fri: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Homewood Suites by Hilton® Phoenix/Avondale
11450 W. Hilton Way
Avondale, AZ 85323
623-882-3315
Hotel website


Room Rate: $139/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Oct. 17, 2016

 

December 2016

Orlando, FL

 

December 5–9, 2016
Mon – Thurs: 8:00AM – 5:30PM
Fri: 8:00AM – 3:00PM

Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal
5895 Caravan Court
Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-0627
Hotel website


Room Rate: $109/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Nov. 11, 2016

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Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original

Course Agenda/Outline

Module 1: Introduction and Coding Fundamentals

  • Types of coding systems
  • Levels of HCPCS coding

 

Module 2: Diagnosis Coding (ICD-10-CM)

  • Common conventions, symbols, and terminology in the ICD-10-CM coding manual
  • Assigning ICD-10-CM codes based on the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting

 

Module 3: Introduction to CPT; Evaluation and Management Services

  • Categories of CPT codes
  • Common symbols and terms used in the CPT manual
  • Assigning evaluation and management codes by category and level
  • Assigning evaluation and management–specific modifiers (e.g., -24, -25, -57)

 

Module 4: Coding Anesthesia Services

  • Types of anesthesia
  • Assigning CPT codes for anesthesia services when provided by an anesthesiologist or someone other than an anesthesiologist
  • Physical status modifiers and qualifying circumstance add-on codes

 

Module 5: Introduction to Surgery Coding and Coding Integumentary Procedures

  • Identifying "separate procedures" and when they are reported
  • Assigning surgical modifiers correctly
  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Excision of benign and malignant lesions
    • Closures (simple, intermediate, and complex)
    • Mohs surgeries
    • Adjacent tissue transfers
    • Breast procedures

 

Module 6: Coding Musculoskeletal Procedures

  • Identifying the anatomy of the spine
  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Fracture care
    • Spinal arthrodesis
    • Reporting a CPT code for the application of a cast

 

Module 7: Coding Respiratory Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Nasal endoscopic procedures
    • Laryngoscopies
    • Bronchoscopies

 

Module 8: Coding Cardiovascular Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Pacemaker and defibrillator insertion and replacement
    • Coronary artery bypass grafting
    • Aneurysm repairs
    • Central venous access devices

 

Module 9: Coding Digestive System Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies
    • Digestive system and endoscopic procedures
    • Hernia repairs

 

Module 10: Coding Urinary/Genital System, Obstetrics, and Endocrine Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Open and endoscopic procedures in the urinary system
    • Open and endoscopic procedures in the male genital system
    • Hysterectomies and tubal ligations
    • Maternity care and delivery services
    • Abortion procedures

 

Module 11: Coding Nervous System Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Craniectomy/craniotomy procedures
    • Skull base surgeries
    • Injection procedures involving the spinal cord/spine
    • Neurostimulators

 

Module 12: Coding Eye, Ocular, and Auditory Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Cataract extractions
    • Procedures to treat and prevent retinal detachments
    • Strabismus surgeries
    • Procedures involving the auditory system

 

Module 13: Coding Radiology Services

  • Use of contrast in radiological procedures and when the administration of the contrast is separately reportable
  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Diagnostic radiology procedures
    • Radiation therapy services
    • Nuclear medicine services
    • Interventional radiology procedures

 

Module 14: Coding Pathology and Laboratory Services

  • Identifying the use of "panels" in reporting for diagnostic laboratory procedures
  • Distinguishing between a qualitative screening vs. a quantitative screening
  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Diagnostic laboratory services
    • Surgical pathology, including consults during surgery

 

Module 15: Coding Medicine Services

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Supply and administration of vaccine/toxoids
    • Psychotherapy services
    • Dialysis services
    • Ophthalmological services
    • Cardiac catheterizations, percutaneous coronary angioplasties, and stent insertion procedures
    • Injection and infusion services

 

Module 16: HCPCS II Coding

  • Assigning HCPCS Level II codes and applicable modifiers

 

Course Agenda/Outline subject to change.

Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply conventions and instructional notes, including chapter- and section-specific guidelines, to accurately assign codes in ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II for outpatient/professional services
  • Relate effects on reimbursement by appending appropriate CPT/HCPCS II modifiers to applicable procedure codes
  • Assign appropriate CPT procedure codes to a variety of surgical procedures for many medical specialties
  • Abstract an operative report in order to assign accurate diagnosis and procedure codes
  • Improve coding accuracy to reduce denials and missed revenue
  • Recall material in preparation for the AAPC’s CPC exam

Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original

Continuing Education

AAPC
This program has prior approval of the AAPC for 38 Continuing Education Units. Granting of this approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program, content or the program sponsor.

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS) (CCDS)
This program has been approved for 37.75 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
This program has been approved for 38 CE credits for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for 37.75 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro. 

California Board of Registered Nursing
HCPro is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 45.3 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494.

Compliance Certification Board (CCB)
The Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved this event for up to 45 CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this program content or of the program sponsor.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
Earn up to 45 CPE Credits!
Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live

HCPro is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Disclosure Statement:
HCPro has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters, planners, or contributors have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Original

Questions/Answers

What is the focus of the Certified Coder Boot Camp®?

The Certified Coder Boot Camp focuses on ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II coding for professional services and hospital outpatient services. The first day of the course is devoted primarily to ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding, while the remaining four days are devoted primarily to CPT and HCPCS II coding. The purpose of this Boot Camp is to provide a solid foundation in ICD-10-CM, HCPCS II, and CPT coding and prepare course participants for the CPC exam, if they so desire (many people take the course without pursuing certification).

 

How long does the course last?

One week. Typically, class runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until at least 5:30 p.m. each day (class often runs later than 5:30 if the students need additional assistance with a particular subject). We try to end class a little early on Friday, typically by 3:00 p.m.

 

Where is the course offered?

Open registration Certified Coder Boot Camp courses are offered at various locations around the country, typically at mid-priced business hotels, such as Hyatt Place or Hilton Garden Inn. For a list of upcoming open registration Certified Coder Boot Camps, click on Course Locations/Dates.

 

Does HCPro offer the Certified Coder Boot Camp as an on-site course?

In addition to our open registration courses, we also offer the Certified Coder Boot Camp as an on-site course (with a substantial discount) for organizations that have a number of employees who need coding training. For more information on hosting an on-site course, click on Host an On-Site Course.

 

Is the cost of the exam part of the course registration fee?

No, the cost of the exam is not included in the $1,599 course registration fee. Course participants desiring to take the examination will be required to register for the exam with the AAPC and pay a separate examination fee (currently $260) and student membership fee (currently $70) directly to the AAPC. Information on registering for (and paying for) the examination is sent out upon receipt of the student's course registration materials. Please do not send payment for the exam with your course registration fee.

 

Who typically attends the course?

  • Coders and billers
  • Patient accounting managers/staff
  • Medical practice managers/staff
  • Medical records/health information managers/staff
  • Registration managers/staff
  • Clinical managers and department heads
  • Physicians, NPs, PAs, and other clinicians
  • Compliance officers and auditors
  • Finance and reimbursement managers/staff
  • Healthcare consultants, CPAs, and lawyers
  • Health plan and insurance company personnel
  • Medicare carrier and intermediary personnel
  • Case managers/CDI specialists
  • Auditors/claims analysts/compliance officers

 

What material does the course cover?

Click on Course Outline for more information about the topics covered by the Certified Coder Boot Camp.

 

Does completion of the course lead to any formal certification?

The CPC examination is optional, but highly recommended for Boot Camp participants. Individuals with the CPC credential are nationally recognized as having particular expertise in medical coding. In addition, we find that students who know that they are going to sit for the CPC examination are more focused during the course.

Course participants desiring to take the examination will be required to register for the exam with the AAPC and pay a separate examination fee directly to the AAPC. Students can find a list of exam sites on the AAPC's website.

 

How is the certification exam structured?

The CPC examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions covering all of the areas listed in the course outline. The examination is timed and must be completed in five hours and 40 minutes. The CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS II manuals must be used during the examination. The examination is scored by the AAPC.

 

How do I register for the certification exam?

Information on exam registration is sent out with confirmation of your course registration.

 

Can I take the certification exam through one of the local AAPC chapters?

Information on alternative exam sites is available on the AAPC's website.

 

Is the course just an exam prep class?

No, it is intended to be much more than an exam prep class. Although we work hard to help our course participants become credentialed, the objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation in coding principles and to teach course participants how to use the coding manuals properly. However, as a part of the course, our instructors review suggested strategies for preparing for and taking the CPC exam. Course participants also work a complete 150-question practice CPC exam as a part of the course.

 

Does Medicare or any other third-party payer require coders to be certified?

We are not aware of any such requirement. To the best of our knowledge, coding certification, while generally helpful in promoting accurate coding, is entirely voluntary.

 

How intense is the course compared to a more traditional full-semester course?

It is an understatement to say that the Certified Coder Boot Camp is intense. We cover a full semester of material in one week. Over the course of the week, students work approximately 500 coding problems/exercises (including nightly homework). Other than breaks, course participants are in class from 8:00 a.m. to at least 5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday (class often runs later than 5:30 p.m.) and 8:00–3:00 p.m. on Friday. Course participants should plan on devoting their full time and attention to the Boot Camp program during the week of their course. Course participants should also plan on taking the entire Boot Camp week off from work.

Course participants who live more than 45 minutes away from the course site should reserve a hotel room for the week. Due to the amount of classroom and homework time required, our students have found it very difficult to commute more than 45 minutes each way and still do well in the course.

 

Does the course require previous coding experience?

No. The course starts with coding fundamentals and does not assume that participants have any particular background or experience. However, because of the fast-paced nature of the course, it is recommended (but not required) that Certified Coder Boot Camp participants have at least one year of experience working in the healthcare industry in a billing-related, administrative, or clinical position.

Also, if you do not already have a solid understanding of medical terminology, we strongly recommend that you complete a medical terminology self-study course prior to the start of the Boot Camp. A good self-study program is Medical Terminology for Health Professions, 7th Edition, by Ann Ehrlich and Carol L. Schroeder. The book is available on Amazon and may also be available from one of your local bookstores; its ISBN number is 9781111543273. Our students who do not have a strong background in medical terminology typically find this book extremely helpful.

 

How is the course taught?

The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and individual and group problem solving. Course participants should also plan on several hours of additional out-of-class work each evening during the course.

 

Do I need to bring my own coding manuals to class?

You will need a CPT 2016 Professional Edition, a 2016 ICD-10-CM manual, and a 2016 HCPCS Level II manual for the class. You'll also need these books if you plan on taking the CPC exam (see below for more information on how to register for the exam).

The "Standard" version of the CPT manual, CPT Expert, and CPT Plus! are not acceptable for the Boot Camp course. Neither CPT Expert nor CPT Plus! are accepted for the CPC exam. Generally, any version of the 2016 ICD-10-CM manual and any version of the 2016 HCPCS Level II manual will be fine for class. Note that some publishers publish "Expert" editions of the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II manuals. While not required for the course, the Expert editions of those two manuals (but not CPT) are acceptable.

 

Does HCPro ever share contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) with other companies?

Historically, we have not shared contact information with anyone outside of our company. However, it is possible that at some point we might share contact information with other companies that offer products and services that we think would be of interest to our customers. If you would like us to keep your contact information confidential, please let us know so that we can flag your information in our customer database as "Do Not Share."

 

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?

Cancellation policy:

To review HCPro’s cancellation policy, click here.

This policy is subject to change.

 

How do I get more information?

Contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email customerservice@hcpro.com.


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