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Certified Coder Boot Camp

Course Overview


The premier CPC ® exam preparation course for coders

Click here to download the 2014 Coding Boot Camp catalog!

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 CPC exam.

Certified Coder Boot Camp teaches the fundamentals of CPT, ICD-9, and HCPCS Level II coding you need for all medical and surgical specialties.

This Boot Camp will help you:

  • Understand and apply coding principles appropriately
  • Navigate coding manuals
  • Prevent denials and missed revenue
  • Maintain compliance with the latest codes and rules
  • Master the skills that will make your job easier


Walk away from class ready to take the CPC exam

Coders complete hundreds of coding exercises and a CPC practice exam. Instructors review materials with students, giving immediate feedback and remediation to ensure students walk away proficient in accurately assigning codes.

Note: The AAPC's CPC exam currently includes questions on ICD-9-CM codes. Certified Coder Boot Camp is committed to preparing you for this important exam and will continue to teach ICD-9-CM until the CPC exam is converted to ICD-10-CM.

This isn't just any coding course. Check out all the benefits of this HCPro Boot Camp:

  • Custom-designed course materials: Materials are developed by instructors specifically for this intensive learning format.
  • Hands-on learning: Course participants work on approximately 500 coding exercises, including a 150-question practice CPC exam and numerous operative reports. You'll also receive a printed answer key for all exercises, including the practice exam. Students are required to bring CPT, ICD-9-CM, and HCPCS II manuals to class so that 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.


Why do you still need ICD-9 training when ICD-10-CM is right around the corner?

Attend our Certified Coder Boot Camp to get everything you need to pass your CPC exam, but when you're ready for ICD-10-CM training, attend the Certified Coder Boot Camp-ICD-10-CM Version Only and get a special discount!

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Certified Coder Boot Camp-ICD-10-CM Version Only will teach outpatient, professional services, and ancillary coders how to code in ICD-10-CM. Learn more about Certified Coder Boot Camp-ICD-10-CM Version Only.


The Certified Coder Boot Camp is offered around the United States at various locations.
For more detailed information about the Certified Coder Boot Camp, contact us at 800-780-0584 or email bootcamps@hcpro.com.

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Certified Coder Boot Camp

Course Locations & Dates


Below is the current course schedule for upcoming Certified Coder Boot Camps. We update this schedule on a regular basis. The instructors listed for each class are subject to change based on scheduling conflicts and other factors.

Registrations are processed in the order received. Class size is limited and classes often sell out. We recommend against making travel arrangements until after we have confirmed your course registration.If space is available, it may still be possible to register for a particular class after the regular registration deadline listed below (please call our office to confirm space availability).

To register for a class, click the "Register" button. If you would like to register multiple attendees, click the "Register Multiple Attendees" button.

Locations marked as "Tentative" are subject to change.

To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.

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 November 2014 | December 2014

November 2014

Location (Class) Class Dates

Fairlawn, NJ

Price Per Person: $1,599
Hyatt Place Fair Lawn/Paramus
41-01 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201/475-3888
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Room Rate: $ 159 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Oct-11-2014
Nov-10-2014
thru
Nov-14-2014
(Monday through Thursday 8:00 am until 5:30 pm Friday 8:00 am until 3:00pm)
 
 
 

December 2014

Location (Class) Class Dates

New Orleans, LA

Price Per Person: $1,599
SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown
301 St. Joseph Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
504/522-3100
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Room Rate: $ 112 / night
Room Rate Cut-Off: Nov-14-2014
Dec-08-2014
thru
Dec-12-2014
(Monday through Thursday 8:00 am until 5:30 pm Friday 8:00 am until 3:00pm)
 
 
 

Certified Coder Boot Camp

Course Outline


The course outline is as follows:

Module 1: Introduction and Coding Fundamentals

  • Types of coding systems
  • Levels of HCPCS coding
  • Differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10


Module 2: Diagnosis Coding (ICD-9-CM)

  • Common conventions, symbols, and terminology in the ICD-9-CM coding manual
  • Assigning ICD-9-CM codes based on the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
  • Assigning codes for the supplementary coding classifications (i.e., E codes and V codes)


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 (i.e., -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
    • Closure (simple, intermediate, and complex)
    • Mohs surgery
    • Adjacent tissue transfers
    • Breast procedures


Module 6: Coding Musculoskeletal Procedures

  • Identify 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
    • Laryngoscopy
    • Bronchoscopy


Module 8: Coding Cardiovascular Procedures

  • Assigning CPT codes for:
    • Pacemaker and defibrillation insertion and replacements
    • 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 surgery
    • 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 angioplasty, and stent insertion procedures
    • Injection and infusion services


Module 16: HCPCS II Coding

  • Assigning HCPCS Level II codes and applicable modifiers

Certified Coder Boot Camp

Learning Objectives


After attending this Boot Camp, participants will be able to:

  • Define coding principles
  • Utilize the coding manual correctly
  • Describe valid methods to maintain compliance with the latest codes and rules
  • Identify the coding challenges and effectively  manage resolutions
  • Apply coding guidelines for accurate assignment in ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II
  • Improve coding accuracy to reduce denials and missed revenue
  • Recall material in preparation for the AAPC's CPC exam

Certified Coder Boot Camp

Continuing Education


AAPC - American Academy of Professional Coders

This program has been approved by the AAPC for 40 Continuing Education Units. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program, content, or the program sponsor.

*Credits obtained prior to certification with the AAPC will not be recognized for continuing education requirements. Continuing education begins after a member obtains certification.

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).

This approval is limited to individuals holding existing AHIMA credential(s) who desire to use credit hours awarded in connection with this course towards maintenance of AHIMA credential(s) in accordance with AHIMA's Standards for Maintenance of Continuing Education Units in Certification. AHIMA has not approved this course as a method to prepare for any AHIMA certification examination.

Compliance Certification Board     

This program has been approved for 45.6 Compliance Certificataion Board (CCB) Continuing Education Units in Compliance Training and Education and Auditing and Monitoring for Compliance. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of the program content or the program sponsor.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)     

HCPro, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for 40 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro, Inc.

No partial credit will be provided.

California Board of Registered Nursing     

HCPro, Inc. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 45.6 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494.

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)     

Earn up to 48 CPE Credits!
Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live

HCPro, Inc. 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 addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site: www.nasba.org.


American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE)     

This program may qualify for continuing education credit in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. To apply for ACMPE credit, submit the ACMPE generic credit hour form with a copy of the certificate of completion.

Faculty Disclosure Statement:

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

Certified Coder Boot Camp

Questions/Answers


What is the focus of the course?

The Certified Coder Boot Camp focuses on ICD-9-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-9-CM diagnosis coding. 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-9-CM, HCPCS II, and CPT coding and prepare course participants for the Certified Professional Coder (or CPC) examination, if they so desire (many people take the course without pursuing certification).

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How long does the course last?

One week. Typically, class runs Monday through Friday from 8 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 Camps 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 the "Locations/Dates" tab above.

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 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, contact us at 800-780-0584 or email bootcamps@hcpro.com.

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.

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?

To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.

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 the "Course Outline" tabe above 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. We find that students who know that they are going to sit for the CPC examination are more focused during the course. In addition, individuals with the CPC credential are nationally recognized as having particular expertise in medical coding.

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 web site at www.aapc.com/certification/locate-examination.aspx.

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-9-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 web site at http://www.aapc.com/certification/locate-examination.aspx.

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 the course participants how to use the coding manuals properly. However, as a part of the course, our instructors also review suggested strategies for preparing for and taking the CPC exam. The course participants also work a complete 150-question practice CPC exam as a part of the course.

Does Medicare or any other third-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 the more traditional full semester courses?

It is an understatement to say that the Certified Coder Boot Camp is intense. We are covering a full semester of material in one week. Over the course of the week, the students work approximately 500 coding problems/exercises (including nightly homework). Other than breaks, the course participants are in class from 8 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 your Boot Camp. A good self-study program is Medical Terminology for Health Professions, 7th Edition by Ann Ehrlich and Carol L. Schroeder. The ISBN number is 9781111543273. The book is available on amazon.com and may also be available from one of your local bookstores. 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.
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Do I need to bring my own coding manuals to class?

You will need a CPT 2014 Professional Edition, a 2014 ICD-9-CM manual, and a 2014 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 2014 ICD-9-CM manual and any version of the 2014 HCPCS Level II manual will be fine for class. Note that some publishers publish "Expert" editions of the ICD-9-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."
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How do I get more information:

Contact Customer Service at 800-780-0584 or email bootcamps@hcpro.com.