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Certified Coder Boot Camp Online®

Course Overview

Certified Coder Boot Camp


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 CPC® exam.

The Certified Coder Boot Camp teaches the fundamentals of CPT, ICD-9, and HCPCS Level II coding for professional services and hospital outpatient services. The first day covers ICD-9-CM diagnosis coding, and the remaining four days are devoted to CPT and HCPCS II coding.

This Boot Camp will help you:

  • Understand and apply coding principles and rules appropriately
  • Navigate the ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II coding manuals
  • Apply knowledge to AAPC’s Certified Professional Coder (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-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II by learning the latest coding guidelines

 

Leave class ready to take the CPC exam

During this course, 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. The 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:

  • Rules-based learning: We only use recognized source authorities, such as the current ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS II manuals, but we also supplement with additional nationally recognized source authorities like the AHA’s Coding Clinic for ICD-9-CM and the AMA’s CPT Assistant.
  • 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 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, and 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! 

Purchase both the Certified Coder Boot Camp and the Certified Coder Boot Camp—ICD-10-CM Version Only and save $300!

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.

For more detailed information about the Certified Coder Boot Camp, contact us at 800-780-0584 or email bootcamps@hcpro.com.

The Certified Coder Boot Camp is offered around the United States at various locations. For a list of upcoming courses, click here.

The best-selling Certified Coder Boot Camp is also available online.

Can't take a week off of work to train? Now take the course online in one month! Click here for more information about our online version.

Have a group to train? Bring a boot camp to your organization!

Bring our industry-leading instructors to your facility to teach one of our existing Boot Camps or a program customized specifically for your organization. For more information, call 877-233-8734.

In addition to leading regulatory and compliance education, hosting an on-site class gives your staff:

  • Access. Our instructors are all yours, so you can ask them questions and apply concepts specific to your organization.
  • Consistency. Bring staff together to hear the same message—everyone leaves with the same understanding of the regulations.
  • Unmatched knowledge. Each instructor has years of both in-the-field and adult education experience. They know exactly how to simplify the complex issues facing your staff.



Certified Coder Boot Camp® (Online)

Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming Certified Coder Boot Camp® (Online) classes.

To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.

Course

Class Dates

Registration Deadline

November 2014

11/3/2014 – 1/2/2015

CLOSED

December 2014

12/1/2014 – 1/30/2015

Nov. 23, 2014

March 2015

3/2/2015 – 5/1/2015

2/22/2015

April 2015

4/6/2015 – 6/5/2015

3/29/2015

May 2015

5/4/2015 – 7/3/2015

4/26/2015

June 2015

6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015

5/24/2015

July 2015

7/6/2015 – 9/4/2015

6/28/2015

August 2015

8/3/2015 – 10/2/2015

6/28/2015

September 2015

9/7/2015 – 11/6/2015

8/30/2015

October 2015

10/5/2015 – 12/4/2015

9/27/2015

November 2015

11/2/2015 – 1/1/2016

10/25/2015

December 2015

12/7/2015 – 2/5/2016

11/29/2015

Certified Coder Boot Camp Online®

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 Online®

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe ICD-10-CM/PCS code structures  
  • Explain the reasons behind the development of the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets
  • Identify the ICD-10-CM conventions, including placeholders
  • Utilize proper coding guidelines for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
  • Review ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS
  • Identify guidelines applicable to principal diagnosis and principal procedure selection
  • Identify the basic organization of the MS-DRG classification system and impacts due to ICD-10-CM/PCS
  • Identify ICD-10 concepts in relation to complications and comorbidities (CC) and major complications and comorbidities (MCC)
  • Assign ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS for complete inpatient encounters

Certified Coder Boot Camp Online®

Continuing Education

AAPC


This program has prior approval of the AAPC for 20 Continuing Education Units. Granting of this approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAPC of the program, content, or the program sponsor.

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)          

This program has been approved for 20 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 20 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.

California Board of Registered Nursing                

HCPro is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 24 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494.

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 Online®

Questions/Answers

 

Online Version


Certified Coder Boot Camp Online—How does it work? You’ll receive the same content and instruction that you would experience at our classroom-based, nationally recognized Boot Camps. Here’s how it works:

  • Four weeks of video instruction: You’ll view video sessions and complete course work on a weekly basis prior to instructor office hours. The course covers the same material now offered in our live intensive five-day classroom format.
  • Custom-designed course materials: You'll receive your Certified Coder Boot Camp materials binder with outlines for each topic and practice exercises.
  • Interactive learning: Course participants work more than 500 coding exercises, including numerous operative reports, and instructors review the answers in subsequent video sessions. Participants also take a 150-question practice CPC exam.
  • 24-hour access: Video instruction is available any time of day. You choose the time that works for you.
  • Live interaction with experts and your peers: Class size is limited to ensure individual attention, and you’ll be able to ask questions and get guidance from our instructors in weekly live “office hour” calls. Students can also interact with their classmates through the live chat room.

Who should attend?

  • Coders and billers
  • Medical records/health information managers/staff
  • Clinical managers and department heads
  • Finance and reimbursement managers/staff
  • Physicians, nurse practitioners, and PAs
  • Medical practice managers
  • Registration managers/staff members
  • Compliance officers and auditors
  • Healthcare consultants, CPAs, and lawyers
  • Health plan and insurance personnel

Does HCPro offer any other versions of the course?

Yes. In addition to the Certified Coder Boot Camp, we offer the Certified Coder Boot Camp—ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS. This Boot Camp is updated to reflect the most current information and offers the valuable CEs you need to maintain your credentials or to prepare to sit for an upcoming proficiency exam. For more information, click on Certified Coder Boot Camp®—ICD-10-CM & ICD-10-PCS. HCPro now offers Codercise CPT Operative Report as a complimentary course for those who complete Certified Coder Boot Camp (live and online).

How long will the online content remain accessible after class ends?

The online portal location for your class sessions and materials will be available for 30 days from the class start date. An additional 30 days of access can be purchased for a fee of $25. Please contact customer service at 800-650-6787 to order your additional 30 days of access or for more information about this option.

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 in both live and online format (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 AAPC CPC 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?

Cancellation policy:

To review HCPro’s cancellation policy, click here.

This policy is subject to change.

Does completion of the course lead to any formal certification?

The AAPC-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 (currently $260) 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. The AAPC's exam registration deadline is six weeks before the exam date. Please do not send payment for the exam with your course tuition. Students can take the exam through any of the local AAPC chapters.

Information on alternative exam sites is available 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-9-CM, and HCPCS II manuals may be used during the examination. The examination is divided into three sections. Applicants must achieve a passing score in each section in order to pass the examination. The examination is scored by the AAPC. Examinees are typically notified of their exam results within 4–6 weeks of the examination date.

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 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 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. Course materials will include recommendations and resources related to medical terminology training.

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

You will need a CPT 2015 Professional Edition, a 2015 ICD-9-CM manual, and a 2015 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 2015 ICD-9-CM manual and any version of the 2015 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."

How do I get more information?
Contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or email customerservice@hcpro.com.

Faculty

Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS
Shannon McCall is the director of HIM and coding for HCPro. She oversees all of the Certified Coder Boot Camp programs. McCall developed the Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version, the Evaluation and Management Boot Camp™, and the HCPro ICD-10 Basics Boot Camp™; most recently, she collaborated with her team to develop the Certified Coder Boot Camp®—ICD-10 CM/PCS versions as well as the Codercise series. McCall works with hospitals, medical practices, and other healthcare providers on a wide range of coding-related custom education sessions.

Jennifer Avery, CCS, CPC-H, CPC, CPC-I
Jennifer Avery is a senior regulatory specialist with HCPro and an instructor for the company's Certified Coder Boot Camp (live and online), the Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version, and all of the ICD-10-CM/PCS-related educational courses (live and online). She has extensive experience as both an inpatient and outpatient coder for physicians and facilities.

Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, CEMC
Peggy Blue is the lead instructor for the Medicare Boot Camp®—Professional Services Version, the Certified Coder Boot Camp (live and online), and the Evaluation and Management Boot Camp. She also is an instructor for all of the ICD-10-CM/PCS-related educational courses (live and online). Prior to joining HCPro, Blue oversaw the development, implementation, dissemination, and reporting of information related to Medicare professional services training efforts for Highmark Medicare Services.

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