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1 Introduction to Certified Professional On-Line Coder Course CLASS STARTS AUGUST 30, 2014 Presented by Sharon Tyler-Jackson, CPC Professional Medical Coder Institute phone/fax cell 1

2 Agenda Objectives Introduction of Principal Instructor Overview: What is Medical Coding? Certified Coder Salary Survey Employment and Internship Opportunities Learning Objectives Pre-requisites CPC, CPC-A Class Schedule and Attendance Assignment and Participation Length of Coding Program Required Medical Coder Reference Books Tuition Payment Plan Options Class and Holiday Calendar Registration Deadline Question & Answer 2

3 About the Presenter Sharon Tyler-Jackson, CPC Principal Instructor Professional Medical Coders Institute is an approved institute to teach the professional medical coding curriculum (PMCC) administered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Experience Certified Professional Coder (CPC) 28 years of medical coding experience Approved AAPC Professional Medical Coding Curriculum Instructor Approved AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer Extensive experience in the healthcare field with a solid knowledge of compliance, medical records, medical billing, insurance, and coding Principal Instructor *All medical coding courses are held on-line and taught by a live instructor 3

4 Medical Coding is the process of converting physicians or health care providers documentation to ICD-9 codes and procedure codes to CPT codes. Also involves HCPCS (pronounced Hick-picks) codes that identify supplies and drugs for correct billing. Modifiers are used to support additional services or procedures that are rendered to received additional reimbursement for services. Example: Patient presented for office visit = CPT code Physician conducted EKG = CPT procedure code Presented to office with chest pain = ICD-9 code 4

5 What other organizations use the coding systems besides insurance companies, and why? Insurance Companies World Health Organization (WHO) American Hospital Association Center for Disease Control (CDC) Research Institutions 5

6 Source AAPC: 6

7 Job Seekers (Certified Coder) AAPC offers the most comprehensive resources for you to find a job in medical coding. Find a Job Health Care Jobs Database - Online job database with tens of thousands of jobs in medical coding, billing, auditing and practice management. AAPC Employment Forums - Network with 128,000+ coders to get help with job searching, preparing for the interview and sometimes learn about opportunities for employment even before they're posted the AAPC database. Local Chapters - Network with health care professionals at your local chapter meetings or on your local chapter forum. Many chapters announce job openings at chapter meetings. 7

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9 Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Basic Anatomy preferred Medical Terminology preferred Basic Coding concept or Work-related experience (coder, biller, etc.) Certified Professional Coder-Apprentice (CPC-A) Offered to those who successful complete the coding course and pass the examination, but do not have 2 years of medical field experience. Two letters of recommendation (CPC, CPC-A) addressing your qualifications related coding experience and/or professional demeanor and work ethics. Colleagues, physicians, or supervisors may submit letter. 9

10 Schedule Medical Coding Training: CPC 16 Week Course Outline Week 1 Week 2 Chapter 01 - The Business of Medicine Chapter 02 Anatomy and Terminology Chapter 03 Introduction to ICD-9-CM Chapter 04 ICD-9-CM Coding Chapters 1-9 Week 3 Chapter 05 - ICD-9-CM Coding Chapters Week 4 Chapter 06 - Introduction to CPT, Surgery Guidelines, HCPCS, and Modifiers Week 5 Midterm Exam Chapter 07 Integumentary System Week 6 Chapter 08 Musculoskeletal System Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 TBA Chapter 09 Respiratory, Hemic, Lymphatic, Mediastinum, Diaphragm Chapter 10 Cardiovascular System Chapter 11 Digestive System Chapter 12 Urinary System and Male Genital System Chapter 13 - Reproductive Systems, Female Genital System, and Maternity Chapter 14 Endocrine System and Nervous System Chapter 15 Eye and Ocular Adnexa, Auditory Systems Chapter 16 - Anesthesia Chapter 17 - Radiology Chapter 18 - Pathology/Laboratory Chapter 19 Evaluation and Management Chapter 20 Medicine Chapter 21 What Lies Ahead Final Exam Official AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) 10

11 Class Schedule & Attendance Definition of On-line learning: a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or classes are conducted or over the Internet, without the student's needing to attend a school or college in person. Also referred to as distance learning. Student will be required to call into on-line class via WebEx.com, each Saturday. Class time is scheduled each Saturday morning from 8:30am to 11:30am (except Holidays, calendar will be published). Note: Call in 15-min prior to avoid tardy On occasions whereas student is unable to attend, a recorded, modified version will be sent via . Missed attendance in excess of 2 absences will require further review by Principal Instructor. Attendance is necessary to ensure passing rate! 11

12 Assignments & Participation Definition of On-line learning: a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or classes are conducted or over the Internet, without the student's needing to attend a school or college in person. Also referred to as distance education. Instructor will lecture on current chapter and students will have the ability to pose questions and participate in class by reading and responding to chapter questions. Homework will be reviewed in class. 100% participation is expected in each class. Additional assignments (coding exercises) will be sent via (Gmail shared drive) and should be returned to instructor before the upcoming class. Timed mid-term and final test will be administered to monitor student s competency with coding curriculum. 12

13 Length of Coding Program Definition On-line learning: a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or classes are conducted or over the Internet, without the student's needing to attend a school or college in person. Also referred to as distance education. Coding program is 16 weeks (4 months) in length (excluding Holidays) Student must dedicate time for study and homework each week (up to 4 hours independent study)! Student should call the Principal Instructor for questions during the week. 13

14 Required Medical Coding Books PMCC Students must provide the following books and information prior to first class and Seminar. Registrants are encouraged to use the current coding books listed below: 2014 CPT ICD-9-CM 2014 HCPCS Current Medical Dictionary (optional) Upon registration completion, Professional Medical Coders Institute will provide ordering information for discounted books through the AAPC. Separate purchase. Books not included in tuition. 14

15 Tuition Cost TUITION/FEES for the full-time PMCC Student: Course Tuition is $ for the complete course curriculum Includes: On-line, live instruction by Certified Professional Coder- Instructor licensed and/or certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders Intensive curriculum (On-line, live instructor driven classes) Official AAPC Student Workbooks AAPC Student Membership One year subscription to the Coding Edge Magazine Class exercise, mid-term test, and final test CPC, CPC-H or CPC-A Official Examination 15

16 Payment Plans TUITION/FEES for the full-time PMCC Student: Course Tuition is $ for the complete course curriculum $ Deposit *required Note: Must make payment within 2 3 weeks prior to first day of class Easy Payment Plans (Checks, Money Orders only): Additional payments may be made over 4-month-period. Payment plan agreement must be signed and approved by PMCI. Plan A Plan B Plan C $ bi-weekly $ month Credit cards accepted (with 3 recurring payments only) 16

17 Class begins: September 6, 2014 Class ends: December 20, 2014 Regular Class schedule is each Saturday, 8:30am 11:30am Study Group is highly recommended and maybe held via WebEx (no more than group of 3) No class will be held on Holidays or leading up to Holiday Weekend November 29 th, Thanksgiving weekend 17

18 Deadline to register for class is August 23, 2014 On-line class is limited to 15 students Deposit of $ must be receive to register Allow instructor time to order student workbooks and coding references Student Membership, book order, and paperwork processed by Academy Note: Late registration may mean the class is at capacity and/or workbooks and paperwork not received in time to join the class. 18

19 us with Questions: Web page for Registration form at: Call your Instructor for other questions or payment arrangements

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