Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Preparation.

With the ever-increasing spotlight on compliance issues, accurate billing and reimbursement, correct coding should be a top priority in all medical practices. This college-level program of study is designed to provide participants with the most updated information relating to CPT and ICD-10 diagnostic coding.

Course Offerings

16-week class meets every Saturday 8:00AM – 2:30PM

Cost – $2475.00

Winter 2022
March 6, 2022 – July 9, 2022
Examination date – July 16, 2022

Course includes: Membership to AAPC, Examination, Text Books, and Coding Notebook toolkit. It does not include coding books (CPT, ICD-10CM, HCPCS) which are required.

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Location

Workforce Development Complex
600 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA

NOTICE:
If you successfully pass the CPC test but have less than two years of coding experience, AAPC assigns you as a Certified Professional Coder − Apprentice (CPC-A). You will retain this status until you have gained the required two years of coding experience. Upon completion of two years of coding experience, your credentialing status will be updated after you submit a request in writing to the AAPC along with documentation verifying experience.

CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION
The examination is a 5 hours and 40 minutes, open book (CPT, ICD-10CM and HCPCS), examination covering every section of the CPT manual.  

Please note that Professional Medical Coding Education, LLC is not a school and does not provide certifications to become a medical coder.  The courses offered are strictly to prepare the student to sit for the nationally recognized examination offered by AAPC.


CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL CODERS COURSE
Course Syllabus

Download the CPC Course Syllabus

Week 1- Chapter 1 – March 5, 2022
The Business of Medicine and Medical Coding and Compliance – This chapter discusses the meaning of compliance in a medical setting and the ramifications of not having a compliance program. In addition, the importance of continuing education and accuracy pertaining to medical documentation and coding.

Week 2- Chapter 2 – March 12, 2022
Anatomy and Terminology – This chapter reviews the basics of human anatomy, medical and surgical terms, and a review of how medical terms can be broken down into word elements to obtain word meaning.

Week 3- Chapter 3 – March 19, 2022
Introduction to ICD-10-CM – A review of all aspects of the ICD-10-CM text including medical necessity, coding conventions and how-to steps, coding tips, coding guidelines and comparison to ICD-9-CM.

Week 4- Chapter 4 – March 26, 2022
Practical ICD-10-CM Continued – Coding Chapters 1-11

Week 5- Chapter 4 & 5 – April 2, 2022
Practical ICD-10-CM Continued – Coding Chapters 12-21

Week 6 – Chapter 5– April 9, 2022
Practical ICD-10-CM Continued – Coding Chapters 12-21

Week 6 – Chapter 6 – April 16, 2022
HCPCS– A discussion of HCPCS levels of coding, coding symbols, appendices, HCPCS modifiers, as well as a review on how to search for a HCPCS code.
Introduction to CPT – This chapter discusses the CPT-4 format as well as how to use the CPT-4 index. Topics include: a review of the section numbers and their sequences, terminology, and format.
CPT Modifiers – CPT modifiers are examined in detail

Week 7 – Chapter 19 – April 23, 2022
Evaluation and Management–Principles and Applications –This chapter discusses the components needed in medical record documentation for the accurate selection of an E/M code. Learn how properly to “level” an E/M service.

Week 8 – Chapter 16 & 6 – April 30, 2022
Anesthesia – A discussion of the ASA relative values, anesthesia guidelines, modifiers, code organization and crosswalk, as well as a review of the different types of anesthesia available for patients and the methods in which they are administered.
Surgery Guidelines – This chapter presents the “global surgical package” concept and coding conventions “Separate” and “add-on” procedure codes are discussed in detail.

Week 9 – Chapter 7 & 20 (page 656) – May 7, 2022
Integumentary System – This chapter includes an overview of anatomy and medical terms as they apply to the Integument. A discussion of procedures and techniques (e.g., debridement, repair, etc.), lesion measurement, local treatment of burns and Moh’s micrographic surgery is provided.

Week 10 – Chapter 8, 9 & 20 (page 650) – May 14, 2022
Musculoskeletal System – This chapter covers procedure and coding guidelines for incisions/excisions, introductions and removals, repairs and reconstruction’s, fractures, and dislocations, as well as endoscopies/arthroscopies and arthrodesis of the Musculoskeletal system.
Respiratory System – This chapter covers procedure and coding guidelines pertaining to the respiratory and cardiovascular system. Topics include the respiratory process, endoscopic and sinus surgeries, procedures and coding explanations of the larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs, and pleura.

Week 11- Chapter 10 & 20 (page 648, 649) – May 21, 2022– Mid-term
Cardiovascular System – This chapter discusses the special set of coding challenges involved in cardiothoracic surgery of the heart, coronary arteries, great vessels, and pacemaker and auto defibrillator placement. Surgery on the vasculature for occlusive disease and aneurysms are reviewed. Also included are therapeutic and diagnostic vascular procedures such as creation of an A/V shunt for dialysis, venipuncture, vein stripping and refilling of an implantable infusion port, interventional and diagnostic services.

Week 12 – Chapter 9 & 20 (page 648) – May 28, 2022
Hemic/Lymphatic Mediastinum, Diaphragm & Digestive System
This chapter covers the digestive process, diagnostic test and procedures and endoscopies pertaining to the digestive system

Week 13 – Chapter 12, 13 & 20 (page 653)– June 4, 2022
Urinary and Male Genitalia System – A discussion of the procedures and coding explanations pertaining to the urinary system and male genitalia. Procedures of the kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, and the male genitalia are explained.
Female Genital System and Maternity Care and Delivery – This chapter gives an in-depth look at the female reproductive system for both gynecologic procedures and the conventions of coding for obstetrical care.

Week 14 – Chapter 14&20 (page 652)– June 11, 2022
Endocrine and Nervous System – This chapter covers coding procedures and techniques of the skull, meninges and the brain, spine and spinal cord and the extracranial nerves, peripheral nerves, and the autonomic nervous system

Week 15 – Chapter 15& 17 (page 648)– June 18, 2022
Eye and Auditory – This chapter cover the remainder of the 60,000 series in which procedures and coding explanations pertaining to the eye and auditory system are discussed.
Radiology – A discussion of radiological procedures and coding guidelines including body positions and relationship terms, radiological supervision and interpretation codes, technique and equipment issues, and diagnostic radiology

Week 16 – Chapter 18&20 – June 25, 2022
Pathology and Laboratory – This chapter covers organ and disease-oriented panels, drug testing, therapeutic drug assays, consultations, hematology and coagulation, blood counts, hemograms and differentials, bone marrow procedures, blood clot studies, transfusion medicine, microbiology, and anatomic pathology and CLIA requirements.
Medicine – This last chapter discusses immunization and administration for vaccines/toxoids, therapeutic and diagnostic infusions, psychiatry, dialysis, physical medicine, and other special services that are found in the Medicine section.

Overflow class – July 2, 2022. – Final
This date is reserved to bring all topics up to date as needed.

Test Review– July 9, 2022

Test Date – July 16, 2022
Location and time will be provided.