- Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the
- Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam by the American Health Information Association (AHIMA).
- Having a recognized qualification. Important if you're an entry-level coder.
- Even if you're experienced, being certified makes it easier to seek out new opportunities.
- Certified coders earn on average $7000 more annually than uncertified personnel.
- Having passed the exam makes you more confident that you'll do well on the job.
- If you're already coding, the process of preparing for and taking the CPC exam will make you a more proficient coder and will help you do your job more efficiently.
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01 Introduction to the program This is an overview and the video you would play first. It's about what to expect at the exam, how many sections, time allowed and efficient time management strategies. It gives details on how to prepare your coding manual for efficient referencing, since this is an open-book test. It also describes a system of dealing with questions that appear difficult so as not to waste precious time during the exam.
02 Medical Terminology CPC Exam Prep Since coding requires knowing the names of medical procedures, as well as basic human anatomy, this section covers how medical terms are formulated. Emphasis is placed on meanings of various prefixes and suffixes as various root words used in naming medical conditions and procedures.
03 HCPCS CPC Exam Prep Medical supplies and durable medical equipment used in treating patients. Medical transport (ambulance). Splints and orthotic devices. Pathology and laboratory procedures. Medicare and Non-Medicare codes. Medicaid only codes. Letter= designated codes (F codes, Q codes, etc.) Drug codes. (using the appendix of your coding manual)
04 Modifiers CPC Exam Prep Two-digit suffix codes added to the end of a code to indicate if there is extra charge or is the service part of a bundled procedure. This is necessary for billing purposes. This section explains the various modifiers. These are codes for follow-up, suture removal, complications, etc.
05 ICD-9 CPC Exam Prep The ICD-9 manual covers hospital charges for in-patient admissions. Hints on how to tab the ICD-9 coding manual for quick and easy access to the information you need for any exam question that can. Know the pitfalls that can trip you on the board exam like burn coding, AIDS, etc.
06 E&M Section CPC Exam Prep There are twelve questions on E&M (Evaluation and Management) on the CPC exam. Whether the patient is an in-patient. What exactly is a consultation and how to code accordingly? What are critical care codes? What defines a nursing facility, what exactly an emergency department is, etc. Discover the "Locate your HEM in Time" technique that has been known to help students struggling with E&M get that "ah ha!" moment. Practice worksheets are provided.
07 Anesthesia Section CPC Exam Prep This part of the program covers the highlights of Anesthesia coding needed for the board exam. You will understand the difference between general, regional, local anesthesia and how to code them as well as conscious sedation. You will know what to do if there was more than one procedure done during an operative session.
08 Radiology Section CPC Exam Prep This section is about x-rays and diagnostic imaging, including MRI and PET scans. Watch this video and you will understand what constitutes a procedure with contrast, when injections can be billed for, ultrasound coding, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine coding.
09 Path & Lab Section CPC Exam Prep Codes for diagnostic laboratory procedures from blood chemistry to surgical biopsies. The highlights of this video are pathology consults, surgical pathology, panels, the difference between qualitative and quantitative tests and more.
10 Medicine Section CPC Exam Prep The highlights of this large section of the CPT Manual are covered. Come away with tips for coding ophthalmology, psychology, chiropractic, physical therapy and more. Covers general medical conditions and infectious diseases and prescription medications. The cardiovascular procedures are covered in video #14 Cardiovascular Surgery.
11 Integumentary System CPC Exam Prep The term 'integumentary' refers to all 'breach of skin' surgical procedures. This video provides an introduction to surgery coding in general including discussion about open and closed procedures (a favorite exam concept) and the global surgery package. Then you will delve into the integumentary surgery section in detail. You will know when to add codes together and when to report them separately. You will understand that an intermediate repair is not just for layered repairs, all breast procedures are covered.
12 Musculoskeletal System CPC Exam Prep This video covers dislocation and fracture coding, when you can code for casts and strapping, bunionectomy coding, and wound exploration procedures. The video also demonstrates the "stacking" technique for coding of spine procedures.
13 Respiratory System CPC Exam Prep Includes all respiratory problems such as asthma and COPD for which medical care is sought. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the respiratory section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams.
14 Cardiovascular System CPC Exam Prep Coding applicable to all medical and surgical treatments of heart diseases and conditions. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the cardiovascular section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. Specifically pacemaker/defibrillator coding, CABG coding, coronary angioplasty coding, and cardiac cathetrization coding to name a few.
15 Digestive System CPC Exam Prep Covers conditions of the esophagus, stomach small and large bowels and the rectum. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the digestive section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. Scope procedures dominate this section. You'll see some key notes you'll want to write in your CPT manual so they jump out at you when you are taking the board exam.
16 Urinary System CPC Exam Prep Coding for kidney, bladder and urinary tract conditions. Specifically urodynamics, kidney procedures, ureter and bladder procedures are discussed. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the urinary section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams.
17 Genital System CPC Exam Prep In this video the male and female genital system procedures are discussed with emphasis on prostate procedures, tricky definitions related to vulvectomies, hysterectomy coding and maternity coding.
18 Endocrine/Nervous System CPC Exam Prep After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the endocrine and nervous sections of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. You'll discover the "butterfly" technique for coding procedures of the thyroid and the "stacking" technique for coding procedures of the spine and covers skull base surgery, neurostimulator coding and nerve block procedures.
19 Eye/Ear System CPC Exam Prep After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the eye and ear sections of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. Specifically eye removal, keratoplasty coding, cataract coding and ocular adnexa coding are discussed for the eye. For the ear emphasis is on the ear tube surgery (tympanoplasty).
A Complete, Comprehensive Review of what is covered on the CPC exam. Each section is between 20 – 35 minutes in length. Enough to completely cover each section while at the same time allowing you to take breaks between sessions covering a specific topic. You can then go on to the next topic or play the last video again. Each section refers to your CPT manual so you can follow along and see how to best use your book during the exam. After all it is an open book exam. You'll be able to find the codes you need in the shortest time. 100% Downloadable so you won't have to wait for delivery. You can start preparing later today! You will have the option of ordering the DVD set containing the same material. You can access these sessions immediately as streaming media and with a good high-speed connection, you can download video files of the other sessions simultaneously. For over twelve hours of audio-visual review and be able to play each section again – more than once, it doesn't come close to what a live review program might cost. Only $240.00