MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING

As the healthcare industry continues to grow, the need for qualified medical billing and coding specialists increases as well. This has been compounded by a rise in retirements from the field. CCM’s graduates are in demand because CCM trains on the leading hospital coding software – the 3M Coding and Reimbursement System – in partnership with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding

CCM is pleased to partner with AAPC to prepare candidates for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) certification. These coding courses introduce the classification system used by health care facilities, physicians and insurance companies. Coding patient records for diagnoses and procedures has become an integral part of the health care reimbursement system. You may apply for entry-level administrative, coding and billing positions upon completion of these courses.

Certification: CCM’s program prepares students for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder certification. Additionally, you may receive CCM’s Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist.

All prerequisite courses must be taken before registering for the advanced coursework. If you are a medical professional or have previously taken courses in Medical Terminology or Anatomy, you may be able to “test out” of these prerequisite courses. Please contact Workforce Development at 973-328-5187.

ALL STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS AND ONLINE BLACKBOARD ACCESS DIRECTLY FROM AAPC UPON REGISTERING FOR THE CCM COURSES.

  • 2021 Textbook/Workbook Bundle, $109.95+shipping
  • 2022 Code Books (CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS), $229.95+shipping
  • Online AAPC Blackboard Access Fee $150.00
  • Student membership $100
  • CPC Exam Fee $325

Failure to obtain the listed materials will limit your ability to participate in this course. Contact Justin White @ AAPC, Justin.White@aapc.com or call directly to place your order: 801-800-8797.

To earn a CCM Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist – you must successfully complete all the courses below:

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS (AHP-256E)

Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals is needed before taking the other prerequisite courses.

This course focuses on the basic principles of medical terminology. An overview of body systems and their diseases are covered, as well as an introduction to abbreviations and laboratory terms. This course concentrates on the meaning of medical terms and is followed by a course in Anatomy and Physiology.

INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Sykes, MD

Mon and Thurs, Sept 16-Oct 14

           Mandatory 2-hour orientation, Sept 16, 6-8 p.m.

          Class Dates, Sept 20-Oct 14, 6-9 p.m.

Remote-Live

9 sessions: 24 hrs, CEU 2.4

Course: 88471

Cost: $399

Register here

*Textbook required; click here for textbook information.

ANATOMY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS (AHP-301E)

This class introduces the medical coder to the gross anatomy of the 11 functional organ systems of the human body. The medical coder develops skills to apply anatomy fundamentals to a medical record. The medical coder will gain an understanding of the anatomy organs referenced in medical procedures and diagnosing coding.

INSTRUCTOR: Michelle Sykes, MD

Mon and Thurs, Oct 25-Nov 18, 6-9 p.m.

Class begins Remote-Live; then returns to campus 10/28 and meets in room CH 267

8 Sessions: 24 hrs, CEU 2.4

Course: 88473

Cost: $399

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*Textbook required; click here for textbook information.

ICD-10-CM INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATIONS (AHP-199E)

This course reviews the background of the ICD system, as well as ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding. Learn about assignment, review and clarification of coding conventions.

*Textbook required.  Obtain required textbook in advance through AAPC. Online AAPC Blackboard access is required. See AAPC ordering information.

INSTRUCTOR: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

Sat, Oct 2-Oct 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Remote-Live

4 sessions: 16 hrs, CEU 1.6

Course: 88472

Cost: $269

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CPT & HCPCS CODING COURSE (AHP-352E)

This course includes overviews of the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II and Category III codes. Practical application of the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system is part of every class. The importance and relevance of physician documentation is discussed, as well as the interpretation of this documentation in the assignment of CPT procedure codes.

*Textbook required.  Obtain required textbook in advance through AAPC. Online AAPC Blackboard access is required. See AAPC ordering information.

INSTRUCTOR: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

Sat, Nov 6-Dec 4, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

(No class Nov 27)

On campus: HH 212

4 sessions: 20 hrs, CEU 2.0

Course: 88474

Cost: $329

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AAPC CPC NATIONAL CODING CERTIFICATION PREPARATION REVIEW COURSE (AHP-329E)

PREREQUISITE: Completion of ICD-10-CM/CPT 4 Coding – Practical Application.

This course is a review to prepare students to sit for the AAPC CPC exam. Instruction will include review requirements for exam, overview of examination details, techniques to improve speed, test taking tips, in-class practice exam and individual assessment of coding skills to determine exam readiness. A student must have extensive coding experience in the classroom or through employment. Certification will increase chances of employment opportunities within a competitive space.

The AAPC CPC exam may be taken online or at a local testing center. CCM Students with a voucher will have 2 attempts to pass the exam. For more information on the exam and exam registration, please contact Justin White at 801-800-8797 or Justin.White@AAPC.com for special CCM student pricing.

INSTRUCTOR: JoAnn Baker, CCS, COC, CPC

Sat, Oct 9-23, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Classes are Remote-Live

Exam is on campus: Sat, Oct 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,  CH 159

4 sessions: 23 hours

Course: 88481

Cost: $299

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EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT

Evaluation and Management coding is the key to appropriately maximizing reimbursement for physician visits. Learn the basics of the specific codes by location and type of visit. Code levels for history, physical examination and medical decision-making based on acuity of diagnosis will be reviewed and discussed. The goal of this course is to ensure that the Evaluation and Management (E&M) code levels are chosen in compliance with the documentation in the patient chart.

INSTRUCTOR: Claude Garbarino, Jr. CCS

Next offered Spring 2022

ICD-10-CM/CPT 4 CODING - PRACTICAL APPLICATION (AHP-341E)

PREREQUISITE: Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy, basic knowledge of ICD and CPT coding.

Gain practical application of ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding utilizing official coding guidelines and conventions. In-depth instruction on CPT procedural coding covers anesthesia, pathology, laboratory, medicine and surgery. This course lays the foundation to prepare for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) Certified Professional Coder (CPC) national certification.

*Textbook required.  Obtain required textbook in advance through AAPC. Online AAPC Blackboard access is required. See AAPC ordering information.

INSTRUCTOR: JoAnn Baker, CCS, COC, CPC

Tues and Thurs, Nov 30-Jan 27, 6-9 p.m.

(No class Dec 23, 28, 30, Jan 4)

Remote-live

14 sessions: 42 hours, CEU 4.2

Course: 88475

Cost: $699

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MEDICAL BILLING (AHP-343E)

The knowledge and skills needed for a career as a medical billing specialist have increased substantially. Learn how the escalating costs of medical care, the effect of technology, and the rapid increase of managed care plans have affected insurance billing procedures and claims processing. Class covers the reimbursement process, tips for how to appeal claims, collect patient payments, and keep up with legislation/changes in government and commercial insurance. Career roles and responsibilities, the claims process, and revenue-cycle management will be covered. Additionally, the course will touch on other healthcare payers such as Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Workers Compensation and Disability Insurances.

*Textbook required; click here for textbook information.

INSTRUCTOR: Kathleen Shera, CPC, CPB

11 sessions: 32 hours, CEU 3.2

Next offered Spring 2022

NAVIGATING THE MEDICAL RECORD (AHP-243E)

Prerequisite: ICD-10-CM Introduction and Applications and CPT-4 Coding.

This hands-on workshop is for new medical coders ready to review and code hospital medical records. Participants practice the knowledge learned in the ICD-10-CM and CPT-4 coding courses and code actual hospital charts. Books from the ICD-10-CM Procedures and CPT-4 Coding courses are used in this class.

Instructor: Claude Garbarino, Jr. CCS

Next offered Spring 2022

PHYSICIAN’S PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AND REGULATORY ISSUES (AHP-267E)

Learn how to apply billing and coding skills to a variety of positions and duties within a medical practice, as well as about the essential functions and flow of front office management, human resource management, patient services, managing medical records and financial management. Special focus on the emerging use of electronic medical records in a physician’s office is covered. No text required.

INSTRUCTOR: Diane Fulton, CPAM

Next offered Spring 2022

WORKPLACE SIMULATION TRAINING (AHP-312E)

Learn 3-M Encoding Software, the leading program used by hospitals and get valuable, hands-on experience. Using nearly 100 medical records, you will learn to properly code the medical bill on the actual software used today. Make the typical mistakes in a classroom setting and learn to avoid them in the workplace.

Further information about this course is at https://www.ccm.edu/workforce/health/mbc/

INSTRUCTOR: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

Next offered Spring 2022