MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING

All classes are remote LIVE instruction unless otherwise indicated. Students need access to a computer and to the Internet. A desktop or laptop computer with audio and video capability is preferred, but tablets and smartphones are an option. CCM will provide access to any specialized software needed for a course.

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.

  • MCC Textbook/Workbook Bundle
    $89.95+shipping
  • 2020 Code Books (CPT, ICD-10 and HCPCS)
    $209.95+shipping
  • Online AAPC Blackboard Access Fee
    $150.00
    Code: Blackboard Fee

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
  • Anatomy for Healthcare Professionals
  • ICD–10-CM Introduction and Applications
  • CPT & HCPCS Coding
  • ICD-10-CM /CPT 4 Coding – Practical Application
  • Medical Billing
  • Evaluation and Management
  • Physician’s Practice Management and Regulatory Issues
  • Navigating the Medical Record
  • Workplace Simulation Training

To prepare for the Coding Exam, you will take the CCM course: CPC Certification Exam Prep (Exam registration fee is not included in the course fee.)

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

This course focuses on the basic foundation of medical word building. Prefixes, suffixes, root words and combining forms will be used to learn 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 essential to the course work studied in Anatomy and Physiology. AHP-256

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Instructor: Michelle Sykes, MD

88471.  8 sessions: 24 hours, CEU 2.4

Time: 6-9 p.m., Mon and Thurs, Sept 14-Oct 8

Cost: $399

ANATOMY FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

This is an introductory class designed to introduce 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. AHP-301

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Instructor: Michelle Sykes, MD

88473.  8 sessions: 24 hours, CEU 2.4

Time: 6-9 p.m., Mon and Thurs, Oct 12-Nov 5

Cost: $399

ICD-10-CM INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATIONS

This course reviews the background of the ICD system and its roots in the mid-1600s. ICD-10-CM diagnosis coding is the focus of this course, ands includes steps for coding assignment, review and clarification of coding conventions and hands-on coding exercises.  AHP-199

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

Instructor: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

88472.  4 sessions: 16 hours, CEU 1.6

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat, Sept 19-Oct 10

Cost: $269

CPT & HCPCS CODING COURSE

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. AHP-352

*Required textbook must be obtained in advance through AAPC. Online AAPC Blackboard access is required. See AAPC ordering information.

Instructor: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

88474.  5 sessions: 20 hours, CEU 2.0

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat, Oct 24-Nov 21

Cost: $329

ICD-10-CM/CPT 4 CODING – PRACTICAL APPLICATION

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. AHP-341. *Obtain required textbook in advance through AAPC. Online AAPC Blackboard access is required. See AAPC ordering information.

Instructor: JoAnn Baker, CCS, COC, CPC

88475.  14 Sessions: 42 hours, CEU 4.2

Time: 6-9 p.m., Tues and Thurs, Nov 10-Jan 14 (no class Nov 24, 26, Dec 22, 24, 29, 31)

Cost: $699


MEDICAL BILLING

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. AHP-343

*Textbook required.

11 sessions: 32 hours, CEU 3.2

Time: 6-9 p.m., Tues and Thurs, Aug 4-Sept 8

Cost: $529


WORKPLACE SIMULATION TRAINING

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 so you won’t make them on the job. AHP-312

Instructor: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

88479.  6 sessions: 16 hours, CEU 1.6

Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:45 p.m., Tues and Thurs, Sept 15-Oct 1

Location: On campus at Henderson Hall, HH-114

Cost: $269

AAPC CPC NATIONAL CODING CERTIFICATION PREPARATION REVIEW COURSE and CODING EXAM 

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

This course is designed as 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. AHP-329

CCM students may sit for the exam given at CCM, only if they have completed the CCM Preparation Review Course. Students are required to register and pay the AAPC examination fee separately, four weeks in advance of the exam date. Exam fees are not included in the course fees.

 For more information on the exam and registration, please contact Justin White at 801-800-8797 or justin.white@aapc.com

Instructor: JoAnn Baker, CCS, COC, CPC

88481.  6 sessions: 23 hours

Time: 6-9 p.m., Tues and Thurs, Oct 6-20

Exam: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat, Oct 24, Cohen Hall, CH 257

Cost: $299

The following courses will be offered in Spring 2021.


NAVIGATING THE MEDICAL RECORD

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. AHP-243

Instructor: Claude Garbarino, Jr. CCS

Next offered Spring 2021.


EVALUATION AND MANAGEMENT 

Evaluation and Management coding is the key to appropriately maximizing reimbursement for physician visits. In this course, the student will learn the basics of the specific codes for 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. AHP-331

Instructor: Claude Garbarino, Jr., CCS

Next offered Spring 2021.


PHYSICIAN’S PRACTICE MANAGEMENT AND REGULATORY ISSUES

Learn how to apply billing and coding skills to a variety of positions and duties within a medical practice. Access resources to help you stay current in the ever-changing, rapidly paced environment of a physician’s office. This course concentrates on teaching 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 office is covered. No textbook required.

Instructor: Diane Fulton, CPPM

Next offered Spring 2021.