Certified Professional Coder® (CPC) Training
Because opportunities aren’t just knocking, they’re smashing down the door.
The responsibilities of professional coders are significant. The shortage of coders is acute. The demand for coders is tremendous. And, consequently, so are the opportunities for qualified coders.
The demand for professional medical coders is expected to grow in the coming years. Qualified coders can expect to enjoy top-dollar compensation and flexible work schedules, including full- or part-time staff jobs, the ability to work from a home office, or the opportunity to become part of our outsourcing network.
According to research from the U.S. Department of Labor on the future growth of the healthcare industry, jobs in medical records and health information are projected to expand by 20% by 2018. That’s an estimated 35,100 new jobs, many of which will need to be filled by Certified Medical Coders. This field is rapidly growing because of an aging population, and medical coding is at the forefront of that expansion.
Does certification make a difference?
According to an American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) survey of 12,000 coding professionals, Certified Professional Coders® (CPCs) are critical to compliant and profitable medical practices. Some 55% of respondents said certification was required for employment at their current jobs. Coders without a coding certificate find it more and more difficult to find a job in this technical field. And CPCs typically earn 20% more than noncertified coders.
Additionally, because of litigation and government audits, healthcare providers are insisting that their staff be certified to ensure some degree of control.
AAPC’s CPC credential is the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings. More than 60,000 coding professionals carry this distinction. The CPC credential increases your chances of being hired and retained in a competitive job market. Your CPC documentation demonstrates that, through rigorous examination and experience, you know how to accurately read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-9), procedure (CPT®), and supply (HCPCS Level II) code for a wide variety of clinical cases and services.
Medical coding jobs can be found in a variety of organizations, including:
- Physician offices or groups
- Hospital-associated physician offices or groups
- Health system-associated physician offices or groups
- Large hospital systems
- Private and government hospitals
- National medical billing and coding service providers
- Nursing homes and rehabilitation centers
- Home healthcare agencies
- Insurance companies
- Consultant, educator, and legal counsel offices
Program Information & Curriculum
Although many training programs offer “medical coding” training, not all are geared toward preparing their graduates for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) national certification exam. Our Certified Professional Coder (CPC) training course covers all aspects of medical coding in a logical sequence while preparing you for the coding certification exam.
Our program has been designed using the curriculum of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), the organization that designates the CPC credential and administers the national exam. After completing the course, a successful graduate is qualified to take the exam to become a CPC. The CPC title is a nationally-recognized professional designation that demonstrates to employers that the individual has reached a certain level of coding knowledge. It places the CPC steps ahead of the competition.
As a medical coder, the Altegra Health graduate is able to assign the correct billing code for each service provided for reimbursement. Appropriate coding is vital. An incorrect code can result in reduced revenues for the provider, difficulty in receiving reimbursement, or even substantial fines.
We offer face-to-face instructional training, as well as an interactive on-line training program. See class schedule for dates of upcoming classes.
Introduction to CPC Training Course Topics
- Introductions to ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS coding systems
- Introduction to ICD-10 implementation and prepare for exam
- Review of medical reports and codes using coding guidelines
- Coding of complex case studies
- Exam prep classes (Students take timed exams and learn test-taking skills.)
- Take national exam (optional) in class proctored by Altegra Health (not for online classes)
This course uses the approved AAPC curriculum. All of our instructors have been specially trained by the AAPC to teach its professional medical coding curriculum in a classroom environment.
- Student must have a high school diploma or a GED.
- Student must have taken a medical terminology class
- Student mush have taken anatomy and physiology class
- A background in healthcare is strongly desired but not required for the course.
Our small classes promote a one-to-one interaction with our instructors. Students build a strong instructor/student relationship that allows the student to feel comfortable asking questions and participating in class discussion. Our classes typically consist of 15 to 20 students.
Payment Plan: We offer an installment plan for our students. The earlier you enroll, the smaller your payment plan will be. Please contact us for more information on the payment plans. Certain restrictions and limitations do apply.
Altegra Health is committed to individuals who are dedicated to enhancing their careers and increasing their job knowledge. We understand the financial issues involved with this type of commitment. Our staff works diligently to try to accommodate each individual’s financial situation. Call us at 866.235.7553, ext. 2414, to find out additional details. Alternate payment plans are available on a case-by-case basis.
Because of the intensive nature of these training courses and our commitment to training students capable of passing the CPC exam, students must attend a satisfactory number of class sessions. If the requisite number of sessions is not met, students do not receive a Certificate of Completion from Altegra Health, which may result in failure to receive the CPC designation.
Why ICD-10 cm
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated the replacement of the ICD-9-CM code sets used by medical coders and billers to report health care diagnoses and procedures with ICD-10 codes, effective Oct. 1, 2014. ICD-10 implementation will radically change the way coding is currently done and will require a significant effort to implement.