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Pat Cox Professional Medical Coding Courses
P.O. Box 702 White Marsh, VA 23183
Phone: (757)869-4316

American Academy of Professional Coders

If you successfully pass the CPC test but have less than two years of coding experience, you will become 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.

Pat Cox Professional Medical Coding Courses is not affiliated with Thomas Nelson Community College and registration is not through TNCC.


Course Syllabus

Week 1
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
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. Handouts

Week 3
Introduction to ICD-9-CM and ICD-10CM - A review of all aspects of both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM text including: medical necessity, coding guidelines and how-to steps, coding conventions, coding tips as well as a section devoted to the use and understanding of Volumes I and II.

Week 4
Practical ICD-9-CM and ICD-10CM Continued - Coding Chapters

Week 5
Practical ICD-9-CM and ICD-10CM Continued - Coding Chapters

Week 6
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 great length

Week 7
Evaluation and Management
Principles and Applications−Part I. & II This chapter discusses the components needed in medical record documentation for the accurate selection of an E/M code. Also discussed are consultations, emergency department services, critical care, preventive medicine and nursing care coding guidelines.

Documentation and Coding Guidelines-This chapter reviews the documentation guidelines for medical record keeping

Week 8
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.

Introduction to Surgery−This chapter presents the "global surgical package" concept and coding conventions "Separate" and "add-on" procedure codes are discussed in great detail.

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 Mob's micrographic surgery is provided.

Week 9
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 10
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 addressed. 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.

Week 11
Hemic/Lymphatic Mediastinum, Diaphragm & Digestive System
This chapter covers the digestive process, diagnostic test and procedures and endoscopies pertaining to the digestive system

Week 12
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 13
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 14
Eye and Auditory
This chapter covers 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 15
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.

Week 16
This final 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.

Review for Boards
Preparation and test review for AAPC Certified Professional Coders Test

National AAPC Examination held Saturday following last class