2017 Professional Medical Coding Curriculum (PMCC) Course
Spring Session at North Suburban Medical Center
9141 Grant St.
Thornton, CO 80229
Classes start: April 23, 2017 - August 12, 2017
(CPC Certification Exam: August 13, 2017)
The Professional Medical Coding Curriculum has been created by the American Academy of Professional Coders because of a growing need for coding information and education in the increasingly technical field of professional coding. It is recognized as highly credible and is taught and accredited throughout the country in various venues, Colleges and Universities. This program may also assist students wishing to obtain certification (optional) in coding by further prepping for the national (CPC) Certified Professional Coder credential exam. It's not just another typical certificate program.
Medicare audits and insurance reimbursement policies have contributed to a growing awareness of the importance of accurate coding. With the increasing costs in fraud and abuse prevention and the decline in healthcare reimbursement by both federal and commercial carriers, correct coding knowledge is absolutely essential for practice and hospital survival. A Certified Professional Coder and Instructor who is licensed with the Academy will teach this course. The course curriculum is presented in 20 lessons. The lessons include a brief anatomy and terminology review, CPT, HCPC’s Level II and ICD-10 CM coding / lab scenarios, to ensure knowledge in practical application. Students will receive a certificate of completion for approximately 80 contact hours.
Instructor: Robin Linker, CHCA, CHCAS, CPC-I, COC, CCS-P, MCS-P, CPC-P, CHC is a triple certified coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and AHIMA and in compliance through the Healthcare Compliance Association. She is the Executive Director of Operations and Auditing for the Association of Health Care Auditors and Educators. With over 30 years in healthcare, she provides consulting and education in correct coding and billing practices, practice management and compliance. She is an author, editor and licensed instructor for the AAPC, and conducts a variety of workshops nationally. She is a former Director of Education and Technical Development for the American Academy of Professional Coders and is utilized as an expert case witness in fraud and abuse cases on behalf of attorney’s, physicians and facilities and enjoys education with a touch of humor.
Prerequisites: Previous coding experience and anatomy and terminology is helpful but not required. A one day course on Anatomy and Terminology for the Coder may be available prior to the class beginning for those without experience or who wish to have a refresher course. This is not a required course, however those registered students for the course may attend at a discounted rate of $150.00. What to bring: -Required: 2017 CPT, 2017 ICD-10-CM and 2017 HCPCS II coding manuals. (These can be purchased at a 20-35% +student discounted rate through Robin Linker and Associates and are the professional and expert editions). Let the instructor know if you need these references. Prior to the Exam: Students with 2 or more years coding experience will need two letters of recommendation prior to midterm. Your instructor can provide one of these letters if only one is available. Those without two years experience are exempt from the letter requirement and qualify for the apprentice status. This course is approved and qualifies as one years experience upon completion.
Tuition: The total cost for this certification course is $3000.00, which includes:
Payment: Payment is expected in full prior to classes starting unless prior arrangements have been made. A non-refundable deposit may be sent in as an option with the registration form to secure a place in class. The balance however is due prior to PMCC classes beginning. Group discounts are also available.
Scholarship Fund: Robin Linker & Associates, Inc. has a limited Scholarship Fund (Discount Hardship Program) to provide assistance to those qualifying individuals enduring hardship. Qualifying applicants may receive on average $100.00 to $500.00 off of the tuition rate. Please submit a letter briefly stating your situation or circumstance for consideration and one of our staff members will contact you. This information will remain confidential and may be mailed or faxed to 303-373-9667. Our programs are also approved with the Colorado Workforce. Contact your county Workforce for qualifying assistance and program details.
What else? Class size will be extremely limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Plan on 6-8 hours of home study per week. The instructors will make every effort to abide by the schedule. Classes may need to be rescheduled due to unexpected circumstances. The instructors will notify students as soon as possible if classes must be rescheduled. Live make-up dates or webinars will be held prior to the exam date.
*For program details and Schedule - Email RLAcode@comcast.net
Disclosure Agreement: A mandatory non-disclosure agreement will be attached to each of the curriculum materials that are to be disbursed. This agreement will be signed during the first night of class prior to students receiving their materials. The student will be required to sign a copy of this nondisclosure agreement, which I have listed below.