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Certified Coding Assoicate (CCA) Boot Camp

 
 
 
 

 

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Description:

Based upon job analysis standards and state-of-the-art test construction, the CCA designation has been a nationally accepted of achievement in the health information management (HIM) field since 2002 through the American Health Information Management Association (AHMIA). More than 8,000 people have attained the certification since inception. The CCA, the CCS and the CCS-P are the only coding credentials worldwide currently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The CCA credential distinguishes coders by exhibiting commitment and demonstrating coding competencies across all settings, including both hospitals and physician practices. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a shortage of more than 50,000 qualified HIM and HIT workers by 2015. Becoming a CCA positions you as a leader in an exciting and growing market. CCAs:

  • Exhibit a level of commitment, competency, and professional capability that employers are looking for
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the coding profession
  • Distinguish themselves from non-credentialed coders and those holding credentials from organizations less demanding of the higher level of expertise required to earn AHIMA certification

The CCA exhibits coding competency in any setting, including both hospitals and physician practices. The CCS and CCS-P exams demonstrate mastery level skills in an area of specialty: hospital-based for CCS’s and physician practice-based for CCS-Ps.

With this boot camp, you will learn the essentials of Medical Coding including evaluation and management coding, proper billing procedures for Medicare and private insurance companies, anatomy and medical terminology, claims appeals and more.

The CCA is the only credential nationally available for those new to medical coding wanting to progress to more advanced coding certifications (CCS-P or CCS). In this course you will learn the basics of:

  • Official coding guidelines, how to identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation;
  • Analyzing health records to ensure documentation supports the patient’s diagnosis and procedures, reflects progress, clinical findings;
  • Applying clinical vocabularies and terminologies used in the organization’s health information systems.
  • How hospitals are reimbursed under Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) and Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) and documentation needed by physicians for inpatient services;
  • Information & communication technologies – learn more about software applications used in the health information field;
  • Compliance regarding coding & records related to privacy, confidentiality, legal and ethical standards or practice.

 

 

Prerequisites:

Prerequisites:

  • 6 months coding experience directly applying codes
  • Completion of an AHIMA approved coding program
  • Completion of other coding training program to include anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, Basic ICD diagnostic/procedural and Basic CPT coding

Who should take this course?

  • Graduates of HIM and coding certificate programs interested in getting their first coding credential
  • Medical coders seeking credentialing of coding competencies in hospitals
  • Medical coders seeking credentialing of coding competencies in physician practices

 

 What's Included:  

  • Authorized Courseware
  • Intensive Hands on Skills Development with an Experienced Subject Matter Expert
  • Hands on practice on real Servers and extended lab support 1.800.482.3172
  • Examination Vouchers  & Onsite Certification Testing
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

All Exams are delivered at the Training Center, which is an authorized Prometric and Pearson/VUE Testing Center . We will provide a large number of testing stations dedicated to the Boot Camp. A test administrator will be available throughout the day to register you for the tests. 

 

 Curriculum:

• Clinical Classification Systems
-Interpret healthcare data for code assignment
-Incorporate clinical vocabularies and terminologies used in health information systems
-Abstract pertinent information from medical records
-Consult reference materials to facilitate code assignment
-Apply inpatient coding guidelines
-Apply outpatient coding guidelines
-Apply physician coding guidelines
-Assign inpatient codes
-Assign outpatient codes
-Assign physician codes
-Sequence codes according to healthcare settings

• Reimbursement Methodologies
-Sequence codes for optimal reimbursement
-Link diagnoses and CPT codes according to payer specific guidelines
-Assign correct diagnosis related group (DRG)
-Assign correct ambulatory payment classification (APC)
-Evaluate NCCI (National Correct Coding Initiative) edits
-Reconcile NCCI edits
-Validate medical necessity using LCD (local coverage determinations) and NCD (national coverage determinations)
-Submit claim forms
-Communicate with financial departments
-Evaluate claim denials
-Respond to claim denials
-Re-submit denied claim to the payer source
-Communicate with the physician to clarify documentation

• Heath Records and Data Content
-Retrieve medical records
-Assemble medical records according to healthcare setting
-Analyze medical records quantitatively for completeness
-Analyze medical records qualitatively for deficiencies
-Perform data abstraction
-Request patient-specific documentation from other sources (for example, ancillary departments, physician’s office, etc.)
-Retrieve patient information from master patient index
-Educate providers in regards to health data standards
-Generate reports for data analysis

• Compliance
-Identify discrepancies between coded data and supporting documentation
-Validate that codes assigned by provider or electronic systems are supported by proper documentation
-Perform ethical coding
-Clarify documentation through physician query
-Research latest coding changes
-Implement latest coding changes
-Update fee/charge ticket based on latest coding changes
-Educate providers on compliant coding
-Assist in preparing the organization for external audits

• Information Technologies
-Navigate throughout the electronic health record (EHR)
-Utilize encoding and grouping software
-Utilize practice management and HIM (Health Information Management) systems
-Utilize CAC (computer assisted coding) software that automatically assigns codes based on electronic text
-Validate the codes assigned by computer assisted coding software

• Confidentiality & Privacy
-Ensure patient confidentiality
-Educate healthcare staff on privacy and confidentiality issues
-Recognize and report privacy issues/violations
-Maintain a secure work environment
-Utilize pass codes
-Access only minimal necessary documents/information
-Release patient-specific data to authorized individuals
-Protect electronic documents through encryption
-Transfer electronic documents through secure sites
-Retain confidential records appropriately
-Destroy confidential records appropriately

 

Academy Code of Honor  

The Academy guarantees that students shall pass all vendor examinations during the training program or may re-attend within one year of the program completion date. Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees. 

 

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