So you have completed your medical coding training. You have big plans to make a career in the medical coding field. Smart move! Your next step is to take either the Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) exam or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician Based (CCS-P) exam.
You were pretty enthusiastic when you first started studying but as the exam draws nearer you are starting to feel “a sense of dread.” Maybe even overwhelm?
… you are basically freaking out with the thought of failing your next attempt at your CPC® exam!
Guess what… I was there once before just like you. I remember a time when I was in overwhelm in a hotel room with the test looming just days in the future. I had to pass the test. My job depended on it. Believe me, I feel your pain!
Maybe this is your first time taking the CPC® exam. Maybe you have failed before and this is your second or third time trying to get certified. Either way, you are desperate for any method that you could use to improve your chances of passing the medical coding exam. Well, I have good news…
My name is Laureen Jandroep (CPC, CPC-I, CMSCS, CHCI, Senior Instructor) and I’ve been teaching and coaching medical coders to prepare to be certified coders for the AAPC (American Society of Professional Coders) or American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) physician based board exams since 1999. I have taken and passed many of the board exams including: CPC®, CPC®-I, CPC®-H, CCS-P, CCS, RCC and OTR.
I started my career in medical coding when I ran my own successful rehab practice in New Jersey that at it’s zenith served over 17 long term care facilities with 26 therapists, aides and support staff. My company was approved by Medicare and billed over $1.6 Million annually with less than a .06% rejection rate — unheard of in the rehab industry. The reason for this success was making sure my company billed based on source documentation and provided ongoing training to my therapists regarding proper coding. So believe me- I know about coding!
I have a unique way of teaching myself new concepts and I share that with my students. So they “get it”. As fast as possible. Because medical coding demands that we stay current on changes in medical coding billing. So let me tell you…
You see, it doesn’t have to be that hard. You don’t need to stress. After all, the exam is open book right? You just need to get organized, focus on whats important to pass the test… and don’t sweat the small stuff!
There is an easier way! Let me explain…
This is both a review of the subject matter and a guide to doing well on the exam. You will not only have an exhaustive review of all the various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures covered on the exam, the program will also demonstrate ways to go through the process of taking the exam in the most efficient manner, making best use of the time allowed. Since this is an open-book exam, the program teaches you my proprietary “Bubbling and Highlighting™ Technique". This technique demonstrates how to mark and highlight your coding manual to make it easier to choose the correct answer of the choices given for any question on the exam. You’ll see how to best manage some questions you might find more difficult than others.
I have been teaching medical coding in a full time or part time capacity since 1999. Back in the day I took all the certification exams so that my students could see that I felt their pain and knew what they were going to be going through. This helped me to understand the format of the exams and prepare my students for what was going to be covered in the exam.
But my students wanted more. A few years ago while I was teaching a longer CPC® traing class, my students pleaded “Help us get ready for next weeks exam!” So we reviewed the whole CPC® training program in two days. And that’s how the Blitz Videos were born.
For over 11 years now, I have been teaching this review program- with many students successfully passing their CPC® exam after viewing my videos.
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This program works. It’s worked for hundreds of people. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s just some of the testimonials I have received from some of the happy students who have purchased my CPC® Exam preparation Videos over the last few years:
At age 49, I started to go back to school in a MBC program, Graduated at age 50 with high honors, and valedictorian…. I attended an alumni meeting a year later, and the MBC Program Director hired me to teach the MBC Externship Program.... I had to become CPC® certified within months to keep employment there. I failed the first time, couldn’t finish in the 5-1/2 hours allotted then.
Failed the second time by the skin of my teeth- 69. And then restudied, restudied and bought your Videos, which I viewed a few times.
Going through the CPT book and highlighting guidelines and all those tips made the exam go smoother. I took the exam, passed and incredibly finished in 4-1/2 hours. That’s a record for me. Yes, it cost me again to pay for the exam but I have no regrets whatsoever. Your videos helped me tremendously the 3rd time around and I just wanted to say thanks to you. 3 Times was a charm for me. :) NEVER GIVE UP. Keep up the great work. You are awesome, you teach from your heart and your tips are EXCELLENT.
Dear Laureen, I found out today that I passed the CPC® exam with 87%. Your blitz videos were extremely helpful. I learned so much more from these videos than I ever did in school. Every chapter was well structured and easy to follow. It boosted my confidence and kept me motivated all along. I can’t thank you enough...
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Here is what other people who passed their exam on the first try have said about my Coding Certification Blitz Videos:
I’m one of the ones that passed the certification exam because of your Blitz videos...I’m back in class taking refresher coding courses to keep my self abreast of the updates. I’m in 2 classes with about 20 students in each class, all trying to get certified. As your Blitz was such a blessing to me, I printed from the internet your advertisement page for your Blit Videos. I’m going to give each of my classmates a copy and let them know that I had tried passing the certification exam several times and didn’t pass until I viewed your DVD’s. I hope some, if not all, will take an interest and will order your DVD’s. Thanks again for the help you have been to me.
Dear Laureen: I’ve just received notification that I’ve passed my CPC® exam- on the first try!!! There is no way I would have passed the exam without your Blitz Course. The advice and tips you gave are invaluable. Money well spent. I hope to use this certification and my past experience to become an instructor in medical coding and billing. Thank you so much for this step up to my future career!!
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This is an overview and the video you would play first. It’s about what to expect at the exam, how many sections, time allowed and efficient time management strategies. It gives details on how to prepare your coding manual for efficient referencing, since this is an open-book test. It also describes a system of dealing with questions that appear difficult so as not to waste precious time during the exam.
Since coding requires knowing the names of medical procedures, as well as basic human anatomy, this section covers how medical terms are formulated. Emphasis is placed on meanings of various prefixes and suffixes as various root words used in naming medical conditions and procedures.
Medical supplies and durable medical equipment used in treating patients. Medical transport (ambulance). Splints and orthotic devices. Pathology and laboratory procedures. Medicare and Non-Medicare codes. Medicaid only codes. Letter= designated codes (F codes, Q codes, etc.) Drug codes. (using the appendix of your coding manual)
Two-digit suffix codes added to the end of a code to indicate if there is extra charge or is the service part of a bundled procedure. This is necessary for billing purposes. This section explains the various modifiers. These are codes for follow-up, suture removal, complications, etc.
The ICD-9 manual covers hospital charges for in-patient admissions. Hints on how to tab the ICD-9 coding manual for quick and easy access to the information you need for any exam question that can. Know the pitfalls that can trip you on the board exam like burn coding, AIDS, etc.
There are twelve questions on E&M (Evaluation and Management) on the CPC® exam. Whether the patient is an in-patient. What exactly is a consultation and how to code accordingly? What are critical care codes? What defines a nursing facility, what exactly an emergency department is, etc. Discover the “Locate your HEM in Time” technique that has been known to help students struggling with E&M get that “ah ha!” moment. Practice worksheets are provided.
This part of the program covers the highlights of Anesthesia coding needed for the board exam. You will understand the difference between general, regional, local anesthesia and how to code them as well as conscious sedation. You will know what to do if there was more than one procedure done during an operative session.
This section is about x-rays and diagnostic imaging, including MRI and PET scans. Watch this video and you will understand what constitutes a procedure with contrast, when injections can be billed for, ultrasound coding, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine coding.
Codes for diagnostic laboratory procedures from blood chemistry to surgical biopsies. The highlights of this video are pathology consults, surgical pathology, panels, the difference between qualitative and quantitative tests and more.
The highlights of this large section of the CPT Manual are covered. Come away with tips for coding ophthalmology, psychology, chiropractic, physical therapy and more. Covers general medical conditions and infectious diseases and prescription medications. The cardiovascular procedures are covered in video #14 Cardiovascular Surgery.
The term ‘integumentary’ refers to all ‘breach of skin’ surgical procedures. This video provides an introduction to surgery coding in general including discussion about open and closed procedures (a favorite exam concept) and the global surgery package. Then you will delve into the integumentary surgery section in detail. You will know when to add codes together and when to report them separately. You will understand that an intermediate repair is not just for layered repairs, all breast procedures are covered.
This video covers dislocation and fracture coding, when you can code for casts and strapping, bunionectomy coding, and wound exploration procedures. The video also demonstrates the “stacking” technique for coding of spine procedures.
Includes all respiratory problems such as asthma and COPD for which medical care is sought. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the respiratory section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams.
Coding applicable to all medical and surgical treatments of heart diseases and conditions. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the cardiovascular section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. Specifically pacemaker/defibrillator coding, CABG coding, coronary angioplasty coding, and cardiac cathetrization coding to name a few.
Covers conditions of the esophagus, stomach small and large bowels and the rectum. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the digestive section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. Scope procedures dominate this section. You’ll see some key notes you’ll want to write in your CPT manual so they jump out at you when you are taking the board exam.
Coding for kidney, bladder and urinary tract conditions. Specifically urodynamics, kidney procedures, ureter and bladder procedures are discussed. After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the urinary section of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams.
In this video the male and female genital system procedures are discussed with emphasis on prostate procedures, tricky definitions related to vulvectomies, hysterectomy coding and maternity coding.
After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the endocrine and nervous sections of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. You’ll discover the “butterfly” technique for coding procedures of the thyroid and the “stacking” technique for coding procedures of the spine and covers skull base surgery, neurostimulator coding and nerve block procedures.
After a brief anatomy review you will be taken to the eye and ear sections of the CPT manual and be shown the areas that tend to be the area of focus for board exams. Specifically eye removal, keratoplasty coding, cataract coding and ocular adnexa coding are discussed for the eye. For the ear emphasis is on the ear tube surgery (tympanoplasty).
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Passing the CPC® exam is your first step in entering or moving up in working as a medical coder.
Being certified gives you certain advantages, including:
So I ask you fellow coder:
Do you really want to take a chance and fail at your next CPC® exam?
Don’t you want to prepare and give yourself the best chance to succeed?
What you will be getting is my 2 day/ 12 hour video presentation of myself going though my actual coding manuals and powerpoint slides with you. This is a very effective way to learn this type of material. You will see my key manual guideline notes and learn my proprietary “Bubbling and Highlighting System” to help you quickly find the KEY ANSWERS in your manuals during the open book CPC® exams.
This will help YOU highlight your own book so you can quickly find your own answers when you take the exam. Instead of flipping back and forth between pages where the guidelines are, the answers are right next to the codes when you take the board exam- JUMPING OUT AT YOU. My students swear by this technique! They’ve said it gave them the confidence that they needed to pass the exam.
Another plus: My Bubbling and Highlighting Technique helps you in your day to day coding work AFTER the exam too!
To Your Success!
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P.P.S. You’re still here? You’re obviously interested. You obviously don’t want to continue stressing over your cpc exam. You can be reviewing and learning how to bubble and highlight your manual effectively to pass your test minutes from now! You owe it to yourself to try — especially considering there’s absolutely nothing to lose on your way to receive your medical coding certification!
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