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CPC Coding Class Outline

The Certified Professional Coder (CPC) coding class offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), through Professional Coding Resources, is a comprehensive program designed to prepare individuals for the CPC certification exam.


The class covers a wide range of coding topics, including CPT coding, ICD-10-CM coding, and HCPCS Level II coding. Here is a sample outline of a CPC coding class:

  1. Introduction to Medical Coding

    • Overview of medical coding and its importance in healthcare

    • Introduction to coding systems: CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II

    • Coding guidelines and conventions

  2. Anatomy and Physiology

    • Basics of human anatomy and physiology relevant to coding

    • Terminology related to body systems, organs, and anatomical structures

    • Common medical terms and abbreviations

  3. CPT Coding

    • Introduction to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding system

    • Evaluation and Management (E/M) coding guidelines and documentation requirements

    • Surgical coding: Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and other systems

    • Medicine and Ancillary Services coding

    • Modifiers: Purpose, guidelines, and appropriate use

  4. ICD-10-CM Coding

    • Introduction to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) coding system

    • Guidelines for coding diagnoses accurately using ICD-10-CM

    • Coding conventions, chapters, and sections

    • Documentation requirements for ICD-10-CM coding

  5. HCPCS Level II Coding

    • Overview of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Level II

    • Supplies, DME (Durable Medical Equipment), and drugs coding

    • Modifiers specific to HCPCS Level II coding

  6. Medical Coding Guidelines and Compliance

    • National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits

    • Medicare coding guidelines and policies

    • Documentation and coding audits

    • Compliance with coding regulations and ethical considerations

  7. Medical Terminology and Anatomy Review

    • In-depth review of medical terminology related to coding

    • Anatomy review for coding accuracy and understanding of medical procedures

  8. Exam Preparation and Practice

    • Overview of the CPC certification exam structure and content

    • Test-taking strategies and time management techniques

    • Practice exams and coding scenarios to reinforce learning

    • Review of challenging coding concepts and case studies

Please note that the actual content and organization of a CPC coding class may vary depending on the educational institution or training provider offering the program. It is recommended to refer to the specific class syllabus or course outline provided by AAPC or the respective training organization for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Taking a CPC coding class provides individuals with a solid foundation in medical coding, enhances coding skills, and prepares them for the CPC certification exam.

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