CERTIFIED MEDICAL CODING SPECIALIST (CMCS)

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You could be on your way to a new career as a medical coder in just 12 weeks.

If you have a basic medical background (to include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology) you can train for your new career for only $1350.00.  That price includes a one year membership to the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (on line at www.pahcs.org) your training materials and covers the fees for your certification exam at the end of the program and FREE ICD-10-CM training.  NO HIDDEN FEES or costs.  For a limited time  we are offering this program at a discounted price of $1000.00 - Payments can be arranged. The cost includes a 1 year PAHCS Membership and the Exam at the end of the program.

Programs similar to the one PAHCS offers can cost upwards of $15,000 (that is not a typo).  Our PAHCS staff and instructors are experienced office managers and coders and have extensive knowledge of what coders need, and they bring that experience to you. We do this at a low price because we feel it’s our responsibility to give back to the medical community that has given us so much.  Let us help you.  

So, if you are you ready for a change and you are comfortable with computers, detail oriented and like helping others then earning your medical coding certification from PAHCS may be your best step to a career in the ever expanding healthcare arena.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)* projects 20% employment growth for medical records and health information technicians (including medical billers and coders) between 2008 and 2018.

GENERAL INFORMATION

This course has been designed out of a need for a coding course that is affordable and can give someone with a basic medical background an opportunity to learn the nuts and bolts of coding. This course is especially relevant for the medical office worker who wants to advance their skills and knowledge. 

This is a self study program with active support by certified coders who have previously taught coding classes in various settings.

At the end of this course you will be able to code in a medical setting and will have the knowledge to take (and pass) the PAHCS Medical Coding Certification exam and become a PAHCS certified coder with a CMCS.

PAHCS teaches Coding and Critical Thinking skills

Critical thinking skills are required for coding and reimbursement specialists. Critical thinking is the ability to analyze a task, situation or scenario from a critical viewpoint by asking the following questions:

  • Who is doing the procedure?
  • What procedure is being done?
  • Where is it being performed?
  • Why is it being done?
  • When was it done?

Not always will answers be readily available in printed material.  There will be times when you will need to use common sense and further investigation to code correctly.

RESOURCES NEEDED FOR THE COURSE (not included)

·        Current Procedural Terminology CPT

·        ICD-10-CM

·        HCPCS

·        Medical Dictionary

 *These can be purchased from several different sources including local book stores, the AMA, Amazon, and InGauge or Unicor (links on PAHCS website).

LESSONS

Lessons and exercises/assignments will be sent on to you via email and, when completed, you’ll return your answers for that lessons exercise to the instructor.  You’ll receive the answers via email so you can compare your answers to the correct ones.  Once a lesson is finished the next lesson will be emailed to you.  There will also be webinars as necessary

CLASS OUTLINE

Lesson 1.  Medical Terminology (basic review class)

Lesson 2.Introduction to Coding & Medical Documentation

Lesson 3. ICD-10-CM Conventions and Rules

Lesson 4.  Advanced ICD-10-CM

Lesson 5. Coding and the CPT & HCPCS Manuals

Lesson 6. Evaluation and Management

Lesson 7. Anesthesia & Surgery

Lesson 8. Radiology/Pathology/Laboratory

Lesson 9. Medicine

Lesson 10. Modifiers

Lesson 11. Insurance Basics

Lesson 12. Claims Management and Reimbursement

FINAL EXAM  (Medical Coding Certification Exam)

 

Use this checklist to compare other programs:

 

 

PAHCS

Other school/program

1. Price for program

$1350

 

2. Are the ICD-10, CPT and HCPCS books included?

No

 

3. Does the price include a membership in a professional association?

Yes

 

4. Does the price include a certification examination?
*PAHCS exams have an 86% pass rate*

Yes

 

5. Can I finance this training?

Yes

 

6. Is this on line or do I have to attend classes?

On line

 

7. Are the trainers experienced coders?

Yes

 

8. Is there a job placement program?

No

 

9. Do I have to pay for and/or take additional training to pass the PAHCS certification exam?

No

 

10. Do I have to take an ICD-10-CM proficiency exam to retain my certification?

No

 

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