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CPC Exam Prep Course, June 2022

The BCC Medical Coding Certificate department is offering a free, non-credit Exam Prep course to past and current students in June, 2022. Please see below for more details and to register for an on-site or remote slot in the class.

  • CPC Exam Prep Course Details

    CPC Exam Information

    CPC exam tests 17 areas of knowledge:  

    1. 11 (all) sections of the CPT coding manual, 
    2. Medical Terminology, 
    3. Anatomy, 
    4. ICD-10-CM coding, 
    5. HCPCS coding, 
    6. ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines, 
    7. Compliance and Regulation, and 
    8. 10 cases to code

    There are 100 questions.  You can take the test online or in person.  You have 4 hours to answer 100 questions, which is roughly 2.5 minutes per question.

    The exam cost is $349 if you only want to take it once, $399 if you want the free second test (in case you don’t pass it the first time), or $325 if you have a student membership in AAPC.

    CPC Exam Prep Course

    Schedule

    The proposed review class will be offered 4 consecutive Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., on:

    • Thursday, 6/9, 
    • Thursday, 6/16,
    • Thursday, 6/23 and 
    • Thursday, 6/30.  

    Format

    The class is free, hybrid (Zoom/Owl assisted), and offered to any student who is in or has completed the Medical Coding Certificate program at BCC (past and present students).  

    There will be 16 “slots” available on site, and additional slots available to participate remotely. On-site spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The on-site class will meet in Room M-417 at the times listed above.

    Material Covered

    The class will cover the areas described above, as well as test strategies and test taking skill building.  After each class, students will be provided with timed assignments that will test knowledge, accuracy and speed, and build competence over the 4 weeks.  The final assignment will be a shorter test that replicates the CPC exam.  All assignments and the test will be online in Moodle to help students gain competency with this form of test taking.

    We will NOT be reviewing for the AHIMA CCA or CCS tests, as these tests contain significant elements involving skills gained in the HIM Certificate Program.

  • CPC Exam Prep Course Registration
OVERVIEW

Medical coding is the assignment of letters and numbers to specific medical and diagnostic phrases; each combination representing an individual diagnosis (E11.36 - Diabetes with cataract) or procedure (0DJD8ZZ - Colonoscopy).

These codes enable the health care industry to collect, process, and send information more effectively.

This organized system of codes is a language used by health care providers and insurance companies to tell the story of why a patient was seen and what treatments the patient received.

Marsha Estabrook-Adams and the OWL microphone standing in front of a screen displaying Moodle.

Medical coders may become inpatient or outpatient coders, auditors, clinical documentation specialists, insurance evaluators, case reviewers, teachers or compliance officers.

The Medical Coding Department is designed to meet the needs of students at different stages of their careers; whether just starting out, returning to school for a second career, studying part-time at night to enhance a full- time job during the day, or looking toward promotion in the field.  The stackable credits, Certificates and Degree represent different phases of expertise in this emerging career path.

College Catalog

NATIONAL TRENDS

Medical Coding is among the 20 fastest growing occupations with a national anticipated growth of 18.2 % by year 2028. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Health Information Technician ranks 55th on the list of 100 best jobs. (US News and World Report)

Medical Coders average $54,890. in annual salary; 14.9 % over the median salary of all US occupations. (AAPC survey)

On average, HIM professionals earn $46,590. per year. (https://www.herzing.edu)

The annual pay for Health Information Specialists in the US is approximately $61,000. (https://healthinformatics.uic.edu)

Employment for technicians in medical records and health information will increase by 27,800 in the 10-year period 2016-2026.  (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

JOB GROWTH & WAGES

On average, HIM professionals earn $46,590. per year. (https://www.herzing.edu)

The annual pay for Health Information Specialists in the US is approximately $61,000. (https://healthinformatics.uic.edu)

Employment for technicians in medical records and health information will increase by 27,800 in the 10-year period 2016-2026.  (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body;
  • Show proficiency in the application of medical terminology;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in use of ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT coding systems;
  • Demonstrate strong computer skills; and
  • Be eligible to take the CCA (Certified Coding Associate) credentialing exam which will qualify a student for entry level coding positions in health care facilities and/or provider clinics and offices.
FROM HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

88% of Health Care Facilities surveyed recently had immediate openings in their Health Information Management Departments.

67% of these facilities anticipated openings in their Health Information Departments in the coming year.

78% of Hiring Managers anticipated openings within the next 2-5 years.

77% of Hiring Managers required their Medical Coders to have a credential from either AAPC or AHIMA or to be in the process of obtaining the credential upon hire.

64% of Hiring Managers required Auditors to have a credential upon hire.

14% of Hiring Managers required Release of Information personnel to have HIM education and/or a credential upon hire.

LOCAL EMPLOYERS
  • Baystate Health Systems
  • Berkshire Health Systems
  • Columbia Memorial Hospital
  • Ellis Medicine
  • Holyoke Hospital
  • St. Peter's Health Hospital
  • Saratoga Hospital
  • Veteran's Affair Medical Center; Leeds, MA
  • Stratton VA Medical Center; Albany, NY
 
FROM OUR BERKSHIRE COUNTY PARTNER

We have had a successful partnership with BCC for 8 + years that allowed us to recruit successful coding staff members.  The CAHIIM/AHIMA credential affiliation would be beneficial in the future given our growth in new Revenue Cycle positions; auditors and Chargemaster analysts. Additional feedback as an effort to help BCC:  offering online course work would be helpful to recruit candidates and instructors.

The profession of HIM in the current environment requires individuals with higher learning, credentials and degrees more now than ever before. Many experienced professionals at BHS alone that are moving toward retirement age within the next 3 – 5 years will leave a gap.

 

Judy Jansen
Director of Health Information Management
Berkshire Health Systems