Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Boot Camp

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

  • 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- (excluding Adobe and PMP Boot Camps)
  • Academy Code of Honor: Test Pass Guarantee
  • Optional: Package for Hotel Accommodations, Lunch and Transportation

With several convenient training delivery methods offered, The Academy makes getting the training you need easy. Whether you prefer to learn in a classroom or an online live learning virtual environment, training videos hosted online, and private group classes hosted at your site. We offer expert instruction to individuals, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Our live classes, on-sites, and online training videos all feature certified instructors who teach a detailed curriculum and share their expertise and insights with trainees. No matter how you prefer to receive the training, you can count on The Academy for an engaging and effective learning experience.

Methods

  • Instructor Led (the best training format we offer)
  • Live Online Classroom – Online Instructor Led
  • Self-Paced Video

Speak to an Admissions Representative for complete details

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

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