Professional Medical Coding Curriculum
Professional Coder Certification
Offered by: Alaska MedCode, LLC
Martha Wade, RHIT, CCS-P, CPC-I, CPC, CPMA
AAPC Certified Instructor
The Medical Coding Training curriculum is a program of study, aimed at
providing the most up-to-date information relating to CPT procedural and
ICD-9-CM diagnostic coding and prepares the student to sit for the Certified
Professional Coder (CPC) exam.
Students will achieve Certified Professional Coder (CPC) status upon
successful completion of AAPC’s CPC credentialing examination, which
serves as the course’s final examination.
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is a research driven
institution that has been serving the professional development needs of its
expanding membership base since 1988.
AAPC MISSION STATEMENT
Establish and maintain professional, ethical and educational standards for
Provide a national certification and credentialing process
Support the national and local membership by providing educational products
and opportunities to network
Increase and promote national recognition and awareness of healthcare issues
Course curriculum is presented over an 18 week period.
Lectures are reinforced by hands-on practice exercises.
CPC certification exam serves as the course final examination.
The examination is a 5 hour & 40 minute, open ICD-9-CM/CPT/HCPCS
Level II book, multiple choice exam written for physician practice coders.
The CPC exam tests knowledge of medical terminology, human anatomy,
CPT, ICD-9-CM and HCPCS Level II coding. Coders are required to code
the professional services rendered in each scenario.
Tuition, Schedule and Pre-Requisite Information
Tuition of $2000 includes:
The CPC exam fee of $300
PMCC student workbooks
Payment Plan is available – Please contact for further information
Students must provide their own current 2014 coding manuals
CPT Professional Edition
ICD-9-CM for Physicians – Volumes 1 & 2
HCPCS Level II
CPT Expert and ICD-9 Easy Coder books are NOT allowed
Deadline for registration is January 21, 2014. Course fees will increase to $2200
after the deadline date.
Class schedule: Tuesday from 5:30 – 8:45p.m. for 18 weeks. Due to classroom
availability 4 classes during the 18 week course will be held on Thursday. The
first class is scheduled to begin February 4, 2014. CPC test date is Saturday, June
Pre-Requisite: Enrollee must have taken a medical terminology course or have
the equivalent knowledge through medical licensure or medical experience. A
workable knowledge of human anatomy is required and medical coding
experience is recommended but not required.
Classroom location: Alaska Regional – Medical Plaza Building
**ICD-9-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II books can be ordered from Optum Insight
or special 3 book package (Physician Bundle 1)
from AAPC, 1.800.626.CODE or www.aapc.com
Curriculum Outline – Medical Coding Training
Introduction to the CPT
Understanding CPT and HCPCS codes in relation to reporting physician and/or other provider procedures
and services are discussed. This chapter also introduces the basics of formatting, terminology, modifiers,
and the two levels of HCPCS codes used in Medicare and most private payer claims.
Evaluation and Management Section
Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes are described with the fundamentals in preparation and
application to medical claims. Each section explains a topic pertinent to E/M coding such as the definitions
of key components, reporting consultations, emergency department visits, critical care, preventive
medicine, and home health services. For the basics of E/M coding, the students advance to actual reporting
of these codes based on provider information. A step-by-step approach to E/M auditing is presenting with
the various types of audits common to medical practices.
Anesthesia Section and Modifiers
A discussion of the ASA relative values, anesthesia guidelines, modifiers, code organization and crosswalk,
as well as a review of the different types of anesthesia available for patients and the methods in which they
are administered, are covered in this chapter.
Introduction to Surgery Section and Integumentary System
Surgical codes are arranged in sections according to body systems (eg, integumentary, digestive), which are
divided according to the type of procedure performed. The AMA’s coding modifiers and coding guidelines
are defined. Descriptions of each section of surgery code are in-depth and begin with the integumentary
system. Definitions and anatomical descriptions give an overview of these code ranges which are updated
annually to reflect any changes in health care.
One of the largest sets of codes in the CPT is the musculoskeletal system. The application, relevant
definitions, anatomical descriptions, and an overview of the various procedures are demonstrated.
Students are introduced to respiratory diseases with subsequent treatment and the functions of the system’s
organs. The respiratory system codes with the application and proper documentation are defined.
Cardiothoracic surgery of the heart, coronary arteries, and great vessels are discussed in this chapter, in
addition to pacemaker and cardioverter-defibrillator placement, surgery, therapeutic and diagnostic
Female Genital System and Maternity Care and Delivery
This section of CPT codes details the female genital system and includes instruction on the use of codes to
report delivery and maternity care services.
General Surgery I – Male Genital System; Urinary System; Digestive System
The urinary system range of the CPT manual includes codes specific to males and females and explores the
general concepts and anatomy of the urinary system as well as the anatomy and consequent services and
procedures specific to each gender. This chapter also covers the digestive process, diagnostic tests and
procedures, and endoscopies pertaining to the digestive system.
General Surgery II – Hemic and Lymphatic Systems; Endocrine System; Nervous System; Eye and
Ocular Adnexa; Auditory System
This chapter covers procedures and coding pertaining to the eye and auditory system. The final code in the
chapter reports the use of an operating microscope. This chapter also covers coding procedures and
techniques of the skull, meninges and the brain, spine and spinal cord, extracranial nerves, peripheral
nerves, and the autonomic nervous system.
A discussion of radiological procedures and coding guidelines including body positions and relationship
terms, radiological supervision and interpretation codes, technique and equipment issues, diagnostic
radiology, MRIs, ultrasounds, and radiation oncology are covered in this chapter.
This chapter covers procedure and coding issues pertaining to pathology and laboratory. Topics include
organ and disease oriented panels, drug testing, therapeutic drug assays, consultations, hematology and
coagulation, blood counts, hemograms and differentials, bone marrow procedures, blood clot studies,
transfusion medicine, microbiology, anatomic pathology, and CLIA requirements.
This chapter discusses immunizations and administration for vaccines/toxoids, therapeutic and diagnostic
infusions, psychiatry, dialysis, gastroenterology, ophthalmology codes, cardiovascular codes, physical
medicine, and other special services that are found in the Medicine section of the CPT text.
Overview of ICD-9-CM
Using the ICD-9-CM
Diagnostic coding through medical necessity, coding guidelines, and how-to steps are presented along with
coding conventions, coding tips, and understanding ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 and 2. The ICD-10 format is
introduced; however actual coding scenarios are not included in the CPC examination.
Third-Party Reimbursement Issues
This chapter discusses reimbursement, HIPPA and compliance issues such as Medicare, Managed Health
Care and Fraud & Abuse.
Mail, Fax or E-Mail completed registration form with a check or VISA/MC
for tuition to:
Payment due at time of registration
Alaska MedCode, LLC
PO Box 233165
Anchorage, AK 99523
Phone 907.243.2905 / FAX 907.243.2906
Name (type or print)
Deadline for registration is January 21, 2014
Tuition for LATE registration will be $2200 – Class size is limited
Please answer the following questions:
Do you have a good understanding of medical terminology?
Do you have medical coding experience?
Do you currently utilize ICD-9 and CPT coding in your job?
Are you working in the medical field?
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CANCELLATIONS – You may cancel your registration up to 5 working days before the course and
receive a full refund minus a $75 processing fee. Cancellations after the course has started will not be