Frequently Asked Questions
What is medical coding?
Medical coding is translating a physician’s words consisting of diagnostic and procedural statements into numerical codes. The information a coder uses is taken directly from the documentation provided in the patient’s chart. Coders must understand anatomy and physiology, the disease process, medications, and procedural techniques.
Is a medical coding career right for me?
Do you like to solve puzzles? Does anatomy and physiology interest you? Are you detail-oriented? A medical coder is constantly learning and adapting to the changes in the medical field and the changing payment rules. Coding requires knowledge of medical terms and the ability to read and interpret technical material. Most coding jobs require working at a computer for eight hours a day, with the ability to read and focus. Coders can work in the medical office and many have the ability to work from home.
What opportunities exist for a medical coder?
Medical coders can work in a variety of places. Knowledge of coding is necessary for a variety of jobs. Coders can work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, billing companies, as auditors, as managers, as clinical documentation specialists, as compliance auditors, as consultants, for software companies, or as educators. Roles for medical coders have been expanding over the last 10 years.
Who should take a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) Prep Class?
Anyone who is interested in learning or enhancing their skills in professional medical coding or anyone who is interested in preparing for the CPC exam would benefit from taking the CPC Prep Class. Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy or background in the medical field is strongly recommended.
What is covered in a CPC Prep Class?
- Medical terminology
- Anatomy and Physiology
- ICD-9-CM Diagnostic Coding
- CPT ®Professional Services
- HCPCS Coding
- The Business of Medicine
Why should I be a certified coder?
Employers will hire a certified coder more readily than a coder who is not certified. Coding certification will give you the competitive edge you need to excel as a coder. The CPC Prep Class will prepare you for real world coding scenarios which will help you grow and learn. A credentialed coder earns 28% more than a non-credentialed coder.
Is there a payment plan available?
Yes, for the CPC Prep Class there is a payment plan available.
What happens if I fail the CPC exam?
AAPC allows the student to take the exam a second time without charge.
Does My Coding Mentor help with job placement assistance?
No. But we will give you tips on how to obtain a job in medical coding.
Do you teach other classes besides the PMCC CPC Prep Class?
Yes, we will be teaching ICD-10-CM classes. In the future look for additional classes, such as Anatomy and Physiology for ICD-10, ICD-10-PCS, Coding Compliance and Ethics, and classes to help you learn new coding skills, such as Radiology and Ancillary coding, Emergency Room coding, Day Surgery coding, and Observation coding.
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