Questions to ask an instructor prior to deciding on a coding course.
We provide you with our answers here. If you have other questions,
please contact us.
Does the instructor have both a clinical and coding/billing background?
Debbie Bell started her medical career as a Certified Medical Assistant for a physician practice over 29 years ago. Since that time she has run a regional billing service, Part B Medicare rep, Director of Reimbursement for a hospital faculty practice, Senior consultant for a regional healthcare consulting firm.
Is the instructor certified by more than one organization?
Debbie is certified (CPC, CPC-H) by The American Academy of Professional Coders. Additionally she is certified (CCS-P) by The American Health Information Management Association, The Professional Healthcare Institute of America (CCP), by Practice Management Institute (CMC) as well as by the American College of Medical Coding Specialists (PCS). Debbie also is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Does the instructor perform medical record audits on a regular basisfor hospitals and physician offices?
Debbie is a full-time healthcare consultant with clients that are physicians and large hospitals. She reviews medical records daily in this capacity. She has been deemed an expert by the US Attorneys Office in Qui Tam litigation for the government but has also been involved in Qui Tam litigation for the defense.
Does the instructor prepare their own material (thereby being familiar with it) or do they teach only from someone else's materials?
Beware that AAPC PMCC instructors must use ONLY the printed materials from AAPC and may not supplement them with any additional papers. These materials have many pages (more than 40pages of corrections in 2005 alone!) of errata isssued months after the books are published. There were also numerous ERRATA pages issued in 2006. This is why we no longer are involved in the PMCC program. PMCC Instructors must teach you from the erroneous material!
We feel that instructors who donít write their own material are not as familiar with it as if they had written it themself. They must then go with whatever concept the author is promoting. We believe you deserve more than that for your money! Anyone can read someone elses words but do they know the insight as to what is being said if they didnít write it themselves?
Are you provided all the materials necessary to prepare you for a national certification exam or are you simply provided textbooks?
We teach you from pre-printed material that we have verified is accurate. Our course materials are custom created for each class and consist of the following:
375 quiz questions
85 question mid-term exam
80 question final exam
500 page 21 Chapter auxiliary textbook written by your instructor
738 page main textbook
189 page workbook
Operative Notes for practice coding
Coding scenarios and other resources
Anatomy Reference Material.
How long has the instructor been teaching coding ?
Debbie has been teaching coding classes for certification since 1999, but has been training others for many more years.
How many years have they been instructing coding principles?
Debbie has been instructing medical coding principles for over 25 years.
Do they attend the AMA Coding Symposium annually to learn from the source why CPT codes are added, deleted or changed?
Debbie has missed only one Symposium since the American Medical Association began holding them in 1991.