Medical coding review videos as your exam prep | AAPC ICD-10 …

There are a lot of options out there when it comes to getting help to get you certified as a medical coder fast. You may have the experience and coding knowledge to take the CPC exam, but it is still a good idea to invest a little to get further coaching and advice as part of your preparation. There are no shortage of practice exams, books, prep courses, certified trainers, and review classes that you can use.

Let’s add one more unique choice to the list: coding review videos. Video engage more of our senses, so when we study using coding review videos or DVD, we simply absorb more due to the fact that it is in an audio and visual form. Laureen Jandroep has released her blitz review videos for coding and CPC exam for some time, and since it’s release has been helping students to pass the CPC exam on their first or next try.

Today: Check out her bubble and highlight technique.

Today: Check out her bubble and highlight technique.

So lets review again why Laureen Jandroep’s coding blitz videos or DVD are so much better as review materials:

First of all, you simply get more value from the videos or DVD because you get Laureen personally guiding you through all the steps you need to do to pass the certification exam. Every aspect is covered from identifying areas to focus on, how to maximize your study and exam time, how to mark up your CPT book, time management, and more. Check out her credentials as a certified medical coding and billing trainer and you’ll see why she has a long list of testimonials from past students.

When you do your review in videos, you absorb more information. She is speaking directly to you in the videos, so you pay more attention. You also get to follow along with her explanations and illustrations. Also, videos are less likely to make you fall asleep. If you commute a lot, why not download the videos onto your iPod or MP3 player to squeeze out more review time. When you’re at home, just pop in the DVD.

Not everyone studies at the same pace, so in a classroom environment you are usually either ahead or behind. The blitz review videos is like your virtual classroom, you get to pause, rewind, and fast forward your teacher. And if you have questions that aren’t answered in the videos, you still have her telephone support and access to her private community of experienced coders and billers.

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CMS has finalized the ICD-10 date, but does it even matter?

Late in the afternoon on July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) made an announcement that the compliance date for the ICD-10 transition would officially be October 1, 2015. While some groups were pleased that CMS made their announcement, many in the industry held their collective breaths—and for good reason.

Back in April, various industry associations were calling for the federal agency to make the announcement as soon as possible, as confirmation of the date would give organizations the time to appropriately prepare for the new coding system. “While the transition to ICD-10 remains inevitable, it is extraordinarily difficult for organizations to make the proper preparations and investments without knowing the implementation date,” Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the Chicago-based American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), said at the time. “The announcement of the new implementation date will give the industry the clarity necessary to prepare in the most cost-effective, prudent and strategic way.”

That statement made by Thomas Gordon was in mid-April, only a few weeks after the third delay of the compliance date for the transition to the new coding set was announced. It took three-and-a-half months for CMS to confirm the new deadline to indeed be Oct. 1, 2015.

Last week, in its announcement, CMS stated, “This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the healthcare industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.” Even the headline of the CMS release—“Deadline for ICD-10 allows healthcare industry ample time to prepare for change”— reeked of defensiveness, as if the agency knew what everyone was thinking: “What the heck took so long?”

So now, please forgive me and the rest of the health IT world for our collective skepticism regarding the just-announced Oct. 1, 2015 deadline. I wholeheartedly agree with what my colleague, Gabriel Perna, HCI’s Senior Editor, tweeted out after the July 31 announcement:

“I agree w/ @RHIAkatz’s skepticism. Hard to believe that Oct. 1, 2015 will actually be the #ICD10 date if we’re being honest w/ ourselves.”

After the delay was confirmed in April, Perna wrote a blog expressing his disappointment in the government for pushing the deadline back yet again. In that blog, Perna quoted a line from Marilyn Tavenner, R.N., CMS administrator, who got up in front of a crowd at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in Orlando in February and said, “By now, folks understand that there will be no more delays. Let’s face it guys, we’ve delayed it more than once and it’s time to move on.”

Click here to read the Healthcare-Informatics article.

Career Step Medical Coding Training on Track for New ICD-10 …

PROVO, Utah—August 7, 2014—Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, is pleased to announce that its Professional Medical Coding and Billing curriculum is on track to have students prepared for the newly announced October 1, 2105 ICD-10 implementation date.

“When the mandated ICD-10 implementation date was delayed until October 2015, one of our primary concerns was for our students who were currently training for medical coding careers and how it would impact their career plans,” said Jerolyn Robertson, Career Step Vice President of Academics. “We responded quickly to ensure our students would still be prepared for the workplace they would be entering. With the announcement of the new implementation date last week, we are pleased to confirm that our training will prepare students to begin working before and after the implementation of the new code sets.”

Career Step’s Professional Medical Coding and Billing program teaches students how to use the CPT, HCPCS, and ICD-9 codes sets. Then, upon graduation, students receive an additional ICD-10 FastTrack course that teaches them to code with the new ICD-10 code set. This two-step approach prepares students to earn industry certifications—even if they graduate before the exams are transitioned to ICD-10—and to help with any dual coding their employer may be doing before or after the implementation.

“Our commitment remains first and foremost to our students,” said Career Step CEO Steve Tober. “We understand the significant investment in time and additional training as our students are working toward their career goals. We have done everything we can to ensure that all of our students are prepared for the workplace—no matter which code set is in use.”

The medical coding and billing training available through Career Step teaches students everything they need to know about healthcare and coding to successfully start a new career. The online program can be completed in as little as four months, and students have access to one-on-one support throughout the course as well as after graduation as they are working to turn their education into a job.
For more information on Career Step’s Professional Medical Coding and Billing program, please visit CareerStep.com/medical-coding-billing or call 1-800-411-7073.

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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has trained over 85,000 students, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, and provides training for several of the most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and corporate employees alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, improving lives and business results through education. Career Step’s training programs are
currently focused in healthcare, technology and administration, and more information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.