The pace of work for ambulatory encoders has increased. The trend of doctors leaving private practice to join hospital groups has created demand for coders in outpatient settings including ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) and hospital billing and coding departments. ambulatory. In addition to CPT, ICD-10, and HCPCS Level II coding knowledge, the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC)™ test (formerly known as CPC-H) verifies the specialized payment knowledge necessary for these positions. The COC training is an investment in your professional future.
Enrollment in the COC certification prep course requires CPC certification. This shortened course teaches an existing CPC the regulatory requirements for an outpatient hospital/facility and ASC setting, as well as preparing a CPC to take the AAPC's COC (formerly CPC-H®) exam for a career in medical coding. The prep course is intended to teach facility design, facility compliance, and various CMS payment systems, including the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS). This course also includes a review of the proper use of CPT®, HCPCS Level II procedure and supply codes, and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes for coding and billing outpatient facility and ASC services to insurance companies. This course will not cover inpatient hospital coding in any detail.
Expertise in accurately coding outpatient diagnoses, procedures, and services (such as those provided in an emergency room, outpatient clinic, same-day surgery, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing, and outpatient physical, occupational, speech, and chemotherapies).
Assessment and management, anesthesia, surgical services, radiography, pathology, and medicine are just a few of the specialties represented here.
Expertise with ambulatory grouping systems, including medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement challenges. Medical necessity, claim rejection, consolidation, and billing are only some of the challenges that can be handled more efficiently by COCs.
Field Research (FL) devices, as well as the Expense Description Master (CDM), can be updated remotely to reflect any last-minute changes in coding and reimbursement policies. ‘UB04 Complete a CMS 1500 for ambulatory surgical centers and a UB04 for outpatient services correctly, making sure to use the right modifiers where applicable.
Medical Terminology & Anatomy Courses
COC Preparation Course (Online or Classroom)
COC Study Guide
Offered online or in the classroom, this course is designed to prepare students for the AAPC COC exam and a career as a medical coder in an outpatient setting, such as an outpatient surgery center or an outpatient billing and coding service of a hospital. The course teaches basic coding skills as well as how to use CPT Procedure and Care Codes, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes for coding and billing services. Insurance companies receive outpatient care.
The AAPC 50-question online practice exams are the perfect simulation of the actual exam. Because they mimic the content and difficulty of the actual exam, they are a realistic indicator of your COC exam preparation. There are three practice exams available that match the 150 question length of the exam itself.
150 multiple choice questions (supervised)
5 hours and 40 minutes to complete the exam
A free rehearsal
Open codebook (manuals)
The COC (formerly CPC-H) exam consists of questions on the correct use of the CPT, HCPCS Level II procedures and care codes as well as the ICD-10-CM diagnostic codes, which are used for the coding and billing of outpatient facilities / Hospitals and stand-alone ASC services are used in insurance companies.
Proficiency in assigning accurate medical codes for diagnoses, procedures and services performed in the outpatient setting (emergency department visits, outpatient clinic visits, same day surgeries, diagnostic testing (radiology and laboratory), and outpatient therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and chemotherapy)
Proficiency across a wide range of services, including evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgical services, radiology, pathology, and medicine
Knowledge of coding rules and regulations, as well as expertise in medical coding, compliance, and reimbursement in outpatient grouping systems. COCs can handle issues such as medical necessity, claim denials, bundling issues, and charge capture more effectively.
Ability to integrate coding and reimbursement rule changes in a timely manner to include updating the Charge Description Master (CDM), fee updates, and the Field Locators (FL) on the UB04
Correctly completing a CMS 1500 for ASC services and UB04 for outpatient services, including the appropriate application of modifiers
Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology commensurate with ability to correctly code provider services and diagnoses
Working knowledge of ICD-10-CM code assignment from Volumes 1 and 2
150 multiple choice questions (proctored)
5 hours and 40 minutes to finish the exam
One free retake
Open code book (manuals)