Welcome to PHIA - we appreciate your interest in our online medical coding and billing courses!

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Dear Interested Student,

Welcome to PHIA - we appreciate your interest in our online medical coding and billing courses!

PHIA is a national organization that provides credentials and curriculum for Medical Administrative positions in six areas. The State of Kentucky Board for Proprietary Education has licensed PHIA to conduct the following programs in the USA for the educational advancement and credentialing of healthcare professionals:

Certification Programs: available online 24/7

Certified Coding Professional (CCP)

Certified Coding Professional - Hospital (CCP-H)

Certified Coding Professional – Audit Specialist (CCP-AS)

Diploma Programs: available online 24/7

Medical Terminology/Anatomy (MTA)

Fundamentals of Medical Billing and Coding (FOBC)

Study Guides:

Certified Medical Practice Manager (CMPM) Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS)

There are 3 courses involved with our CCP Medical Coding program: Medical Terminology and Anatomy (diploma program), Fundamentals of Billing and Coding (diploma program) and Certified Coding Professional (certification program). These 3 courses will take approximately 9 months to complete. The cost, length, agenda, etc. can be found within this student prospectus.

This Prospectus was created to be full of all the information you might need about PHIA. Please note that while this prospectus is lengthy, it should answer most of the questions you might have. An index is located on page 6 for your convenience.

PHIA helps position it’s students to be successful graduates. Utilizing a broad-based learning system with an on-line component plus access to top educators and advisors, PHIA’s students are given the highest opportunity to succeed. The audio/visual on-line learning tools can be reviewed as many times necessary for the student to learn the information. The program includes comprehensive material that is presented in an easy to understand format and is taught as practical application in addition to theory.

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Being one of the top educators in the USA to offer a credentialing component for multiple Professional Healthcare programs, PHIA students graduate from the program with the ability to start working

immediately and continue to use the PHIA books and material as resources throughout their careers.

The TEAM PHIA/Medical Staff SOS Program offers our graduates not only a membership but a

CEU program that features Seminars, Annual Conference, Workshops and CD’s; a Coding Answer Center to assist when questions arise; and monthly meetings, e-newsletters with industry updates plus a bookstore to purchase future educational materials.

In our Medical Coding Program PHIA teaches Students how to code accurately by using real life

situations and practical application. Recognizing a need for a program that is not only conducive to learning but produces effective healthcare professionals, PHIA developed it’s own learning tools and teaching patterns. PHIA’s goal is to above all produce successful graduates that are highly skilled and accomplished healthcare professionals.

PHIA’s structured on-line course offers the opportunity to listen/observe the lessons as many time necessary to learn the information. By utilizing our on-line program, PHIA’s students have the

opportunity to focus on areas where they might need additional help. The virtual classroom offers the chance to revisit the information until satisfied.

PHIA offers top advisors available to answer any questions while in the learning process. PHIA

cares about its students. Should they need additional help, interaction with top advisors is provided in addition to the structured on-line classes. This component gives PHIA student’s the same opportunity that would exist in the classroom environment. Additionally should a student be challenged with some components of an exam the student can contact their faculty advisor to review what specific areas need to be reviewed and further studied.

PHIA curriculum offers a higher level of testing which produces higher quality Medical Coders.

PHIA utilizes three-part test principles that include multiple choice, true/false and fill-in-the-blank questions. By utilizing this process our healthcare professional graduates are not only highly success-ful but highly sought after by the medical industry.

PHIA offers a credential component. Credentialing is critical for students to test out and move into

the healthcare job world quickly. PHIA is one of the top schools in the USA that offers the opportunity to test out in multiple professional courses. After study completion students can move directly to test-ing to expedite their process into the worktest-ing environment.

PHIA’s students have a higher level of success obtaining a job. Since PHIA’s focused program

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Medical Coding curriculum is focused on coding where seven out of nine months are spent on coding rules and regulations. PHIA’s textbooks help students look beyond coding books such as CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS to develop an in depth understanding into the world of medical coding.

New ONLINE classes begin the first Monday of each month. Each student will be assigned a

fac-ulty advisor employed through PHIA and our advisors will be happy to provide the student with any help the student needs. Each lesson can be reviewed as many times as is needed therefore the stu-dent can go back and do a review prior to taking the mid-term, final and/or certification exams. Stu-dents will also have access to 24/7 help from CLEGA for technical problems.

Experienced students are welcomed to try and “test out” of the MTA and FOBC courses. Prior approval is required; for further information please contact Sherry Thomas, CEO/Director of Education at PHIA, by email at sherry@phia.com.

PHIA also offers hospital coding and auditing courses as well. Once a student becomes a

physician or out-patient certified coder they can take their certification a step further and become cer-tified as an Audit Specialist or Hospital coder. This would give the student the knowledge they need to perform their own in-house audits or work in the hospital setting. Information regarding these pro-grams can be found with-in this prospectus.

PHIA offers Financial Aid through Jena Mae. See page 42 for additional information on how to

apply.

One-Stop Career Centers is a national organization that provides educational grants and may be available in your area. Students can check with their local government to see if this is offered or

some other type of educational grant is available.

You can access the One-Stop Career Centers website at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/training/on-estop.htm for information about educational grants. Look for the “Map of State One-Stop Web Sites” and then click on your state.

Students can also find information through this website: http://www.servicelocator.org/. Educational grants do not have to be paid back as long as the student accepts a job in the field they were trained. If a student is interested in the WIA program please contact the WIA center in your area and make an appointment with a counselor. It will be important for the student to tell WIA they want to take the PHIA online medical coding course. Each applicant will need an acceptance letter from PHIA and the WIA approved outlines so please contact us so a letter can be drafted. Students with additional ques-tions about WIA please feel free to contact PHIA by email at contactus@phia.com or phone and we’d be happy to assist you.

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PHIA is approved through the Kentuckiana Works WIA grant program in all Kentucky counties

except Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton. The WIA program is an educational grant which means the student does not have to pay this money back as long as they accept a job in the field they were trained in. Please look further into this prospectus for additional in-formation on the Kentuckiana Works program.

Through study guides PHIA teaches students how to become certified in Billing Compliance & Practice Management. For Medical Professionals who are currently working in Billing, Compliance

& Practice Management and want to further their careers by seeking certification in their fields, PHIA offers study guides and testing for credentialing. These critical study guides give professionals an opportunity to be current with the ever-changing medical industry and up-to-date with government regulations.

TEAM PHIA/Medical Staff SOS Program offers an exclusive Coding Answer Center and Continuing Education. TEAM PHIA is a continuing source for help and reference. Graduates

become part of a larger piece of the industry with continuing education practices (CEU’s) in the form of Seminars, Annual Conference and Workshops. Having a membership with TEAM PHIA offers a team-oriented network that includes updated medical information as well as “on-call” experts to provide the highest level of support.

To get started all the student needs to do is complete the student registration and contract located in the “Forms” section of this Student Prospectus and return those to PHIA for processing. If you have additional questions please don’t hesitate contacting us.

Our promise to you - when you leave our classes, we won’t leave you behind. We are always available to answer questions that may arise at a later date. Your satisfaction is our priority and our guarantee!

Thanks again for your interest in PHIA. Sincerely,

Sherry Thomas, CCP, CCP-AS CEO/Director of Education

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INDEX Page Number

Welcome Letter 2

About PHIA 8

About TEAM PHIA/Medical Staffing SOS 9

• Coding Answer Center

• Specialty Coding Guides w/ CD-ROM • In-House/On-Site Services

• CEU’s

• Seminars/Workshops

Benefits of our Online Courses 11

Course Outlines - Certified Medical Coder 12

Medical Terminology and Anatomy (MTA) 13

Fundamentals of Billing & Coding (FOBC)

Diploma Program 16

Certified Coding Professional (CCP)

Certification Program 20

Advanced Courses 27

Certified Coding Professional - 28

Audit Specialist

Certified Coding Professional - 31

Hospital

Medical Practice Manager 34

Medical Billing Specialist 36

Demo Links 38

2010 Calendar of Courses 39

Investment by Course 41

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Curriculum Vitae (CV) 43

PHIA Faculty & Staff 53

Testimonials 56

Forms 57

- Student Application - Student Contract - Test Out Exams

- Test Out Payment Form - Test Out Proctor Form - Kentuckiana Works/WIA Centers

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About PHIA

PHIA is a national organization that provides credentials and curriculum for Medical Administrative positions in six areas: Physician & Hospital coding, Audit Specialist, Billing, Compliance Officer and Office Manager. We provide the highest quality Healthcare Professional Programs tied with a

philosophy that our students are above all the most important component of the program. In addition to focusing on producing outstanding medical administrative personnel who excel beyond

expectation, PHIA also provides curriculum materials that are continually being updated to reflect the current changes in the Medical Industry and offers curriculum support through our professional network in our facility advisors.

PHIA is a member of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) which establishes standards, recommends policies, and defines roles for certifying organizations.

Company History

PHIA is a national organization that credentials and provides curriculum for 6 different medical administrative positions.

• Certified Coding Professional – Physician • Certified Coding Professional – Hospital

• Certified Coding Professional – Audit Specialist • Certified Medical Practice Manager

• Certified Medical Billing Specialist • Certified Compliance Officer

PHIA currently has Certified Healthcare Professionals in 40 states and India and has become the fastest growing, award winning organization of its kind in the United States.

Certified Coders and others must maintain a level of knowledge necessary to stay current in their field, therefore PHIA requires 16 hours of qualified continuing education per year. In order to keep up with this requirement PHIA has installed many technological advances to aid in expedient, quality education for our specialists:

• Online courses housed on the 24-7 servers of the Connected Learning Network in

Louisville, Kentucky.

• PHIA has utilized CLEGA since fall 2001. The PHIA courses are all audio/video utilizing Power

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• Workshops via email and CD-ROM presentation; again in audio/video format. Designed for those who need a quick study or CEU’s.

• The PHIA software program was developed in 2003 and is the only one of its kind in the

country. This software allows members to enroll in programs, purchase products and books through our secure website.

About TEAM PHIA/Medical Staff SOS

PHIA’s parent company, Medical Staff SOS, Inc in conjunction with TEAM PHIA, offers the following workshops and in-house services to physicians, non-physician providers, students, members and graduates.

Coding Answer Center

• For PHIA members and current CCP students

• Research and analysis on unique or unusual coding issues

• Provides answers to confusion on claims and medical documentation

Specialty Coding Guides w/ CD-ROM

• E/M Documentation Guidelines

• OB/GYN

• Interventional Radiology

• How to Code from the Operative Report & more.

In-House/On-Site Services:

• Chart Audits and Staff Training for Internal Audits

• Physician/ Provider Shadowing

• Physician/ Provider/ Staff Doc./Coding Education

CEU’s:

• Coding Scenarios, CD’s

• Annual Conference

• Newsletters

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Seminars/Workshops:

• Basic ICD-9 Coding

• Advanced ICD-9 Coding Applications

• Basic Medical Terminology

• Advanced Medical Terminology – A Refresher!

• Coding by Specialty

• E/M Documentation Guidelines

• E/M Auditing

• Positive Perceptions-Training for Your Front Office

• Coding and Compliance Annual Updates

Visit our website at www.PHIA.com for schedule information and descriptions of all seminars, work-shops, diploma and certification courses.

MS.SOS, Inc/PHIA enjoys a working relationship with many of the medical associations in the area including but not limited to:

Greater Louisville Medical Society (GLMS)

Kentucky Medical Association (KMA)

Louisville Chapter of the Kentucky Medical Group Management Assoc. (LKMGMA)

Kentucky Medical Group Management Assoc. (KMGMA)

Kentucky Attorney General’s Office

MS. SOS, Inc/PHIA provides services and products to over 3000 clients in the region in the form of support services;

Provider/Staff Education (in-house/on-site)

Chart Auditing

Qualified IRO for Integrity Agreements

Coding Answer Center (members only)

Training

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Benefits of our On-Line Courses

What are the advantages of taking our online courses?

➢ All presentations are in a neat and easy to follow audio/visual format . Verbal instruction is utilized along with reading and note taking requirements for further educational benefits. Our faculty advisors that aid in the learning procress have a combined 40+ years of experience, and our instructors are certified in coding, auditing, compliance, billing and management.

➢ You will be able to view weekly lesson(s) during a time that is best for you.

➢ Plus, you will be able to go back into any previously viewed lesson as often as is needed. Once you have completed all lessons for the week you will NOT be allowed to move ahead. We highly recommend you take the time to review each lesson more than once.

➢ A faculty advisor will be assigned to you for any additional clarification or help you may need throughout your course. Prior to your first day of class, you will receive a

“Welcome Letter” from your faculty advisor identifying who they are and how they can be reached. Quality customer service is a priority at PHIA.

➢ New classes begin the first Monday of every month and each class is limited

to 20 students .

➢ All quizzes, homework and exams (other than the certification exam), are graded on-line

➢ The Certification examination must be proctored and can be taken in the PHIA office or

in your hometown. Specific instructions for securing a proctor site would be sent, prior to finishing your course.

Other ON-LINE and Study Guide certification courses available through PHIA are: Certified

Coding Professional – Hospital (CCP-H), Certified Coding Professional – Audit Specialist (CCP-AS), Certified Compliance Officer (CCO), Certified Medical Practice Manager (CMPM), and Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS).

Diploma programs are available in Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Fundamentals of Billing

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PHIAʼs - Certified Medical Coder Program

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involves the following three courses

Medical Terminology and Anatomy (MTA) Diploma Program

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Medical Terminology and Anatomy (MTA) course is designed for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the healthcare field. 8 week course

Fundamentals of Billing & Coding (FOBC) Diploma Program

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This fundamentals diploma course is designed for those individuals who want to learn the basics of health insurance billing and coding. The student will be introduced to basic billing/coding guidelines, the process of completing claim forms and correct billing/coding for services and procedures to receive maximum reimbursement from the patient’s insurance carrier. 10 week course

Certified Coding Professional (CCP) Certification Program

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This comprehensive certification course will prepare the student for our national Certified Coding Professional (CCP) exam. The course will increase the experienced coder’s knowledge of medical insurance coding as well as educate the non-experienced coder. 19 week course

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Medical Terminology and Anatomy (MTA) Diploma Program

Medical Terminology and Anatomy (MTA) course is designed for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Taught in an easy to understand format, the student will be guided through a series of audio/video presentations using colorful animation and real life examples and is intended for those with little to no background or education in Medical Terminology and Anatomy. The instructor lectures as if in a physical classroom setting while the student follows along with the material

provided.

Moreover, while the course is completed entirely online it is designed to be taken in a disciplined fashion. A Faculty Advisor is available for questions. The Faculty Advisor is in charge of making sure all students complete their weekly lessons and are able to retain the information. This course also includes the use of medical records, laboratory and operative reports to achieve the level of under-standing needed as a Certified Coder, Billing Specialist or Front Office Specialist. This online 24/7 diploma class is the only national medical terminology/anatomy course of its kind as this has been developed and is maintained by ®PHIA - Professional Healthcare Institute of America™. By successfully completing the MTA course, the student will be eligible to take the Fundamentals of Billing and Coding (FOBC) course.

This 8 week course is available on-line in an audio/video streamed format. Here is how it works: ➢ The student listens to the lecture while watching the animated full-color format.

➢ When prompted by the instructor, the student follows along with the written material and

completes exercises as if they were sitting in a physical classroom.

➢ Students may go back and review a lesson as many times as is needed in order to fully

understand it.

➢ Students must complete assignments within the week and successfully pass a quiz in order to

move on to the next week’s lesson.

➢ Tests are graded immediately and you may view your student grade report any time.

➢ Each student will be assigned to a Faculty Advisor for additional help if needed and to make

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Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED

Course Fee: $695 includes textbook “Language of Medicine” by Davi-Ellen Chabner Registration Fee $40

(If this is the first course you’ve taken with PHIA there is a one time, non-refundable fee)

• “Experienced” students can opt to “test out” of the Medical Terminology/Anatomy course before

going in to the FOBC course. A score of 75% or greater is required.

• RN’s are not required to test out of the MTA course before going in to the FOBC course. •

For details or questions contact us through email at contactus@phia.com or call us at 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036.

Course Outline

Week One

LECTURE: The Basics of Medical Terminology, Prefixes, Suffixes & Combining Forms Translating the Medical Record

EXAM

Week Two

LECTURE: More of the Basics of Medical Terminology, Prefixes, Suffixes & Combining Forms Translating the Medical Record

EXAM

Week Three

LECTURE: The Digestive System, Translating the Medical Record – Office Visit Translating the Medical Record – Digestive

EXAM

Week Four

LECTURE: The Urinary System, The Male/Female Reproductive Systems

Translating the Medical Record – Urinary, Translating the Medical Record – Female Reproductive QUIZ

Mid-Term Review

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Week Five

LECTURE: The Cardiovascular System, The Nervous System

Translating the Medical Record – Cardiovascular, Translating the Medical Record – Nervous QUIZ

Week Six

LECTURE: The Respiratory System, The Musculoskeletal System

Translating the Medical Record – Respiratory, Translating the Medical Record – Musculoskeletal QUIZ

Week 7

LECTURE: The Integumentary System, Oncology

Translating the Medical Record – Integumentary, Translating the medical Record - Oncology

Week 8

Review for Final Exam Final Exam - Cumulative

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Fundamentals of Billing & Coding (FOBC) Diploma Program

This fundamentals diploma course is designed for those individuals who want to learn the basics of health insurance billing and coding. The student will be introduced to basic billing/coding guidelines, the process of completing claim forms and correct billing/coding for services and procedures to receive maximum reimbursement from the patient’s insurance carrier. You will gain an understanding of medical procedure (CPT) and diagnostic (ICD-9-CM) coding, as well as, compliance guidelines and how to avoid fraud and abuse issues due to improper coding. The HCPCS coding manual is

discussed in the CCP course. This online 24/7 diploma class is the only national fundamental coding course of its kind as this has been developed and is maintained by ®PHIA - Professional Healthcare Institute of America™. By successfully completing the FOBC course, the student will be eligible to take the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) course.

This 10 week course is available on-line in an audio/video streamed format. Here is how it works: ➢ The student listens to the lecture while watching the animated full-color format.

➢ When prompted by the instructor, the student follows along with the written material and

completes exercises as if they were sitting in a physical classroom.

➢ Students may go back and review a lesson as many times as is needed in order to fully

understand it.

➢ Students must complete assignments within the week and successfully pass a quiz in order to

move on to the next week’s lesson.

➢ Tests are graded immediately and you may view your student grade report any time.

➢ Each student will be assigned to a Faculty Advisor who is certified in coding for additional help if needed and to make sure the student is keeping up with the class.

Prerequisites:

High School Diploma or GED, Completion of the Medical Terminology/Anatomy Diploma program* or the equivalent.

Course Fee:

$1195 includes FOBC Textbook/Workbook, CPT-4 Professional edition and the ICD-9-CM Expert for Physicians Volumes 1 & 2

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Registration Fee $40

(If this is the first course you’ve taken with PHIA there is a one time, non-refundable fee)

• “Experienced” students can opt to “test out” of the Medical Terminology/Anatomy course before

going in to the FOBC course. A score of 75% or greater is required.

• RN’s are not required to test out of the MTA course before going in to the FOBC course. •

For details or questions contact us through email at contactus@phia.com or call us at 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036.

Course Outline

Week 1 Basic ICD-9-CM

• History of ICD-9

• Symbols, Punctuation and Abbreviations

• General Coding Tools

• Official ICD-9 Guidelines

• How to use the ICD-9-CM Book

QUIZ

Week 2 Advanced ICD-9-CM- Part I

• ICD-9 codes 001-459

QUIZ

Week 3 Advanced ICD-9-CM – Part II

• ICD-9 codes 460-E999

QUIZ

Week 4 HCPCS /Modifiers/E&M and Anesthesia

• HCPCS

• E/M Guidelines, SOAP Format, Purpose of a Medical Record, Charting Do’s & Don’ts

• Anesthesia

• The Index

• How to Use the CPT Book

Week 5 CPT-4

Putting It All Together:ICD-9 and CPT-4 Coding Exercises

• Surgery

• Radiology

• Pathology and Laboratory

• Medicine

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Week 5 CPT-4 (con’t)

• ICD-9 Coding Exercises

• CPT-4 Coding Exercises

• Linking ICD-9 and CPT-4 Coding Exercises

Week 6 E & M Documentation and Introduction to Auditing

• Anatomy of an E/M Code

• CMS Documentation Guidelines for E/M Services

• Consultations

• Critical Care

• Preventive Medicine

• Medicare Definition of Fraud

• Basic Chart Auditing

QUIZ

Week 7 Introduction to Health Insurance

• What is Health Insurance?

• What is a Provider Number?

• History of Health Insurance

• The Insurance Policy

• Coordination of Benefits

• Case Management

• Types of Coverage

• Individual

• Group

• Types of Third Party Payers

• Managed Care

• HMO, PPO, POS, EPO

• Medicare A & B • Medicaid • Worker’s Compensation • Disability • Tricare • Skills required

• Responsibilities of an Insurance Specialist

• Encounter Form/Patient Registration

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Week 8 Filing Insurance Claims

• HCFA 1500

• UB-92

• Place of Service Codes

• Look at claims

• Compliance

QUIZ

Week 9 Review

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Certified Coding Professional (CCP) Certification Program

This comprehensive certification course will prepare the student for our national Certified Coding Professional (CCP) exam. The course will increase the experienced coder’s knowledge of medical insurance coding as well as educate the non-experienced coder. A Certified Coding Professional (CCP) is directly involved in the correct assignment and coding of all procedures and services performed by the physician/provider. The CCP certification is a most valued tool in complying with correct coding, auditing and Fraud and Abuse issues. This online 24/7 certification class is the only national Certified Physician Coding course of its kind as this has been developed and is maintained by ®PHIA - Professional Healthcare Institute of America™.

This 19 week course is available on-line in an audio/video streamed format. Here is how it works: ➢ The student listens to the lecture while watching the animated full-color format.

➢ When prompted by the instructor, the student follows along with the written material and

completes exercises as if they were sitting in a physical classroom.

➢ Students may go back and review a lesson as many times as is needed in order to fully

understand it.

➢ Students must complete assignments within the week and successfully pass a quiz in order

to move on to the next week’s lesson.

➢ Tests are graded immediately and you may view your student grade report any time.

➢ Each student will be assigned to a Faculty Advisor who is certified in coding for additional help if needed and to make sure the student is keeping up with the class.

Prerequisites:

 Two letters of recommendation required.  High School Diploma or GED

 Minimum of two years actual medical coding experience OR

 Completion of the Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Fundamentals of Billing & Coding courses* • “Experienced” students can opt to “test out” of the Medical Terminology/Anatomy and

Fundamentals of Billing and Coding course before going in to the FOBC course. A score of 75% or greater is required. RN’s are not required to test out of the MTA course before going in to the

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FOBC course. For details or questions contact us through email at contactus@phia.com or call us at 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036.

Once you have completed and passed the CCP course you are eligible to sit for our national CCP certification exam. The certification exam must be taken at a licensed proctoring facility in your area. For details, contact us through email at contactus@phia.com or call us at 502.473.8806 or

866.473.3036.

Annual CEU Requirements

16 hours of qualifying CEU’s will be required annually. Prior approval is suggested.

Course Fee**

$2495 includes PHIA membership (1 year), CCP certification exam and the following textbooks: CCP Textbook Volumes 1 and 2

CCP Study Guide HCPCS Level II Expert

Registration Fee $40

(If this is the first course you’ve taken with PHIA there is a one time, non-refundable fee)

** Course Fee - $2295 for those who have recently completed the Fundamentals of Billing and Coding (FOBC) course and will be using the same year CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS books.

Please note: ICD-9-CM Expert for Physicians Volumes 1 & 2 and CPT-4 Professional edition are also needed for this course. If you did not take the FOBC course you will need to purchase these sepa-rately. For details contact us through email at contactus@phia.com or call us at 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036.

OUT OF LOUISVILLE AREA STUDENTS:

Once you have completed and passed the CCP course you are eligible to sit for our national CCP certification exam. The certification exam must be taken at a licensed proctoring facility in your area. You will need to make arrangements to sit for your certification examination with a licensed proctoring facility in your area (i.e., Library, Local Medical Society, etc.) and most will do this for free or nominal fee.

Please notify your faculty advisor at PHIA once a site has been secured and you will be provided with a form entitled “Certification Examination Guidelines for Out of State Students”. This will need to be completed by your proctor and mailed/faxed back to your faculty advisor for processing. Once the

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information on the form has been verified by PHIA the exam will be sent directly to the proctor, complete with instructions. You will be responsible for the postage required to send the exam back to PHIA for grading.

CCP Course Outline

HCPCS & Compliance Issues

1. Levels of HCPCS

2. OIG Compliance Standards

ICD-9-CM

1. Volume 1 and Volume 2

2. E Codes

3. V Codes

CPT-4, Modifiers, and Index

1. CPT Symbols

2. Using the CPT Index

3. Modifiers EXAM Medicine 1. Immunizations/Administration 2. Psychiatry 3. Dialysis 4. Special Services 5. Allergy EXAM

Anesthesia & Pain Management

1. Physical Status Modifiers

2. Types of Anesthesia & Pain Management

EXAM

Radiology

1. Supervision and Interpretation Codes

2. Procedures

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Pathology and Laboratory

1. CLIA Requirements

2. Procedures

EXAM

Evaluation and Management Services & Guidelines

1. The Three Key Components

2. Selecting a Level of E/M Service

3. New Patient vs. Established Patient

4. Observation Services

5. Inpatient Services

6. Consultations

7. Emergency Department Services

8. Critical Care Services

9. Nursing Facility Services, Domiciliary, Rest Home, Custodial Care, and Home Services

10. Prolonged Services, Case Management, Care Plan Oversight Services

11. Preventive Medicine

12. Newborn Care and Special E/M Services

13. Performing an Audit 14. Coding Examples EXAM E/M Auditing Mid-Term Review Mid-Term Exam

How to Code from the Operative Report

1. Surgery/Global Package

2. Post-Op Periods

3. Global Surgical Package Inclusions/Exclusions

4. CPT Code 99024

5. Separate Procedures

Surgery/Integumentary System

1. Terminology and Anatomy

2. Skin, Subcutaneous, and Accessory Structures

3. Incision and Drainage

4. Debridement

5. Paring or Cutting

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Surgery/Integumentary System (con’t)

7. Removal of Skin Tags

8. Shaving of Epidermal or Dermal Lesions

9. Excision of Benign and Malignant Lesions

10. Nails

11. Introductions

12. Repairs, Grafts and Flaps

13. Ulcers

14. Burns

15. Destruction of Lesions

16. Mohs Micrographic Surgery

17. Breast Incision, Excision, Introductions and Repairs and/or Reconstructions

EXAM Surgery/Musculoskeletal System 1. Incisions/Excisions 2. Introductions or Removals 3. Fractures/Dislocations 4. Manipulation 5. Arthrodesis 6. Amputations 7. Repair/Reconstructions

8. Casts and Strapping

9. Endoscopy/Arthroscopy

EXAM

Surgery/Respiratory System

1. Procedures of the Nose

2. Procedures of the Accessory Sinuses

3. Procedures of the Larynx

4. Procedures of the Trachea and Bronchi

5. Procedures of the Lungs and Pleura

6. Lung Transplantation

7. Endoscopies

EXAM

Surgery/Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System

1. Procedures of the Heart and Pericardium

2. Pacemaker or Pacing Cardioverter-Defibrillator

3. Cardiac Valve Procedure

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Surgery/Cardiovascular & Lymphatic System (con’t)

5. Procedures of the Arteries and Veins

6. Angioplasty

7. Venipuncture needle or catheter for diagnostic study or intravenous therapy

8. Shunts

EXAM

Interventional Radiology – The Basics Surgery/Digestive System

1. Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

2. Endoscopies

EXAM

Surgery/Urinary Systems

1. Surgery/Genitourinary System – Male Procedures

2. Surgery/Genitourinary System – Female Procedures

EXAM

Surgery/Endocrine and Nervous Systems

1. Thyroid/Parathyroid procedures

2. Craniectomy/Craniotomy procedures

3. Skull surgery

4. Laminotomy/Laminectomy procedures

5. Neuroplasty/Neurorrhaphy procedures

Surgery/Eye, Ear and Ocular Adnexa

1. Eyeball

2. Anterior Segment/Posterior Segment

3. Ocular Adnexa

4. Conjunctiva

5. External/Middle/Inner Ear

6. Temporal Bone, Middle Fossa Approach

7. Operating Microscopes

EXAM

Final Review and Timed Final Exam

Certification Exam (scheduled) – 5 hours (Timed)

Please note: The order of topics studied may change. Please see your online syllabus for the order of topics.

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Certified Coding Professional Exam

The CCP Exam consists of 3 sections. Each section is timed at 1 hour and 45 minutes each. There is a 10 minute break between each section.

You must pass each section with a 75% or better to receive your CCP designation. If you do not pass one or more sections you only retake the section(s) you failed.

One complimentary retake is included if needed.

If you would like a detailed description of the exam and protocol please email us at

contactus@phia.com or call 502-473-8806 or 866.473.3036. We will be happy to email or send you one.

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Advanced Courses

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Certified Coding Professional - Audit Specialist

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This audit specialist certification course (CCP-AS) has been designed as an extension of the CCP credential. Upon completion of the CCP course and successfully passing our national certification exam for physician out-patient coding, the Certified Coding Professional may take this course to obtain an additional certification as an Audit Specialist.

Certified Coding Professional - Hospital

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This hospital coding certification course (CCP-H) has been designed as an extension to the CCP credential. Upon completion of the CCP course and successfully passing our national certification exam for medical out-patient coding, the Certified Coding Professional may take this course to obtain an additional certification as a hospital based coder.

Certified Medical Practice Manager

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The Practice Management Certification (CMPM) Study Guide is comprehensive and will cover health plan functions, coding and reimbursement, financial management, practice administration, and personnel management.

Certified Medical Billing Specialist

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Our CMBS study guide is a collection of over 200 questions including an answer key, practical billing scenarios (completing the 1500 forms) and a Mock certification exam.

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Certified Coding Professional - Audit Specialist (CCP-AS)

Certification Program

This audit specialist certification course (CCP-AS) has been designed as an extension of the CCP credential. Upon completion of the CCP course and successfully passing our national certification exam for physician coders, the Certified Coding Professional may take this course to obtain an additional certification as an Audit Specialist. A Certified Coding Professional – Audit Specialist (CCP-AS) will have completed the course materials provided in the outline as well as pass our

national certification examination specific to chart auditing. This course is also available to those who are already certified through another reputable credentialing organization such as the AAPC or

AHIMA. (See prerequisites below). This online 24/7 certification class is the only Audit Specialist course of its kind as this has been developed and is maintained by ®PHIA - Professional Healthcare Institute of America™.

This 6 week course is available on-line in an audio/video streamed format. Here is how it works: ➢ The student listens to the lecture while watching the animated full-color format.

➢ When prompted by the instructor, the student follows along with the written material and

completes exercises as if they were sitting in a physical classroom.

➢ Students may go back and review a lesson as many times as is needed in order to fully

understand it.

➢ Students must complete assignments within the week and successfully pass a quiz in order to

move on to the next week’s lesson.

➢ Tests are graded immediately and you may view your student grade report any time.

➢ Each student will be assigned to a Faculty Advisor who is certified in coding for additional help if needed and to make sure the student is keeping up with the class.

Prerequisites:

 Must be a current certified coder in good standing with PHIA or another reputable credentialing

organization such as the AAPC or AHIMA. Call 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036 or email us contactus@phia.com for listing.

 If you are certified through another organization you must also hold a current PHIA

membership in order to take this course. PHIA membership fee is $95

 A solid understanding of the E/M Documentation Guidelines is crucial to the successful

completion of this CCP-AS certification course. The CCP-AS course has been set up for the experienced certified coder who currently performs audits, has performed them in the past or has the strong desire to learn more about this process.

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* If you do not audit on a daily basis or have been away from this type of coding for a while you may need a refresher in E/M Documentation Guidelines. To aid in your success of the CCP-AS course we offer an E/M Documentation Guidelines CD ($149 + tax/shipping/handling). This will provide you with detailed information regarding E/M Documentation Guidelines.

Annual CEU Requirements:

Six CEU’s specific to auditing are required to maintain the CCP-AS credential in addition to the 16 CEU’s required to maintain the CCP credential.

Course Fee*

$849 includes CCP-AS course textbook and CCP-AS certification exam (members receive 10% off)

Registration Fee $40

(If this is the first course you’ve taken with PHIA there is a one time, non-refundable fee) * Current versions of CPT, ICD-9 and/or HCPCS coding books may be needed for the course

but are not included in the course fee. As a PHIA member you can purchase these at a savings of 15% off retail.

Once you have completed and passed the CCP-AS course you are eligible to sit for our national CCP-AS certification exam.

OUT OF AREA STUDENTS:

Once you have completed and passed the CCP-AS course you are eligible to sit for our national CCP-AS certification exam. The certification exam must be taken at a licensed proctoring facility in your area. You will need to make arrangements to sit for your certification examination with a licensed proctoring facility in your area (i.e., Library, Local Medical Society, etc.) and most will do this for free or nominal fee.

Please notify your faculty advisor at PHIA once a site has been secured and you will be provided with a form entitled “Certification Examination Guidelines for Out of State Students”. This will need to be completed by your proctor and mailed/faxed back to your faculty advisor for processing. Once the information on the form has been verified by PHIA the exam will be sent directly to the proctor, complete with instructions. You will be responsible for the postage required to send the exam back to PHIA for grading.

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Weeks One & Two

Orientation and Review

Review of Documentation Guidelines Review of E/M Section of CPT

Review History, Exam and Medical Decision Making

When Time is considered the KEY Component in choosing a level of E/M Critical Care

Consultations

Preventive Medicine

Week Three - Begin the Auditing Process

Hands on Chart Auditing

Week Four – Hands on Chart Auditing

Auditing for Medical Specialties

Week Five – Preparing a Chart Audit Report

Present Chart Audit Findings

Week Six – Student presentation of Sample Chart Audit, Chart Audit Report and Findings CCP-AS Practice Exam Review

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Certified Coding Professional – Hospital (CCP-H)

Certification Program

This hospital coding certification course (CCP-H) has been designed as an extension to the CCP credential. Upon completion of the CCP course and successfully passing our national certification exam for medical coders, the Certified Coding Professional may take this course to obtain an

additional certification as a hospital based coder. A Certified Coding Professional will have completed the course materials outlined below as well as pass our national certification examination (CCP-H) specific to hospital coding. This course is also available to those who are already certified through another reputable credentialing organization such as the AAPC or AHIMA. (See prerequisites below). This online 24/7 certification class is the only Hospital Coding course of its kind as this has been developed and is maintained by ®PHIA - Professional Healthcare Institute of America™.

This 6 week course is available on-line in an audio/video streamed format. Here is how it works: ➢ The student listens to the lecture while watching the animated full-color format.

➢ When prompted by the instructor, the student follows along with the written material and

completes exercises as if they were sitting in a physical classroom.

➢ Students may go back and review a lesson as many times as is needed in order to fully

understand it.

➢ Students must complete assignments within the week and successfully pass a quiz in order

to move on to the next week’s lesson.

➢ Tests are graded immediately and you may view your student grade report any time.

➢ Each student will be assigned to a Faculty Advisor who is certified in coding for additional help if needed and to make sure the student is keeping up with the class.

Prerequisites:

 Must be a current certified coder in good standing with PHIA or another reputable credentialing

organization such as the AAPC or AHIMA. Call 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036 or email us contactus@phia.com for listing.

 If you are certified through another organization you must also hold a current PHIA

membership in order to take this course. PHIA membership fee is $95.

Annual CEU Requirements:

Six CEU’s specific to hospital coding are required to maintain the CCP-H credential in addition to the 16 CEU’s required to maintain the CCP credential.

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Course Fee*

$849 includes CCP-H course textbook and CCP-H certification exam (members receive 10% off) *Additional coding books (DRG, ICD-9 Vol. 1 – 3) are required but are not included in the course fee.

DRG Book:

$101.96 member price (Shipping/tax not included. Book price subject to change.)

ICD-9-CM Vol. 1 – 3: $84.96 member price (Shipping/tax not included. Book price subject to change.)

Registration Fee $40

(If this is the first course you’ve taken with PHIA there is a one time, non-refundable fee)

Once you have completed and passed the H course you are eligible to sit for our national CCP-H certification exam. The certification exam must be taken at a licensed proctoring facility in your area. For details, contact us through email at contactus@phia.com or call us at 502.473.8806 or 866.473.3036.

OUT OF AREA STUDENTS:

Once you have completed and passed the H course you are eligible to sit for our national CCP-H certification exam. The certification exam must be taken at a licensed proctoring facility in your area. You will need to make arrangements to sit for your certification examination with a licensed proctoring facility in your area (i.e., Library, Local Medical Society, etc.) and most will do this for free or nominal fee.

Please notify your faculty advisor at PHIA once a site has been secured and you will be provided with a form entitled “Certification Examination Guidelines for Out of State Students”. This will need to be completed by your proctor and mailed/faxed back to your faculty advisor for processing. Once the information on the form has been verified by PHIA the exam will be sent directly to the proctor,

complete with instructions. You will be responsible for the postage required to send the exam back to PHIA for grading.

Course Outline

Week One Orientation & Review of ICD-9-CM Volumes 1 & 2

The Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting ICD-9-CM codes.

Week Two Review of HCPCS and CPT-4

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Week Three Understanding how to use the CMS-1500 and UB-92 Claim Forms

Understanding the differences between these two forms Modifier usage for outpatient facilities

Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APC) Payment status indicators

Week Four Coding Operative Reports

Tools and guidelines for reporting codes from ICD-9-CM Volume 3

Week Five Understanding how to locate and assign DRGs (Diagnosis Related Groups)

Defining CCs (Complications and Comorbidities)

Charge Description Master (CDM) – How does it work?

Week Six Case Studies

Final exam to prepare for certification exam Review for certification exam

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Certified Medical Practice Manager (CMPM)

Study Guide Certification Program

The Practice Management Certification (CMPM) Study Guide is comprehensive and will cover health plan functions, coding and reimbursement, financial management, practice administration, and per-sonnel management. This study guide will increase the participant’s working knowledge of the most up to date medical practice management and development techniques available today. The guide-lines, suggestions and sample forms are invaluable tools for the growth and financial success of today’s medical practice.

It is suggested that you have at least two years of experience in medical practice management before pursuing this study guide and certification. Sixteen hours of qualifying CEU’s will be required annu-ally. The continuing education can be from any substantive area addressed below in the outline. Prior approval is suggested.

When you successfully pass the Mock exam you will be ready to sit for the CMPM exam which you can do in our facility or in an approved proctor facility in your home town. A proctor exam form must be completed before the exam can be sent to a site outside the PHIA facility. When you are ready to sit for the CMPM exam you can email or call to request one.

Prerequisites:

 A minimum of two years experience in the role of physician office practice management.  Must be a current PHIA member in good standing.

 High School Diploma or GED.

CMPM Study Guide Fee $399

Includes a 400+ page Reference Book with over 50 sample forms, Job descriptions, Questions, An-swers to those questions and a Mock Certification Exam. Study questions and mock exam questions are derived from the reference text included as well as other resources named in the guide. It is sug-gested that you read the textbook first then proceed with the questions.

CMPM Exam Fee $250 (due 2 weeks prior to sitting for the exam) PHIA Membership (if not current): $95 annually

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CMPM Study Guide Objectives

Upon successful completion of this study guide the student will qualify to sit for the CMPM certifica-tion exam which covers the following areas of the Medical Billing profession:

Section I PRACTICE ADMINISTRATION

Chapter 1 Personnel Recruitment, Selection, Training & Management

Chapter 2 Office Policy & Procedures

Chapter 3 Personnel Law & Record Keeping

Chapter 4 Facility Management

Chapter 5 Patient Management

Chapter 6 Medical Records Management

Section II FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

Chapter 7 Financial Operations

Chapter 8 Financial Calculations, Accounts Receivables & Collections

Section III REIMBURSEMENT & CODING

Chapter 9 ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Coding

Chapter 10 CPT Procedural Coding

Chapter 11 Modifiers

Chapter 12 Medical Record Documentation & E/M Documentation

Section IV THIRD PARTY PAYERS & MEDICAL INSURANCE FILING

Chapter 13 Health Plan Functions and Organization

Chapter 14 Evaluating Managed Care Contracts

Chapter 15 Patient Education

Section V COMPLIANCE (OIG & HIPAA)

Chapter 16 Fraud & Abuse/Auditing

Chapter 17 OIG Compliance

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Certified Medical Billing Specialist (CMBS)

Study Guide Certification Program

Our CMBS study guide is a collection of over 200 questions including an answer key, practical billing scenarios (completing the 1500 forms) and a Mock certification exam. The Mock exam hosts the same type of questions that will be found on the actual certification exam. We include the answer key and instructions for the Mock exam as well.

When you successfully pass the Mock exam you will be ready to sit for the CMBS exam which you can do in our facility or in an approved proctor facility in your home town. A proctor exam form must be completed before the exam can be sent to a site outside the PHIA facility. When you are ready to sit for the CMBS exam you can email or call to request one.

Once you pass the CMBS exam and receive your congratulatory letter, you are entitled to use the CMBS credential behind your name. You will also be required to earn 16 CEU’s per year of medical billing related continuing education. Prior approval is suggested.

Prerequisites:

 High School Diploma or GED

 A minimum of two years experience in inpatient/outpatient billing OR current certification or degree in Medical Coding or another related field.  Must be a current PHIA member in good standing.

CMBS Study Guide Fee: $299

CMBS Exam Fee: $250 (due 2 weeks prior to sitting for the exam) PHIA Membership (if not current): $95 annually

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CMBS Study Guide Objectives

Upon successful completion of this study guide the student will qualify to sit for the CMBS certification exam which covers the following areas of the Medical Billing profession:

➢ Understanding Insurance Basics ➢ Types of Insurance & Third Party Payers

➢ Electronic Claims Processing ➢ The Coding Systems

➢ Insurance Processing ➢ Managing Insurance & Patient Accounts

➢ Post Submission of Claims ➢ Insurance Accounts Receivable Management

➢ Requests for Review & Appeals ➢ Compliance Programs & the OIG

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Demo Links

Demos are available on line for students to examine the courses. To view the online follow these seven easy steps

-Step One

Go to: http://www.phia.com/descriptions.php

Step Two

Find the course you are interested in and select to view the demo for that course. That link is the last sentence in the paragraph that describes the course.

Step Three

Select “To view a demo, click here”

Step Four

Click "login" on the left side of the screen

Step Five

Your user name will be "visitor" and your password is "open"

Step Six

You will be directed to a screen listing the course demos by name

Step Seven

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2010 MTA, FOBC, CCP Course Schedule

MTA 1 Begin MTA 1 End FOBC 1 Begin FOBC 1 End CCP 1 Begin CCP 1 End 2010 CCP Exam

1/4/10 2/28/10 3/15/10 5/23/10 6/7/10 10/17/10 WED. 11/3/10 2010 material

MTA 2 Begin MTA 2 End FOBC 2 Begin FOBC 2 End CCP 2 Begin CCP 2 End 2010 CCP Exam

2/1/10 3/28/10 4/12/10 6/20/10 7/5/10 11/14/10 WED. 12/1/10 2010 material

MTA 3 Begin MTA 3 End FOBC 11 Begin FOBC 11 End CCP 3 Begin CCP 3 End 2010 CCP Exam

3/1/10 4/25/10 5/10/10 7/18/10 8/2/10 12/12/10 WED. 12/29/10 2010 material

MTA 4 Begin MTA 4 End FOBC 4 Begin FOBC 4 End CCP 4 Begin CCP 4 End 2010 CCP Exam

4/5/10 5/30/10 6/14/10 8/22/10 9/06/10 1/16/11 SAT. 2/5/11 2010 material

MTA 5 Begin MTA 5 End FOBC 5 Begin FOBC 5 End CCP 5 Begin CCP 5 End 2010 CCP Exam

5/3/10 6/27/10 7/12/10 9/19/10 10/4/10 2/13/11 WED. 3/02/11 2010 material

MTA 6 Begin MTA 6 End FOBC 6 Begin FOBC 6 End CCP 6 Begin CCP 6 End 2010 CCP Exam

6/7/10 8/1/10 8/16/10 10/24/10 11/15/10 3/27/11 WED. 4/13/11 2010 material

MTA 7 Begin MTA 7 End FOBC 7 Begin FOBC 7 End CCP 7 Begin CCP 7 End 2010 CCP Exam

7/5/10 8/29/10 9/13/10 11/21/10 12/13/10 4/24/11 SAT. 5/14/11 2010 material

MTA 8 Begin MTA 8 End FOBC 8 Begin FOBC 8 End CCP 8 Begin CCP 8 End 2010 CCP Exam

8/2/10 9/26/10 10/11/10 12/19/10 1/3/11 5/15/11 WED. 6/1/11 2010 material

* STOP AND READ: Due to coding changes students who start the Sept. MTA course will have a 1 month break between the MTA and FOBC courses!an MTA 9 Begin MTA 9 End FOBC 9 Begin FOBC 9 End CCP 9 Begin CCP 9 End 2011 CCP Exam

9/6/10 10/31/10 11/15/10 1/23/11 2/7/11 6/19/11 WED. 7/6/11

Due to coding changes……….Sept. MTA students will go into Dec. FOBC course 2011 material

MTA 10 Begin MTA 10 End FOBC 10 Begin FOBC 10 End CCP 10 Begin CCP 10 End 2011 CCP Exam

10/4/10 11/28/10 12/13/10 2/20/11 3/7/11 7/17/11 SAT. 8/6/11 2011 material

MTA 11 Begin MTA 11 End FOBC 11 Begin FOBC 11 End CCP 11 Begin CCP 11 End 2011 CCP Exam

11/1/10 12/26/10 1/10/11 3/20/11 4/4/11 8/14/11 WED. 8/31/11 2011 material

MTA 12 Begin MTA 12 End FOBC 12 Begin FOBC 12 End CCP 12 Begin CCP 12 End 2010 CCP Exam

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2010 CCP-AS, CCP-H Course Schedule

CCP-AS 1 Begin CCP-AS 1 End CCP-H 1 Begin CCP-H 1 End 2010 Exam

1/4/10 2/14/10 1/4/10 2/14/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 2 Begin CCP-AS 2 End CCP-H 2 Begin CCP-H 2 End 2010 Exam

2/1/10 3/14/10 2/1/10 3/14/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 3 Begin CCP-AS 3 End CCP-H 11 Begin CCP-H 11 End 2010 Exam

3/1/10 4/11/10 3/1/10 4/11/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 4 Begin CCP-AS 4 End CCP-H 4 Begin CCP-H 4 End 2010 Exam

4/5/10 5/15/10 4/5/10 5/15/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 5 Begin CCP-AS 5 End CCP-H 5 Begin CCP-H 5 End 2010 Exam

5/3/10 6/13/10 5/3/10 6/13/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 6 Begin CCP-AS 6 End CCP-H 6 Begin CCP-H 6 End 2010 Exam

6/7/10 7/18/10 6/7/10 7/18/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 7 Begin CCP-AS 7 End CCP-H 7 Begin CCP-H 7 End 2010 Exam

7/5/10 8/15/10 7/5/10 8/15/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 8 Begin CCP-AS 8 End CCP-H 8 Begin CCP-H 8 End 2010 Exam

8/2/10 9/12/10 8/2/10 9/12/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 9 Begin CCP-AS 9 End CCP-H 9 Begin CCP-H 9 End 2010 Exam

9/6/10 10/17/10 9/6/10 10/17/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 10 Begin CCP-AS 10 End CCP-H 10 Begin CCP-H 10 End 2010 Exam

10/4/10 11/14/10 10/4/10 11/14/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 11 Begin CCP-AS 11 End CCP-H 11 Begin CCP-H 11 End 2010 Exam

11/1/10 12/12/10 11/1/10 12/12/10 schedule with advisor 2010 material CCP-AS 12 Begin CCP-AS 12 End CCP-H 12 Begin CCP-H 12 End 2010 Exam

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Investment by course

Listed below is the investment cost by course. Please note that the total for the Certified Medical Coding Program includes the costs for the National Certification Exam. Payment is due 2 weeks prior to the start date for the course. Payment may be made by Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard or Dis-cover Card. Payment information and forms are located on the Student Registration Form located in the Forms Section (starting on page 57) of this Student Prospectus.

Registration Fees

Registration fee is a one-time charge made prior to taking any course. Additional course taken after the first course will not require a registration fee.

Certified Medical Coder

One time registration fee $40

Medical Terminology and Anatomy (MTA) $695

Diploma Program

Fundamentals of Billing & Coding (FOBC) $1195

Certified Coding Professional (CCP)

Certification Program $2295•

TOTAL $4225

•If student doesn’t take the FOBC, the cost of the CCP course is $2495.

Advanced Courses

One time registration fee $40

(If not paid prior)

10% discount is given off these listed investment costs for any PHIA Members Certified Coding Professional

-Audit Specialist $849

Certified Coding Professional

-Hospital $849

Medical Practice Manager $399 study guide, $250 Certification Exam

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Financial Aid

Jena Mae Student Financing

How to Apply ONLINE for Jena Mae Student Financing Go to: www.jenamae.com & click on: BORROWER On the left side of the screen click on: Loan Application Select: PHIA from the drop down menu

Select co-applicant (required by PHIA)

Press the: Start Application button to get started

Follow and fill out all the screen accordingly, click: FINISH to send the application to Jena Mae Once the application is recieved and the information provided to Jena Mae is verified a contract will be generated. You will recieve an email (please check you Junk and Spam folders) with a link that leads you back to the Jena Mae website. To retrieve your contract you will need to provide the security information you provided when you applied.

After entering your security information you will see your electronic promissory note. You can view and print your contract. If you are satisifed follow the on-screen instructions for an electronic signa-ture.

You’re Done! Jena Mae will contact PHIA to let us know that you’ve completed the application and that it’s been accepted.

For questions, problems, technical issues or further information please contact Tania Bales, Client Services at Jena Mae, 866-988-8234.

WIA - One Stop Career Center’s Employment Training

If you've been laid off from a job you can contact your local One-Stop Career Centers to see if you qualify for WIA training.If a student is interested in the WIA program please contact the WIA center in your area and make an appointment with a counselor. It will be important for the student to tell WIA they want to take the PHIA online medical coding course. Each applicant will need an acceptance letter from PHIA and the WIA approved outlines so please contact us so a letter can be drafted. Students with additional questions about WIA please feel free to contact PHIA by email at

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Curriculum Vitae (CV)

SHERRY B. THOMAS, CCP, CCP-AS

Company: Medical Staff SOS, Inc.

® PHIA – Professional Healthcare Institute of America™ www.PHIA.com

Office Address: 4010 Dupont Circle, Suite 418

Louisville, Kentucky 40207

Telephone: 502.473.8806 ext. 204

Fax: 502.473.8807

Education:

1972-1975 Fairdale High School

1977-1980 Eastern Kentucky University, Medical Assisting

1998-2000 Coding Certification Course - Student Teacher

Oct 2000 AAPC Instructor Training Course

Nov 2000-2009 AMA Conference (Annually)

Summary:

Ms. Thomas brings over 30 years experience in the health care industry including office management, billing, collections, ICD-9-CM, CPT-4 and HCPCS coding. She has assisted in minor surgical office procedures, front desk, laboratory, x-ray and medical assistant duties. She developed, authored and teaches the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) curriculum, the certification exam and the study guide to the certification exam. She also provides one-on-one professional assistance to physicians and their staff for all specialties; related to ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS coding and documentation. Ms. Thomas has also been called upon to provide expert witness in legal matters related to Fraud and Abuse.

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Employment:

1975 - 1977 Paul Wolf, MD and Fred Shepard, MD, Medical Assistant

Ms. Thomas worked the front desk posting daily charges and receipts as well as performing billing obligations. She also assisted the physician with minor surgeries, applying casts, performing and developing x-rays, phlebotomy – lab procedures (ie, blood counts, urinalysis), administered IM and allergy injections, and performed EKG’s.

1980 – 1991 James R. Stivers, MD, Office Manager

As Office Manager for a new practice, Ms. Thomas’ job description included posting daily charges and receipts, billing, coding insurance claims, working denials, and assisting with lab and clinical procedures.

1996– 1997 Swati Daftary, MD, Office Manager

As a full-time Office manager, Ms. Thomas helped this new practicing physician to get her practice off the ground. She worked a variety of jobs including posting daily charges and receipts, billing, assist-ing the physician, codassist-ing insurance claims, workassist-ing denials.

1997- 1998 Jefferson County Medical Society, Consultant

Ms. Thomas traveled from practice to practice as a consultant fulfilling various job requirements specific to each individual practice. She performed a variety of tasks and was able to use her existing knowledge and skills while developing new ones.

1998-Present Medical Staff SOS, Inc/PHIA, CEO and Co-founder

As a Certified Coding Professional, Ms. Thomas provides medical ICD-9-CM, CPT and HCPCS coding education to physicians, providers and their staff. She is responsible for leading a company that has certified coders, customers, and/or clients in 40 states around the nation and India. She has also helped develop, organize and market the various seminars and in-house training sessions available through Medical Staff SOS, Inc. In 2001 she completed, through PHIA, the course curriculum (1100 page textbook) and study guide (500 questions/answers and mock exam) for the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) course.

Publications: January 2001

Completed the PHIA (Professional Healthcare Institute of America) curriculum for the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) course. This 80-hour program consists of an 1100 page textbook including

instructional material for CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9-CM coding. Students learn coding rules and regulations for all medical practices and are instructed on proper coding from the operative report as well as in depth chart auditing instruction. This program also includes quizzes, classroom and

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homework exercises, review exams, a mid-term and a final exam. After completing the program, the student is well prepared to sit for the 5 ½ -hour timed Coding Certification examination, to earn their credentials. This curriculum is updated in all areas of coding on a quarterly basis.

January 2001

Completed the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) Certification Exam

June 2001

Completed the Certified Coding Professional (CCP) Certification Examination Study Guide. This study guide consists of over 400 sample questions regarding the rules to proper coding of CPT, HCPCS and ICD-9-CM codes, 100 coding exercises and a mock exam. Answers to all sample questions. Exercises and mock certification exam are provided in the guide as well as. This curriculum is continually updated to encompass the ever-changing body of government rules, regulations and codes.

January 2003

Developed all power point presentations and narration for CCP online course.

Material Developed for Seminars and Workshops:

Basic ICD-9-CM Coding Advanced ICD-9-CM Coding Interventional Radiology Beginning Interventional Radiology Advanced Step-by-Step Chart Auditing Workshop EM Documentation for Providers and/or staff Coding for ENT Allergy

Coding for OB/GYN Coding for Orthopaedics

Coding and Auditing for Primary Care Coding for General Surgery

Anesthesia Coding Seminar Coding Updates 2002 Coding Updates 2003 Coding Updates 2004

Coding from the Operative Report Cardiac Catheterization Coding Coding Updates 2005

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