Manuals do I need?
I study Anytime?
do I access the course?
a hospital coder
is the course so inexpensive?
the price include the certification exam?
Do I need to purchase any other manuals for this course?
For the Prep Course and any
CPT module, you will need a current year CPT Manual. For the ICD-9
course and the complete Prep Course you will need a current year
ICD-9 manual. For the Prep Course it is also recommended to have a
HCPCS manual as well. the module on HCPCS is short, and you might
want to borrow a manual if you are not currently working in a
Q: Can you study
online anytime or are there fixed class times?
A: You can study anytime, 7 days
a week, twenty-four hours a day. The course is "study at your
own pace" and we recommend studying about 1 to 2 hours at a
time. There are no "classes to attend." Standard
duration is 180 days for each module. Sometimes there are
"summer specials" with an automatic extension (worth
$99) of an additional six-months.
Q: How does one access the
coding and billing modules?
A: Access with any internet
connection. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Recommended browser is Microsoft Explorer 4.0 or higher. You will
be sent a link to the course or module. There is no link on
Ritecode.com to the online coding courses.
Q: Can I print lessons?
A: Yes, you can print any
lesson, Operative Report or Test you wish.
Q: I'm a beginner coder.
Should I take your course?
A: Yes. We cover basic,
intermediate and advanced coding in this course. Just allow
yourself a full six-months. You also might want to consider any of
the Introductory Courses we offer for $12 such as the
Insurance and Billing Module. Note that Billing and Insurance
questions are NOT
on the CPC coding certification exam. (There are billing questions
are the CPC-H and some basic questions on the CCS and CCS-P.)
Q: I'm a hospital Inpatient
Coder. Should I take your course?
A: Our course prepares you
for the CPC or CSS-P coding exam. It covers ICD-9, CPT and HCPCS
for physician coding (CMS-1500). The inpatient Module covers DRG's,
facility (UB-92) coding, APC's and other inpatient-related topics.
Q: Does this course cover
Medicare guidelines and Billing?
A: Historically, there have not
been Medicare or billing questions on the
coding certification exams.
We have taught Medicare seminars but there are only limited
Medicare guidelines on the course. (We could add a module if you have enough students.)
Q: Why is your online course so
much less than the AAPC ($1,100 or
AHIMA ($2,000) versions
is we do all our own work, both developing the content from our
medical coding consulting business
developing the web
site. The site was developed by medical coders and is
updated by medical coders.
we focus on creating the very best content rather than hiring a
staff of programmers who don't know anything about coding.
our students include both corporate clients as well as single mothers getting back into the job market. The cost economies of the
internet allow us to make a fair profit and offer affordable
training to everyone.
Q: I'm not sure about
$499 for the complete Prep course. What do you recommend?
A: Order the Basic Medical
Terminology, Intro to Billing and Coding, Coding Concepts or a
group of 12 Op Reports. They are all only
If you order the complete Prep course within 30 days, we will
subtract the cost of the first course.
The Prep course is also
available in 23 payments of $34 or 3 payments of $200. So we have
several convenient payment plans. See our
Plans Link on our storefron for more information.
Q: Does this include the
Coding Certification Exam?
A: The price of the coding
certification exam IS NOT
included with our Prep course. You will need to contact the
Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or CPC-H
Certified Coding Specialist - Physician (CCS-P) or CCS
/ Ritecode.com (and this course) are not affiliated with AAPC or AHIMA.