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RN-Coder Program FAQs


WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN RN-CODER AND AN RN-AUDITOR?

What is he difference between a Certified RN-Coder and a 

Certified RN-Auditor?

 

A Certified RN-Coder reviews prospectively to assure all coding going OUT from a facility or provider is CORRECT and DOCUMENTED.  Remember from nursing school, if you didn't chart it, you didn't do it!  Most CRN-Cs code what they know clinically, such as for the ED, the cardiac cath. lab, the ambulatory surgery, etc.

 

Certified RN-Auditors review a provider's medical documentation retrospectively, working either for hospitals or insurers, maybe government agencies, checking that the coded charges submitted were actually performed exactly how they were coded. Otherwise, it's fraud.

 

Different employers, depending on whether they are providers, facilities, insurers or government agencies, will add to these basic job descriptions. 

If I am understanding the www.RN-Coder.com website correctly there are three programs to be taken.  Is that correct?

 

YES!  This is a 3-Step process. There are 3 programs for complete training and certification:  

  • RN-Coder Basic Training,
  • RN-Auditor Compliance Institute, and
  • RN-Coder ICD10 Academy  


Would the AACCA certification have the CCS, CPC, CPC-H, or CPC-P designation or would I need to get certified in those if the job is looking for that?  

 

The RN-Coder programs prepare you to take ALL these other non-clinical coder examinations, too.  AACCA is a separate organization.  Different employers may require different certification(s).  The American Association of Clinical Coders & Auditors is the ONLY organization in the US dedicated to testing and certifying RNs, MDs, and other clinical personnel in compliant coding.  Go to www.AACCA.net for details.


The COMBO cost is $3499 plus the cost of the coding books, correct?  

 

Right, the coding manuals are not included. You use them in class and while testing.  Please go to www.AMAPress.com to order – or you may order from any publisher, as long as you bring:


  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)  Professional – from AMA
  • International Classification of Disease – 9th edition – Vol. 1 & 2 Physician edition
  • HCPCS – from any publisher

            

Here's the LINK for the BEST combination PACKAGE that AMA offers:  

2013 AMA coders convenience pkg

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AM I ABLE TO PAY USING A CREDIT CARD?

 

Yes, you may register online or we can take your card number & billing address over the phone.

 

ARE THERE ANY FINANCIAL-AID PROGRAMS?

 

 Sorry, no – since we are a professional continuing education agency – not a school nor a college.    Most nurses use their credit cards to spread out the cost over several months.


HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH PROGRAM?

Each online program is self-paced.  Most nurses will complete each program in 4-6 weeks depending on their family & work obligations.

 

MAY I ATTEND THE LIVE 5-DAY CONFERENCES ALONG WITH THE HOMEWORK?  CAN THE COURSES BE DONE COMPLETELY AT HOME?

 

We have nurses doing all 3 programs every which way - which is great!  The "Blended Learning" concept is to start each program at home, attend the Live 5-day program, and take the  certification exam in Vegas.  However, we have RNs doing EVERYTHING at home -- the  certification exams are online and time-proctored.  And we are now getting several nurses who want to come to ALL 3 programs in Vegas, and work at home on them at home in-between course dates.

HOW DO I FIND A JOB? 

This depends a lot on where you live – are you more comfortable in a hospital, an insurance company, or maybe a government agency?  Or would you rather work@home, performing digital coding and chart reviews?  CLICK HERE for www.Indeed.com & put in  your area and  these key words:  "ICD10, remote coding, RN-Coder, nurse coder, RN-Coder, nurse coder, medical chart reviews."  


You will be getting updates in your email box.  Remember, most positions require coding   training and certification – certification stands for 2 years’ experience!

 

We go over all of this in class – including how to provide coding and electronic claims services to physicians in your area – making $12/claim (or more) for about 500 claims/month – depending on type of practice and volume of patients.

 

CAN OTHER CLINICAL PERSONNEL DO THIS?

 

Yes, of course – this program was developed for clinical personnel who already understand anatomy and physiology, what is disease process,  have seen or performed various types of services or procedures, understand pharmacology, etc.  MDs, PAs, NPs, LVNs, LPNs, paramedics,      and chiropractors have completed these programs and are Certified MD-Coders, Certified PA-Coders, Certified Clinical Coders.

 

I WILL PROBABLY COME UP WITH MORE QUESTIONS.

 

Bring 'em on!  JASON ANSWERS THE RN-CODER PHONE 24/7 -- including evenings and weekends!  (855) 987-6268  CALL TOLL-FREE 24/7  



I'm dedicated to getting 10,000 RNs trained in these programs before Oct. 1, 2014 -- so please let me know what else you need to know to register!  

The US healthcare system   really needs at least 20,000 Certified RN-Coders/Auditors to implement ICD10. 

 

            Please email     Joyce Thomas at:  rncoderICD10rnauditor@gmail.com   

 

WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT CODING CERTIFICATIONS?


Coding certifications are very specific by employer-type.  The insurance companies, government  agencies, and RACs (Recovery Audit Contractors -- Medicare's collection agencies) seem to love   AACCA credentials the best!  The other credentials you mentioned were all set up by and for non-clinical mostly high school graduate coding personnel -- actually trained in software, rather than in coding.  


Inpatient "coders," for example (few are certified by any group), use encoder software with "key   words," and try to match medical terminology with documentation -- of course "ventricles" could be a problem there!  RN-Coders would never make a mistake between an MRI of the Brain and a  dx code for a cardiac diagnosis!

 

All of the Medicare compliance guidance programs state that anyone who touches the coding  should be certified and should be updated through continuing education each year.  Medicare does not designate which providers or which certification agencies.  


The American Association of   Clinical Coders and Auditors (AACCA) founded in 2003 by 4 Masters-prepared Registered Nurses, 2 PhD nurses, a physician and a physician’s assistant – remains the only coding testing and certification agency which works exclusively with clinical personnel.  AACCA also is the only        organization providing online certification testing, with almost immediate results, and no waiting or       travelling for taking a written test.  99% of our members are Registered Nurses.

 

 

What is the membership and certification testing fees for AACCA?  

Go to www.AACCA.net  for details

 

2013 AACCA Membership* & Certification**

AACCA 1-year membership - $199

 

AACCA RN-Coder Certification Testing Fee - $399 

AACCA RN-Auditor Certification Testing Fee - $399

AACCA RN-Coder ICD10 Certification Testing Fee - $399

 

*You must be an AACCA member in order to take the AACCA Certification exams.  ** To maintain certification you must submit 40 CE contact hours in coding, documentation review, fraud & abuse, etc. every 2 years.