Certified Rheumatology Coder Course




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The American College of Rheumatology partnered with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to offer ACR and ARP members and their staff the Certified Rheumatology Coder certification and exam, designed to provide a higher knowledge of coding and billing compliance for physicians, fellows, practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and coders/billers in rheumatology practices.

This is a live two-day course. The first day is 8 hours and the second day is a 5 hour, 40 minute open book certification exam. The course is scheduled on demand and taught on-site at your location.

Registration Fees

Fees include CRHC™ course materials and the examination fee.

Monday – Friday (per person):

  • Member: $450
  • Non Member: $499

Saturday – Sunday (per person):

  • Member: $550
  • Non Member: $599

To schedule a class at your location, please send us a completed registration form.

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About the Certification

The Certified Rheumatology Coder credential is awarded to candidates who pass the certification exam. CRHC holders are professionals skilled in classifying medical data from patient records, generally in the rheumatology outpatient office setting. The coding specialists review patient records and assign numeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure. To perform this task, they must possess expertise in the understanding and application of coding conventions and guidelines as outlined in the ICD-10-CM (Volumes I, II) classification systems as well as the CPT manual. In addition, the CRHC credential holder is knowledgeable in medical terminology, anatomy/physiology, disease processes, and procedural coding. The CRHC certification examinations assess proficiency in rheumatology diagnostic and E/M coding. Professionals experienced in E/M coding should consider obtaining this certification.

CRHC certified coders are considered leaders in the industry because they:

  • Utilize their specialty knowledge and experience to better interact with clinicians and providers
  • Understand basic and more advanced coding principles and guidelines
  • Ensure their providers receive appropriate reimbursement
  • Provide direction and instruction to less experienced coders in the workplace
  • Demonstrate coding skills daily

As the importance of accurate and specific diagnosis coding increases in physician practices, it is important for coders to validate their knowledge in coding to ensure proper reimbursements; comply with federal and commercial guidelines; and stay compliant with the various state, federal, and commercial regulations.

As staff become more experienced in the practical requirements of diagnostic and CPT coding, the CRHC certification will provide additional professional and personal recognition and reward.

CRHC™ examinees will be tested on:

  • Reading and abstracting physician office and procedure notes to apply correct ICD-10-CM, CPT®, HCPCS Level II and modifier coding assignments
  • Evaluation and management (both the 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines)
  • Rules and regulations of Medicare billing including, but not limited to, incident to, teaching situations, shared visits, consultations, and global surgery
  • Coding of surgical procedures commonly performed by rheumatologists, such as trigger point injections, joint injections, etc.
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical terminology

Benefits of Certification

Identify yourself as a leader in your medical coding or clinical profession by becoming certified by the American Academy of Professional Coders. Designed for experienced coders, the CRHC specialty credentials enable coders to demonstrate superior levels of expertise in rheumatology coding. Certification will help you work more effectively with clinicians and payers. Moreover, certified credential holders generally are more highly compensated and receive greater advancement opportunities.

These specialty credentials are stand-alone certifications with no requirement to hold the CPC® credential.

Course Requirements

Due to the fast paced nature of the course, it is recommended that participants have at least one year of experience in coding and billing or have worked in a clinical position.

Participants must be a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders to receive test scores and credentials. Visit the AAPC website for membership information.

Participants must bring current CPT®, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II manuals to sit for the examination. To order the manuals, visit the AMA Bookstore.

CPC® is a registered trademark of the AAPC

Contact Info / Inquiries

404-633-3777, ext. 820 or 818

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