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30 Days to Mastering HCPCS Coding: A Comprehensive Study Plan with Resources from MedicalCodingByJen

Day 1-2: Introduction to HCPCS

  • Start by familiarizing yourself with the HCPCS code set, including its purpose and organization.

  • Learn about the difference between HCPCS Level I (CPT codes) and HCPCS Level II codes.

  • Review the official HCPCS website for more information on the code set: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo

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Day 3-5: Understanding HCPCS Level II Codes

  • Spend time getting to know the structure of HCPCS Level II codes.

  • Review the codes for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) and learn how they are used.

  • Visit the DMEPOS Center on the CMS website for more information: https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Durable-Medical-Equipment-DME-Center

Day 6-8: Learning HCPCS Modifiers

  • Learn about HCPCS modifiers and their purpose.

  • Review the most commonly used modifiers and when to apply them.

  • Visit the Modifier Finder on the CMS website for more information: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/HCPCSReleaseCodeSets/Modifiers

Day 9-11: Practicing with HCPCS Codes

  • Practice assigning HCPCS codes to scenarios or cases.

  • Use a reputable HCPCS code book or software for practice. If you are taking an AAPC certification, I recommend the AAPC version as it has added information inside with over 700 pages!

  • Visit the medicalcodingbyjen.com website for HCPCS coding resources and practice exercises.

My free study group has an entire room full of such examples and help located CLICK HERE!


Day 12-14: Understanding HCPCS Coding Guidelines

  • Learn about the official HCPCS coding guidelines and how they apply to different types of services and procedures.

  • Review the guidelines for DMEPOS, drugs, and laboratory services.

  • Visit the CMS website for more information: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/HCPCS_Coding_Guidelines

Day 15-17: Mastering HCPCS Coding for Specific Services

  • Spend time studying HCPCS codes for specific services, such as chemotherapy administration or diagnostic imaging.

  • Learn about the most common codes used in these areas and any special coding rules or guidelines.

  • Visit the medicalcodingbyjen.com website for specialty-specific HCPCS coding resources in the shared gallery.

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Day 18-20: Keeping Up-to-Date with HCPCS Changes

  • Stay informed about any changes or updates to the HCPCS code set.

  • Review the annual HCPCS code updates and any other important announcements.

  • Visit the HCPCS Public Meetings page on the CMS website for more information: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/MedHCPCSGenInfo/HCPCS_Public_Meetings

Day 21-23: Preparing for HCPCS Certification

  • Consider preparing for a HCPCS coding certification exam.

  • Review the exam content outline and study the areas where you need improvement.

  • Visit the medicalcodingbyjen.com website for HCPCS certification exam prep materials.

Day 24-26: Learning HCPCS Coding Software

  • Familiarize yourself with HCPCS coding software programs.

  • Practice using the software to assign HCPCS codes.

  • Visit the medicalcodingbyjen.com for additional Educators list Click HERE and our Free Discord Group for recommended HCPCS coding software programs.

Day 27-29: Collaborating with Other HCPCS Coders

  • Join a professional organization or online community for HCPCS coders.

  • Collaborate with other coders to share knowledge and best practices.

  • Visit the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) website for more information: https://www.ahima.org/

  • Visit AAPC Knowledge Center for Medical coding news, guidelines, and information about ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM, CPT HCPCS level II, and the medical coding industry. https://www.aapc.com/blog/

Day 30: Final Review and Assessment

  • Spend the final day reviewing your knowledge of HCPCS coding.

  • Test yourself on assigning HCPCS codes to

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