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.
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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.
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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