Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

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Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

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Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

Course Overview

Inpatient is coding is even more complex than ever. Let our expert instructors make it simple.

The Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version is an intensive coding education course that ensures coders are proficient in the most up-to-date ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for hospital inpatient facility services and MS-DRG assignment.

Skilled inpatient coders are in high demand as hospitals and healthcare systems struggle with the high costs of inpatient admissions due to COVID. The need for highly skilled inpatient coders is greater than ever before!

The course goes beyond explaining basic DRG classification to ensure accurate code reporting and that not money is left on the table. Coders leave class ready to:

  • Apply inpatient coding guidelines
  • Accurately assign ICD-10-CM/PCS codes and MS-DRGs
  • Query physicians more effectively

We’re not like other coding classes. We have been teaching inpatient coding for more than 20 years! The Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version uses a successful and proven method for teaching inpatient coding fundamentals:

  • Emphasis on hands-on exercises: Attendees complete multiple inpatient case studies and operative reports based on real medical records, so they fully understand the impact of diagnosis/procedure code assignment on MS-DRG assignment.
  • Immediate feedback: Our instructors provide real-time feedback on the codes you assign. Continuous interactions with instructors ensure you have a complete understanding of code assignment.
  • Rules-based learning: Our instructors only use recognized source authorities, such as the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and the AHA’s Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS®, in course materials.
  • Experience: All of our instructors have at least 20 years of inpatient coding experience. They know exactly what coders need to learn and how to present complex coding topics in an easy-to-understand manner.

The Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version not only teaches you everything you need to know to be an inpatient coder, but also provides several professional benefits:

  • Enhance your career potential and growth—employers are looking for coders with accurate inpatient coding skills
  • Take on more complex medical coding cases
  • Increase your professional credibility
  • Become a valuable resource to your facility
  • Provide an opportunity for much needed continuing education credits

For employers:

Coder training is an important investment for your organization. Having highly qualified, certified coders on staff can:

  • Ensure correct medical coding based on reputable source authorities such as the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting and the AHA's Coding Clinic
  • Facilitate the physician query process to ensure appropriate DRG assignment
  • Ensure appropriate reimbursement for services performed
  • Increase employee confidence
  • Increase productivity
  • Maintain compliance

Who should attend?
This course is useful for coders who are looking to understand the ins and outs of inpatient coding, including the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes.

See the HCPro difference for yourself!

Expertly designed course materials: Materials are developed by our instructors specifically for this intensive learning format.

Hands-on learning: Attendees complete a set of exercises/case studies after appropriate modules to ensure that they understand the concepts and know how to apply them to real-world situations.

Small class size: Class size is limited to ensure individual attention.

Nationally recognized educators: HCPro is the nation's premier organization offering boot camp training courses to healthcare coding professionals.

How does the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version work?

Class is held Monday – Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time for two consecutive weeks.

Please Note: Four days before class starts, you will receive a welcome email that includes the dial-in information for the class.

Class is held Monday – Friday from July 17 – July 28. Registration cut-off date: 7/10/2023

For more detailed information about HCPro's Boot Camps, contact us at 615-724-7200 or email

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Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version


Module 1: Introduction to ICD-10-CM/Conventions

  • Code structure
  • Brackets
  • Default codes
  • NEC/NOS codes
  • Code first
  • Use additional code
  • Excludes1 and Excludes2 notes
  • Placeholders
  • 7th characters
  • Laterality
  • The "dash" (-)

Module 2:
Fundamentals of Diagnostic Coding for Inpatient Reporting

  • Selection of principal diagnosis
  • Additional/other diagnoses
  • Parts of the medical record

Module 3:
Present on Admission Indicators/Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Physician Queries

Module 4:
Introduction to ICD-10-PCS and Medical-Surgical Character Selection  

  • Basic character selection
  • General root operation selection and guidelines
  • Body part selection guidelines
  • Approach selection guidelines
  • Device selection guidelines
  • Qualifiers
  • Multiple procedures guidelines

Module 5:
Fundamentals of Procedure Coding for Inpatient Reporting

  • Principal procedure selection

Module 6:
MS-DRG Assignment

  • MS-DRG assignment in ICD-10-CM/PCS
  • Complications and comorbidities (CC) and major complications and comorbidities (MCC)

Module 7:
ICD-10-CM/PCS Chapter-Specific Coding

  • Infectious and parasitic diseases
    • Sepsis
    • HIV
  • Neoplasms
    • Types of neoplasms
    • Complications of neoplasms and neoplasm treatment-related complications 
    • Encounters for chemotherapy/radiation therapy
    • Surgical intervention for neoplasms
  • Endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Obesity and BMI
  • Mental disorders
    • Substance use/abuse and dependence
    • Depression
  • Diseases of the nervous system
    • Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA)
    • Carotid endarterectomy 
    • Spinal fusion 
  • Diseases of the circulatory system
    • Hypertension and hypertensive-related conditions
    • Coronary artery disease and angina conditions
    • Acute myocardial infarction
    • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
    • Cardiac catheterization
    • Pacemaker/defibrillator procedures
    • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)
  • Diseases of the respiratory system
    • COPD 
    • Pneumonia
    • Respiratory failure
  • Diseases of the digestive system
    • GI hemorrhages/inflammations
    • Endoscopic procedures (EGD and colonoscopy)
    • Hernia procedures
  • Diseases of skin and subcutaneous tissues
    • Debridement 
  • Diseases of musculoskeletal system and connective tissue
    • Joint replacement 
  • Pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium
    • Pregnancy conditions and complications
    • Delivery procedures
  • Newborns/congenital disorders
  • Injury, poisoning, and certain other consequences of external causes
    • Fracture coding
    • External causes
    • Fracture reduction 
    • Burns
    • Poisonings, adverse effects, and underdosing


Course Outline/Agenda subject to change.

Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version


July — Class Schedule (Eastern time)

July 17 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 18 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 19 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 20 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 21 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 24 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 25 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 26 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 27 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
July 28 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Apply fundamentals of diagnosis code assignment (ICD-10-CM) and procedures (ICD-10-PCS) for inpatient services by utilizing conventions, instructions, and sequencing guidelines from the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting
  • Relate interaction of diagnoses/procedures on reimbursement by accurately assigning MS-DRGs for inpatient services
  • Review chapter-specific diagnoses/procedures for their clinical presentation and application to better understand code assignment
  • Recognize appropriate documentation and documenters within the inpatient medical record to support valid code assignment
  • Review appropriate coding resources such as the AHA’s Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS as they apply to certain chapter-specific diagnoses/procedures

Continuing Education

This program has been approved by the AAPC for 35.5 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.

*Credits obtained prior to certification with the AAPC will not be recognized for continuing education requirements. Continuing education begins after a member obtains certification.

This program has been approved for 35.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certified Clinical Documentation Specialist (CCDS) certification, offered as a service of the Association of Clinical Documentation Integrity Specialists (ACDIS).

This program has been approved for 30 CE credits for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

HCPro is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for 35.5 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro.

This program has been approved for 35.5 continuing education units towards fulfilling the requirements of the Certification in Healthcare Revenue Integrity (CHRI), offered as a service of the National Association of Healthcare Revenue Integrity (NAHRI).

Disclosure Statement:
HCPro has confirmed that none of the faculty/presenters, planners, or contributors have any relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of this educational activity.

Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version


What is the focus of the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version®?
The Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version focuses on ICD-10-CM diagnosis and ICD-10-PCS procedure coding for inpatient hospital (i.e., facility) services. The course emphasizes inpatient coding guidelines, abstraction of inpatient medical records, and assignment of MS-DRGs.

What computer set-up do I need to attend this class?
This will be hosted on the GoToMeeting platform. Attendees should have access to a computer that has a microphone and speakers to participate, there is also an option to dial-in over a phone line if you need to connect on your phone. You can read the full system requirements for GoToMeeting by visiting You can also test your system by visiting

Does HCPro offer the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version as an on-site course?
In addition to our open registration courses, we also offer the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version as an on-site course (with a substantial discount) for organizations that have 20–26 employees who need inpatient coding training. For more information on hosting an on-site course, contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?
Cancellation Policy

Please click here to view our cancellation policy.

Who typically attends the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version?

  • Coders
  • Medical records/health information managers/staff
  • Case managers
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Clinical documentation specialists
  • Clinical managers and department heads
  • Physicians, NPs, PAs, and other clinicians
  • Compliance officers and auditors
  • Finance and reimbursement managers/staff
  • Healthcare consultants, CPAs, and lawyers
  • Health plan and insurance company personnel
  • Medicare intermediary personnel

What material does the course cover?
Click on Course Outline for more information about the topics covered by the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version.

Does completion of the course lead to any formal certification?
NEW — We anticipate that many of the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version course participants will, at some point, sit for a national certification exam whether it be the Certified Inpatient Coder (CIC) through the American Academy of Professional Coders or the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association. While the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version should be helpful in preparing for these exams, CCS candidates should be aware that the exam also covers topics other than inpatient coding, notably outpatient CPT coding and Medicare reimbursement. Consequently, candidates will need additional training/preparation beyond the Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version. CCS candidates may also want to consider taking our Certified Coder Boot Camp (focused on CPT coding) and our Medicare Boot Camp—Hospital Version (focused on Medicare reimbursement for hospital services). The Medicare Boot Camp – Hospital Version would also be helpful for those sitting for the CIC exam since it includes reimbursement related questions beyond what is covered in the Certified Coder Boot Camp – Inpatient Version.

How are the certification exams structured?
See (CIC exam) and (CCS exam).

Does Medicare or any other third-payer require coders to be certified?
We are not aware of any such requirement. To the best of our knowledge, coding certification, while generally helpful in promoting accurate coding, is entirely voluntary. 

How intense is the course compared to more traditional full-semester courses?
It is an understatement to say that the course is intense. We are covering a full semester of material in one week. Other than breaks, course participants are in class from 12:00 p.m. to at least 4:30 p.m. each day for 10 days, although we try to end class a little early on Friday. Course participants should plan on devoting their full time and attention to the Boot Camp during the week of their course. Course participants should plan on taking the entire Boot Camp week off from work, and participants who live more than 45 minutes away from the course site should reserve a hotel room for the week.

Does the course require previous coding experience?
Because of the fast-paced nature of the course, it is highly recommended that Live Virtual Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version participants have at least one year of coding-related experience. While prior inpatient coding experience is helpful, this course is also designed for individuals with outpatient coding experience (such as CPCs or COCs) who are interested in enhancing their coding skills.

Also, if you do not already have a solid understanding of medical terminology, we strongly recommend that you complete a medical terminology self-study course prior to the start of the course. A good self-study program is Medical Terminology for Health Professions, by Ann Ehrlich and Carol L. Schroeder (ISBN 1133687318). The book is available at and may also be available from one of your local bookstores. Our students who do not have a strong background in medical terminology typically find this book extremely helpful.

How is the course taught?
The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and abstracting case studies.

Does HCPro ever share contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number, email address, etc.) with other companies?
Historically, we have not shared contact information with anyone outside of our company. However, it is possible that at some point we might share contact information with other companies that offer products and services that we think would be of interest to our customers. If you would like us to keep your contact information confidential, please let us know so that we can flag your information in our customer database as "Do Not Share."

How do I get more information:
Contact our sales team at 615-724-7200 or email