Certified Coder Boot Camp® – Inpatient Version

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Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

Course Overview

ICD-10 is here! Inpatient coding is even more complex. Let our expert instructors make it simple.

The Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version is an intensive coding education course that will make coders proficient in ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for hospital inpatient facility services and MS-DRG assignment.

The course goes beyond explaining basic DRG classification. 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 a decade! The 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 Reportingand the AHA’s Coding Clinic for ICD-10-CM/PCS®, in course materials.
  • Experience: All of our instructors have at least 15 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.


For coders:

Skilled inpatient coders are in high demand as many hospitals are expanding their coding teams following ICD-10 implementation. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran coder, the ICD-10 system is new to everyone—so now is the perfect time to learn inpatient coding!

The 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


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 Reportingand 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


See the HCPro difference for yourself!

Custom-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.


For more detailed information about HCPro's Boot Camps, contact customer service at 800-650-6787 or  or email customerservice@hcpro.com.

Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

Course Locations & Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming classes of this Boot Camp. We update this schedule on a regular basis.

Registrations are processed in the order received. Class size is limited, and classes often sell out. We recommend against making travel arrangements until after we have confirmed your course registration.

To register for a class, click the "Register" button.
To register multiple attendees or large groups, please call Customer Service at (800) 650-6787.

To view our cancellation policy, click here.

February 2018

Orlando, FL


February 5 - 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Days 1-4)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Day 5)

Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal
5895 Caravan Court
Orlando, FL 32819

Hotel Website

Room Rate: $149
Room Rate Cutoff: January 12, 2018


April 2018

Philadelphia, PA


April 16 - 20, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Days 1-4)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Day 5)

HYATT house™ Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting
501 E Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA 19401
Hotel website

Room Rate: $149/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: March 30, 2018


June 2018

Chicago, IL


June 11 - 15, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Days 1-4)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Day 5)

Courtyard Chicago O’Hare
2950 S. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Hotel website

Room Rate: $159/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: May 20, 2018


August 2018

Boston, MA


August 6 - 10, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Days 1-4)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Day 5)

HYATT house™ Boston/Burlington
2 Van De Graaff Drive
Burlington, MA 01803
Hotel website

Room Rate: $195/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: July 23, 2018


October 2018

Atlanta, GA


October 8 - 12, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Days 1-4)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Day 5)

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Buckhead
3242 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Hotel website

Room Rate: $149/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: September 14, 2018


December 2018

Las Vegas, NV


December 3 - 7, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Days 1-4)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Day 5)

Hyatt Place Las Vegas
4520 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Hotel website

Room Rate: $139/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: November 12, 2018



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.

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 utilizing a DRG manual
  • 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

Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version

2017 Continuing Education - 2018 CE Credit coming soon!

This program has been approved by the AAPC for 35.5 continuing ducation 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 CE credits for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

This approval is limited to individuals holding existing AHIMA credential(s) who desire to use credit hours awarded in connection with this course towards maintenance of AHIMA credential(s) in accordance with AHIMA's Standards for Maintenance of Continuing Education Units in Certification. AHIMA has not approved this course as a method to prepare for any AHIMA certification examination. Also, attendees should be aware that this course does not cover any outpatient coding topics.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)   
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.

California Board of Registered Nursing   
HCPro is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide 42.5 nursing contact hours. California BRN Provider #CEP 14494. 

Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)
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 Improvement Specialists (ACDIS).

National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
Earn up to 42.5 CPE Credits!

Program Level: Intermediate

Delivery Method: Group-Live

HCPro is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

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.

Certified Coder Boot Camp®—Inpatient Version


What is the focus of the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version®?
The 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.

Does HCPro offer any other versions of the course?
Yes. In addition to the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version, we offer the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Original Version, an intensive, one-week course focusing on ICD-10-CM, CPT, and HCPCS Level II coding for professional services and hospital outpatient services.

How long does the course last?
One week. Typically, class runs Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until at least 5:00 p.m. each day (class often runs later than 5:00 p.m. if the students need additional assistance with a particular subject). We try to end class a little early on Friday, typically by 3:00 p.m.

Where is the course offered?
Open registration Certified Coder Boot Camps are offered at various locations around the country, typically at mid-priced business hotels such as Hyatt Place or Hilton Garden Inn. For a list of upcoming open registration dates for the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version, click on Locations/Dates.

Does HCPro offer the 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 bootcamps@hcpro.com.

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

Please click here to view our cancellation policy.

Who typically attends the 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 Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version.

Does completion of the course lead to any formal certification?
We anticipate that many of the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version course participants will, at some point, sit for the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association. While the Certified Coder Boot Camp—Inpatient Version should be helpful in preparing for the CCS exam, 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 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).

How is the certification exam structured?
See www.ahima.org.

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 8:00 a.m. to at least 5:00 p.m. each day, 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 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, 7th Edition, by Ann Ehrlich and Carol L. Schroeder (ISBN 1133687318). The book is available at www.amazon.com 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. 

Do I need to bring my own coding manuals to class?
You will need a 2017 ICD-10-CM manual and a 2017 ICD-10-PCS manual. To order these books from HCPro, please visit our website by clicking here https://hcmarketplace.com/subject/coding/coding-manuals.

As a part of this class, you will be working numerous in-class exercises based on real-life inpatient medical records. In addition to learning to code these records, you will also learn how to determine the proper DRG assignment for each case. In order to work the DRG assignment portion of the exercises, you will need to bring a current version of Optum’s DRG Expert for ICD-10 to class.

If you work in a hospital, you may be able to borrow a copy of DRG Expert from your health information management/medical records department. HCPro will also have a limited number of copies available during the class, but you may have to share with another course participant. The books are signed out for the week of class and must be returned to the instructor after class on Friday. If the manual is returned in its original condition, the participant will not be charged for its use. If the manual is lost, damaged, or stolen, it is the responsibility of the student to reimburse HCPro for the manual. Alternatively, you can order a copy of DRG Expert at our website by clicking here.

We recognize that most hospitals use a computer program to determine DRG assignment. However, we feel strongly that understanding the DRG system is an important skill for inpatient coders and that the best way to become proficient in DRG assignment is to work DRG assignment exercises using the hard-copy DRG.

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 customer service at 800-650-6787 or email sales@hcpro.com.

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