Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version

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Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version

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To register multiple attendees, or if you have any questions, please call Sales at 800-650-6787.

This live Boot Camp is best for those looking for an interactive learning experience. Classes are led by our expert instructors, generally take place over the course of a week, and allow instructor/student interaction and engagement.

Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version

Course Overview

Reduce claim denials and win appeals

Get expert guidance on preventing denials and focusing appeal efforts for success. Reimbursement models continue to evolve, and uncertainty persists regarding healthcare laws and CMS policy. Both of these factors mean that organizations cannot afford to write off appealable denials that are winnable, lest they face insolvency or be forced to close their doors. Organizations need sound, practical information on overturning denials. Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version is your key to proven strategies for success and will answer your questions on denials management and appeal processes.

This Boot Camp teaches you about the latest claim audit and appeal issues based on official guidance and regulations. You’ll leave the class armed with a thorough understanding of the audit and appeal process and ready to put your new knowledge into action for tangible results.

You will leave this program knowing how to:

  • Prepare for CMS audits
  • Navigate the appeal process through and beyond the Administrative Law Judge level
  • Research denials and upcoming audit focus areas
  • Implement policies to support efficient appeals and identify appropriate denials to appeal

You will leave this Boot Camp with an understanding of:

  • Navigating regulations and CMS policies in order to comply and increase CMS reimbursement from the get-go
  • The different types of audits and how you can prepare your organization for them
  • The audit, denial, and appeal process and what to look out for
  • How you should respond to audits
  • How to increase your organization’s favorable appeal decisions

Who should attend?
The course is fit for any member of your billing, revenue, or clinical team who wants to understand more about appeals and denials and how to prepare for and navigate them.

  • Revenue cycle directors and managers
  • Revenue integrity directors, managers, and staff
  • HIM directors, managers, and staff
  • CDI directors, managers, and specialists
  • Compliance directors, officers, and auditors
  • Business office managers
  • Case management directors and managers
  • Case managers
  • Utilization review staff
  • Utilization management staff
  • Physician advisors
  • Audit directors and coordinators
  • Auditors
  • Appeal coordinators
  • Patient financial services directors

See the HCPro difference for yourself!

  • Focus on the actual rules: Learn how to prepare for CMS audits and navigate the appeal process through and beyond the Administrative Law Judge and Medicare Appeals Council levels. Also learn about the Medicare Appeals Council rules and regulations.
  • Tools and skills to navigate Medicare rules: Our instructors provide valuable tools and resources that will help you prioritize and research time-sensitive issues long after the Boot Camp ends. 
  • Highly rated, well-established program: Participants consistently give the course an overall rating of 4.75 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).

For more detailed information about HCPro's Boot Camps, contact us at 800-650-6787 or email

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Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version

Course Locations & Dates

Below is the current course schedule for upcoming classes of Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version. 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. If you would like to register multiple attendees (large groups), contact us at 800-650-6787 or email

Locations marked as "Tentative" are subject to change.

To view our cancellation policy, click here

September 2024

Oak Brook (Chicago), IL


September 10 – 11, 2024
8:00AM – 5:00PM each day

Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
3500 Midwest Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Hotel website

Room Rate: $205/night
Room Rate Cut-Off: August 19, 2024



Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version


Module 1: Denials and Appeals Overview

  • Understanding the types of denials
  • Steps involved when handling denials
  • The main structure of appeals
  • Timeline associated with appeals

Module 2: Medicare Overview and Contractors

  • The Four Parts of Medicare
  • Medicare Contractors
  • Independent government agencies—Medicare involvement 

Module 3: Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Research and Resources

  • Web-Based Resources
  • Key Sources of Authority
  • Medicare Coverage Center, including LCDs, NCDs, CED, and Lab Coverage Manual
  • Medicaid Manual Research
  • Commercial payer research
  • Common Contractual Language in Commercial Contracts
  • Ways to Stay Current

Module 4: Prepayment Claim Reviews/Audits

  • Overview of prepayment reviews
  • Automated Prepayment Reviews
  • Prepayment Non-Medical Record Reviews
  • Prepayment Medical Record Reviews 

Module 5: Postpayment Claim Reviews/Audits

  • Establishment of postpayment claim review/audit process
  • Postpayment claim review/audit overview
  • Postpayment Non-Medical Record Reviews
  • Statistical Sampling and Extrapolations
  • Postpayment Medical Record Reviews 

Module 6: Medicare FFS Claim Appeal Process

  • Initial Determinations
  • Reopenings and Overlap with Appeals Process
  • Level 1 Appeal Process: Redetermination
  • Level 2 Appeal Process: Reconsideration
  • Level 3 Appeal Process: Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing
  • Level 4 Appeal Process: Medicare Appeals Council
  • Level 5 Appeal Process: Judicial Review in U.S. District Court 

Module 7: Commercial Audit and Appeal Process

  • Audit Overview
  • Appeal process
  • Strategies for Appeals
  • Common appeal levels

Module 8: No Surprises Act Appeal Process

  • Overview of the No Surprises Act
  • Qualifying Payment Amount
  • Good faith negotiation
  • Arbitration

Module 9: Drafting and Constructing an Appeal Letter

  • Overview of common elements of appeal letters
  • Specific items to address in an appeal letter
  • Structure of an effective appeal letter
  • Identifying proper sources

Course agenda/outline is subject to change.

Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this Boot Camp, participants will be able to: 

  • Articulate the appeals process and related regulations
  • Define key steps in the appeals process up to the Administrative Law Judge level
  • Describe common causes of Medicare denials
  • Design policies and practices to support compliance, reduce denials, and expedite appeals
  • Examine denied claims to select appropriate appeals
  • Equip denials and appeal staff with effective and efficient strategies to effectively review and respond to denials and appeals
  • Conduct research necessary to respond and effectively draft an appeal
  • Articulate the common commercial contractual clauses that impact audits and appeals
  • Construct a solid appeal letter and the necessary components to include in appeal letters

Continuing Education

This program has been approved by the AAPC for 15.25 continuing education hours. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by AAPC of the program content or the program sponsor.


This program has been approved for 15.25 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 15.25 continuing education unit(s) (CEUs) for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Granting of Approved CEUs from AHIMA does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program provider.

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

This activity is available for 15.25 nursing contact hours.

The Compliance Certification Board (CCB) has approved this event for up to 19.2 CCB CEUs. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this program content or of the program sponsor.

This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 15 hours of continuing education credit to CCM board certified case managers.


This program has been approved for 15.25 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.

Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version


What is the focus of the Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version?
The Medicare Boot Camp—Denials and Appeals Version is an intensive, two-day course on Medicare denials and appeals  management, covering the Medicare claims review process, types of audits and how providers should respond to them, and the different levels of the appeal process. The goal of the course is to provide participants with a sound understanding of the audit, denial, and appeal process, including the payer perspective, based directly upon current regulations.

Where is the course offered?
Open registration sessions are offered at various locations around the country, typically at mid-priced business hotels such as HYATT Place or Hilton Garden Inn. For a current schedule of upcoming open registration courses, click on "Locations/Dates" above.

Does HCPro offer an on-site version of this Boot Camp?
In addition to our open registration courses, we offer this Boot Camp as an on-site program (with a substantial discount) for organizations that have a number of employees who need training. For more information on hosting an on-site Boot Camp, click on Host an On-Site Course.

What if I need to cancel or transfer my registration?
To view our cancellation policy, click here.

Who typically attends the Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version?

  • Revenue cycle directors and managers
  • Revenue integrity directors, managers, and staff
  • HIM directors, managers, and staff
  • CDI directors, managers, and specialists
  • Compliance directors, officers, and auditors
  • Business office managers
  • Case management directors and managers
  • Case managers
  • Utilization review staff
  • Utilization management staff
  • Physician advisors
  • Audit directors and coordinators
  • Auditors
  • Appeal coordinators
  • Patient financial services directors

What material does the course cover?
To view the course outline, click on "Course Outline" above.

Does the course require any previous experience or training?
No. The course starts with Medicare fundamentals and does not assume that participants have any particular background or experience. However, because of the fast-paced nature of the course, it is recommended (but not required) that participants have at least one year of experience working in a hospital.

How is the course taught?
The course is taught using a combination of lecture, class discussion, and hands-on exercise/case studies.

What do I need to bring to class?
When you arrive at class, you will receive an extensive notebook of course materials. In addition, please bring the following to all classes:

  • A highlighter
  • A notebook for taking notes
  • Sticky notes/flags
  • A pen/pencil

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 us at 800-650-6787 or email

Medicare Boot Camp®—Denials and Appeals Version

Things to Know Before Attending Class

Directions and Hotel Information

The hotel address, phone number, URL, room rate, and room rate cut-off date are posted on our website at The hotel websites give detailed directions to the hotel as well as information about the location. Please call the hotel directly to make a room reservation. Be sure to identify yourself as an HCPro Boot Camp participant. Please be sure to make your reservation before the cut-off date. After the cut-off date, contact the hotel to determine room availability and rates. 

Course Materials

When you arrive at class, you will receive extensive workbooks containing the class materials utilized throughout the Boot Camp. The workbooks will be yours to keep, so plan accordingly in allowing enough room in your luggage on the return trip home. Workbooks may also be shipped from the hotel at your own expense. 

Classroom Time

It is an understatement to say that this course is intense. Other than breaks, we will be in class from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both days of the course. There will be about a one-hour lunch break each day. If the class gets behind, class may run later than 5:00 p.m.  


We will take about a one-hour break for lunch each day. Although we typically provide coffee in the morning and drinks and snacks in the afternoon, everyone is on their own for lunch. Note that many hotels do not have restaurants on-site. If you are flying to the course, we generally recommend renting a car. 

What to Bring to Class

We recommend you bring the following to all classes:

  • Highlighter and pen/pencil
  • A notebook for making your own notes
  • Sticky Notes/flags

Use of Laptop Computers or Electronic Devices

Our instructors demonstrate where to find many resources on the CMS website. If you have access to a laptop or tablet, you may bring it to class to follow along, but you may wish to consider the power and wireless needs of your device. Many conference rooms do not have plugins situated conveniently to the tables, so you may wish to ensure you have sufficient battery power. HCPro does not purchase group wireless access for the conference rooms, but many hotels provide free wireless access. You may wish to confirm your connectivity options prior to arriving at the hotel. Please be courteous in your use of electronic devices. Use of electronic devices should not disrupt the class or disturb other participants. HCPro is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices. Maintaining the security and safety of your device is your responsibility. Cell phone use during class is strictly prohibited. 


Business attire is not necessary. Please dress comfortably. Also, we find that the classrooms are sometimes on the cool side, even during the warmer months. You may be more comfortable if you bring a sweater or sweatshirt in case you get cold. 

Copyright Protection of Course Materials

You will receive a complete copy of our course materials at the beginning of class. The materials used were custom designed by our company specifically for use in connection with this course. We have invested a tremendous amount of time, money, and effort in developing, refining, and maintaining these materials, and they are protected by copyright laws. Course materials may not be duplicated. You may use the materials  in direct connection with the course or (ii) as a personal reference in your day-to-day work. No claim is asserted to any U.S. Government, American Medical Association, or American Hospital Association works included in the course materials workbook.  

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

For our cancellation and transfer policy, visit our website:

COVID Safety

Simplify Compliance and HCPro place the highest priority on the safety of our guests. Simplify Compliance and HCPro will continue to monitor the COVID-19 environment and the recommended guidelines and will communicate adjustments to any on-site policies and procedures.

Contact Information

If you have any question about the Boot Camp program, please contact: 

Customer Service
(800) 650-6787 phone 
(800) 785-9212 fax


We Look Forward to Having You In Class!