I've bought Practicode-- now what?

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Recently, I bought Practicode directly through AAPC and now I feel stranded. As far as I can tell, there are no directions, no feedback, no information re how the grading system works (e.g., do I keep doing modules over and over until I get a high total score?), and other questions (when do I move on from module 1 to module 2, how long does it take to complete all of Practicode? Months?), etc. I wish I had bought it through codingcertification.org, because then I would have all sorts of resources from which to draw. I can still buy it from them, however I will need to spend another $299 and I simply don't have it. :(

To those of you pondering whether or not to buy it, I would strongly suggest you obtain it from codingcertification.org and not directly through AAPC.

Any input from Practicode users would be greatly appreciated.
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Response for Practicode

As far as my knowledge, after practicing practicode module, you have to give another test. Then they will remove your CPC-A title.
 
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Sorry to hear that you are having problems with practicode. This is not the first time I have heard about problems with practicode. If I get practicode, I'm going through codingcertifcation.org. It might be worth saving up for it again.
 

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I purchased the Practicode course and have finished it.
I would highly recommend this course, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was fun and very good practice.
I can tell you what I did and I had no problem at all. Of course you do whatever works best for you, I found this was good for me.
I started with Module #1 and worked all 200 questions in that module.
After I finished the first module, I started working on Module #2 and did 20 or 30 questions and then went back and did Assessment #1.
Then I continued working on Module #2, after I finished that 200, I started Module #3, again did 20 or 30 questions and then went back and did Assessment #2.
After I finished all of Module #3 questions, I did Assessment #3 and that is it. There is no big test at the end.
I don't think you can fail in this, it is just practice, but you will see that you will do pretty well on the Assessments and start to feel better about it as you go along.
After I finished the course I sent a copy of the badge I got for finishing the course to Jane Baldwin. I will receive my new certificate in the mail.
Don't get discouraged, just keep going and it will work out, and I'm sure you will do great!!
 

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Please call AAPC and talk to someone, they can explain to you how to work through the course. It is very easy to do. :)
 

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I purchased practicode and so far I am very happy with it. I work on a few exercises every night after work. I already work at a DR office and this practice really helps to reinforce what I have already learned.

The only thing I wish they would have offered was more specialized training for practicode. I work for a urologist and I have a hard time with some of the things like Musculoskeletal and OB.

Also, I am not really a FAN of the feedback and they show the answers because I do not feel like they give a focused explanation on the question at hand. Only a general overview response. I think that this would give the program SO MUCH MORE to teach with.

If you are having a lot of problems though I would contact AAPC for help or look to your local chapter for a "tutor" to work with. That could be a great resource for feedback. You can go back to all the previous exercises later to go over with them on what you missed and get great guidance.

Good luck to us ALLL!!!
 

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I forgot to add the following difference between AAPC's Practicode and CCO's: with AAPC, once you successfully complete PC's 600 coding questions, AAPC will give you the equivalent of one year's experience. So if you already have a year's experience and complete the Practicode, you will attain the status of CPC (and no longer CPC-A). This is not the case with CCO's-- you get much more help but completing it does not qualify you to the year's equivalent of experience, which to me, makes a huge difference!
 
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Very discouraged...practicode .... is a teaching tool. Where in the world are the instructions and teaching ???? Basics would be better than nothing what did I pay for? ??? Please point me in the direction as to what the link section is and explanation or example. Totally disappointed waisting time.
 

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Not everybody has tons of money to spend on everything AAPC tells you should be doing or purchasing. Right now, the hubby isn't working so I'm not buying something that's not proven to help me remove my "A."
 

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Does practicode come in ICD-9 or ICD-10

Got my CPC-A this summer and wondering if the Practicode cases are in ICD-9 or 10. I went to school for the last 2 years and learned on 10. I would hate if I got practicode now and it was in ICD-9. They do have a good deal if you renew your AAPC membership you get practicode for free
 
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Help understanding how to do Practicode

I am starting the Practicode after passing my certification test in July. What I don't understand is the "links" in the codes. What are these? As far as I can tell, there is no explanation of these, and how they should be chosen. Maybe I'm being stupid, but I need help on this. Can anyone tell me? Thanks!
 
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Practicode

I am starting the Practicode after passing my certification test in July. What I don't understand is the "links" in the codes. What are these? As far as I can tell, there is no explanation of these, and how they should be chosen. Maybe I'm being stupid, but I need help on this. Can anyone tell me? Thanks!

Kathleen, did you get a answer to your post? I was doing research before purchasing practicode via AAPC. I was interested in purchasing practicode because in the description it mentioned that a year would be removed.
 

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I am starting the Practicode after passing my certification test in July. What I don't understand is the "links" in the codes. What are these? As far as I can tell, there is no explanation of these, and how they should be chosen. Maybe I'm being stupid, but I need help on this. Can anyone tell me? Thanks!

My understanding is that it indicates which diagnosis code you're associating the procedure code with - that is, which diagnosis supports the procedure. For instance, if you take a patient with shoulder pain and a cough, you'd have two separate diagnoses, 1) pain in shoulder, and 2) cough.

If you did a shoulder x-ray, that would only link to 1, because the cough has nothing to do with the shoulder, so saying the patient has a cough doesn't provide a medical necessity for doing a shoulder x-ray. If you had an E&M service where both problems were addressed, you'd link that E&M service to 1,2 because both conditions support the service.

My best guess, anyway. Practicode is a bit opaque. :)
 

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Did you get an answer to your question?

I have recently just purchased practicode, but for some reason it is not allowing me to login. I was not given any instructions other than the receipt, any idea of what to do next???

Hi, I cannot log in to Practicode using Firefox. Practicode is not secure and Firefox blocks my login. I have to use Chrome browser. The problem with using Chrome is that the SilverLight plug-in doesn't work with Chrome. The SilverLight plug-in allows the E/M module to work in Practicode. The E/M assistant appears in Practicode and assists in calculating the E/M levels. Explorer may solve your problem, though I don't use Explorer for personal reasons about my trust in its security.

Hopefully, you received the link to the Practicode webinar, which is very helpful in learning how to navigate once you've logged on.

http://aapcstream.s3.amazonaws.com/Practicode_Coding_Cases.html

Best of luck!

Renee
 

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Very disappointed

I strongly agree with everything you have stated (ie.. buyers remorse, feeling stranded, etc)
They DO NOT offer support IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM, and am suffering the same "out of $299". The structure is set up very confusing and when you do ask for help - (which I still have never received a response; although they claim they did) IT IS NOT HELPFUL - and was never found in any of my emails. SO.... I call BS! Whoever is in charge of "helping" isn't even an actual coder for heavens sake! What is the point of that???
I have called and complained several times and spoken to several people apparently in charge and they all say once you "access - I.e. look at 1 case" you are not allowed a refund.
Obviously we are all new coders and will need some kind of guidance at some point or another. I have also done what I was told in the same conversation that I needed to write a letter the to head of AAPC. (Which I did - IN THE BEGINNING OF JUNE) I have yet to get a response - let alone a refund. LOL (glad I am not holding my breath!)

Bottom line:
I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THAT YOU WILL MOST LIKELY HAVE THE SAME ISSUES AND WILL EXTREMELY REGRET PAYING FOR PRACTICODE. I suggest you keep your $299 and/ or put it to better use. I.E. CodingCertification.org. I unfortunately, will just cut my losses and shell out another $299 (THanks , AAPC) I would much rather have help when needed (on my time, not when its convenient for them to respond by email by someone who does not even know how to code!) Plus, I have noticed more of a community when connecting with others in the same boat as me - hallelujah (Thank you sweet baby Jesus)
On another note, you are able to focus on all areas - not 20 questions per area. Plus, you are able to print out your accuracy in each specialty. I plan on using this to get hired and eventually getting my "A" removed.
 

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Honestly, if people can't figure out Practicode then maybe medical coding is not for you. I had no trouble using it and figured out pretty quick that each box was 1 point.

If it said you needed a score of 12 then you fill out 12 boxes. Units are usually 1, and the only time I've seen more than 1 is if it was conscious sedation.
 
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AAPC Practicode

You are pretty much on your own with Practicode with NO help with AAPC. When you call AAPC they just tell you that the Pacticode is put out by a private vendor and they ask you to call the vendor who is very unresponsive.
 
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Please call AAPC and talk to someone, they can explain to you how to work through the course. It is very easy to do. :)

No they don't. They just give you the vendors phone number and when you call the vendor their response is even worse. NO Direction , No Guidance , No Instructions.
 

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I have sent in two emails, and received fairly rapid responses. Here is part of the last one that covers some general information that may help some:





"For each case you will assign the CPT/HCPCS code in the column designated for CPT/HCPCS codes, in the next column you'll enter any modifiers that are required using the formatting indicated for those cases with multiple modifier requirements, the next column is the units that you want to report, then the next columns are for your ICD-10-CM codes. You will want to enter the ICD-10-CM codes that are relevant to the CPT code that you are reporting for that line. If you have more than one CPT code but only one ICD-10-CM code you will want to re-enter the ICD-10-CM code per CPT/HCPCS code lines. If you have more than 4 ICD-10-CM codes pick the top 4 for the service and report those.



As far as the amount of diagnosis codes to input:

****If you have more than four diagnoses, fill in the first primary codes and then leave off the rest.



EXAMPLE: If you have four regular diagnosis and one Z code or E code, code the 4 regular codes and then leave off the Z or external codes.



EXAMPLE: If you have only 3 dx codes, and one Z code or External code these would be in the 4th spot.



The dx codes are limited to 4 per CPT code. You need to use them in the same way that you would when you use the linking feature in your billing software. So when you have more than one CPT you would enter the dx codes that you want to be associated with that CPT code even if it is a repeat of the codes assigned to the first CPT code. This was done to mimic most billing software that limits the number of dx codes for each claim.

To know which 4 would give you full points you would want to review the answers listed in the answer in the module. You can review your answers in the modules as many times as you would like for as long as you have access to the course. FYI Coding tips

Actually, the first code listed is the code that links to the procedure. In this case all 4 ICD-10 codes were linked to the procedure, but it is essential that the first code is the reason/medical necessity for billing the procedure. Cannot code cellulitis as the reason for the infection has to do with previous surgical procedure. Cellulitis is coded when it is unrelated to previous surgery. It is coded when it is acquired such as a result from an insect bite.



(ICD-10-CM codes are entered in to link with each CPT code reported. Therefore some dx codes will be entered twice.)



Do not code anything that is not done by the physician, these are Professional Fee exercises, means that this is physician fee only.



Code ECG's and EKG's if is stated in the report that the physician interpreted, reviewed, and signed electronically below that statement that he had done so.



This is important:

Every listed CPT should be in Work RVU order. You can find this FREE calculator when you sign into your AAPC web page, and look for Resources at the top, and there will be a

drop down dialog box; and look for CPT RVU calculator. (Hint) Sometimes, a procedure code will be coded first before an E/M code due to the Work RVU's. When you fill it in, type in the cpt codes, making sure to put in 1 unit in the blank on the right of the code. Press calculate and it will show you the hierarchy of the codes. Code the highest RVU first and so on.

The modules are meant for practice only and the scores associated with these cases are not counted against you. This will not keep you from moving onto the assessments. If it does please let us know.

Also, at the top of the clinical report there might be further instructions by the statement, "Private Payer (Medicare for over 65 years) .....Sometimes we ask that you code the External

Cause Codes, and sometimes not. It can sometimes give you information on what the payer require from RT/LT or 50 modifiers.



Each CPT, Modifier, Unit, and Diagnosis code counts as 1 point.

Remember the Practicums are for "practice" for taking the 20 Question Assessments (which must be passed with at least 70%, you have 3 attempts)

After you have submitted your answer, you will see a button that says 'show your answers'. When you click this it will give you the case at the top, then scroll down and you will see your answers and the correct answers with the rationales next to them.



You will be required to complete ICD-10 Module 1 and then take Assessment 1. The modules are practice cases that you can only answer one time, but you are not required to pass these cases, only complete them. For the Assessments, these are 20 questions that need to be passed with a 70% or better, and you get up to three times to pass these. You would then go on and complete Module 2 and take Assessment 2, and so on. ***Please be aware, once you access the assessments you will need to complete all 20 exercises in one sitting. Once you have completed all 600 cases in the ICD-10 modules and passed all three assessments you’re A will be removed.

You will be required to complete ICD-10 Module 1 and then take Assessment 1. The modules are practice cases that you can only answer one time, but you are not required to pass these cases, only complete them. For the Assessments, these are 20 questions that need to be passed with a 70% or better, and you get up to three times to pass these.

You would then go on and complete Module 2 and take Assessment 2, and so on.

Please be aware, once you access the assessments you will need to complete all 20 exercises in one sitting they take approx. 3 hours 30 minutes. Once you have completed all 600 cases in the ICD-10 modules and passed all three assessments, please contact AAPC to update your account and remove your Apprentice status.





If you have any other questions on how to enter codes, please feel free to write to: www.practicode@aapc.com"
 
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Did you get an answer to your question?



Hi, I cannot log in to Practicode using Firefox. Practicode is not secure and Firefox blocks my login. I have to use Chrome browser. The problem with using Chrome is that the SilverLight plug-in doesn't work with Chrome. The SilverLight plug-in allows the E/M module to work in Practicode. The E/M assistant appears in Practicode and assists in calculating the E/M levels. Explorer may solve your problem, though I don't use Explorer for personal reasons about my trust in its security.

Hopefully, you received the link to the Practicode webinar, which is very helpful in learning how to navigate once you've logged on.

http://aapcstream.s3.amazonaws.com/Practicode_Coding_Cases.html

Best of luck!

Renee
I know this is an old post and you may not even see this but how do you get a link to the webinar? I have checked all emails and don't see one.
 
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