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In a collaborative effort with the Jasmine L. Winston Educational Foundation and other Agencies, we are pleased to offer a Complimentary Certified Professional Biller (CPB) course to unemployed or underemployed eligible individuals that apply for our scholarship and are approved by our scholarship committee.

Program Information

Course Description: This course introduces the student to health insurance and reimbursement. In this course, the student will become familiar with the health insurance industry, legal and regulatory issues, and differences in reimbursement methodologies. The student will learn principles of medical billing related to proper claim form preparation, submission and payment processing, and the follow up process. This course is recommended for anyone who is preparing for a career in a medical billing department at a physician’s office, clinic, or similar positions. This course is strongly recommended for anyone who is preparing for AAPC’s CPB™ certification exam.

Prerequisites: None, no prior training/knowledge is required.

Course Objectives:

  • Review an introduction to healthcare from a medical billing perspective.
  • List a variety of health insurance models and how they affect medical entities.
  • Understand the legal regulatory considerations involved in health care reimbursement and collections.
  • Explain the process of a physician-based insurance claim including obtaining patient data, claim form completion, insurance carrier processing and payment received.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the three major coding manuals, CPT® , ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II, and apply medical necessity standards.
  • Explain the follow up process for A/R in a physician’s office, including the top denials by insurance carrier along with their appeals process.

Accreditation: Physician Practice Resources is an approved education provider through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). Visit the AAPC’s website: https://www.aapc.com/training/medical-coding-training.aspx

Employment/Salary: According to the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), the yearly average salary is based on the credentials you hold. To review the most recent salary survey, click here to calculate the average  salary you’d make, based on your credential, demographic, and job responsibility.

Job Placement: We do not offer Job placement services, nor can we guarantee employment, but we will provide a professionally designed resume and help you prepare for interviews.

Computer Requirements: Personal Computer, tablet, iPad, with High-speed Internet connection and Camera. 

Program Fees

The training portion of this program is being provided complimentary by Physician Practice Resources, Inc., however, each participant will need the following items:

  • AAPC Student Membership $90.00
  • American Medical Association (AMA) Coding Manuals $250.00
    • 2021 American Medical Association CPT® Professional Edition
      • ISBN: 978-1-64016-049-1
    • 2021 American Medical Association ICD-10-CM code book
      • ISBN: 978-1-64016-081-1
    • 2021 American Medical Association HCPCS Level II code book
      • ISBN: 978-1-64016-090-3
  • Certified Professional Biller (CPB) Examination $325.00

Note: Some participants may be able to secure outside funding to cover all or a portion of the course fees, which will be determined during the interview process.

Program Format (Completed in 16 Weeks)

  • Phase One (Medical Billing Curriculum)-12 Weeks
    • 2 hours per week of live (not recorded) sessions with a Certified Professional Coder (CPB)
    • 15 hours per week of independent study time (reading and homework)
  • Phase Two (Virtual Internship)-2 Weeks
    • 80 hours of activities that are performed by a daily CPB.
  • Phase Three (CPB Exam Review)-2 Weeks
  • Phase Four (CPB Exam)
    • 200 Multiple Choice Questions
    • 5 Hours and 40 Minutes
  • Phase Five (Career Planning)
    • Professional Biller Portfolio 
    • Professional resume created by our partner, Project Resume.
    • Mock interview with our Professional Billing Manager.

Methods of Evaluation

The instructional methods used include reading assignments, practice exercises and other assignments, audio/video lectures, chapter review exams, and a final exam. To receive a certificate of completion, students must successfully complete the course within the allotted time frame of 30 weeks. Successful course completion includes:

  • A passing score of 70% or higher on all chapter exams, multiple attempts allowed
  • An overall final course score of 70% or higher

No reduced hours in the course or discount for previous education or training will be granted.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Earn between $10,000-$30,000 per year (recently unemployed applicants will be considered)
  • Have a clean background
  • Be fluent in English and able to work legally in the United States
  • Commit to a rigorous training program
  • Have a HS diploma or GED
  • Eager to push yourself to the next level
  • Participate in a live 10 minute video interview with our scholarship panel via zoom
  • Pay a one-time fee of $655 for books, AAPC membership and CPB exam, once approved by the scholarship team.

Upcoming Courses

Start Date: March 1, 2021

Application Period: February 1, 2021 to February 26, 2021

Location: Live online via Zoom, sessions are not recorded.

Times: 6:00pm to 8:00pm Central

Days: Mondays

Please visit our website at ppr-corp.com/scholarship to apply.