BHAT™ (pronounced ‘bat') stands for “Bubble, Highlight and Annotate Technique“. This is a proprietary system created by Laureen Jandroep in 1999 that uses bubbling, highlighting and annotation techniques to help students quickly find key answers in their manuals during the open book CPC® exams.
Instead of flipping back and forth between pages where the guidelines are, the answers are right next to the codes when a student takes the board exam. Students have stated the BHAT™ system gave them the confidence they needed to pass the exam. Another plus: the BHAT™ system helps coders in their day to day coding work after the exam as well!
Until 2016, the technique was formerly referred to as “Bubble and Highlighting” or “Bubbling and Highlighting” by hundreds (and possibly thousands) of medical coders in the industry. Going forward, CCO will refer to this as the BHAT™ system or BHAT™ method.
The BHAT™ system is explained inside the BHAT™ Cave. This special membership area is part of the CCO Club. Students that are currently enrolled in the products listed below will also have access to the BHAT™ Cave since the CCO Club is included with their purchase. Once access expires to the products listed below, continued access can be purchased by joining the CCO Club.
- (PBC) Physician Based Medical Coding Course for CPC® Prep
- (FBC) Facility Based Medical Coding Course for COC® Prep
- (RAC) Risk Adjustment / HCC Coding Course for CRC® Prep
- (PBMA) Physician Based Medical Auditing Course for CPMA® Prep
- (PBB) Physician Based Billing Course for CPB® Prep
- (PPM) Physician Practice Manager Course for CPPM® Prep
- ICD-10-CM Course (Diagnostic)
- ICD-10-PCS Course (Inpatient Procedural)
- CPC® Review Blitz (20 Hour)
- CCO Club (Basic, Essentials and Professional)
I was in Laureen's first coding class in Spring of 2000. We had classes at the Smithfield Inn Hotel and Resort in the evenings. It was a small class and we really had a great time.
It was here that Laureen taught us how to highlight, bubble and take notes in our CPT to make it easy to find codes. I was the student who had to make sure all my lines were ruler straight and highlighting was color coded. Notes had to be just right. We all had good laughs at my perfectionism.
The important thing was this bubbling and highlighting method Laureen developed was a rather ingenious process that not only made it more effective to pass our coding exam but made it easier to become an efficient coder in the real world.
Until my work took me out of the day to day coding, the bubbling and highlighting method I learned from Laureen was something I continued to reproduce every year when I received my new CPT manual.
On the job my CPT garnered a lot of attention with the coders who themselves found the lines, highlighting, markup and notes super helpful. Many asked me how to teach it to them and I was happy to do so.
Ironically, when Laureen's company started growing and she needed more help, I became one of her first hired instructors teaching the very same class and same BHAT™ method I learned from her.
Over the years Laureen has taught this same method to thousands of other students but I always smile fondly knowing I was one of the first to learn it.
I tried BHAT™ for the first time and I am proud to say that it helped me to pass the CPC exam after many unsuccessful tries! It is all about prepping, getting ready and preparing for the exam. BHAT™ is a powerful weapon that helps you to save time and cut your test taking time from 90 minutes up to 2 hours. You will not regret it once you try it!
I do use the BHAT method in my coding books. Every year I take the time to bubble, highlight and add notes next to the codes in my new books. Other coders have commented on all the notes and markings in my books. It is well worth the time, as it saves me time every day in my coding job and increases my productivity and accuracy. Thanks Laureen!
I was looking for a way to pass the exam after not passing it twice. I found Lauren and decided to follow her method of BHAT ™. I know with being ADD that I would never have passed without it.
I think the most important purchase I have ever decided to make was buying the Blitz videos and learning the BHAT method. It will help me on my exam as well as every day coding at my current employers.
I heard about this through a class taught by Laureen in Las Vegas at an AMBA Conference. I think I had heard about it earlier, but never got to hear the whole story before. I used this technique to pass the CPC exam in 2010. It took me about 3 months to do my book and it was very worth the time and effort. For me, I think it was THE factor that helped me pass the exam on the first try.
OMG!!!! It saves some much time taking the exam finding the information you need. If it were not from BHAT™. I would had never ever passed. Now when I look at my CPT book you can find information faster.
I took the Christiana Care Health sponsored CPC coding course in Newark, Delaware. It was such a comprehensive course and I was so confident when I sat to take my test. I worked very hard studying and using BHAT in the coding manuals but it paid off – I finished the test with plenty of time to spare and passed the first time. I know that Laureen's method of teaching is the very best that I could have even taken and I still find the teaching methods of CCO to be very effective for me. I took Alicia's ICD-10 Blitz and passed the ICD-10 exam the first time also. I highly recommend CCO courses for anyone that wants to begin in the coding field or to further their education in coding.
Although I can't recall for certain where I found out about CCO and the BHAT method, it was probably on Create a Coder (Facebook group). I was looking for a prep course to help me sit for the CPC exam, and the Blitz videos and the BHAT method looked like just what I needed.
Following along with the videos and then bubbling and highlighting in my manual may seem like a lot of work, but it was well worth it. I learned so much just by going through the process, and it made it so much easier and quicker to find the answers when exam time came.
I have to say, without a doubt, that CCO's BHAT method is the best one out there. I've taken other prep courses to help me sit for certification exams, and this one prepared me the best. I didn't walk out of the exam center wondering why there were questions on there that I had never even heard about.
I passed the first time, and I have to say it was all because I was prepared well. Thanks so much to CCO. and the BHAT method.
I first stared bubbling and highlighting in 2012. Immediately I knew this was the best path for me (and you)! The organization has only gotten better with time. The growth has produced many new coders. The business is growing but Laureen”s desire to share this incredible method with people is still the foundation…. same as in 2012.
For anyone who thinks the fees are high then check out other places like the AAPC. It is easy to know that the bottom line plays a lot into their business decisions….it certainly does not cater to students. Please do not get me wrong, the AAPC is a wonderful organization. However it does not work like the blitz!
I became disabled and quickly had to change my career. I've worked in various aspects of medicine for over 40 years. Coding seemed a logical application for my experience, especially with the big changes occurring in ICD. I studied and studied but still felt unprepared until I stumbled on Laureen's BHAT™ system on line. I immediately started applying her system to my CPT and ICD manuals and gained confidence.
I passed my certification on my first attempt with her assistance!!!
I plan to continue using this system each year as it helps me learn coding
I first heard about the BHAT in 2013 when looking for study resources to help me study for the CPC exam. I had taken the CPC for the first time and didn't pass. I was disappointed and looking for additional resources to help me study. I watched all the Blitz videos online and used the concept to mark my CPT book. After taking the exam again in 2014 I passed my CPC exam with less stress and time to spare.
I am currently taking one of the courses available at CCO and I love this technique for my coursework. Also, I work as a remote medical coder in a high production roll , and marking my books helps with my daily coding job. I plan to continue to use the BHAT method every year it has truly made a difference in my coding career.