AAPC Education Provider - Risk Adjustment CRC/HCC Course
AAPC Education Provider - Risk Adjustment CRC/HCC Course

Certified Risk Adjustment Coder (HCC) Course

A Complete “No-Fluff” Course That Will Teach You
The Core Essentials of Risk Adjustment AND
Prepare You For The CRC™ Exam

Our full length, 40-hour equivalent Risk Adjustment Course (formerly called the HCC Course) is not a weekly boot camp or webinar event. Our full course provides a complete online learning experience that will fully prepare you for the CRC Exam and a new career as a Certified Risk Adjustment Coder.

In addition to the core CRC training materials, we also provide access to certified CCO instructors and Blitz Reviews to make it even easier to pass the CRC Exam.

So are we the best Risk Adjustment Course on the market? We certainly think so. And after comparing our value-packed ‘extras’ and instructor support, we’re certain you will too.

Who Can Benefit From This Risk Adjustment Course:

  • New students looking to change careers.
  • Existing students enrolled outside CCO that require supplemental training.
  • Healthcare workers looking to switch roles at their workplace such as front office clerks, medical receptionists, case managers, medical records clerks, transcriptionists, schedulers, research coordinators, nurses, caregivers or similar roles.
  • Important Pre-Requisite: Students should have a solid foundation of Medical Terminology and Anatomy, Pathology, Pharmacology and ICD-10-CM knowledge. In addition, we strongly recommend having recently passed a medical coding course, possessing clinical or medical coding experience, or holding a relevant coding credential to properly learn the material.

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I cannot thank CCO enough for all of the hard work that they put into creating each course. I learned so much during the CRC course and I have been working on the MRA field for many years.

Schuyler Connell, B.S., CPC, CMRS, CPMA, CHPA, CSBI, CSPPM, CRC
BHAT® System Included

Includes The BHAT® System

BHAT® (pronounced ‘bat’) stands for “Bubble, Highlight and Annotate Technique“. This is a proprietary system, which is used in connection with our educational services, 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 AAPC 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! [Learn More]

This is Why Our Risk Adjustment (HCC) Course Outshines The Competition

Meet Your Certified Risk Adjustment Course Instructors

Chandra Stephenson
Chandra has over 13 years coding and auditing experience and holds many certifications through the AAPC and AHIMA. She is a National ICD-10 Trainer for AAPC and served as a representative for the Great Lakes Region on the AAPC’s 2013-2015 National Advisory Board. She offers extensive experience in centralized billing, family practice, cardiology, GI, mental health, anesthesia, and multi-specialty environments. She has worked as an adjunct college instructor in medical coding, a compliance auditor for one of the largest healthcare systems in Indiana, and as a Big 5 consultant. She is currently an independent consultant and enjoys teaching and finding ways to simplify the world of coding accuracy and education.

Chandra has two miniature dachshunds, Buster and Cozy. When she isn’t spending time with her family, friends, and pups, she likes to travel and loves discovering hidden gems in each city she visits.

Alicia Scott
Alicia ScottCPC, CPC-I, CRC, CCO Education Director
Alicia has been working with medical coding for almost ten years. Through the years she has held several jobs in the medical field from, CNA, EMT, Pharmacy technician and Medical Records Abstractor and Analyst. She joined the AAPC and became certified as a CPC® in 2011, a CPC-I® in 2013 and a CRC® in 2015.

Alicia lived in West Texas but has moved back to Missouri where her husband is attending Concordia Seminary. While in Texas she taught medical coding, billing and medical law and ethics at a private college. During her time in Texas she also did contract work in HCC Risk Adjustment and discovered she really enjoyed ICD work. Because she loves to learn, Alicia is working towards her Masters in Health Care Administration with an emphasis on education. Having taken many online classes through the years to complete her degree she feels very comfortable with both face to face and online learning. Alicia will tell you that not only does she love medical coding but she has a passion for teaching it.

Risk Adjustment Course Contents

Core Material

  • Risk Adjustment Basics

  • Common Administrative Errors and Processes

  • Clinical Documentation and Coding for Risk Adjustment

  • Clinical Documentation Integrity and Coding: Part 1: Topics A-C

  • Clinical Documentation Integrity and Coding Part 2 Topics D-M

  • Clinical Documentation Integrity and Coding: Part 3: Topics N-P

  • Clinical Documentation Integrity and Coding: Part 4: Topics Q-V

  • Developing Risk Adjustment Policies

Bonus Material

  • Practice Cases (Code It)
  • Practice Encounters
  • Internal Risk Adjustment Resources
  • External Risk Adjustment Resources
  • Crash Course Anatomy & Physiology Videos
  • External Medicare Resources


  • Amputations
  • Artificial Openings
  • Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVAs)

  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)

  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Fracture Coding

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • Hypertension & Pulmonary Hypertension

  • Malnutrition and Cachexia

  • Mental Disorder Coding

  • Myocardial Infarctions

  • Nephritis

  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity and Body Mass Index (BMI)

  • Osteoporosis

  • Renal Failure, CKD, Dialysis, and AV Fistulas

ICD10-CM Decision Trees

  • Coding Guidelines: ICD-10-CM Annotated by CCO
  • ICD-10-CM Coding Blocks
  • Coding Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Coding Diabetes
  • Coding Glaucoma
  • Coding Heart Attacks
  • Coding HIV
  • Coding Hypertension (HTN)
  • Coding MRSA/MSSA
  • Coding Neoplasms
  • Coding Pain
  • Coding Psychoactive Substance Use
  • Coding SIRS and Sepsis
  • Coding Sepsis Complicating Abortion, Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium

Wait! We’re Also Including These Free Bonuses

Once you’re learned the core material, we want to make sure you’re ready for the final certification exam.

That’s why we’ve included these additional bonuses worth $1,571 if purchased separately.

HCC Course Exam Prep by CCO

Risk Adjustment Review Blitz
($135 Value)

Once you’ve completed the full course, our Risk Adjustment Review Blitz is your next step. It will help you refine, refresh and review your knowledge of critical concepts in preparation for the exam.

ICD-10-CM Blitz by CCO

ICD-10-CM Review Blitz
($239 Value)

With over 20 hours of video training, our ICD-10-CM Review Blitz is the perfect way to refresh, refine and review critical concepts of ICD-10-CM coding.

Why CRC? Because Multiple Credentials = Higher Salaries

According to the AAPC, “salary data reveals that the more AAPC credentials you carry, the higher your salary.”

This means that acquiring a 2nd credential, could potentially increase your salary by $11,510.

A 3rd credential shows an average increase of $7,244. [Source]

Risk Adjustment CRC/HCC Salary 2nd Credential

How Does Our Risk Adjustment Course Compare?



Training Modules by CCO
Lecture Format Slides (with fun graphics to keep it interesting), Video of Instructor Speaking (so it feels like we are right in front of you) Slides with Instructor  Speaking
Length of Access 9 Months 4 Months Only
(Add $149.75 for 9 Months)
CRC Review Blitz
($179 Value)
ICD-10-CM Review Blitz
($139 Value)
ICD-10-CM Decision Trees
BHAT® Cave Included
($224 Value)
Live Student Support Calls
Student Support Hub
Personal Coach
Monthly Q&A Webinar
Payment Plans Available
Price $1,429
(9 Months Access)
$1,395 (4 Months Access)
$1,544 (9 Months Access)

Student Reviews: We Love Our Students, And They Love Us

The many CCO resources available through the CRC course (as well as many hours of study on my part) were the key to my success on the CRC exam.

I utilized only the AAPC course offerings to gain my CPC and COC certifications but found CCO’s courses to be far superior in presenting the material in multiple ways which enhanced and simplified learning for the student. I just wish I had found and used CCO’s courses for my earlier certifications.

Kevin Silvernail

Teachers were very knowledgeable. Loved having the recorded videos to watch as I am both a visual and auditory learner.

Chandra is the knowledge queen of everything in between. She knows Risk Adjustment, rules, regulations, history, etc backwards to forwards. Alicia knows Risk Adjustment very well too and does a great job talking about the Disease Process and how it factors into Risk Adjustment and what you need to look for in documentation in order to capture it.

Was able to complete the course in a little less than four weeks, studied here and there for two weeks and then sat for the exam and passed first try.

Catherine Hooker

So easy to listen to! I have reviewed a lot of courses for the coding industry and this by far is one of the most refreshing. The speakers are easy to listen to, engaging and so full of enlightening information. I found the CRC course refreshing as most teachers seem to be from the inpatient side and this is geared to be easy to pick up from either inpatient or outpatient backgrounds. I loved listening and found myself wanting to listen to more and more.

Merrilee Maddigan Severino

I love CCO! I have taken the COC and CRC courses. The video lectures and all of the other educational videos are priceless. I listen to them many times each. I absolutely have CCO as one of my daily coding resources and stops. I love all the visual learning tools that CCO provides and am very appreciative of all the hard work from the group. CCO will always be my main educational course spot!

Donna Watson

I started classes with CCO about 3+ yrs ago. Passes CPC and CRC first time. All my ICD 9-10 training here and updates since. They are such good teachers and so easy to understand. Don’t be concerned about taking their training. I’m now coding HCC!! Barbara Level BSN RN CPC-A CRC

Barbara Level

I LOVE CCO! I tell anyone and everyone I can about this site!!! Awesome stuff here!!! And without you I would have never passed my cco exam! Thank you everyone at CCO for everything and all you do!!!

Andrea Bertucci

I am doing the course in Risk-Adjustment… it is fantastic!

Anita Bhatia Higgins

If it was not for the fantastic CRC course, instructors and support of CCO, I would not have been able to pass the CRC exam. Thank you CCO! Ya’ll rock!

Tiffany Baca

Loved the CRC course! When I finished it I signed up for the CCO Club and since it gave me access to the courses I already completed I re-listened to all the lectures in the CRC course, then did the CRC Blitz and for good measure decided to do the ICD 10 Blitz to brush up on the guidelines. I highly recommend doing the CRC Blitz and the ICD 10 Blitz prior to taking the exam. Know those ICD 10 guidelines – such a huge part of CRC coding.


Very happy with the video lectures and student support. The BHAT® technique and the practices exams were a huge help! After a failed attempt with a previous class and struggling with another, this class structure was exactly what I needed. Passed my CRC on the first take!


Invest In Your Future Today!

Yes! Please I’d Like to Order The Risk Adjustment Coding Course”

I understand I’ll be receiving 9 months online access to the entire Risk Adjustment Coding Course” plus access to the Risk Adjustment Blitz and ICD-10-CM Blitz for a small one-time investment!

Risk Adjustment Course

  • One Payment Only
  • 24/7 Online Access
  • Risk Adjustment Review Blitz
  • ICD-10-CM Decision Trees
  • 19 PEARLS
  • Practice Cases
  • Anatomy & Physiology Crash Course
  • BHAT® Cave
  • Live Group Coaching Calls
  • Student Support Hub (SSH) Forum Support
  • ICD-10-CM Review Blitz
  • Private, One-on-One Coaching
  • 1 Welcome Phone Call, 4 Support Phone Calls
  • 9 Months of Access
  • Books/Manuals Not Included.See Required Books Here.

Risk Adjustment Course (4-Pay Plan)

  • Then 3 Payments of $392 Every 30 Days
  • 24/7 Online Access
  • Risk Adjustment Review Blitz
  • ICD-10-CM Decision Trees
  • 19 PEARLS
  • Practice Cases
  • Anatomy & Physiology Crash Course
  • BHAT® Cave
  • Live Group Coaching Calls
  • Student Support Hub (SSH) Forum Support
  • ICD-10-CM Review Blitz
  • Private, One-on-One Coaching
  • 1 Welcome Phone Call, 4 Support Phone Calls
  • 9 Months of Access
  • Books/Manuals Not Included.See Required Books Here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No, it is the student’s responsibility to purchase their own. Click here to see required books.

Yes. Students should have a solid foundation of Medical Terminology and AnatomyPathologyPharmacology and ICD-10-CM knowledge. In addition, we strongly recommend having recently passed a medical coding course, possessing clinical or medical coding experience, or holding a relevant coding credential to properly learn the material.

No, there are no CEUs included with this course effective Jan 17th, 2019. If you need CEU’s, please consider joining the CCO Club. https://www.cco.us/club/

No, we do not provide textbooks since many students prefer to shop around for the best deal on their own books. You’re welcome to see the required books inside our bookstore.
Videos can only be played while connected to a high-speed internet connection. We do not allow videos to be downloaded or played offline.
The courses are already complete and live. You can watch them immediately after ordering.

No. You will need to purchase the CRC exam directly from the AAPC website.

No, all the lessons have been pre-recorded by our Certified Instructor and will be available for replay via any modern internet-enabled device.
We recommend this course for certified coders but if you have a solid coding background you would be fine to take the course.  Keep in mind though that most employers seeking Risk Adjustment / HCC coders require them to hold some sort of coding certification like the CPC/CCS credential.

Due to the instant availability of internet-based training, CCO does not provide refunds or cancellations on any of our products including Courses, Review Blitzes, Practice Exams, Bundles, CEU Classes, Combos or CCO Club payments.

Since 1999, we’ve been proudly training thousands of students to help them pass their certification exams. If you feel the need to see examples of our teaching style, please visit our YouTube channel with hundreds of videos and over 2 million views. If you would like to read past student reviews on our products, you’re welcome to read through our hundreds of  testimonials.

System Requirements for Streaming Video

  • Our members area offers online streaming videos that are fully compatible with the newest web browsers from Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Older versions of web browsers will not work since they do not support HTML5 or modern video files.
  • CCO only supports the Chrome Web Browser which can be downloaded for free here.
  • We recommend a modern Computer, Laptop or Tablet and a high-speed internet connection to experience smooth streaming playback of our HD videos. Slower computers (pre-2010) and internet connections will result in choppy playback and browser errors.
  • Newer iPhones and iPads are fully supported.
  • Android devices are not officially supported, but students report the videos play well on them.
  • Finally, don’t stress the tech stuff too much. Our friendly support team is always here to help you on your medical coding journey.