Hi, there! I wanted to create a brief video to introduce myself and explain what these Blitz videos are all about. You most likely found this page by doing a search about taking one of the coding board exams and I know it’s a scary thing taking a board exam. It’s very, very intense. It’s not like a school exam that you would take where you can get and “A” or a “B”. It’s just pass or fail. But it’s very time-intensive, you have to go very quick and you have to know your stuff, and that’s really what this is all about.
My name is Laureen Jandroep, and I want to help you pass your board exam like I did. I specialize in the physician-based coding board exams like the CPC (Certified Professional Coder) and the CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist – Physician Based). But the material that I go over in the videos really can help you regardless whichever coding exam that you are preparing for. If it’s one of the hospital-based ones, you need this material as well in addition to some other resources, stuff about the payment aspect that isn’t covered in the physician-based exams.
I won’t bore you with my complete biography. I do have that on my website or my social networking pages so you’re more than free to look at that. There are some interesting stuff there, like, how I became a mother of four in less than a year’s time; and no, they’re not quadruplets.
I have been teaching medical coding in a full-time or part-time capacity since 1999. Basically, I have taken and passed many of the board exams: the CPC, CPC-H, the CCS-P, the CCS, and the RCC, so alphabet soup. I’m also an occupational therapist by training; that’s what I thought I was going to be when I grow up, and now I’m teaching medical coding. It’s funny how life works out.
I only maintain the CPC exam right now. Back in the day I used to teach full-time, and I took all of the certification exams so that my students could see that I felt their pain and knew what they were going to be going through and could understand the format of the exams. Not that I shared exact questions with my students but I could better prepare them because I knew what was covered. And actually even though I got my certification in 1999 (or ’98 I think), I actually went back recently and re-took it myself just to see how it’s changed over the years. That was very helpful and I share that experience in the Blitz videos.
Now, about the videos, these are basically a two-day recording of a live Blitz event that was actually done in Pittsburgh where a local chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders has me come out once a year, sometimes twice (thank you Pittsburgh) and I teach to their group. This particular group and these recordings for this year, they were taking the board exam the very next weekend, they told me that they felt that the title “Blitz” was very appropriate because they were very exhausted after the two days, because I cover everything, from the beginning of the CPT® book to the end.
In addition to covering the entire CPT® manual, I go into basically the highlights of ICD-9. I could do a whole two-day event on ICD, but there’s only 10-12 questions on the board exam; so I cover the real key stuff that you need for the physician-based board exams in addition to a little bit on HCPCS, five questions on the board exam for that.
The good thing about the videos, unlike the live event, is that number one, it’s cheaper, live event is normally more than what you’re getting these videos for. You can pause the videos (my husband would like to do that – [laughs]). You can re-watch the pieces that you feel you need to work on, or maybe didn’t quite get it the first time. If it’s a topic that you feel very comfortable with, just skip it; so that’s really the beauty of it. You can make it fit with your schedule; you can do it at your own pace. You obviously don’t need to sit there for two days and listen to me all at once. That is definitely a big advantage.
One of the other things I want to let you know about – and also there’s another video that you can check out with an excerpt of how I actually do it – it’s not me talking to you, like I am right now for twelve hours. I’m still talking but instead of seeing me, you’re actually seeing my coding manuals and my Power Point slides. That is a very, very effective, I feel, teaching method especially for this type of material because it’s an open-book exam; you can bring your manuals in with you.
So, my notes and the way – I have a technique that I’ll teach you called Bubbling and Highlighting. You’ll see the keynotes that I put in my book. These aren’t cheater notes that I go out and get from other resources, they’re really guidelines that were right within the manuals themselves, and I just jot them down in key strategic places where you will be looking when you take the board exam, instead of flipping back two or three pages where the guidelines are. They’re right next to the codes succinctly, so it jumps out at you what you need to know. And my students swear by it, they feel that that was a thing that just gave them the confidence that they needed to pass the exam and in their day-to-day coding. A lot of my students continue to bubble and highlight their manuals year after year. That alone is worth the price.
This year, they are available as an immediate download, or you can view them online, like streaming video. They used to only be available as DVD, but now people want it, like, now, now, now; we’re in the instant gratification, or their exam is next weekend and maybe they didn’t pass the first time, and they what these videos now. They can’t wait for the duplication service, etc., so that’s great.
As soon as you make your purchase, you will be taken to the member area where you can get access to the videos. You’ll have that access for 12 months, so that’s plenty of time to download what you want, or view them.
That’s really it for my little introduction. I did want to let you know that there is a sample video so you can see exactly how my PowerPoints look, how my document camera works, my teaching style. You can get kind of a feel for all that. And, I hope to have you as one of my coding Blitz students. Thanks for watching this video, and my contact information is going to follow next. Thanks!