Certified Rheumatology Coder (CRHC™) exam

The CRHC™ is designed to provide a higher knowledge of coding and billing compliance for physicians,
fellows, practice managers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and coders/billers in rheumatology
practices. The course will allow applicants to be educated on CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS codes as well as
offer an understanding of how to properly bill to the highest level of specificity for procedures performed
in rheumatology practices.

Coders with sufficient experience and expertise in rheumatology coding are encouraged to prepare to sit
for the CRHC™ exam.

CRHC examinees will be tested on:

Reading and abstracting physician office and procedure notes to apply correct ICD-9-CM, CPT®, HCPCS
Level II, and modifier coding assignments
Evaluation and management (both the 1995 and 1997 Documentation Guidelines)
Rules and regulations of Medicare billing including—but not limited to—incident to, teaching situations,
shared visits, consultations, and global surgery
Coding of surgical procedures commonly performed by rheumatologists, such as trigger point injections,
joint injections, etc.
Medical terminology
Anatomy and physiology
Purpose of Credentialing

The purpose of the CRHC credentialing program is to:

Evaluate the level of knowledge demonstrated by rheumatology coders in a valid and reliable manner
Encourage professional growth in the field of rheumatology coding
Formally recognize individuals who meet the requirements set by the ACR and AAPC.


NCRS Presents The Certified Rheumatology Biller Course - Details

March 3(Wed), March 4 (Thur), March 5(Friday), 2010

Fremont Professional Park
3775 Beacon Ave, Suite 100
Fremont, CA 94538

ACR Registration Cost = $350/Physician Office without 2010 NCRS Membership

NCRS Members = $150/Physician Office
$150 = Covers the course fees and your 2010 NCRS Dues ($100)
Total Cost Savings = $300 for NCRS Members

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

12:00 Noon – Lunch Provided (Amgen)

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Medicare Billing Updates

5: 00pm - 5:30pm - Dinner Provided (Centocor)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Basic Rheumatology Billing Review


Friday, March 5, 2010

12:00 Noon – Lunch Provided (Genentech)

12:30 PM – 5:30 PM Certification Test


RSVP to norcalrheumatology@yahoo.com or call 510-791-1300 ASAP with the names of attendees.