Primary Care Primer - Coding for Primary Care

2019 Edition 

A self-paced CD-based continuing education course
Preapproved for 18.0 CEUs by AAPC for Core (CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM) and CFPC, CPEDC, CIMC, CEMC Specialties

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Who should take this course? 

  • Physician coding and billing staff

  • Physician practice managers

  • Medical billing companies

  • CPC and CPC-H certification holders fulfilling AAPC annual CEU requirements


Primary Care Primer: Coding for Primary Care is a comprehensive CD-based interactive course. This self-paced CD course provides in-depth coverage of the guidelines, coding, and documentation requirements for services a primary care provider might deliver. Primary care providers include those in family practice, general practitioners, and internal medicine. Sometimes pediatricians and gynecologists are also considered primary care providers.


This course is available in the traditional CD-ROM media, or our exclusive Cloud-CD™ format. With Cloud-CD™ format, your computer won’t need a CD/DVD drive to run the course, but you will need access to the Internet. The image of the CD is stored “in the cloud”, so you can access course content using a browser on your system. Click here for more information on Cloud-CD.


Click here to view sample slides from the course (also requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)


The self-paced nature of the course allows you to work at your own pace. This is also an excellent way to satisfy the continuing education provision of the compliance plan of a physician practice or third party billing firm.


This course has been pre-approved for 18.0 Continuing Education Units from AAPC, for credential holders. CEUs can be applied to Core (CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPB, CPPM) and CFPC, CPEDC, CIMC, CEMC specialty credentials. If you also hold an AHIMA credential, you can earn 18.0 CEUs upon submission. So for a reasonable expense, you’ll be able to tune up your knowledge and fulfill a large portion, if not all, of your annual CEU requirement!


Here’s a sampling of what Primary Care Primer: Coding for Primary Care covers:

  • Chapter 1 – Scope of Primary Care
    Review of what primary care provider services include, patterns of over- and under-coding, Modifier 33, and how primary care providers evaluate their time.

  • Chapter 2 – The Office Visit
    Discussion of E/M office code visits, preventive care services, when to report E/M service based on time instead of level of care provided. The process of choosing an E/M code.

  • Chapter 3 – Preventive Medicine
    Define services and review of codes, time factors, diagnosis coding for these services, and when not to report preventive medicine codes.

  • Chapter 4 – Prolonged Services
    Review of prolonged service, codes, and time factors. Prolonged threshold times, companion codes, and documentation of prolonged services.

  • Chapter 5 – Integumentary System
    Acne treatment procedures, incision and drainage services, excision, debridement, paring/cutting, skin tag removal. Nail repair, removal and debridement. Wound repair, suture removal, and burn treatment services.

  • Chapter 6 – Musculoskeletal System
    Fracture and dislocation treatment and codes (for upper and lower extremities). Types of fracture treatments. Coding a fracture code vs. E/M code. Cast and strapping guidelines, incision and debridement involving bone, and foreign body removal involving muscle or tendon.

  • Chapter 7 – Ears, Nose, and Throat
    Services covered in this chapter include nasal hemorrhage, foreign body removal, ear infections, cerumen removal (including defining impacted cerumen).

  • Chapter 8 – Pulmonary
    This chapter includes discussion of spirometry, lung function testing, inhalation treatments, and patient education.

  • Chapter 9 – Immunizations, Venipunctures
    Immunization and administration guidelines, age specific venipunctures, and blood collection.

  • Chapter 10 – Digestive System
    Drainage procedures involving mouth and stomach tube procedures.

  • Chapter 11 – Women's Health
    Uncomplicated maternity care and delivery, antepartum and post–partum care, fetal stress and non-stress tests.

  • Examples, case studies, practice questions, review quiz with immediate audio and visual feedback


To run Primary Care Primer: Coding for Primary Care on your computer, the CD-ROM option requires a PC with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, or later, and a CD-ROM drive. The Cloud-CD™ option is compatible with either an Apple Mac or a Windows PC.


Make your selection below of Course Media Option and Additional User License if needed. Quantity can be adjusted in the shopping cart.


Price (CD-ROM): $535, plus S/H (NY State residents add 8.0% sales tax)

Discounted CD-ROM price (25% savings!) for AAPC and AHIMA members: $398 plus S/H and applicable sales tax


AAPC/AHIMA member price for Cloud-CD™ version (Internet access to course content): $358, no S/H, but NYS sales tax if applicable.


Additional users: For this course, we offer user licenses for additional users sharing the same CD-ROM or Cloud-CD, for only $90 each additional user. Must be purchased at the same time as the CD. A great way for significant savings when multiple users can share the same CD.

(Adjust quantity in cart if desired.)

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