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Medical Billing and CodingClassroom Training
Would you like to become certified but don’t want to spend 4-months taking the on-line classes? Come to the Medical Association of Billers PowerWeekendTM and take all required classes and the certification examination over a single weekend! When you pass the exam on Monday you will leave a Certified Medical Billing Specialist® or Certified Medical Reimbursement SpecialistTM and have your certification in hand!

It is impossible to teach you everything about medical billing and coding in a single weekend; however you will receive a solid foundation on which to build your billing and coding knowledge and you will gain sufficient knowledge to pass your certification exam and be successful in your career!

This class is intended for people who are new to medical billing or in need of a basic refresher class.

In order to sit for the CMBSTM or CMRTTM examination you must be a current member of the Medical Association of Billers. You can take the PowerWeekend™ as a non-member for educational purposes and receive a Certificate of Completion.

CMBSTM / CMRTTM PowerWeekend™ Schedule

April 22-24, 2017
Test Monday 
Las Vegas United Healthcare - Optum Building
2716 N. Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV  89128

To Register call MAB at:702-240-8519
April 29-May 1, 2017
Test Monday
Costa Rica

Space is limited - Register by
April 7, 2017

Hotel Bougainvillea
Contiguo a la Escuela,
Santo Tomas, Santo Domingo, 40302
Costa Rica

To register call MAB at 702-240-8519
 October 21-23, 2017
Test Monday
 Las Vegas
United Healthcare - Optum Building
2716 N Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, NV  89128

To Register call MAB at: 702-240-8519
 Fall Date pending
 Costa Rica

pre- register

Hotel Bougainvillea
Contigo a la Escuela
San Tomas, Santo Domingo, 40302
Costa Rica

Pre-register early by calling 702-240-8519 or email:

The class schedule is 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Monday Review and Exam in the afternoon.

Please bring a calculator, ICD-10 and CPT manual with you to class.

At the PowerWeekend™ you will learn:

Introduction to Medical Office Insurance
  • Billing Process - From the time the patient enters the doctor's office through claim payment
  • The importance of a provider's financial policy
  • Sample forms evaluation - superbill, patient intake sheet...
  • Place of Service Codes
Medical Terminology 
  • Medical Terminology Basics - Prefix, Root, Suffix
  • Ways to memorize and conquer medical terminology
Introduction to ICD Coding
  • History
  • ICD-9 Vs ICD-10
  • Benefits of ICD-10
  • Format
  • Placeholders
  • 7th digit
  • Guidelines and Conventions
  • Types of Excludes
  • The Coding Process
  • Hypertension
  • External Causes
  • Drugs and Chemicals
  • Z Codes
  • Importance of ICD/CPT Linkages
Introduction to CPT Coding
  • Brief History
  • Sections of CPT Manual
  • Format and Conventions
  • Symbols
  • Guidelines
  • Appendix
  • Index
  • Modifiers
  • E/M Codes
Insurance Carriers
  • Definitions
  • BCBS Vs Commercial
  • Government Plans
  • HMO
  • PPO
  • Workers Compensation
Proper Billing and Coding of Medicare Claims
  • Guidelines
  • Par Vs Non Par
  • CCI Edits
  • Parts of Medicare
  • Medicare Appeals Process
How to Complete a CMS-1500
  • Required Fields
  • Establishing Medical Necessity
Claim Resolution
  • Reading and Evaluating an EOB or RA
  • Writing successful letters of appeal

The Medical Association of Billers now offers two certifications.  The CMBS includes coding and is intended for someone working in the back or front office.  The CMRT includes medical terminology and no coding.  It is intended for someone new to medical billing looking to work in the front office.

Changes to the PowerWeekend™
Over the years the most overwhelming suggestion was to make the CMBSTM Power Weekend longer so starting in 2015 the PowerWeekend will now be 2.5 days.  Saturday and Sunday we will cover all of the information on the exam and Monday will be the review and 2-hour exam.

What is included in the PowerWeekend™ program fee?
The Power Weekend includes all class materials, the CMBSTM Final Exam, and coffee breaks. Please note lunch is on your own.

What is the program fee?
The CMBS™ PowerWeekend™ training is still only $450 for Association Members ($500 for non-Members). Costa Rica training add $100. You must be a member to sit for the Certified Medical Billing Specialist® Exam. Non-members can take the PowerWeekend™ and receive a Certificate of Completion.   Now there are 2 ways to take the exam. 
  1. Take the exam on Monday after the PowerWeekend™ and the cost is only $50 (normally $199)
  2. Take the exam within 30 days of the PowerWeekend™ at a Proctor Site and the exam is $100.
This way there is no stress.  If you are not ready to sit for the exam, you have an additional 30 days!

Overseas PowerWeekends™ are only $550 ($600 for non-members)!
Call for more information or email Liz at

Test Out
If you possess the knowledge and would like to take the certification exam only, you may test out on Monday at the PowerWeekend and not attend the entire weekend. The cost to test out is $199. You must be a member of the Medical Association of Billers to sit for the exam. For more information on the test out please go to: Test Out Procedures page.

Wear layers of clothing to maximize your comfort. Casual to business casual is appropriate.

Networking Opportunities
You will have ample opportunity to touch base with provider's offices and billing centers from around the country.

Attendance is on a first come first serve basis, so reserve early. Your seat is guaranteed once payment is received.

Don’t Delay ~ Register Today!
  1. Click here to make a payment via our secure shopping cart.  (Please call for Costa Rica)
  2. Click here to mail with payment.  

For information on joining the Association, press Association Membership.

PowerWeekend™ Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing via mail, fax or e-mail to Medical Association of Billers. All cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the seminar will receive a refund minus a $100 administrative fee.

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