Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

 ⇒ What is Regulatory affairs?

Regulatory Affairs or RA could be defined as a profession within regulated industries like as in Pharmaceuticals. It carries a specific meaning in the healthcare industry. It is also the government affairs that ensure stringent laws to protect the guidelines for public health. It applies for the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, agrochemicals, veterinary medicines, pesticides, cosmetics as well as complimentary drugs and medicines available and other life sciences areas of research and developmental working efficacy. It is also responsible safety of the products involved.

⇒ What is the significance of Regulatory affairs course?

Regulatory affairs has a significant impact for drug companies and its end-users, the patients. RA regulated way regulates as well the competitive environ for the time taken right from production of a drug till it reaches the retailers and lastly the patients in minimum time. It is worthwhile for the companies that are responsible for drug development and testing followed by the marketing procedure in an economic manner.

⇒ What is Pharmacovigilance?

The science and activities relating to the detection, evaluation, understanding and prevention of adverse drug reactions or any other drug-related problems. It applies for the pharmaceuticals, medical devices, veterinary medicines, cosmetics as well as complimentary drugs and medicines available and other life sciences areas of research and developmental working efficacy. It is responsible safety of the products involved.

⇒ What is the significance of Pharmacovigilance training?

Pharmacovigilance has a significant impact on assessment of drug safety in wide population. PV identifying new information about hazards associated with medicines, preventing harm to patient It is worthwhile for the companies that are responsible for drug development and testing followed by the marketing procedure in an economic manner.

⇒ What is Biostatistics?

The biostatics encompasses the methodology and theory of statistics as applied to problems in the medical sciences. Biostatisticians are trained in the skilled application of statistical methods to the solution of problems encountered in clinical research, pharmaceutical research pharmacovigilance.

⇒ What is scope of Biostatistics?

In Recent year’s biostatistics has become one of the most exciting areas of applied statistics. Biostatistics’ student have found careers involving teaching, research, and consulting in such fields as medicine, public health, life sciences, survey research, and computer science. Various organizations providing biostatistician service to clinical research industry such as quintiles, cytel, biocon, paraxel etc. if you are looking for higher pay after your graduation then put this course on top of your list as Indian industry suffering from huge shortage of biostatistician.

⇒ What is the significance of Biostatistics course?

In Biostatistics course we are providing extensive guidance of biostatics application. All students receive a balanced education, blending theory and practice. Student will get hands on experiments on wide range of software used in Biostatistics. There has always been a strong demand for well-trained biostatisticians; graduates have had little difficulty finding employment well suited to their particular interests which we are fulfilling through this course.

⇒ What is Clinical Research?

Clinical research is research that directly involves a particular person or group of people, or that uses materials from humans, such as their behavior or samples of their tissue.

⇒ What are the eligibility criteria to avail these courses?

The persons who would benefit from this course are Life science graduates as well as post graduates, PHDs, Doctors, Clinical professionals.

⇒ What is GPAT?

The Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT) is an annual all‑India examination conducted by All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, to evaluate candidates for admission of Pharmacy graduates into the Masters (M. Pharm) programmes.

⇒ How these professional courses are important for the job market?

Indian Healthcare industry is the new face in the global market among the fastest growing industries. Rise In global platform indicates that there should be highly efficient and dedicated professionals catering to the potential needs in the industry. These professional courses are hence a key factor to grow in pharmaceutical industry in most effective way.

⇒ How do pay the fees?

Fees can be paid by Cheque, through Demand Draft, by Bank transfer, using Credit card or simply by Cash.

⇒ Is there any provision to pay the fees in installment?


⇒ How do I start the classes?

Once you complete the registration process you are welcome to begin the course. The date of commencement of the ongoing session shall be announced when you would be expected for the initial orientation.

⇒ Can I have a look through the syllabus of the course?

Please find the course syllabi in details in course structure section.

⇒ Do you provide assistance for placement in the industry?

Based on the merit list students in EIPS are assured with 100% placement assistance. The pass outs would be provided with updated placement information through emails as EIPS prefers long term relationship.

⇒ Is EIPS a government institute?

EIPS is the education division of JVAG Pharma Consultant. It is a private institute currently not affiliated to any university. Courses offered by us are career enhancement training programmes.

⇒ Please provide the details for admission procedure

  • Prospectus with the Admission form and details is to be bought from Elite office at Pune location.
  • Duly filled up Admission form along with all the required credentials and details should be submitted within the stipulated time.
  • Confirmation of admission is only received once you have paid the fees for the opted course

⇒ How should I prepare for a medical coding interview?

Medical coders are generally hired by healthcare organizations, such as hospitals, clinics and Insurance companies for managing patient information and billings. Therefore, as an aspiring medical coder, you should be well familiar with the most commonly used coding systems, such as ICD, CPT, DSM, and HCPCS to be able to carry out your job well.

⇒ Why are you choosing a medical coding career?

Since medical coders need to be well-versed with anatomy, physiology and medical terminologies to be able to carry out their role involving entering, verifying, and updating coding and billing information, they need to have a certain level of interest in the medical field.

⇒ What is medical coding?

Medical coding is a process that involves the analysis of a patient’s clinical statements to translate them into standard universal alphanumeric codes as per the classification system. These translated documents are used by insurance companies in processing and reimbursing claims. Additionally, healthcare organizations, research organizations, and the government may also use this data for research.

⇒ What are the types of medical coding?

The three main types of medical coding are HCPCS and its 3 levels, ICD-10, and CPT. Medical coders have varying amounts of experience and knowledge in the three coding systems based on which one is predominantly used in the healthcare organization

⇒ What are the skills that a medical coder should possess?

Some of the major skills that a medical coder must possess are as follows-

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of medical terminologies, physiology, and anatomy. Common on different types of diseases and injuries, and the medical procedures that are highly useful for treating the respective diseases and injuries.
  • A medical coder should be able to read and understand patient charts as well as medical and surgical reports
  • Since coding conventions are central to the job of medical coders, they are expected to have a good understanding of the classification and coding conventions that are in use. Some common coding conventions include ICD-10 (International Classification of diseases), DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), and CDC (Centres for Disease Control and prevention).
  • They should also possess the skills to use computer-based and paper-based data management systems.
  • Good communication Skills to confer with doctors, Surgens, ettc
  • Have good attention to detail and the ability to multi-task
  • Have integrity as the medical coder is privy to confidential medical files of patients and other sensitive data
  • Focused and Driven

⇒ What are some common phrases used in clinical coding?

Certain phrases and jargon are used on a day-to-day basis and form an important part of a medical coder’s job, which are as given below- Abstraction – Determining a patient’s ailments with the help of the patient’s records, reports such as radiology and laboratory reports, and their operation notes among other documents. Assignment – Appropriate codes are determined for every procedure, and these codes are entered into the system. Review – The codes assigned are cross-checked for accuracy as to if they explain the condition of the patient and the treatment used. Review is crucial as it helps ensure all the documents are error-free before the data is submitted

⇒ What are ICD codes?

ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases, which was established by the World Health Organization (WHO). ICD codes were created to describe diseases, illnesses, injuries, and deaths. These codes have 5-7 characters, a combination of alphanumeric codes. They always begin with an alphabet. There are currently two components to ICD, which are ICD -10 CM (clinical modification codes for diagnostic coding), and ICD-10 PCS (procedure coding system for inpatient procedures performed). Version 10 is the 10th revision of the original ICD provided by the World Health Organization

⇒ What are HCPCS codes?

There are three levels in HCPCS or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding system, which are as follows- The American Medical Association manages Level I, which are a 5-digit number. These codes include CPT codes that help determine medical services and procedures that a physician or a licensed healthcare practitioner has ordered. Level II comprises 4-character alphanumeric codes with four numbers and an alphabet, which is used for identifying services, pharmacies, and products not used in CPT. Level III codes gave 5 alphanumeric characters, which begin with W, X, Y, and Z. When Level I and II are unavailable for diagnosis and specifying certain activities, we use Level III.

⇒ When are HCPCS modifiers used?

HCPCS modifiers are generally useful for providing extra information about the procedures and services that are used for a patient. These codes are added for specifying the area of the body, the number of procedures performed in a single visit, and the reason for discontinuation of the treatment.

⇒ What are DRG codes?

DRG is the acronym for Diagnostic Related Groups, which is used for classifying hospital cases into 500 set groups. DRG codes find their application only in inpatient claims spanning from the admission of the patient to their discharge. It is highly crucial to get these codes right and accurate as many insurance companies only consider the DRG codes when paying

⇒ What is the difference between ICD and CPT coding?

The International Classification of Diseases established by WHO is a globally recognized coding system used for describing and diagnosing different types of medical conditions. On the other hand, the Current Procedural terminology is a coding system used specifically for reporting medical procedures and services such as surgeries, diagnoses, laboratory reports, as well as radiology reports

⇒ What is the difference between ICD9 and ICD10?

ICD9 has 5 characters while ICD10 covers 7 characters. ICD10 has laterality that ICD9 lacks

⇒ How is medical coding used in the practical world?

Medical coding is useful in various situations, and it specifically has a financial aspect. Medical coding greatly helps insurance companies to understand how to pay medical claims, and it is also useful in the billing process. In addition to its financial applications, it is also a big part of studies and research pertaining to diseases and treatments. The medical coding data helps analyse the pattern of diseases in society, which helps governments understand how to come up with programs that combat these diseases

⇒ What is a “J” code in medical billing?

The ‘J’ code in medical billing is a part of the HCPCS code set which denotes medications administered non-orally and for chemotherapy drugs. The J code is generally a part of the HCPCS Level II Codes.

⇒ What are the common billing errors in medical coding, and how do you prevent them?

One of the common billing errors is not including an adequate level of information required by the insurance companies for processing a claim. Yet another error in terms of medical coding that is commonly found is entering the wrong costs or codes. Therefore, it is extremely crucial to review the codes and the documents before finalizing them

⇒ What are the methods for organizing bill payments?

Different offices make use of a different methods to organize bill payments, such as digital bill paying portals and paper systems. Therefore, medical coders should be proficient in handling both types of bill payment organizing systems.

⇒ What types of specialities in medical coding do you know?

  • E/M ED
  • Radiology
  • Denials
  • Pathology
  • Surgery etc.

⇒ Guidelines and tips for medical coders?

  • Code only what is documented
  • Report codes in the right order
  • Follow NCCI and MUI guidelines
  • Use appropriate modifiers

⇒ What is Medicare and Medicaid?

Medicare is federal health insurance for anyone age 65 and older, and some people under 65 with certain disabilities or conditions. Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that gives health coverage to some people with limited income and resources.

⇒ What is RCM?

Revenue cycle management (RCM) is the financial process, utilizing medical billing software that healthcare facilities use to track patient care episodes from registration and appointment scheduling to the final payment of a balance. When the patient visits to the hospital they will provide insurance details to the doctor and in return doctor will provide treatment to the patient and submit all the claim details to the insurance company and payers will process the payment to the doctors

⇒ What is AAPC and CPC?

The aim of AAPC(American Academy of professional coders) is to provide education and certification to coders working in physician-based settings. AAPC CPC (Certified professional coder) certification is more suitable for professional coding.

⇒ What is HIPPA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) lays out three rules for protecting patient health information, namely:
The Privacy Rule.
The Security Rule.
The Breach Notification Rule.

⇒ What is ABN?

An Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN), also known as a waiver of liability, is a notice a provider should give you before you receive a service if, based on Medicare coverage rules, your provider has reason to believe Medicare will not pay for the service. You may receive an ABN if you have Original Medicare, but not if you have a Medicare Advantage Plan

⇒ What are the 12 systems of the body?

They are Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Nervous System, Endocrine System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, and Reproductive System (Female and Male).

⇒ What is Modifier in medical coding?

A medical coding modifier is two characters (letters or numbers) appended to a CPT® or HCPCS Level II code. The modifier provides additional information about the medical procedure, service, or supply involved without changing the meaning of the code.


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