Cruise with Coverage Analysis Teachers

As a Cadet, you will be learning how to navigate the coverage analysis ship and ensure a safe, efficient billing operation. Receive an eight-week online course on performing coverage analysis according to Medicare rules with Coverage Analysis Distance Education Tutoring (CADET).

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Course Description

This online course will be delivered through a user-friendly platform containing pre-recorded lectures and readings. The enrollee will listen to the lectures, read the assignments, and complete homework each week. Homework will be due each week and grow in complexity as the course moves on. Each enrollee will receive feedback on his or her assignments. During some weeks the homework will involve quizzes, while other weeks will involve the creation of documents in Excel and Word. Homework will be uploaded to the learning platform directly to the instructors and not provided or discussed in a group session. Instructors providing feedback may request the enrollee to revise homework assignments before moving on to the next assignment.

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Course Instructors

Kelly Willenberg, DBA, RN

Kelly Willenberg, DBA, RN

Ryan Meade, JD

Ryan Meade, JD

Chris Conway, JD

Chris Conway, JD

Chris Longspaugh, PharmD

Chris Longspaugh, PharmD

Part 1

Part 1 of the course will involve an introduction to the concepts of clinical research billing coverage analysis and basic Medicare program coverage principles.

Part 2

Part 2 will teach enrollees to build a “grid” sufficient to support a coverage analysis. Enrollees must complete three successful “grid builds” (one drug or biologic study, one device study, and one cancer study)

Part 3

Part 3 will teach application of Medicare rules for coverage analysis and students will apply coverage principles to the three grids the students’ completed during Part 2.

Course Requirements


A strong internet connection

Zoom capability

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Enrollees must successfully complete analysis of each of the three grids in order to finish the course and receive their Certificate. Each week will include a 1 hour Zoom discussion with classmates and at least one of the instructors, often two instructors.

The course will assume the students are working from the perspective of clinical research conducted in a hospital setting. While many of the principles discussed in the course will apply to physician offices and other settings, the most complex setting for clinical research billing is a hospital. Accordingly, the course will examine the hospital setting, and when appropriate also discuss professional fee billing.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course, an enrollee will receive a Certificate of Completion of Coverage Analysis Training.

Enrollment will be strictly limited to 12 people so that adequate personal feedback can be provided to homework assignments and to limit the size of the weekly live hour class discussion.

november, 2020