Curriculum: Medical Coder

July 01, 2022
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Self-Paced and Customized Scheduling

Program can be customized to fit your schedule and pace. Part-time and Full-time options are available to all students. Program accepts students 3 time per year (Spring, Summer or Fall). Self-paced online orientation is required after acceptance in to the program.

Healthcare Applications and Computer Skills

Students that have transfer credit for three (3) credit hours of BIT 1013C with a C- or higher will be exempt from the Computer Skills Test. Students that have transfer credit for three (3) credit hours of HCMT 2015 will also be exempt from the Computer Skills Test and from retaking HCMT 2015.

Those that do not have transfer credit will take a Computer Skills Test during their online orientation to assess their knowledge of computer programs. Students that do not score an 80% or above on the Computer Skills Test are strongly encouraged to enroll in BIT 1013C (Introduction to Software Applications). Students that pass BIT 1013C will be more likely to succeed in HCMT 2015. BIT 1013C will give students a more comprehensive overview of computer programs that will be explored in more detail in HCMT 2015.


Medical Terminology for the Health Professions

This course is designed to introduce the student to medical terminology, including roots, prefixes,and suffixes, with emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. The course consists of the basic rules for interpreting, constructing,and spelling medical terminology. The course includes common terminology, definitions and pronunciations for prefixes, suffixes, general body terms, and body system terminology. Each bodysystem lesson includes terms for anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, radiology, procedures, and tests. Emphasis is upon learning word roots, prefixes and suffixes and how they are combined toform medical words.

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Freshmen level course, 3 undergraduate credits. This course discusses the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body, basic current medical information on common clinical disorders encountered in the health field, the nomenclature used in describing anatomy, physiology, and disease of the human body, and the etymology of key terminology. This course is designed for students enrolled in programs of Emergency MedicalProfessions, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, and Human Services and Social Work. (Not for biology majors)

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology Lab

This laboratory course accompanies Introduction toAnatomy and Physiology (BIOL1015). Activities provide a deeper and practical understanding of the basic principles of human anatomy and physiology. Many of the activities utilize laboratory simulation software. Topics include histology, blood analysis, skeletal muscle physiology, nerve impulse physiology, respiratory mechanics, chemical and physical properties of digestion, cardiovascular dynamics and endocrine physiology. This course was designed for students enrolled in Health Information Systems, Medical Assisting, Multi-Skilled Health Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology (not for biology or nursing majors). Co-requisite: BIOL1015.

Foundations of Pharmacology

This course will introduce students to the names and uses of the major classes of drugs. The purpose of this course is to develop a foundation for health professionals on how drugs work, potential interaction, and risks and benefits of Rx drugs.

ICD Medical Coding I

This course provides a comprehensive understanding and application of ICD-CM (International Classifications of Diseases - Clinical Modification). Official coding guidelines are used to accurately assign ICD-CM codes to diagnosis statements. Medical documentation is reviewed for accuracy and completeness and assigned ICD-CM codes are evaluated for accuracy. Classification systems and diagnostic/procedural groupings are discussed and compared.

Health Information Ethics

This course covers legislative and regulatory processes, legal terminology, and medical professional-related and medical practice-related ethical issues. Topics include confidentiality, privacy and security policies, procedures and monitoring; release of information policies and procedures; and medical ethical issues. This course consists of a discussion and case review of codes of ethics, patient's bill of rights, medical malpractice cases, and legal and ethical issues for health care workers. The course will exam the most controversial and important issues in modern medical ethics.

ICD Medical Coding II

This course provides a comprehensive understanding and application of ICD-PCS (International Classifications of Diseases - Procedure Coding System). Official coding guidelines are used to accurately assign ICD-PCS codes to procedural statements. Medical documentation is reviewed for accuracy and completeness and assigned ICD-PCS codes are evaluated for accuracy. Diagnostic/procedural groupings are evaluated for accuracy.

Healthcare Applications

This course covers electronic health information systems and their design, implementation, and application. Topics include voice recognition and imaging technology, information security and integrity, data storage and retrieval systems, data dictionaries, modeling, and warehousing to meet departmental needs. Planning, design, integration, testing, evaluation and support for organization-wide information systems will be explored. The principles of ergonomics and human factors in work process design will be reviewed. This course also covers communication and internet technologies as well as common software applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics.

CPT Medical Coding

A course that provides a comprehensive understanding of CPT (Current Procedural Terminology). This course focuses on the coding rules for the CPT coding systems and then applying the rules to code patient services.

Health Insurance and Billing

This course covers the foundations of insurance and billing include a review of the types of healthcare payers, a determination of covered patient services and the completion of different types of claim forms. The importance and application of the revenue cycle will be discussed. Claims submission and follow up are covered. Compliance and ethical standards are discussed.

Advanced Coding Applications

Advanced medical coding using ICD and CPT coding principles, conventions, and updates as they apply to accurate coding of complex medical/surgical cases with emphasis on case studies. Government regulations and changes in health care reporting will be examined. Computerized encoders and groupers emphasized. Topics covered also include other clinical classification/nomenclature systems in use such as SNOMED and DSM.

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