Medical Coding

Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management

 

NEW: Students enrolled in the Health Information Management program now receive free Student Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), plus a voucher for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam included in their tuition.

 

What is Medical Coding?

Medical Coding is the practice of assigning codes to diagnosis and procedures which help in financial reimbursement from insurance companies, government agencies and private companies. Observations, medical interventions and treatment outcomes are assigned a code, recorded and stored, often digitally. Medical coders are tasked with interpreting and recording this data in an accurate and detailed manner, so that it may be used in filing insurance claims and medical billing. Health Information Management encom­passes many technical processes and devices all geared toward digitizing medical data accu­rately so that it can be distributed to organizations such as insurance agencies, medical research facilities, pharmacies and other doctors.

Why pursue a career in Medical Coding?

The advancement of medical technologies has promoted the number of medical tests, treatments and procedures performed by healthcare providers. Scrutiny of these medical records by regulators, insurance companies, consumers and courts continues to increase. Trained coding specialists help patients and physicians get their claims filed though accurately by applying detailed records management skills. The Federal government has set a goal for all Americans to have electronic health records by 2013, which will create nearly 5 million new health care jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Demand for Medical Coding Specialists

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for Medical Coding Specialists is expected to grow much faster than the average. Job prospects should be very good, particularly for technicians with strong computer software skills.

 

Overview

The Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management with a concentration in Medical Coding is a comprehensive, undergraduate associate degree program. It provides 60 semester credit hours of instruction, 20 of which are devoted to laboratory work. Computer based training is used each semester to enhance learning. Day and evening students receive 20 hours of instruction per week for 4 semesters (60 weeks).

Degree Award

Students completing this program will earn an Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management with a concentration in Medical Coding.

Outline

Typical Course Outline
Associate of Occupational Science in Health Information Management: Medical Coding
MC201 Info & Comm Tech for Healthcare Professionals 3
MC202 Professionalism in the Medical Environment 3
MC208 Reimbursement Methodologies 3
MC209 Health Info Systems & Data Content 3
MC210 Medical Law, Standards & Ethics 3
Total Semester Hours 15
MC206 Basic ICD Coding 3
MC202 Basic CPT & HCPCS Coding 3
MC208 Applied Anatomy & Physiology 3
MC209 Medical Terminology 3
MC210 Introduction to Coding 3
Total Semester Hours 15
CO301 Diagnosis Coding 3
CO302 Procedure Coding 3
CO303 Reimbursement Methods & Regulatory Guidelines 3
CO304 Healthcare Compliance, Legal & Ethical Issues 3
CO305 Data Quality & Management 3
Total Semester Hours 15
CO306 Heath Information Documentation 3
CO307 Guidelines & Reporting for Acute Care (Inpatient) 3
CO308 Guidelines & Reporting for Outpatient Services 3
CO309 ICD Coding for Physician Offices 3
CO310 CPT & HCPCS Coding for Physician Offices 3
Total Semester Hours 15
Totals:

Lecture: 40 Semester Credit Hours

Lab: 20 Semester Credit Hours

Needed to Graduate: 60 Semester Credit Hours

Semesters may be offered out of the sequence shown.

Objectives

Medical Coding is the practice of assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures which help in financial reimbursement from insurance companies, government agencies and private companies. Every time a patient receives health care, the observations, medical interventions and treatment outcomes are recorded and stored, often digitally. Medical Coders are tasked with interpreting and recording data, filing insurance claims, medical billing for insurance purposes, and ensuring coding accuracy through audit.

This program is designed to provide quality training in the essentials of Health Information Management with an emphasis on Medical Coding. Coursework includes Diagnosis & Procedure Coding, Reimbursement Methods and Regulatory Guidelines, Healthcare Compliance, Legal, & Ethical Issues, Data Quality & Management, Health Information Documentation, Coding (Inpatient), Coding (Outpatient), ICD Coding for Physician Offices, CPT & HCPCS Coding for Physician Offices, Data Guidelines for Reporting, and the skills needed to obtain entry-level employment and experience growth in the medical field.

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