Online Class: CPT Coding for Beginners

Learn how to properly use CPT in this beginner medical coding course.

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  • 26
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  • 4,297
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  • 20
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Course Description

In-Depth Medical Coding: Navigating the CPT Landscape

Medical coding stands as the cornerstone of the modern healthcare system. It's the bridge between medical practitioners and insurance agencies, ensuring that healthcare providers are compensated appropriately for their services. With a robust foundation in the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding manual, professionals in the medical field can enjoy a seamless experience in medical billing, coding, collections, and office administration.

Our comprehensive self-study course offers a thorough exploration of the CPT coding manual, combining essential guidelines with real-world applications. It serves as a guide for beginners and a refresher for seasoned professionals, catering to a broad spectrum of learners.

Who Will Benefit? This course is meticulously crafted for individuals across various facets of the medical domain:

  • Aspiring medical billers and coders looking for a foundational grasp on CPT.
  • Medical collectors aiming for accuracy in their tasks.
  • Medical office administrators seeking efficiency in day-to-day operations.
  • Experienced coders aiming to refine their skills and boost their speed, especially when gearing up for the coding certification exams.

Course Highlights:

  • Intricacies of the CPT Code: Begin with the basics of the CPT coding system. This introductory module sets the stage, allowing students to get acquainted with the code's structure and significance.

  • Deep Dive into Modifiers, Sections, and Symbols: Go beyond the basics by understanding the nuanced differences and critical markers within the CPT.

  • Comprehensive System Reviews: Engage in systematic learning from Evaluation and Management to Radiology and Pathology sections of the CPT. Each section is accompanied by assignments and netlinks to provide an immersive experience.

  • Scenario-based Learning: Contextualize theoretical knowledge with real-life coding scenarios. This ensures not just rote learning but a practical understanding of the application of codes in various medical contexts.

Course Breakdown: Each module of the course is tailored to offer a granular understanding of the various sections of the CPT:

  1. Introduction to the CPT Coding System: Foundation of CPT and its relevance.
  2. Modifiers, Sections, and Symbols of CPT®: Decoding the intricacies of CPT.
  3. Evaluation and Management CPT® Section: Navigating patient interactions and services.
  4. Anesthesia CPT® Section: Grasping codes related to sedation and pain management.
  5. Surgery and the Surgical Package in CPT®: Understanding procedural coding nuances.
  6. General & Integumentary CPT® Section: Delving into skin and related systems.
  7. Musculoskeletal System CPT Section: Codes for bones, muscles, and joints.
  8. Respiratory CPT Section: Learning codes for lung and airway procedures.
  9. Cardiovascular CPT Section: Delving into the heart and blood vessels.
  10. Digestive System CPT Section: Codes for gastrointestinal procedures.
  11. Urinary System CPT Section: Navigating renal and urinary procedures.
  12. Male and Female Genital CPT Section: Understanding reproductive system codes.
  13. Maternity CPT Section: Emphasizing childbirth and maternal care.
  14. Nervous System CPT Section: Unpacking codes for neurological procedures.
  15. Radiology and Pathology CPT Sections: A look into diagnostic procedures and laboratory tests.

Whether you're starting your journey in medical coding or refining your expertise, our course promises a transformative experience. Dive deep into the world of medical coding, unlock opportunities, and set yourself up for success in the dynamic world of healthcare. Join us and steer your career in the right direction with a command over CPT coding!

Course Motivation

In the world of medical services, there are thousands of procedures performed on patients for diagnostic or surgical reasons. Medical services or procedures include physical examinations, laboratory studies, x-ray studies, surgical procedures, intravenous and intramuscular injections of drugs, and so on. 

In the beginning, the billing process involved sending a bill to the patient or to an insurance carrier. The physician (also referred to as provider) charged a service, such as an office visit, at a dollar amount. The dollar amount was handwritten on a superbill (charge ticket) and typed on the patient's statement. The biller would proceed to type the charges on an insurance claim form. 

This method worked for a time, until third-party payers became involved in the payment process. The process grew too fast, and it became too difficult to keep up with how and what to pay for a procedure or service.

A system was created to describe the procedures by code numbers. Each code describes a procedure and the billing using these codes, which became the source for the current system used today, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT).

The CPT Code

CPT is a set of codes that identifies a description of a procedure or service. CPT began in 1966 and was published by the American Medical Association (AMA). The five-digit code is a way of communicating to an insurance company, a patient, or a physician, what service or procedure was provided to a patient.


It does not have any value if it is not linked to an ICD-10 (diagnosis) code. This process is known as "medical necessity." The code also has to match the place of service. (Read the first page of the CPT manual regarding "Place of Service."

It is extremely important to have current coding manuals in the medical office. Annual updates are made, and not having a current version of the coding manuals can cause the practice reduction in pay if the wrong CPT code is billed for the service, if the place of service does not match the five-digit CPT code, or if the service is not medically necessary.

The CPT Index

The index in the CPT coding manual is located in the beginning or the end of the coding manual, depending on the edition that is purchased.

When searching for a CPT code, always begin in the index. The search can begin with the name of the procedure (such as endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy), the organ (liver, heart), system or body site (such as the colon), the name of the condition (Colles fracture), a synonym, and eponym, or an abbreviation (such as ECG or EKG). The Index is located in the back part of the CPT coding manual.

A specific code, or range of codes, in the CPT index guides the coder to locate the procedure or surgery that was done. For instance, if the index indicates the five-digit CPT code and a comma, the coder would review each code provided. If a hyphen is indicated between two codes, the coder would review each code, beginning with the first code, up to the last code.

Do not code directly from the index. The codes are to be assigned from the main body of the CPT manual. Remember the rule: index first, confirm second. After locating the code in the index, double-check the code and the description in the main body of the CPT manual.

Description of CPT Codes

Stand-alone codes are referred to as "parent" or "root" codes. Indented codes are found in the CPT coding manual following the parent code. Special attention must be paid when reading the description of the CPT code. The codes are divided into distinct types of services. As we move on through the lessons, you will learn about parent codes and indented codes.

CPT Guidelines

Each section of the CPT manual contains guidelines for the specific chapter. Read and become familiar with the guidelines prior to coding. Important information is listed in the guidelines and becoming familiar with the guidelines will help you make sense out of coding.

During the course of this class, the student coder will be required to study and research medical terminology and procedures. The class will offer a quick overview of medical terminology as it pertains to the coding scenarios that will be provided throughout the course. However, it is highly recommended that you take both Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology from UniversalClass.com before starting this course.
 
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Course Lessons

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Introduction to the CPT Coding System

Information about medical care is exchanged with the use of a numerical system, called a CPT code, which translates into the description of a medical service, procedure, or service. Additional lesson topics: Introduction to CPT Coding Part 1; Introduction to CPT Coding Part 2; Understanding Medical Necessity 105 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?; Test your Knowledge; Test your Knowledge; Test your Knowledge; Test your Knowledge; Test your Knowledge; My understanding of this assignment; CPT coding Manual; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Assignment_Intro to CPT Coding Systems
  • Assessment: Exam/Intro to CPT Coding

Modifiers, Sections, and Symbols of CPT®

This lesson will cover modifiers, sections, and symbols found in the CPT manual. 112 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Modifiers, Sections & Symbols of CPT
  • Assessment: Exam/Modifiers-Sections and Symbols of CPT

Evaluation and Management CPT® Section

This section of the CPT® manual contains coding guidelines for medical office visits, consultations, nursing homes, home visits, etc. * Please note * The Evaluation & Management Section has many updates for 2023. This lesson covers the codes from the 2023 CPT® coding manual. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?; Grading Poll Question
  • Assessment: Exam/Evaluation & Management

Anesthesia CPT® Section

Anesthesia procedure codes are reported using CPT® codes beginning with "0". In addition, other codes are used for reporting anesthesia services provided under unusual circumstances. This lesson also covers the anesthesia modifiers. Additional lesson topics: CPT Anesthesia Section Guidelines and How-To Coding Video 110 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Anesthesia Section
  • Assessment: Exam/Anesthesia Section

Surgery and the Surgical Package in CPT®

Information on the Surgery Section and the Surgical Package are provided in this lesson to help the student apply the information when coding from the Surgery Section of the CPT® coding manual. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Assessment: Basic Elements of the Surgical Package

General & Integumentary CPT® Section

The General & Integumentary System consists of subheadings to include skin, nails, repair, destruction, and breast. Subcategories include incision & drainage, excision, paring, and biopsy. Additional lesson topics: CPT Integumentary Section Guidelines and How To Part 2; CPT Integumentary Section Guidelines and How To Code Part 1; CPT coding for Repair Codes; CPT coding for Removal of Skin Tags 10 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_ Integumentary System Coding Assignment
  • Assessment: Exam/Integumentary System

Musculoskeletal System CPT Section

Understand and apply coding guidelines found throughout the Musculoskeletal System in the CPT coding manual. Familiarize yourself with how the codes are arranged. Additional lesson topics: CPT Musculoskeletal Section Guidelines, and How To Code Video 85 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Musculoskeletal System
  • Assessment: Exam/Musculoskeletal System

Respiratory CPT Section

This lesson will cover the Respiratory section and guidelines. Some of the procedures covered in the lesson will include nasal endoscopy and bronchoscopy coding. Additional lesson topics: CPT Respiratory Section Guidelines and How To Code Video 110 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Respiratory System
  • Assessment: Exam/Respiratory System

Cardiovascular CPT Section

The cardiovascular subsection contains procedures involving the heart, pericardium, arteries, and veins. Codes for cardio procedures found in the Medicine Section will also be discussed in this lesson. Additional lesson topics: CPT Cardiology Section Guidelines, and How To Code Video; CPT Cardiology Section Guidelines, and How To Code Video 100 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Assessment: Cardiovascular Section

Digestive System CPT Section

This lesson will focus on common procedures of the Digestive System, such as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, endoscopies and hernia repair. The guidelines will also be reviewed. 100 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How woul you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Digestive System
  • Assessment: Exam/Digestive Section

Urinary System CPT Section

This lesson will cover coding and guidelines for the Urinary Section of the CPT manual. Coding tips are provided for coding procedures from this section. Additional lesson topics: CPT Urinary and Male Genital Section Guidelines and How-To Coding Video 10 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Assessment: Exam/Urinary System

Male and Female Genital CPT Section

Specific codes are assigned when reporting procedures on the anatomy of the male and female. Coding tips will be provided to assist the coder Additional lesson topics: CPT Female Genital and Maternity Section Guidelines and How-To Coding Video; CPT Urinary and Male Genital Section Guidelines and How-To Coding Video 105 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Male and Female Genital Systems
  • Assessment: Exam/Male & Female Genital Section

Maternity CPT Section

Maternity Care and Delivery coding and guidelines are discussed in this lesson. Understanding the Obstetric Package is important when coding from this section. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Maternity Section
  • Assessment: Exam/Maternity Section

Nervous System CPT Section

The Nervous System section contains subsections that describe diagnostic and therapeutic procedures from the nervous system. CPT coding involving the brain and spinal cord will be discussed in this lesson. Additional lesson topics: CPT Endocrine and Nervous System Section Guidelines, and How To Code Video 100 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?
  • Complete: Assignment_Nervous System
  • Assessment: Exam/Nervous System Section

Radiology and Pathology CPT Sections

This lesson will cover the Radiology and Pathology Sections of the CPT Manual. Steps to proper assignment of the CPT code for these sections are added as a guide to the novice coder. Additional lesson topics: CPT Radiology Section Part Several Guidelines and How-To Coding Video; CPT Radiology Section Part I Guidelines and How-To Coding Video; CPT Pathology and Laboratory Section Guidelines and How-To Coding Video Part 2; CPT Pathology and Laboratory Section Guidelines and How-To Coding Video Part 1 110 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this lesson?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Assignment_Radiology and Pathology Sections
  • Assessment: Exam/Radiology and Pathology Sections
1367
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define and describe the CPT Coding System.
  • Define and recognize Modifiers, Sections, and Symbols of CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Evaluation and Management CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Anesthesia CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Surgery and the Surgical CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Integumentary CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Musculoskeletal System CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Respiratory CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Cardiovascular CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Digestive System CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Urinary CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Male and Female Genital CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Maternity CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Nervous System CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Radiology and Pathology CPT.
  • Describe and demonstrate coding Medicine CPT.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: CPT Coding for Beginners
Course Number: 7550018
Lessons Rating: 4.3 / 5 Stars (2,839 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: January 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 2.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $170.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "This course was very helpful in learning the details of CPT coding. The video presentations as an aid in learning were also very useful." -- Debbie W.
  • "The instructor was clear and concise when I had questions. Encouraging to her students." -- Joline K.