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CPT Coding for Beginners

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Course Description

This self-study medical coding course will emphasize the rules and guidelines on the CPT coding manual.

The course benefits those who work or want to work in the medical field whether it be as a medical biller, medical coder, medical collector, or medical office administrator. 

The class format is designed to help the beginner coder learn and understand the concept of coding using the CPT-4 coding manual.

The course is designed to help the experienced coder gain additional knowledge and  practice on their speed in preparation for the coding certification exam. 

Coding scenarios are provided to help the student continue his/her knowledge in the field of medical coding.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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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.
  • Modifiers, Sections, and Symbols of CPT

    This lesson will cover modifiers, sections, and symbols found in the CPT manual.
  • Evaluation and Management CPT Section

    This section of the CPT manual contains coding guidelines for medical office visits, consultations, nursing home, home visits, etc.
  • 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.
  • Surgery and the Surgical Package

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Urinary 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Course Title: CPT Coding for Beginners
Course Number: 7550018
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional (Novice Level)
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
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $129.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $154.00

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, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Assignment_Intro to CPT Coding SystemsAssignment100
Exam/Intro to CPT CodingExam100
Assignment_Modifiers, Sections & Symbols of CPTAssignment100
Exam/Modifiers-Sections and Symbols of CPTExam100
Assignment _Evaluation & Management SectionAssignment100
Exam/Evaluation & ManagementExam100
Assignment_Anesthesia SectionAssignment100
Exam/Anesthesia SectionExam100
Basic Elements of the Surgical PackageExam100
Assignment_Integumentary SystemAssignment100
Exam/Integumentary SystemExam100
Assignment_Musculoskeletal SystemAssignment100
Exam/Musculoskeletal SystemExam100
Assignment_Respiratory SystemAssignment100
Exam/Respiratory SystemExam100
Cardiovascular SectionExam100
Assignment_Digestive SystemAssignment100
Exam/Digestive SectionExam100
Exam/Urinary SystemExam100
Assignment_Male and Female Genital SystemsAssignment100
Exam/Male & Female Genital SectionExam100
Assignment_Maternity SectionAssignment100
Exam/Maternity SectionExam100
Assignment_Nervous SystemAssignment100
Exam/Nervous System SectionExam100
Assignment_Radiology and Pathology SectionsAssignment100
Exam/Radiology and Pathology SectionsExam100
Total Points:2800

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