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Course Syllabus: Coding Gastroenterology Workshop

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Course Description

The primary focus of this self-study course is medical coding on the Digestive System utilizing the ICD-9-CM and CPT coding manuals.  Medical Terminology pertaining to the Digestive System is also reviewed to educate the student on the Digestive System. 

Procedures and surgical instruments are discussed in the lesson to help the student advance their knowledge when coding Gastroenterology procedures. 
The experienced coder will gain additional knowledge in Gastroenterology and Colorectal specialty coding, both in ICD-9 and CPT.  

ICD-9 and CPT scenarios are provided for coding diseases and disorders of the Gastroenterology and related procedures (CPT 40000 series).  
For the less advanced student, it is a course that would help gain knowledge of coding guidelines as implemented in the coding industry and to build confidence and speed when assigning codes.  This a great way the novice student to practice on their speed in preparation for a coding certification.

Course Requirements/Materials

It is recommended but not required that the student have prior experience in medical coding or  has taken a prior coding class. Although current coding manuals are required when applying life scenarios, it is acceptable to use a CPT Coding Manual and ICD-9-CM Coding Manual that is two to three years old. A Medical Dictionary or on-line medical dictionary is recommended for this class.

Course Objectives and Goals

The Gastroenterology Coding Workshop is a course designed to familiarize students with the coding system and to introduce a coder to a step beyond when coding for Gastroenterology. All terminology provided will help the student achieve knowledge when coding from documentation provided by a physician.

Course Organization

Medical Terminology, ICD-9-CM Coding Guideline Review, CPT Coding and Guidelines, The Gastroenterology procedures and Instruments used, and a review of commonly coded procedures in the field of Gastroenterology. Applying codes to the CMS-1500-claim form is also discussed in the lesson material.

Grading Policy

At the end of this course, the student must complete the coding answer quiz which consists of coding assignments and questions pertaining to the Digestive System. The student must score 70% in two attempts in order to pass this course. All other tests and assignments are necessary prior to taking the coding answer quiz, but scores do not affect the final grade. Students not meeting attendance requirements will be dropped from the class.


The Instructor assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this course and reserves the right to make adjustments in this course to better meet the needs of the student.


Reproduction in whole or in part of without written permission is prohibited.

CPT (Coding Manual)

CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define digestive system medical terms.
  • Know coding rules and conventions.
  • Demonstrate CPT Coding procedures.
  • Define procedural terms and describe surgical instruments.
  • Demonstrate competency in Gastroenterology CPT Coding, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Assignment 1_Medical Review100
Test 1_Word Parts100
Assignment 3_CPT Section Structure100
Test 2_CPT Coding Scenario Pre-Test100
Test 3_CPT Coding and Guidelines90
Assignment 4_Digestive Procedures & Instruments25
Test 4_Surgical Instruments100
Assignment 5_The Colonoscopy-
Exam 6_CPT Coding Scenarios100
Exam 5_Coding Scenario100
Total Points:815
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