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Introduction to Medical Coding


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  • 17
    Lessons
  • 18
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 20
    Hours
    average time
  • 2.0
    CEUs
  • 3,855
    Students
    have taken this course
 
 
 

Course Description

The healthcare industry, complex and rigorous even for the most knowledgeable and thorough of professionals, requires that paperwork be submitted both in a highly accurate and very timely manner.

The area of healthcare involving the completion of paperwork outlining patients' billing histories and submission of them to the individual's insurance company for reimbursement is known as 'medical billing'. Within medical billing there exists the practice of 'medical coding' whereby codes are assigned to medical procedures and diagnoses in order to relay--in a universally accepted medical language--information to the insurance company or in some cases, governmental agencies and/or consulting firms.
 
Also known as 'insurance coding', medical billing/coding is viewed to be essential to the healthcare industry for it creates and maintains a single, unified language by which all (physicians, medical administrators, insurance companies, government healthcare officials) integrated parties are able to effectively communicate.
 
In this course, we're going to learn medical coding from the ground up. Whether you are new to medical coding, or already have experience, this course is written in 'laymen's terms' yet is comprehensive enough to help even seasoned medical coders.
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Coding

The healthcare industry, complex and rigorous even for the most knowledgeable and thorough of professionals, requires that paperwork be submitted both in a highly accurate and very timely manner. 200 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Medical Billing Class
  • Complete: Lesson 1 ~ Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 1

Lesson 2: Introduction to Diagnosis Coding

"Act or process of identifying of determining the nature and cause of a disease or injury through the evaluation and examination of a patient history's and the review of subsequent laboratory data." 100 Total Points
  • Review Article: RVU flashcards
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 2: Introduction to Diagnosis Coding
  • Complete: Lesson 2 ~ Assignment

Lesson 3: ICD-CM - What is it?

Introduction to ICD-CM coding. 200 Total Points
  • Review Article: Classification
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 3: ICD-CM - What is it?
  • Complete: Lesson 3 ~ Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 3

Lesson 4: ICD-CM Coding and Structure

Formally known as the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification, most within the healthcare industry tend to call it by its acronym, ICD-9-CM. 100 Total Points
  • Review Article: How to Use ICD-9 Codes
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 4: ICD-CM Coding and Structure
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 4

Lesson 5: Reimbursement

One of the primary purposes of medical coding, and subsequent billing, is to obtain a reimbursement from the third-party biller. 300 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Insurance EOB; Medical Billing Advocates; Coding Errors
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 5: Reimbursement
  • Complete: Lesson 5 ~ Assignment 2
  • Complete: Lesson 5 ~ Assignment 1
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 5

Lesson 6: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)

What is CPT? 100 Total Points
  • Review Article: What Are CPT Codes?
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 6: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 6

Lesson 7: CPT Coding and Structure

Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) as officially stated encompasses a set of codes, descriptions and guidelines used to distinguish medical procedures performed by physicians and additional healthcare providers. 200 Total Points
  • Review Article: Understand the Three CPT Code Categories
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 8: CPT Coding and Structure
  • Complete: Lesson 7 ~ Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 7

Lesson 8: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding

In this lesson we'll be exploring E/M coding. 200 Total Points
  • Review Article: E/M Coding
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 8: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding
  • Complete: Lesson 8 ~ E/M Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 8

Lesson 9: Surgery and Integumentary System Coding

In this lesson we'll explore surgery and integumentary system coding. 100 Total Points
  • Review Article: Code Changes
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 9: Surgery and Integumentary System Coding
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 9

Lesson 10: Anesthesia CPT Codes

Let's explore the anesthesia CPT codes. 100 Total Points
  • Review Article: Anesthesia Codes
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 10: Anesthesia CPT Codes
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 10

Lesson 11: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal Systems

Cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal are distinct in terms of their unique terminologies and special cases, they all share the commonality of having a range of codes correlative to anatomical surgeries. 0 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 11: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal Systems

Lesson 12: Radiology and Pathology Coding

We will now turn our attention to the two remaining CPT Manual subsections (outside of medicine and the appendices), those of radiology and pathology. 0 Total Points
  • Review Article: Radiology Images
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 12: Radiology and Pathology Coding

Lesson 13: CPT Coding Practice Problems

Within the CPT Standard edition, there are literally tens of thousands of individual CPT codes. Thus, while it would impossible and non-productive (as they change so frequently) to memorize all of the codes, it is a good idea to understand how the ma 0 Total Points
  • Review Article: CPT Practice Tests.
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 13: CPT Coding Practice Problems

Lesson 13: CPT Coding Practice Problems COPY

Within the CPT Standard edition, there are literally tens of thousands of individual CPT codes. Thus, while it would impossible and non-productive (as they change so frequently) to memorize all of the codes, it is a good idea to understand how the ma 0 Total Points

Lesson 14: Introduction to Documentation (Medical History)

Health Information Management and Documentation occupies a titanic area within the medical world. 100 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 14: Introduction to Documentation (Medical History)
  • Complete: Lesson Exam 14

Lesson 15: Medical Examination, Decision Making, Selecting the Correct Code

As a medical coder, your job will be select the most appropriate diagnostic and/or procedural code in order to report encounters, services, tests, treatments, supplies and procedures provided to a patient. 0 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: FAQ; Forums
  • Take Poll: Please rate Lesson 15: Medical Examination, Decision Making, Selecting the Correct Code

Lesson 16: Issues with Fraud and Abuse

Within the US, hundreds upon hundreds of cases pertaining to medical coding/billing fraud and abuse annually amount to billions of dollars lost to government programs, public and private healthcare companies and third party billers. 100 Total Points
  • Review Article: Insurance Fraud
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Complete: Lesson 16 ~ Assignment
1800
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define medical coding.
  • Know diagnosis coding.
  • Define ICD-9-CM and summarize its coding and structure.
  • Describe the reimbursement process.
  • Demonstrate solving ICD-9-CM coding practice problems.
  • Define Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and summarize its coding and structure.
  • Demonstrate Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding.
  • Demonstrate Surgery and Integumentary System Coding.
  • Demonstrate using Anesthesia CPT Codes.
  • Demonstrate coding for Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal Systems.
  • Demonstrate Radiology and Pathology Coding.
  • Solve CPT Coding Practice Problems.
  • Know documentation procedures.
  • Know issues with fraud and abuse, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Introduction to Medical Coding
Course Number: 31868
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Professional Development (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
Instructor: Diana Wilson, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA
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Course Fee: $129.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $154.00

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