Universal Class - Leading Provider of Continuing Education

Introduction to Medical Coding

Medical Coding Picture
no certificate
- OR -
with CEU Certificate*
Start Right Now!
Taking multiple courses? Save with our platinum program.

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.
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Instructor Support
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
IACET Accredited Provider
Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

Request More Information

Request More Information
Have a question? Check out our FAQ or contact us for more information.
Medical Coding Picture Medical Coding Picture

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating: (3787 votes)
4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating) 4.5 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Lesson 3: ICD-CM - What is it?

    Introduction to ICD-CM coding.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 5: Reimbursement

    One of the primary purposes of medical coding, and subsequent billing, is to obtain a reimbursement from the third-party biller.
  • Lesson 6: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)

    What is CPT?
  • 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.
  • Lesson 8: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding

    In this lesson we'll be exploring E/M coding.
  • Lesson 9: Surgery and Integumentary System Coding

    In this lesson we'll explore surgery and integumentary system coding.
  • Lesson 10: Anesthesia CPT Codes

    Let's explore the anesthesia CPT codes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 13: CPT Coding Practice Problems

    Within the CPT 2007 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
  • Lesson 14: Introduction to Documentation (Medical History)

    Health Information Management and Documentation occupies a titanic area within the medical world.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Additional Course Information

Online CEU Certificate
  • Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
  • Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
  • Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
  • View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
  • Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
Document Your CEUs on Your Resume
Course Title: Introduction to Medical Coding
Course Number: 31868
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
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 Review: Read Editorial Review
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 medical coding.
  • Summarize 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.
  • Summarize documentation procedures.
  • Summarize issues with fraud and abuse, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Assignment ~ Lesson 1Assignment100
Exam 1Exam100
Assignment ~ Lesson 2Assignment100
Assignment ~ Lesson 3Assignment100
Exam 3Exam100
Exam 4Exam100
Assignment ~ Lesson 5Assignment100
Exam 5Exam100
Exam 7Exam100
Assignment ~ Lesson 8Assignment100
Exam 8Exam100
Exam 9Exam100
Exam 10Exam100
Exam 11Exam100
Exam 15Exam100
Assignment ~ Lesson 17Assignment100
Total Points:1600

Related Courses

Follow Us Online
  • Follow us on Google Plus Follow us on FaceBook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube

© Copyright 1999-2015 Universal Class™ All rights reserved.