Introduction to Medical Coding

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Course Description

  • 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: Reimbursement

    One of the primary purposes of medical coding, and subsequent billing, is to obtain a reimbursement from the third-party biller.
  • Lesson 5: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)

    What is CPT? Please purchase a the CPT 2020 Professional Edition published by the American Medical Association.
  • Lesson 6: 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 7: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding

    In this lesson we'll be exploring E/M coding.
  • Lesson 8: Surgery and Integumentary System Coding

    In this lesson we'll explore surgery and Integumentary System coding.
  • Lesson 9: Anesthesia CPT Codes

    Let's explore the anesthesia CPT codes.
  • Lesson 10: 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 11: 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 12: Introduction to Documentation (Medical History)

    Health Information Management and Documentation occupies a titanic area within the medical world.
  • Lesson 13: 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 14: 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.

Instructor Comments

1. All Lessons must be revewed by student prior to completing the assignments and/or exams

2. All assignments must be completed in chronological order

3. Content contained in the course is not to be copied or distributed without the permission of

4. Assignments with a score of less than 70% will be allowed a retake.

5. Assignments with a score of 70% or more are not allowed retakes.

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 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson Exam 150
Lesson Exam 220
Lesson Exam 3100
Lesson Exam 440
Lesson Exam 550
Lesson Exam 6100
Lesson Exam 7100
Lesson Exam 8100
Lesson Exam 9100
Lesson Exam 10100
Lesson Exam 1170
Lesson Exam 1250
Lesson Exam 1360
Lesson Exam 1420
Total Points:960

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