Course Description

Mastering Medical Coding: Bridging Communication in Healthcare

In the intricate tapestry of the healthcare industry, the precision and punctuality of paperwork play pivotal roles. Professionals navigate an intricate maze, aiming for faultless documentation that ensures the continuity of care and streamlined reimbursement processes.

Enter the realm of 'medical billing,' a critical sector responsible for chronicling patients' billing histories and orchestrating their submissions to respective insurance companies. This is no mere clerical task. Within its folds lies 'medical coding', a specialized practice where specific codes are mapped to medical procedures and diagnoses. Think of it as translating the diverse and intricate language of medical care into a universally comprehensible dialect—a language that resonates with clinicians, healthcare administrators, insurance carriers, and even governmental agencies. Some might also recognize it as 'insurance coding'.

Such standardized communication is not merely helpful but foundational in modern healthcare. By weaving a common thread through varied medical terminologies, it allows for more transparent, efficient, and effective communication among all stakeholders.

Whether you're a novice stepping into the world of medical coding or a veteran aiming to refine your skills, this course offers a deep dive into the subject. Crafted in accessible language, it promises in-depth insights for everyone—from beginners to seasoned professionals.

Here's a brief overview of our structured lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Medical Coding: Unfold the foundational aspects, the 'why' and 'how' of medical coding.

  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Diagnosis Coding: Begin your deep dive into the nuances of diagnostic coding.

  • Lesson 3: ICD-10-CM - What is it?: Understand this international statistical classification system and its relevance in coding various health conditions.

  • Lesson 4: Reimbursement: Explore the financial facet of medical services and how coding impacts healthcare compensation.

  • Lesson 5: Current Procedural Terminology (CPT): Dive into the standardized coding system for reporting medical procedures and services.

  • Lesson 6: CPT Coding and Structure: Understand the architecture of CPT, ensuring accurate and efficient coding.

  • Lesson 7: Evaluation and Management (E/M) Coding: Dive into the intricacies of patient encounters, covering different settings and services.

  • Lesson 8: Surgery and Integumentary System Coding: Decode the world of surgical procedures and skin-related treatments.

  • Lesson 9: Anesthesia CPT Codes: Delve into the unique codes associated with anesthesia administration.

  • Lesson 10: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal Systems: Navigate through codes pertaining to these pivotal body systems.

  • Lesson 11: Radiology and Pathology Coding: Journey through the imaging and laboratory aspects of medical care.

  • Lesson 12: Introduction to Documentation (Medical History): Understand the value and method of chronicling a patient's medical journey.

  • Lesson 13: Medical Examination, Decision Making, Selecting the Correct Code: Dive deeper into patient evaluation, ensuring each decision maps perfectly to the right code.

  • Lesson 14: Issues with Fraud and Abuse: Address the ethical dimension of medical coding, highlighting potential pitfalls and best practices.

Our lesson structures come equipped with assignments, polls, and netlinks, enhancing interactive learning and providing students with a 360-degree understanding of the subject.

In an era where healthcare stands at the crossroads of rapid evolution and rising demands, medical coding acts as a critical lynchpin. By effectively bridging the realms of clinical care and administrative processes, it enables a seamless and efficient healthcare experience for both providers and patients. Join us on this enlightening journey, and play a vital role in shaping the future of healthcare communication. Your coding expertise could be the difference that elevates patient care to new heights.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Course Introduction and Goals 1 points
Lesson Exam 1 50 points
Lesson Exam 2 91 points
Lesson Exam 3 8 points
Lesson Exam 4 90 points
Lesson Exam 5 40 points
Lesson Exam 6 100 points
Lesson Exam 7 80 points
Lesson Exam 8 100 points
Lesson 8 - Let's Code! 10 points
Lesson Exam 9 100 points
Lesson Exam 11 100 points
Lesson Exam 12 11 points
Lesson Exam 14 10 points
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