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Medical Coding Program

Medical coders provide an essential part of managing information that permits hospitals and doctors’ offices to receive payment for services. Each diagnosis or treatment is assigned a code for reimbursement purposes. As our population ages, and more medical treatment is performed, there is more information to be processed than ever before. To meet the demand of this information explosion, adequately trained personnel are essential for proper reporting of information to ensure correct reimbursement. Area medical facilities currently seek trained staff with the coding skills necessary to effectively meet the financial needs of these institutions. Coding theory and computer skills will provide the learner with job-readiness skills.

What type of program is this?

This program is a certificate program that will prepare the student to work in many areas requiring coding expertise.

What will this program provide students?

Program Goals:

  • To provide students with a solid educational foundation for academic and career success in the field of medical coding.
  • To provide practical experience in the workplace for students with local employers.
  • To provide students the educational opportunity to use the most current coding software.
  • To provide students the educational opportunity to use practical coding tools such as medical records and operative reports.
  • To prepare students for the CPC Certification through AAPC.

Curriculum

  • Medical Terminology (3 credit hours)
  • Insurance, Billing and Coding (3 credit hours)
  • Certified Professional Coder (6 credit hours)

Course Descriptions

MEDA-110  Insurance Billing & Coding. 3 Hours. Explores the medical insurance system and related billing and coding. Students learn how to complete and submit electronic and paper insurance claim forms, perform referrals, and apply the correct procedure and diagnostic codes.

MEDA-160  Medical Terminology.  3 Hours. This course presents a study of basic medical terminology.  Prefixes, suffixes, word roots, combining forms, special endings, plural forms, abbreviations, and symbols are included in the content.  A programmed learning, word building system will be used to learn word parts that are used to construct or analyze new terms.  This provides the opportunity to decipher unfamiliar terms and check their spelling.  Emphasis is placed on spelling, definition, usage and pronunciation.  Abbreviations will be introduced as related terms are presented.

MEDA-190  Certified Professional Coder. 6 Hours. This course is designed to teach students the coding rules for the CPT, ICD-9-CM and Level II (HCPCS) coding systems and then apply the rules to code patient services.  In addition, a variety of payment systems are presented.  The medical topics of Medicare fraud/abuse, HMOs, and PROs are also reviewed.  The course also covers the use of International Classification of Disease, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes in medical billing and insurance claims.