Online Medical Coding Program
Join a Growing Medical Field as a Medical Coder
Medical coding is an integral part of the medical profession as it is directly responsible for the reimbursement of medical services performed by medical professionals. The financial health of a medical hospital, clinic, or private practice depends on accurate coding to obtain the highest possible reimbursement for procedures and services performed.
This online medical coding program teaches the skills needed to become a certified medical coder. In this program, you will:
- Gain knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology
- Support coding processes and identify codes for diagnoses and procedures
- Learn the fundamentals of coding for Medicare/Medicaid claims
- Explore the basics of medical insurance billing
This program consists of self-paced modules, and you can start any time once the program is launched. There are no prerequisites, but it is recommended that students without previous medical experience complete the program in its entirety.
This six-module, online program is designed to teach the student the principles of diagnosis and procedure medical coding and to prepare the student to take the AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders) CPC-A, CPC-P examination. Medical employers and insurance payors seek certification from AAPC to ensure that the medical coder has extensive knowledge of coding procedures, guidelines, and conventions.
Module 1: Medical Terminology
Module 2: Anatomy and Physiology
Module 3: ICD-10-CM Medical Coding
Module 4: CPT Classification Systems
Module 5: HCPCS/Medicare Requirements/HIPAA Basics
Module 6: Coding Certification Review
Frequently Asked Questions
- Medical Terminology
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of medical terminology. Focus will be on prefixes, suffixes, and root associations for common medical terms. The student will also be introduced to the terminology of medical body functions, organs and diseases associated with specific body tissues, organs, and systems.
- Anatomy and Physiology
This course will focus on the human body, systems, and organs. Identification of the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary/exocrine, immune/lymphatic, muscular, nervous, renal/urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and skeletal systems, as well as their organs and functions.
- ICD-10-CM Medical Coding
This course will focus on the coding principles and guidelines of using the ICD-10-CM coding manual. Identification of conditions, diseases, poisoning, accidental injuries, fractures, symptoms, neoplasms, and mental health diagnoses. Class to be used in conjunction with the CPT and HCPCS coding manuals.
- CPT Classification Systems
This class will focus on the guidelines and procedures for coding tests, surgeries, management and evaluations, x-rays, and other medical procedures. The CPT coding manual works in tandem with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS code manuals. Students will learn to use the three categories used in the coding manual: common and widely used codes and procedures performed in inpatient and outpatient settings, tracking codes for performance management, and temporary codes for emerging technologies, services, and procedures.
- HCPCS/Medicare Requirements/HIPAA Basics
This class will focus on learning the codes and usage of information for durable medical goods, injectable drugs, outpatient surgery, and Medicaid/Blue Cross codes. Students will also learn to code non-physician-based services such as ambulance services, prosthetic devices, and other medical services. Focus will also be on the relationship between the CPT and HCPCS in establishing the correct medical or service code.
- Coding Certification Review
This short review course will be focused on preparing the student to sit for the AAPC certification exam. This module will provide two practice tests that will resemble the CPC exam in content and process. The student will also learn their deficiencies in ICD-10, CPT, and HCPCS coding to focus on areas for improvement before sitting for the CPC exam. Insurance and billing basics will be introduced, as these basics are included in the AAPC exam. All three coding manuals will be used, and strategies for test taking will be introduced.
The final course of the coding program gives provides helpful tips and two practice exams based on the CPC-A Certification exam model given through AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders) to help prepare for, and be successful in, your certification exam.
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|HCPCS Level II||$495|
The Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology modules require “A Short Course in Medical Terminology,” the fourth edition, by Judi Nath. This textbook is used to supplement your learning material with required reading material to fully grasp the material presented. You are also required to purchase the “Coding Bundle” that consists of three (3) coding manuals:
- ICD-10-CM 2022 Medical Coding manual to look up diagnosis and condition codes
- CPT Professional 2022 to look up procedure codes
- HCPCS Level II coding manual to look up DME, procedure, and bundle codes
When you sit for the coding certification exam, it is required you use your coding manuals to locate codes.
“COH 150” this is a course you can get articulated credit for taking the Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology modules in the Medical Coding program.
complete an entire module in a day or across a month if they prefer.
Once you have been employed as a medical coder for at least a year, we recommend you then obtain your certification through AHIMA with the CCA or CCS certification.
Graduates could pursue career opportunities in the following fields:
- Physicians’ offices, clinics, and hospitals
- Home health agencies and nursing homes
- Insurance and medical billing companies
- Medical group practices
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