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Medical Coding 1 (HLT241)

Medical Coding 1 (HLT241)

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Quick Overview

This is the first semester of a two semester course. The course addresses the latest updates on ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT
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Course Description

This is the first semester of a two semester course. The course addresses the latest updates on ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT®, and HCPCS Level II coding sets, conventions, and guidelines. Students begin with diagnosis coding, then move to more in-depth instruction on coding procedures and services. Extensive exercises, review, coding case studies, and study checklists prepare students for earning coding credentials.

Course Outline

Overview of Coding

  • Explain coding career opportunities and the coding credentialing process.
  • Identify professional associations and describe the benefits of membership.
  • Clarify student responsibilities during a coding internship.
  • Identify coding systems used for reimbursement, and indicate the relationship between patient record documentation and accurate coding.


Introduction to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding

  • Explain the organization of the ICD-10-CM Tabular List of Diseases and Injuries and Index to Diseases and Injuries.
  • Explain the organization of the ICD-10-PCS Index and Tables.
  • List and describe the official guidelines for coding and reporting ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes.
  • Interpret ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS guidelines for coding and reporting.
  • Apply guidelines for coding and reporting when assigning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes.
  • Describe ICD-9-CM as a legacy coding system, including the use of general equivalence mappings (GEMs).


ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Conventions

  • List ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding conventions.
  • Explain ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding conventions.
  • Interpret ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding conventions to assign codes accurately.


ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines

  • Explain HIPAA’s impact on the adherence to ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
  • Describe the content of each section of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
  • Apply general ICD-10-CM coding guidelines when assigning codes to diagnoses.
  • Apply chapter-specific ICD-10-CM coding guidelines when assigning codes to diagnoses.


ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Hospital Inpatient Coding

  • List and explain differences among acute care inpatient settings.
  • Interpret inpatient diagnosis and procedure coding and reporting guidelines.
  • Assign ICD-10-CM diagnosis and ICD-10-PCS procedure codes for acute care inpatient cases.


ICD-10-CM Outpatient and Physician Office Coding

  • List and explain differences among outpatient and physician office health care settings.
  • Interpret diagnosis coding and reporting guidelines for outpatient services.
  • Assign ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes for outpatient and physician office care.


HCPCS Level II National Coding System

  • List the HCPCS levels and their components.
  • Assign HCPCS level II procedure and services codes for outpatient care.
  • Identify situations in which both HCPCS levels I and II codes are assigned.
  • Assign claims to primary Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) or durable medical equipment MACs according to HCPCS level II code number.

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
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