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What does a Professional Coder do?
As a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P), you have proven you know how to read a medical chart and assign the correct diagnosis (ICD-10), procedure codes (CPT and HCPCS) for a wide variety of clinical cases and services. You will also be qualified for other revenue cycle and reimbursement duties in doctor’s offices, clinics, ambulatory facilities and other healthcare settings.
Entry Level Jobs Available In The US
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Program & Tuition Cost
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Up to $750
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Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Varies: typically videos and presentations
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Achieve the Certified Professional Coder certification with the CPC credential or the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based (CCS-P) – both of which are the gold standard for medical coding in physician office settings.
This 20-week program includes two courses: Intro to Human Anatomy & Medical Terminology and Medical Coding. Regardless of the choice of the exam, you’ll learn principles of medical coding related to the three main codebooks: CPT, ICD-10-CM Volumes 1 & 2, and HCPCS Level II. The Medical Coding textbook contains access to a coding software that allows for coding practice even AFTER the completion of the course. The software allows for hands-on demonstration of learned coding skills.
Our partnership with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) enables you to have the tools needed to successfully pass the CPC examination or the CCS-P examination. Those passing the CPC examination earn the credential, CPC-A. When the CPC-A (apprentice) is ultimately combined with one year of practical coding experience, you’ll earn the full CPC designation.
*Prior billing & coding or industry experience (Recommended)
Review patient records and assign numeric/alphanumeric codes for each diagnosis and procedure
Possess in-depth knowledge of the CPT coding system and familiarity with the ICD-10-CM and HCPCS Level II coding systems
Become an expert in health information documentation, data integrity and quality
Play a critical role in a health provider's business operations, because patients' coded data is submitted to insurance companies or the government for expense reimbursement
Comprehend the fundamentals of human anatomy and medical terminology
Assign accurate medical codes for professional (physician) procedures, services and diagnoses
Adhere to medical coding guidelines, regulations and compliance
Handle issues related to medical necessity, claim denials, bundling issues and charge capture
Integrate medical coding and payment policy to improve reimbursement
Ability to use common billing CRM software
High School Diploma or GED
Prior billing & coding or industry experience (Recommended)
Web browser with internet connection
Course registration & payment
Qualifying score on the Wonderlic SLE-Q test
Expert-led video based training
Textbook: CPC Bundle (Text and Coding Resources)
National Certification exam fee (option of CPC-A exam or CCS-P exam)
Dedicated Student Success Advisors
Tailored support based on performance & behavior
Exam preparation process
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Introduction to Human Anatomy and Medical Terminology
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language of medicine, through the study of prefixes, suffixes, root words, abbreviation, and pronunciation of words. The curriculum also includes an overview of anatomy and physiology in order to increase the understanding of medical vocabulary. Students will examine the organization of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, hematic, lymphatic and immune, and cardiovascular systems in the human body. They will become familiar with the medical terms that relate to the respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, reproductive, and excretory systems. Students will also examine terms related to the sensory organs, with a concentration on the organs for hearing, sight, and smell. This course will prepare students to better understand spoken and written interactions in all medical environments.
Recognize the structure and function of the 11 body systems and their organs
Understand the medical language that is used to describe those systems
Analyze and understand medical terms by breaking down their word components
Appreciate the major diseases and conditions related to the human body
Apply your knowledge within the healthcare setting
Medical Coding is a comprehensive course that provides the opportunity to gain expertise in reviewing documentation and assigning medical codes for diagnoses, procedures, and services performed by physicians and other qualified healthcare providers in the office or facility setting. Using CPT, ICD, and HCPCS manuals as resources, codes will be assigned across a wide range of services, including evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgery, radiology, pathology, and medicine. This course will cover coding guidelines, regulations, compliance, and reimbursement to include medical necessity, insurance payers and claims, correct coding, and charges related to code assignment. The Medical Coding textbook contains access to a coding software that allows for coding practice even AFTER the completion of the course. The software allows for hands-on demonstration of learned coding skills.
Students are exposed to a variety of eLearning elements that allow for hands-on interaction with the screen for an engaging learning experience. In addition to video-based instruction and simulation, a variety of other learning methods are utilized for engagement, entertainment, and inspiration throughout training.
Appreciate the contribution of anatomy and medical terminology in the role of outpatient medical coding
Understand the use of medical documentation, medical records, and healthcare information for coding accuracy
Utilize characteristics of ICD-10-CM and follow appropriate medical coding conventions and guidelines to select codes for diagnoses, signs, and symptoms
Demonstrate the ability to code services, procedures, and supplies using CPT/HCPCS codes following documentation guidelines by applying coding terminology
Gain an understanding of the standards of ethical coding, legal compliance and HIPAA as applicable to medical record abstracting to achieve coding quality for accurate reimbursement
Total Program Duration
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