Medical Coding Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

Prerequisites: High School diploma or the equivalent; completion of two years of high school math (Algebra I and Algebra II) with final grades of “C” or better.

HS 101 Medical Terminology 3-0-3
A course designed to promote an understanding of the proper use, spelling, pronunciation and meaning of medical terms. This course emphasizes learner participation through group activities and reading assignments. Basic anatomy and physiology and common pathology of the body systems will also be discussed. Designed for people working in the health care environment.

HS 104 Health Care Data Content and Delivery Systems 3-0-3
This course will introduce the generic components of the content, use and structure of health care data and data sets, how these components relate to primary and secondary record systems and to introduce legal and ethical issues applicable to health information. Discussions will include health record content, documentation requirements comparing the various regulatory agency requirements and introduction to payment and reimbursement systems. The organization, financing and delivery of health care services in both the hospital and the medical office practice will also be discussed.

HS 116 Introduction to Hospital Coding 4-0-4
The course provides an introduction to hospital coding concepts, nomenclature and classification systems. It includes discussion of inpatient reimbursement systems including prospective payment, managed care and other third party payers. An introduction to basic current hospital coding systems principles in assigning valid diagnostic and procedural codes is presented. "Official Inpatient Coding Guidelines" developed by the American Hospital Association (AHA) are utilized for accurate coding assignment of diagnoses and procedures. (Prerequisites: successful completion of HS 101, BI 120, and BI 122, or permission of the Program Coordinator of Medical Coding)

HS 117 Intermediate Hospital Coding 3-0-3
Presented in this course will be higher level current hospital coding systems principles in assigning valid diagnostic and procedural codes, expanding on and further applying concepts learned in Introduction to Hospital Coding. "Official Inpatient Coding Guidelines" developed by the American Hospital Association (AHA) are utilized for accurate selection of principal diagnosis and procedure and determining other diagnoses or procedures that will be coded. An introduction to the 3-M computerized grouper and encoder will be presented. (Prerequisite: completion of Introduction to Hospital Coding (HS 116) with a grade of “C” or higher.)

HS 218 Advanced Hospital Coding 3-0-3
This is an advanced coding course which presents more complex cases using medical record reports. Students must read and interpret data utilizing prior learned skills from HS 101, BI 120, BI 122. The 3M computerized encoding and grouping system will be employed to provide experience in utilizing technology to select codes and to calculate DRG (diagnosis related groups) payments for prospective payment systems. The student will expand on and apply the principles of reimbursement and coding derived from Introduction to Hospital Coding and Intermediate Hospital Coding at an advanced level. The student will use the AHA “Official Inpatient Coding Guidelines” to accurately identify and sequence the principal diagnosis and procedure. Coding discussions will include determining which diagnoses or procedures should be included as secondary. (Prerequisite: completion of Intermediate Hospital Coding (HS 117) with a grade of “C” or higher.)

HS 219 Ambulatory Coding 4-0-4
This course presents hospital ambulatory coding using Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding systems for procedures and the current hospital coding system for diagnoses. Ambulatory reimbursement and payment systems are presented including prospective payment system and regulatory compliance issues. The course will include an introduction to ambulatory coding and applying the principles to medical record documentation. The 3M computerized encoding and grouping system will be employed to provide experience in utilizing technology to select codes and to calculate payments for prospective payment systems. (Prerequisite: completion of Advanced Hospital Coding (HS 218) with a grade of “C” or higher.)

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