Medical Coding

OVERVIEW

Medical Coders are in demand by hospitals, insurance companies, medical offices, and health clinics. This major prepares students to function in medical coding and reimbursement settings. Students learn to organize patient medical records, to assign codes to disease processes and procedures, and to facilitate third-party reimbursements and record keeping. They are prepared to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) professional certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) as well as the CPC-A through the American Association of Professional Coders at the end of their course work and internship.

Medical coders are in demand by hospitals, insurance companies, medical offices, and health clinics. This occupation is expected to experience faster than average employment growth with a moderate volume of annual job openings and competitive starting wages. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Confirm personal testimony in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Collaborate with others using interpersonal skills in an honest, ethical, and Christ-like manner.
  • Communicate effectively using written and verbal presentation principles.
  • Construct new knowledge using technology and information resource tools.
  • Comprehend and think critically to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Cultivate a strong, professional work ethic and lifelong learning opportunities.
  • Understand anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology sufficiently to classify the organ systems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of medical terminology sufficiently enough to analyze medical chart information.
  • Correlate knowledge of general anatomy and medical terminology to perform coding and billing tasks.
  • Apply medical legal principles when working with protected health information (PHI).
  • Apply legal and ethical standards as they relate to the medical professions, including HIPAA.
  • Accurately code: diagnoses (ICD-10), procedures (CPT), evaluation and management (E&M), HCPCS.
  • Accurately prepare insurance billing forms, including the CMS 1500 form, in ethically sensitive ways.
  • Demonstrate the ability to correctly use complete technologies for coding using the CPT and ICD-10 coding systems.
  • Perform: (a) word processing, (b) spreadsheet applications, (c) database applications, (d) Internet searches, (e) billing functions.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills essential to employment as a medical coder.
  • Perform typical medical office financial activities using applicable software.
  • Prepare patient account statements using computerized patient accounting software, while applying professional standards of confidentiality of medical records (HIPAA). 
  • Understand and practice the professional work habits expected in the medical field, including confidentiality, ethical practices, punctuality, accuracy, etc.    
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills needed to prioritize, anticipate, and analyze problems, then evaluate and implement solutions.
  • Possess an appreciation of, and commitment to diversity and enhanced employability through the understanding and practice of positive human relations, teamwork and patient service skills.
  • Use professional standards in the practice of medical billing and coding, and maintain a commitment to obtaining required continual education credits.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in medical coding through successful completion of classwork and internship, to prepare for the CPC exam.

Required courses and graduation requirements

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