HIM 265 - Facility Based Medical Coding at Mountain Empire Community College

Course Description

Effective: 2009-05-01

Students will learn to accurately assign CPT, ICD-9 Level 1, 2 and 3, in addition to HCPCS codes for inpatient, outpatient facility, and ambulatory surgical centers according to guidelines and rules set forth by the cooperating parties. Students will apply the theory and regulations concerning prospective payment systems (in and out of the facility setting) APC and DRG assignment.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This program is designed primarily for students to gain an understanding of the use of medical coding in a hospital setting. The coding methods reviewed and introduced in the course include procedural coding, diagnosis coding, diagnosis related groups (DRGs), ambulatory payment classifications (APCs), and revenue codes. Students will learn the use and interrelationship of these coding sets in the development of coding systems for use within hospitals to streamline the billing process. The student will also learn the similarities and difference between outpatient physician coding and inpatient hospital coding. Upon completion of the course, the student should be prepared to sit for the national certification examinations.

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Major Topics to be Included

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