This nationally recognized Advanced Medical Coding for the Physician's Office (ACPO) online program will teach you diagnostic and procedural coding using CPT, ICD-9-CM (Volumes I and II), and HCPCS Level II coding manuals. This is an advanced program, designed for students with previous medical coding experience. Prior to enrolling for this program, you should have already completed basic coding education or the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding program.
Preparation for the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exam is included in this program. The textbook for this program and the guide for certification preparation are provided. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.
Please note that this course is for coders who are seeking training in advanced physician coding, not hospital coding. It is designed for coders working in, or seeking employment in, a physician’s office, clinic, or group practice.
Before registering for the Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office program, you should have an understanding of CPT-4 (CPT), ICD-9-CM (ICD-9), and HCPCS coding principles. After a brief review of the basics of coding, the program will cover the following areas:
- ICD-9 diagnostic coding, including subcategories and supplementary classifications.
- Primary and principal diagnoses.
- CPT coding: How to use modifiers, specific codes, and section guidelines, and how to remain up-to-date with CPT coding changes.
- Ten critical steps for better reimbursement through increased accuracy and compliance in CPT coding.
- Evaluation & Management (E & M) Code: Simplifying code selection, plus understanding and applying the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) E & M documentation guidelines (DG).
- Official ICD-9-CM coding guidelines for diagnostic coding, including guidelines for outpatient coding and information on how to identify the special circumstances specified in the guidelines.
- Information on when to use unlisted procedures.
- National and local HCPCS codes and modifiers.