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Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep

Facility coding (hospital coding) is one of the best-paying sectors of the coding profession. If you're already performing some aspect of facility coding, the Advanced Hospital Coding (AHC) Program will fill in the gaps, making you a more marketable employee. These skills are essential to your successful completion of the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) mastery-level credentialing exam, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS).

If you're currently working in a physician’s office or billing service, this program will give you the edge you need to advance in the workplace. Most hospitals will only hire coders with previous exposure to facility coding or who are already certified. Training on-the-job is a luxury most hospitals are unable to offer. Coders of all levels must undergo continuing education to stay current with the constantly changing regulations. The AHC program covers advanced, hospital-specific coding and billing procedures and is designed to help students meet the challenge of today's changing standards. This program will utilize your existing knowledge of medical terminology and healthcare sciences. Your coding skills will be heightened and focused, preparing you for employment testing and successful completion of the CCS exam.

6 Months / 80 Course Hrs
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Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep

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Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep Details + Objective

Course Code: GES104

You Will Learn
  • Assign codes for diagnoses, conditions, problems, or other reasons for patient visits
  • Learn ICD-10-CM/PCS medical coding, which will enable you to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
  • Master reading and interpreting health record documentation
  • Understand reimbursement methodologies and documentation rules and regulations
  • Apply your knowledge of ICD-10-CM instructional notations and conventions to locate, assign, and correctly sequence codes
  • Facilitate data retrieval by recognizing when more than one code is required to adequately classify a given condition
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 80 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Be prepared to successfully complete the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) mastery-level credentialing exam, the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)
  • Elevate your coding knowledge to become a valuable asset within a niche industry
  • Increase your earning potential in coding by learning a new skillset
  • Make a difference in the health of patients by being able to work alongside and assist medical professionals
Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep Outline
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Introduction to Medical Records and an Overview of Hospital Coding

Understand the patient billing process and your role within the medical facility. Learn the various services provided within a facility setting and what career opportunities to expect. You’ll also receive a high level coding overview that covers principal diagnoses, additional diagnoses, and ICD-10-CM coding guidelines.

Hospital Billing Process and UB-04 Overview

Learn the ins and outs of the hospital billing process. Master the regulations of various insurance carriers and learn how different facilities run their billing departments. After learning about different collection and payment policies, learn about UB-04, the Hospital Billing Form.

Inpatient Billing

Understand how to handle inpatient billing. You’ll learn about Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs). Additional topics in this section include assessing Medicare claims, and dealing with a Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS).

Outpatient Coding and Billing

Master the handling of outpatient records. Learn how to code for outpatient billing and to make ambulatory payment classifications.

Learning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS

Understand the ins and outs of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. ICD-10-CM is the code set used for diagnoses coding and creating healthcare settings within files. ICD-10-PCS is used to create inpatient records.

Certification Preparation

Review all material covered within the course to prepare yourself to become a CSS. Learn what you need to study to receive your certification, and review what career opportunities you will be eligible for upon completion.

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Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep Instructors
Carline Dalgleish

Carline Dalgleish has worked in medical office administration, including billing and coding, for over 30 years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems and a master's degree in Leadership. She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM). She owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Education Services, Inc. She is currently completing a textbook on the new ICD-10 coding system and is completing a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management with a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) certification.

Bunny Reeves

Bunny Reeves is the senior ambulatory surgery coder at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She ensures that all charges are captured using appropriate CPT, ICD-9 codes, and modifiers. Bunny has trained and supervised entry-level coders at St. Vincent Medical Center in Staten Island and currently trains student coders at Maimonides Medical Center. She has many years of experience in inpatient and professional coding. In 2007, Ms. Reeves became a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) through the nationally known organization, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Bunny is married with two children.

Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep Requirements / Prerequisites

The Advanced Hospital Coding program is not an entry-level program. This program is designed specifically for students with previous coding experience or education, and for students who have completed either the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding or the Medical Billing and Coding program by itself.

Advanced Hospital Coding students should have:

  • High school diploma/GED
  • Minimum two years of experience with medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, pathology
  • ICD-9-CM coding experience or ICD-10-CM/PCS coding experience
  • CPT-4 coding experience

If you intend on participating in the CCS examination, you must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Have one of the following credentials: RHIA, RHIT, or CCS/CCS-P
  • Complete a coding training program that teaches anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/ advanced ICD diagnostic/ procedural coding
  • Perform a minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes
  • Have another coding credential from a certifying organization plus one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes

This program is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers. It can be taken on either a Mac or a PC; however, most medical offices currently use PCs.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

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The following textbooks will be provided by ed2go:

  • Understanding Hospital Coding and Billing: A Worktext
  • Professional Review Guide for the CCS Certification Examination

Students are responsible for the following:

Students should have the current year's version of the following materials for the Advanced Hospital Coding & CCS Prep Course. Before purchasing, please check the AHIMA website for the Allowable Code Books List for the CCS certification examination.

Materials:

  • Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
  • Healthcare Professional Coding System (HCPCS) Level II
  • ICD-10-CM
  • ICD-10-PCS
Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

If you don't have access to current coding books, you'll be responsible for obtaining them. Students who sit for the CCS exam will be responsible for paying AHIMA's examination fee.

Does this program prepare for National Certification?

Yes, the Advanced Hospital Coding program prepares students to sit for the Certified Coding Specialist exam offered by AHIMA.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at (855) 534-3690. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note:  Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

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