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Explore a Career in Medical Coding

Take your first step toward a lucrative career as a medical coder! In this course, you'll learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedure. This knowledge will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field—doctors' offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, insurance agencies, or even the comfort of your own home.

We'll go through each of the main systems of the human body—integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and male and female genitourinary—outlining the medical terminology, conditions, diseases, injuries, treatments, and procedures you'll see most often in each of those systems.

Along the way, we'll go through lots of real-world examples and coding exercises to get you using your coding tools in conjunction with your analytical skills to come up with just the right codes to describe any medical situation. In the process, you'll get all the hands-on experience you'll need to code medical insurance claims with confidence. By the end of this course, you'll know how to find your way through both the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM manual, and you'll be well on your way to a career as a medical coder!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Explore a Career in Medical Coding Details + Objective

Course Code: cd1

You Will Learn
  • Learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to find medical codes
  • Discover the medical terminology, conditions, diseases, injuries, treatments, and procedures you'll see most often in each of the main systems of the human body
  • Learn to come up with just the right codes to describe any medical situation
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Get all the hands-on experience you'll need to code medical insurance claims with confidence
  • Know how to find your way through both the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM manual
  • Begin your journey to a career as a medical coder
Explore a Career in Medical Coding Outline
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Week 1

Explore the history of medical insurance and medical coding, get familiar with the coding books and tools that medical coders use, and discuss patient privacy and confidentiality. Then, we'll take a close look at how medical professionals use medical codes in the real world. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll understand how the different types of codes come together on a claim and how they tell the insurance company a complete story about any doctor-patient encounter.

Week 2

In this lesson, we'll take a detailed tour through the CPT manual where you'll find medical codes for the procedures and treatments doctors and other medical professionals provide their patients. Then, look through the other coding book we'll use in this course, the ICD-10-CM, which is where you'll find the codes for any disease, illness, condition, or symptom that a patient may have.

Week 3

In this lesson, we'll explore the integumentary (skin) system. Then, you'll learn all about the musculoskeletal system and study some important musculoskeletal vocabulary. We'll review the code categories for the most common conditions, infections, injuries, and procedures, and then we'll practice coding cases that involve common problems within these systems.

Week 4

Review the respiratory and cardiovascular systems as you learn the code categories for the most common conditions, infections, injuries, and procedures, and then we'll practice coding cases that involve common problems within these systems.

Week 5

Learn all about the digestive and endocrine systems as you study some important vocabulary for both systems, and then we'll review the code categories for the most common conditions, diseases, and injuries. Then, we'll review the male and female genitourinary systems; and learn how to code common conditions, diseases, and procedures for both systems. We'll also spend some time discussing maternity and childbirth and the special medical coding challenges you'll need to consider in those cases.

Week 6

Learn the three key components of any E/M service, and get some helpful charts you can use to narrow down an E/M code range to a final E/M code. Then, you'll find out what's included in a surgical package and what's not. You'll also learn all about modifiers, and find out why medical coders use them to let insurance companies know about special circumstances. Finally, you'll put everything you've learned throughout the course together by coding some practice scenarios that incorporate all of the different types of codes!

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Explore a Career in Medical Coding Instructors
Jennifer Della'Zanna

Jennifer Della'Zanna has 15 years of experience in the health care industry, working as a medical transcriptionist, medical assistant, biller, coding specialist, and more. She has written and edited courses and study guides on medical coding, transcription, and using technology in health care and regularly writes feature articles about health issues. Jennifer is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She graduated from Albright College in Reading, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Explore a Career in Medical Coding Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

You'll need access to both of the main medical coding books we'll use in this course:

  • CPT Manual, Professional Edition (2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 edition)
  • ICD-10-CM Manual (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016* edition).

*Note: There was a code freeze for several years, so there are very few changes to the 2016 version from 2014 and 2015.

Explore a Career in Medical Coding Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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