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Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office

Continuous changes in the medical billing and coding profession, as well as HIPAA changes, have created an incredible demand for people trained in coding. This nationally recognized Advanced Medical Coding for the Physician's Office (ACPO) online program will teach you diagnostic and procedural coding using CPT, ICD-10-CM, and HCPCS Level II coding manuals. The Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office program is designed for students who have previous coding experience, have a basic coding education, or have completed the ed2go Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding program.

You'll get important tips to increase your accuracy in code selections and make the billing process smoother, resulting in quicker and better reimbursement. This program will also prepare you for the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). In addition, this program also helps prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.

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. 

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

George Mason University

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Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

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Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office

Learning Method

Instructor-led Self-Paced: Study on your own schedule.

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES103

You Will Learn
  • Learn ICD-10 diagnostic coding, including subcategories and supplementary classifications.
  • Master CPT coding: How to use modifiers, specific codes, and section guidelines, and how to remain up-to-date with CPT coding changes.
  • Understand critical steps for better reimbursement through increased accuracy and compliance in CPT coding.
  • Refine your knowledge of 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).
  • Understand official ICD-10-CM coding guidelines for diagnostic coding, including guidelines for outpatient coding and information on how to identify the special circumstances specified in the guidelines.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Ready yourself to take the Certified Coding Specialist—Physician-based (CCS-P) certification exam as well as the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam
  • Become eligible for career advancement after furthering your coding abilities
  • Increase your productivity inside a physician’s office, clinic, or group practice
  • Gain confidence in your advanced coding abilities
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Introduction and Expectations

Begin the course by learning about evaluation and management services. Review the fundamental knowledge needed to be a successful physician’s office coder.

Medical Departments

Discuss the various medical departments, such as radiology, pathology, and laboratory, and the corresponding codes needed for each.

Bodily Systems

Review the workings and codes needed to enter data regarding the integumentary, cardiovascular, digestive, musculoskeletal, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, eye, auditory, and nervous systems.


Understand best anesthesia practices and the codes and information relevant to the procedure.

Reimbursements plus HCPCS Level II Coding

Learn about and practice entering data for reimbursements and HCPCS Level II Coding.

ICD-10-CM Coding

Complete the course by learning about ICD-10-CM Coding and its different functions required in your role.

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LaTisha Cottingham

LaTisha Cottingham has over 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has four years of teaching experience in the fields of medical billing and coding and medical assisting. Currently she is employed as the lead instructor for the Allied Health Department for a local career institute. LaTisha’s field of expertise is in the area of physician-based inpatient coding and Emergency Department coding. She holds certifications including Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), Certified Professional Coder (CPC), and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). LaTisha is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the National Healthcare Association (NHA), where she is a test proctor.


LaTrisha Howard

LaTrisha Howard has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. LaTrisha has expertise in coding inpatient, outpatient, and ER medical records. In addition to her experience in coding, she has experience in chart auditing and physician education. LaTrisha is currently working as an ER coder and auditor for a physician billing and consulting service and holds a CCS and CPC certification, as well as being a member of AHIMA and AAPC.

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, a Master's Degree in Leadership and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Health Information Management and is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) She is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer and is a published author on the new ICD-10 coding system. She is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM), and owns her own consulting firm, AnnGrant Educational Services.

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Prerequisites / Requirements


This is not an entry-level program. This program is designed specifically for students who have previous coding experience or education, such as the Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding (AMS w/MBC) or Medical Billing and Coding program.

If you intend on participating in the CSS-P examination, you must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • By Credential: RHIA®, RHIT®, or CCS® OR
  • By Education: Completion of a coding training program that includes anatomy & physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, medical terminology, reimbursement methodology, intermediate/advanced ICD diagnostic/procedural and CPT coding; OR
  • By Experience: Minimum of two (2) years of related coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • By Credential with Experience: CCA® plus one (1) year of coding experience directly applying codes; OR
  • Other Coding credential from other certifying organization plus one (1) year coding experience directly applying codes.

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

  • At least two years medical coding experience. (Members with an apprentice designation are not required to have two years medical coding experience.)
  • Maintain current membership with the AAPC.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Instructional material requirements: 


Frequently Asked Questions
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Why would I want a national coding certification?

Many coders desire to take the next step in their career by obtaining a coding certification. These certifications demonstrate a high level of achievement and proficiency, which employers look for. In addition, certified coders often have more job opportunities and command higher salaries.

Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, since 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?
This program is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start and finish at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six (6) months to complete this program.
Does this program prepare for a national certification?

Yes, the Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office Program prepares students to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based exam offered by the American Health Information Management Association.

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 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.
How can I get more information about this program?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

When can I start the program?

This program is 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 course hours. If after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete your program on time, 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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