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Certified Outpatient Coder

Medical coding for outpatient facilities is an important skillset to help outpatient hospitals/facilities receive appropriate reimbursement and maintain compliance with coding guidelines and government/payer regulations. The material is presented in a step-by-step manner, and you will learn by completing readings and completing interactive lectures. The program also includes quizzes and exams, so you can test your skills at regular intervals throughout the material. Through these methods, you will learn essential introductory and advanced medical coding skills for outpatient hospitals/facilities.

You will also receive access to the AAPC Advanced ICD-10-CM Online Code Set Training which will take your ICD-10-CM coding skills to a higher level. You will get hands-on training that includes coding for conditions such as, clinical concepts for comprehensive coding of conditions, insight on chronic and acute conditions, and practical coding exercises. Upon completion of this program you will be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam. The registration fee for the exam, AAPC membership, COC practice exams and access to the Practicode Tool are included with this program.

6 Months / 200 Course Hrs
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Certified Outpatient Coder (Voucher Included) Details + Objective

Course Code: GES153

You Will Learn
  • Learn fundamental medical coding skills
  • Acquire skills needed to review medical records and determine the appropriate CPT®, HCPCS Level II, and ICD-10-CM code sets
  • Understand government/payer regulations
  • Master coding for various conditions including chronic and acute varieties
How the course is taught
  • Master coding for various conditions including chronic and acute varieties
  • 6 months to complete
How you will benefit
  • Be prepared for the AAPC Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) exam
  • Gain AAPC membership, COC practice exams and access to the Practicode Tool
  • Help outpatient hospitals and facilities receive appropriate reimbursement
  • Evaluate your skills throughout the course by completing quizzes and exams
Certified Outpatient Coder (Voucher Included) Outline
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Outpatient Facilities and Departments

Begin the course by learning about outpatient facilities, outpatient hospital departments, typical outpatient hospital flow, typical ASC flow, Medicare resources, and CMS payment systems.

Facility Billing

Understand the types of payers, outpatient code editor, and how Medicare appeals tie into the everyday duties of your job.

Documentation and Standards

Learn the documentation and coding standards needed to succeed at work. This section of the course will cover anatomy and medical terminology, an introduction to ICD-10-CM coding, coding guidelines, and how to apply ICD-9-CM to your coding methods.

Body Systems

Understand the various functions of and codes for different parts of the body including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and nervous systems.

Hospital Departments

Develop an understanding of the different hospital departments and learn the corresponding codes for each one.

Patient and Payment Systems

Learn the CMS and outpatient prospective payment system, as well as the CMS and inpatient prospective payment system. You’ll also cover inpatient coding and receive an introduction to ICD-10-PCS.

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Certified Outpatient Coder (Voucher Included) Instructors
Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins

Lindsay-Anne McDonald Jenkins, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CMPA, CANPC, CIRCC, RN, CRNA (retired), has more than 30 years of experience in health care working as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Her CRNA work involved open heart, neurological, and thoracic anesthesia. After retirement from anesthesia, Ms. Jenkins worked as a coder and consultant for a physician billing company. While developing a passion for coding, she became a coding instructor and has taught many classes for CPC® certification. Ms. Jenkins has reviewed coding and text for AAPC, edited numerous books on physician coding, and has spoken to coding groups and physicians.

Krishna Kant

Krishna Kant, COC, is a Coding Coach in the Education Department at AAPC. He joined AAPC in 2014 and has been coaching students enrolled in AAPC’s on-line Distance Learning classes including Medical Terminology, COC & CPC certification courses. He is a proud military veteran having served for 15 years in the Navy. He has worked for 14 years in the US Healthcare Industry and spent 10 years of his healthcare career in medical transcription.

Nitesh Kareer

Nitesh Kareer, COC, has more than 12 years of experience in Medical Transcription Industry working as a Medical Transcriptionist, Trainer, Quality Analyst, and Quality Manager. He was also involved in Vendor Management and Training for assurance of quality services to the client. He started working as a medical coder in 2012. Nitesh joined AAPC in 2014 and since been working as a coding coach involved in answering student’s queries and grading their course assignments.

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Certified Outpatient Coder (Voucher Included) Requirements / Prerequisites

Strong knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology.

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems, Firefox, Chrome, or IE 7 and later browsers. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, e-mail account, Microsoft Word (for assignment submissions), and Windows Media Player (which is available as a free download). 

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

Click here to download the Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Flash Player.

ed2go will provide the required textbooks for this program:

  • AMA's CPT® Professional
  • HCPCS Level II Professional
  • ICD-10-CM Expert for Hospitals 2017

Recommended but not required:

  • Medical dictionary, any publisher
Certified Outpatient Coder (Voucher Included) 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. When you register, you’ll receive six (6) months to complete the program.

 

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.

 

Do I have to buy additional materials?

Yes, Medical Dictionary.

 

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. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

 

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, you will receive an exam voucher for the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC™), offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) after successful completion of the program and financial obligation.

 

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.

 

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 the best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

 

Can I use a Mac?

Yes. 

 

How can I get more information about this program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button above). 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 1-877-221-5151. 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.

Does this program prepare for a certification?

Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). You will receive an exam voucher and AAPC membership after successful completion of the program and financial obligation.

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