Course Code: GES153
Begin the course by learning about outpatient facilities, outpatient hospital departments, typical outpatient hospital flow, typical ASC flow, Medicare resources, and CMS payment systems.
Understand the types of payers, outpatient code editor, and how Medicare appeals tie into the everyday duties of your job.
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.
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.
Develop an understanding of the different hospital departments and learn the corresponding codes for each one.
Learn about the CMS and outpatient prospective payment system, as well as the CMS and inpatient prospective payment system. The lesson will also cover inpatient coding and receive an introduction to ICD-10-PCS.
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, 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 online 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, 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.
Strong knowledge of anatomy and medical terminology.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
The recommended reference material is optional, but it is recommended that you purchase the latest version should you choose to pursue for additional certifications:
Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.
Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). If you enrolled in the "voucher included" option, you will also receive a pre-paid voucher for the exam and AAPC membership after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. 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. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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After successfully completing this online course, if you selected the voucher included version, you will receive a prepaid voucher to register for the Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) Exam and schedule your test date. Registration should be done three weeks prior to the exam date. After passing the COC exam, you will have your COC-A designation without 2 years of prior experience. Completion of the COC Practicode (included with the voucher version) will qualify as 1 year of experience towards the full CPC designation. Completing this program also qualifies for 1 year of experience, thus completing both steps and passing the COC exam will provide you with the full Certified Outpatient Coder (COC) designation and remove the Apprenticeship status.
American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is one of the world's most recognized institutions for professional medical coders, with more than 175,000 members. The AAPC offers more than 30 certifications that include medical billing and coding, compliance, and management, among other topics. These certifications are an excellent way to prove you have a working knowledge of specific aspects of healthcare, and the skills you need to practice in the field. All AAPC certifications share a common goal: help everyone from beginners to experienced professionals advance their careers and contribute positively to the industry.