Course Code: GES167
Survey coding as a profession and understand the difference between hospital and provider services. You will examine a number of important factors that affect the coding profession including the hierarchy of providers, multiple payers, and medical records. You will also learn about important HIPAA laws and compliance rules.
Discover how medical terminology works and review the basics. You will get an introduction to anatomy and all the body systems. You will also be introduced to the ICD-10-CM coding layout, diagnosis codes, and official guidelines for coding and reporting that you will use throughout the course.
Examine codes for infectious diseases, neoplasms, the immune system, mental disorders, metabolic diseases, and many others. You will begin to understand the organization of medical codes as you survey coding involved with diseases of the nervous system, circulatory system, respiratory system, eye, and ear.
Learn codes associated with diseases of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, musculoskeletal system, and genitourinary system. You will also survey coding involved in pregnancy, childbirth, congenital malformations, and chromosomal abnormalities. Then, learn about the factors influencing health status and contact with health services.
Learn about the various types of risk adjustment models including HCC, HHS, CDPS, and the hybrid model. You will understand CMS star ratings and how they relate to quality of care. You will also examine the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) and the healthcare effectiveness data and information set (HEDIS). Finally, you will survey how risk adjustment relates to medical financial matters while learning about beneficiary calculations, audits, and ACOs.
Learn about data collection sources and coding in a DOS. You will discover how to code from medical documentation and consider credential issues. You will also learn about potential documentation barriers like uncertain diagnosis and differential diagnosis. You will survey risk adjustment diagnosis coding steps, learn the difference between acute and chronic, and consider risk factors and comorbidities.
Knowledge of medical terminology and anatomy (or AAPC courses) strongly recommended.
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 and e-mail account.
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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 Risk Adjustment (CRC™) Certification Exam, offered by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) after successful completion of the program and financial obligation.
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Yes, you will be prepared to sit for the Certified Risk Adjustment (CRC™) Certification Exam 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.