If you are interested in learning about medical billing and coding, you will not find a better place to begin, nor a better person from whom to learn. Thanks to Jennifer I’ve found a new career. Her knowledge, gentle coaching and encouragement were key to building my confidence and my understanding of a complicated subject. Along with my highest recommendation and appreciation, I give Jennifer five stars!!"
This is the most interesting class I've ever taken. The lessons may be time-intensive, but necessarily so. The material was presented in a very orderly and understandable manner. I appreciated the input of Jennifer Della'Zanna and her staff. Jennifer was so generous, both with her time and her extensive knowledge. She made me feel like she really cared about me personally and about my future."
I thoroughly enjoyed this class and the instructor. Jennifer's passion shined through her teaching, responses and interaction. I admired her patience and understanding through all of this. I am a beginner to medical coding and billing, and I felt this was the perfect introduction to help me understand the basics. Thank you very much."
I'm a senior citizen and this was my first online class. It has been the one of the most enjoyable ways I have spent my money since buying my first tube of lipstick! The class was interactive and those who have joined the discussions have been willing to help their fellow students in need."
I thoroughly enjoyed the way this course was set-up and how comfortable the instructor made the course. She delivered the material in a way that made it seem as if she was right there talking to us. She pointed out extra information or "tips" as the course went along. Jennifer was supposrtive and positive with every student in the discussion areas. She comes across as patient and kind, and really seems to want her students to learn. I have recommended this class to several people already and would not hesitate to take another course from Jennifer Della'Zanna!"
I really enjoyed this course. I loved Jennifer's sense of humor throughout the lessons. When she knew it was going to be tough, she would alert us to that. She always made the lessons realistic and sensible. I feel as though I have gained a precise, thorough knowledge for the Medical Coding and Billing. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in this field."
Coding is a love or hate thing, you know this. I always leaned towards the hate side, but after taking your course, I'm leaning towards like! That's an impressive feat, and I wanted to say thanks so much for your teaching style. It was hard work, but it clicked for me."
I took a Medical Coding class in 2007 and took this course as a refresher. I learned so much more from this one! The instructor has an awesome teaching technique and explained things in detail that helped me understand more than I thought I would. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and everyone!"
This course far surpassed what I expected. I anticipated a general overview and was using it to assess if I wished to continue on to a longer program. I was very impressed with the amount of well presented information and hands-on training involved. All of it gave me a wonderful feel for the nature of this career. I was very impressed and would highly recommend to anyone considering this as a career opportunity."
I truly enjoyed this class. I was impressed by my teacher's knowledge of medical coding. The true test of a professional is how they can share their knowledge of a subject matter and show another person how to utilize the information they have learned into their lives. I took CPT and ICD-9-CM classes in 2004, and I didn't learned as much information about coding as I did in this class in six weeks. Thank you!"
Course Code: cd1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
*Note: There was a code freeze for several years, so there are very few changes to the 2016 version from 2014 and 2015.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.