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Explore a Career in Medical Coding

Medical Coding Class - Get Started Today!

Take your first step toward a lucrative career as a medical coder! In this course, you will learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to find medical codes for any disease, condition, treatment, or surgical procedure. This knowledge will help prepare you to work almost anywhere in the medical field—doctors' offices, clinics, public health facilities, hospitals, labs, nursing homes, insurance agencies, or even the comfort of your own home.

This course will take you through each of the main systems of the human body—integumentary (skin), musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and male and female genitourinary—outlining the medical terminology, conditions, diseases, injuries, treatments, and procedures you will see most often in each of those systems.

Along the way, you will see numerous real-world examples and coding exercises to get you using your coding tools in conjunction with your analytical skills to come up with just the right codes to describe any medical situation. In the process, you will get all the hands-on experience you will need to code medical insurance claims with confidence. By the end of this course, you will know how to find your way through both the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM manual, and you will be well on your way to a career as a medical coder!

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Course Code: cd1

What You Will Learn
  • Learn how to use the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM to find medical codes
  • Discover the medical terminology, conditions, diseases, injuries, treatments, and procedures you'll see most often in each of the main systems of the human body
  • Learn to come up with just the right codes to describe any medical situation
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led or self paced online course
  • 6-12 weeks in duration
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Get all the hands-on experience you'll need to code medical insurance claims with confidence
  • Know how to find your way through both the CPT manual and the ICD-10-CM manual
  • Begin your journey to a career as a medical coder

Outline

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Medical Coding Basics

The first lesson explores the history of medical insurance and medical coding. After that, take a few minutes to get familiar with the coding books and tools that medical coders use. This lesson finishes up with an important discussion about patient privacy and confidentiality.

Coding in the Real World

Today’s lesson takes a close look at how medical professionals use medical codes in the real world. Get to know the common form medical coders use and explore the different types of medical codes you will find in your coding books. By the time you finish this lesson, you will 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.

Getting to Know Your CPT Manual

In this lesson, take a detailed tour through the CPT manual where you will find medical codes for the procedures and treatments doctors and other medical professionals provide their patients. You will learn all about the CPT symbols, modifiers, and unlisted procedures. By the end of this lesson, you will be looking up your first codes!

Getting to Know Your ICD-10-CM

Similar to the last lesson, you will take a detailed tour through the other coding book used in this course, the ICD-10-CM, which is where you will find the codes for any disease, illness, condition, or symptom that a patient may have. You will learn all about the ICD-10-CM's symbols, formatting, and other conventions; and you will learn where to find external cause codes and Z-codes. By the end of this lesson, you will begin to practice coding diagnoses.

Coding the Integumentary System

Today begins a series of lessons that take you in depth into just one body system at a time, so you can understand specific medical coding situations for each area of the human body. This lesson explores the integumentary (skin) system. You will review the code categories for the most common skin conditions, infections, injuries, and procedures, and then practice coding cases that involve common skin problems.     

Coding the Musculoskeletal System

In this lesson, you will learn all about the musculoskeletal system and study some important musculoskeletal vocabulary. Review the code categories for the most common muscle and bone conditions and injuries and learn how to code the procedures doctors use to treat common problems.

Coding the Respiratory System

This lesson focuses on the respiratory system, and how to code the most common respiratory conditions and injuries. After that, you will practice coding the most common respiratory procedures that doctors use on their patients.            

Coding the Cardiovascular System

Explore the cardiovascular system in today's lesson. You will learn how to code common heart, vein, and artery conditions and diseases, and then you will learn how to code the procedures doctors use most often to treat these common diagnoses. As always, this lesson follows up on cardiovascular diseases and procedures with coding practice.

Coding the Digestive and Endocrine Systems

In this lesson, you will learn all about the digestive system and the endocrine system. Begin by studying some important vocabulary for both systems, and then review the code categories for the most common conditions, diseases, and injuries. After that, explore the procedures doctors perform to fix digestive and endocrine system problems.

Coding the Male and Female Genitourinary Systems

In the last of your system-specific lessons, you will review the male and female genitourinary systems; and learn how to code common conditions, diseases, and procedures for both systems. You will also spend time discussing maternity and childbirth and the special medical coding challenges you will need to consider in those cases.

Evaluation and Management (E/M) Codes

Ready to get to know Evaluation and Management codes? Today, you will learn the three key components of any E/M service, and I'll provide you with some helpful charts you can use to narrow down an E/M code range to a final E/M code. And as you probably guessed, this lesson ends with plenty of E/M coding practice!

Surgical Packages and Modifiers

In the final lesson, you will find out what's included in a surgical package and what's not. You will also learn all about modifiers and find out why medical coders use them to let insurance companies know about special circumstances. Finally, you will put everything you've learned throughout the course together by coding some practice scenarios that incorporate all of the different types of codes!

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Instructors & Support

Jennifer Della'Zanna

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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

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

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.
  • Applications must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are not included in enrollment. Please purchase and have your materials ready at the start of your course:

  • CPT Manual, Professional Edition (2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 edition)
  • ICD-10-CM Manual (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016 edition)

FAQs

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When can I get started?

Instructor-led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling. 

Self-Paced: Start your course at any time your schedule permits.

How does it work?

Instructor-led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Self-Paced: You can start your course at anytime, review all lessons in any order, and learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the 3 month access period. 

 

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Instructor-led: 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.

Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your 3 month duration of access ends.

What if I need an extension?

Instructor-led: 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.

Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted since all lessons are accesable at the start of your enrollment, for the full 3 months of access.

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