Course Code: cd1
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.
In this lesson, you'll take 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 the 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.
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!
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.
Starting with this lesson, you'll begin a series of lessons that take you in depth into one body system at a time, which will help you 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.
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.
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.
In this lesson, you'll explore the cardiovascular system. You'll learn how to code common heart, vein, and artery conditions and diseases and 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.
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.
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.
Ready to get to know Evaluation and Management codes? In this lesson, you will learn the three key components of any E/M service and discover 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!
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!
Jennifer Della'Zanna has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, having worked as a medical transcriptionist, practice administrator, biller, and coding specialist. She writes courses and study guides on the use of technology in health care and regularly contributes to publications about health issues. Della'Zanna is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders and the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Albright College.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are not included in enrollment. Please purchase the latest version of your materials prior to the start of your session:
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
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 have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
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 three-month access expires.
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: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.
Medical Coders are responsible for processing patient data including medical records and related insurance. In this career, you will appropriately code a patient's diagnosis so medical billers can request payment from the patient's insurance company. If you decide this career is for you, you'll play an important role in ensuring that healthcare providers are quickly and accurately paid for the treatment they give patients.
Yes. There is a high demand for qualified medical coding professionals in the healthcare industry today. Demand will continue to increase as the population in the Unites States ages. Jobs for these professionals are on the rise and expected to grow faster than average through 2026 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Medical coders work in a variety of settings. The most common settings include hospitals, and doctors' offices. Some medical coding professionals also work for companies that develop medical software, and some work for educational institutions that work to train other medical coders. Government agencies have also been known to employ medial coders including the National Center for Health Statistics and Medicaid offices. You may even have the ability to work for a reputable company from your own home!
If you decide to pursue a career in medical coding, your day will be a rewarding one. You will be responsible for ensuring that healthcare providers receive appropriate compensation for the care they provide as well as helping patients get the maximum benefit of their insurance. It is a job that requires a high level of attention to detail at all times because codes must be correct to produce appropriate bills for services. Much of your time will be spent in front of a computer. It's also important to coordinate with other coders to ensure accuracy and adherence to standards.
According to the AAPC based on its membership, the average Medical Coder without certification earns around $45,000 per year while those with certification earn an average of $51,500. This means that certification can help you earn up to 15 percent more in this field! Other salary websites place the median salary for those just starting out in Medical Coding around $38,500.
The CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) Manual is the set of medical codes used by medical coders to report medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory, anesthesiology, and diagnostic procedures and services performed on patients to other entities such as doctors and health insurance companies. All healthcare providers, payers and facilities use the same set of CPT codes.
ICD-10-CM stands for International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification. It is a code system used by doctors and other healthcare providers to classify symptoms, procedures, and diagnoses in combination with hospital care. The ICD-10-CM is developed by the World Health Organization and governed by the National Center for Health Statistics to be used throughout the United States.
Medical billers are mainly responsible for submitting patient records to government agencies and insurance companies for services that have been provided in the care of the patient. Medical coders gather information on patient records and assign the proper codes for patient diagnoses which are then used by medical billers to submit claim forms.
Due to the more technical nature of the job and increased training required, medical coders tend to make more than medical billers on an annual basis. Both medical billers and medical coders are in high demand and according to AAPC, both receive regular increases in pay.
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!"