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Medical Coding Specialist

31-530-2 Technical Diploma (TD) 27 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Locations*: Appleton, Oshkosh

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Medical coding specialists translate verbal descriptions of disease, injury and procedures into numerical designations. The accurate recording of this information is critical for the reimbursement of healthcare claims, medical statistics and research. You will gain an understanding of the anatomy, signs and symptoms of diseases, and medical procedures. You will also learn how to analyze medical records and assign codes to diagnoses and procedures. Upon completion, you could work in a variety of healthcare settings or for a health insurance company.

COURSE LIST

*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (21 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Digital Literacy for Healthcare
10-501-107
2
Focuses on the use of technology in healthcare. Learners use common business software applications, including word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, and databases. Communication methods using technology are addressed. Learners gain experience with using the electronic health record (E.H.R.). Healthcare E.H.R. security issues, social media use, and digital healthcare resources are examined.
CPT Coding
10-530-184
3
Prepares learners to assign CPT codes, supported by medical documentation, with entry level proficiency. Learners apply CPT instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning CPT codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Coreqs: Basic Anatomy 10806189 OR General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177; Medical Terminology 10501101
ICD Diagnosis Coding
10-530-197
3
Prepares students to assign ICD diagnosis codes supported by medical documentation. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD diagnosis codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Coreqs: Basic Anatomy 10806189 OR General Anatomy & Physiology 10806177; Medical Terminology 10501101
Foundations of HIM
10-530-162
3
Introduces learners to the healthcare delivery system, and the external forces that influence healthcare delivery. Sets an understanding for the expectations and standards related to professional ethics, confidentiality and security of health information. Differentiates the use and structure of healthcare data elements, data standards, and the relationships between them. Prepares learners to collect and maintain health data to ensure a complete and accurate health record.
Prereqs: Admission to Health Information Technology or Medical Coding programs; ACCPL Reading>=80 & Sentence >s= 83 OR ACT Read > = 20 & English >= 18 OR Program Prep: Coreqs: Medical Terminology 10501101; Digital Literacy 10501107
Intermediate Coding
10-530-165
3
Prepares students to assign ICD and CPT/HCPCS codes supported by medical documentation and official coding guidance to support appropriate reimbursement. Students will participate in CDI activities, including preparation of appropriate physician queries in accordance with compliance guidelines.
Prereqs: CPT Coding 10530184; ICD Diagnosis Coding 10530197; Coreq: ICD Procedure Coding 10530199
Human Disease for the Health Professions
10-530-182
3
Prepares learners to interpret clinical documentation that they will encounter in a variety of healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on understanding the common disorders and diseases of each body system to include the etiology (cause), signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and results, and medical treatments and surgical procedures.
Healthcare Reimbursement
10-530-185
2
Prepares learners to compare and contrast health care payers, illustrate the reimbursement cycle, and to comply with regulations related to fraud and abuse. Learners assign payment classifications with entry level proficiency using computerized encoding and grouping software.
Coreq: ICD Procedure Coding (10530199); CPT Coding (10530184)
ICD Procedure Coding
10-530-199
2
Prepares students to assign ICD procedure codes supported by medical documentation with entry level proficiency. Students apply instructional notations, conventions, rules, and official coding guidelines when assigning ICD procedure codes to case studies and actual medical record documentation.
Prereqs: Basic Anatomy 10806189 with a 'C' or better OR Gen Anatomy & Physiology 10806177 with a 'C' or better; Med Terminology 10501101; Human Diseases for Health Professions 10530182

Occupational Supportive (6 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Medical Terminology
10-501-101
3
Focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
Basic Anatomy
10-806-189
3
Examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems.
Prereq: ACCPL Reading >= 54 & Sentence >= 83 OR ACT (Read/Engl) >= 18 OR Program Prep OR Not pursuing a degree.

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