Medical coders perform one of the most important tasks in the healthcare office. Coders read and analyze medical charts, determine patient diagnoses and if procedures were performed, and then categorize the information according to a national classification system. The in-depth program includes instruction in medical office skills and HIPAA regulations.
This certificate is designed to prepare students to work with healthcare organizations providing treatment and services to patients, and teach students how to use the CPT, HCPCS and ICD-10 CM code books. Basic coding involves selecting codes when the procedure is straightforward and clearly defined and when the diagnosis is known. Instruction includes locating codes, selecting the most appropriate codes, and some billing issues. This certificate also prepares students to take the CPC exam to become nationally-certified coders. Students must pass all classes within this certificate with a C+. The program content also provides the student with basic medical office skills including HIPAA regulations, health information management, and patient scheduling. The certificate can prepare you to work with health insurance companies, hospitals and clinics to organize and maintain data, review patient records, track patient outcomes, and electronically record data all with great accuracy, which is key to optimal reimbursement. The certificate program allows students to transfer credits into the Interdisciplinary Studies Associates Degree program with Concentration in Medical Coding.
The college must ensure that clients, patients, or medical information are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in office or clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize client/patient/medical information responsibilities or be removed from placement. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employers, clients/patients and their families. Students must successfully complete a drug screening prior to Advanced Coding class OTM227W which involves time at a clinical site.
Program available in Littleton.