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AHC 010 – Medical Transcription

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of medical transcription and the skills necessary to seek employment in the field. Topics include legal implications, techniques and standard forms, software to improve efficiency, and career opportunities.

Course Objectives:
1. define medical transcription, .
2. discuss the legal implications of the transcription industry,
3. demonstrate the ability to identify and practice specific techniques used in the transcription industry,
4. demonstrate the ability to identify computer software used in the transcription industry, and
5. identify employment services used to place transcribers into the workplace.

AHC 337 – Acupressure and Acupuncture - Alternative to Traditional Health Care

This course is designed to enable the student to learn how to use acupressure and acupuncture as complementary and alternative treatment modalities to traditional health care. Topics to be covered include identifying energy meridians; matching meridians with body organs, systems, and aliments; pressure points on meridians and how energy flow is affected; how the concepts of hot/cold and dry/moist heat affect energy flow; and how acupressure and acupuncture could be used to complement traditional health care treatments.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the use of energy meridians in acupressure and acupuncture,
2. list the organs and conditions related to each meridian and the pressure points that treat each condition,
3. demonstrate an understanding of meridians to perform basic acupressure to treat physical and mental conditions,
4. explain how the use of hot/cold/dry/moist can be used with acupressure and acupuncture,
5. discuss how acupressure and acupuncture could be used to complement traditional health care treatments with the current US healthcare system.

AHC 347 – FIRST AID SKILLS

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate specific first aid techniques; and
2. identify the steps to take in assisting someone until emergency personnel arrive.

AHC 348 – HIPAA Compliance

This course is designed to enable the student to learn about the Administrative Simplification portion of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA.) Topics to be covered include history of HIPAA, transactions, code sets, identifiers, privacy rule, security rule, and information security programs.

Course Objectives:
1. discuss the history of HIPAA;
2. describe how transactions, code sets, and identifiers simplify data exchange;
3. list what constitutes a privacy breach;
4. define risk using the security rule;
5. describe self-publishing opportunities using the Internet; and
6. create an information security program.

AHC 349 – Crisis Intervention for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

This course is designed to enable the student, who is a victim advocate, to learn how to provide support and immediate crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence receiving treatment in the emergency room. Topics to be covered include history of ER accompaniment, impact of sexual and intimate partner violence, psychological first aid to trauma victims, crisis intervention competencies and techniques.

Course Objectives:
1. describe the immediate impacts of sexual assault and domestic violence,
2. identify effective supportive counseling skills for victims of sexual and domestic violence, and
3. explain the six step model of single-session crisis intervention to assist victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in an emergency setting.

AHC 350 – Become an Optical Assistant

Learn about the field of optical assisting, including career opportunities, anatomy of the eye, daily skills and routines and licensing/certification opportunities. Topics include common eye problems, assisting customers and customer service.

Course Objectives:
1. describe different career options in optical assisting,
2. distinguish different parts of the eye and their function,
3. list common eye problems,
4. define the difference between front office and back office duties,
5. use customer service strategies to help patients, and
6. demonstrate knowledge of how to become licensed or certified.

AHC 351 – Medical Transcription

Gain an overview of the medical transcriptionist field. Topics include common medical reports, inpatient and outpatient settings, grammar review, use of technology, listening skills, terminology, and editing work.

Course Objectives:
1. describe skills needed to be a medical transcriptionist,
2. discuss different types of equipment and software needed,
3. define different types of inpatient and outpatient reports,
4. use grammar properly in reports, and
5. demonstrate the ability to edit a medical report accurately.

AHC 352 – Trauma Informed Care

This course will enable the student who is a direct support professional to learn about trauma informed care and the approach to providing behavioral supports that recognize the high incidence of trauma among individuals with developmental disabilities.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of the impact of trauma on physical, emotional, neurobiological, and social wellbeing;
2. discuss the incidence of trauma among individuals with developmental disabilities;
3. implement strategies for reducing the use of restraints;
4. implement strategies for providing trauma informed systems of care; and
5. discuss myths about the use of restraints.

AHC 354 – INTRODUCTION TO ICD-10-CM/PCS

This course is designed to enable the student to learn the basics of ICD-10-CM/PCS coding for medical coders and other Health Information Management (HIM) professionals affected by the nationwide government-mandated transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS medical coding systems. Topics to be covered include introduction to the history, development, and use of the International Classification of Disease; an overview of the purpose and timeframe for switching to ICD-10-CM/PCS; the structure and basics of coding with ICD-10-CM; the structure and basics of coding with ICD-10-PCS; and hands-on practice exercises in coding both CM and PCS.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the importance of the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10-CM/PCS coding,
2. demonstrate an understanding of the difference between ICD-10-CM (diagnostic) and ICD-10-PCS (procedural) coding,
3. recognize the differences in the structure of the codes within ICD-10-CM and within ICD-10-PCS,
4. explain the purpose of placeholders in ICD-10-CM codes,
5. recognize the basic meanings of the different character fields within ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS,
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to read the table structure used for selecting the correct ICD-10-PCS codes,
7. recognize the correct selection of ICD-10-PCS procedural terms and how these term selections differ from the ICD-9 Volume 3 procedural codes,
8. demonstrate an understanding of the application of official coding guidelines and conventions to code selection for ICD-10,
9. demonstrate an ability to accurately code basic medical diagnoses using ICD-10-CM, and
10. demonstrate an ability to accurately code basic medical procedures using ICD-10-PCS.

AHC 360 – HIPAA Training

Participate in an overview of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Title II Administrative Simplification (HIPAA-AS). Topics include privacy, confidentiality, security, patient rights, covered entities, business associates, protected health information (PHI), and penalties.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate an understanding of HIPAA regulation,
2. demonstrate the ability to implement HIPAA regulations, and
3. demonstrate the ability to conduct a General Accountability Process (GAP) analysis.

AHC 361 – Professional Development Series

Obtain job-seeking, job-keeping and personal growth skills. Topics include skill identification, resume writing, cover letter writing, managing conflict in the workplace, self-esteem and sexual harassment prevention training. Intended for Medical Office Administrative Assistant students.

Course Objectives:
1. identify transferable, job-content, and self management skills;
2. cite concrete examples of skills in a job interview;
3. write an effective resume and prepare a page of references;
4. prepare an effective cover letter;
5. identify stressors and avoid conflict in the workplace;
6. define factors that contribute to and improve self-concept;
7. define sexual harassment, and behaviors, and legal protections in the workplace; and
8. discuss effective workplace behaviors.

AHC 362 – BASIC MEDICAL CODING

PreReq's - Highschool diploma/GED
Assessments - Math/Reading Assessment required;students must contact Gail Wachter to schedule testing
After successful testing, students who elect to register at a location other than Hunt Valley must have a letter from the program coordinator stating that they have passes the assessments.
Students get a certification of completion and transcript after completing the courses.
The course is 15 weeks

Student must register for: AHC 365 - Medical Terminology
AHC 364 - Fundamentals for the Medical Office
AHC 362 - Basic Medical Coding
AHC 363 - Medical Billing and Patient Accounting
AHC 366 - Computer Applications
PCP 230 - Microcomputer Keyboarding
AHC 361 - Professional Devel. Series

Health care careers are in demand. Entry level positions have averaged 14$ per hour.
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Career opportunities - Medical Receptionist, Career in medical billing, medical clerical assistant
Most positions require an individual to be self-disciplined. Individuals may be required to work alone or in group. Self motivation is always helpful.

Course Objectives:
1. explain the purpose and importance of coding diagnoses,
2. use diagnostic code books,
3. state the meaning of abbreviations and symbols in the code books,
4. define diagnostic code terminology,
5. explain the purpose of diagnosis related groups,
6. explain how payment is made based on diagnosis related groups,
7. perform ICD-9 coding accurately, and
8. perform CPT coding accurately.

AHC 363 – MEDICAL BILLING & PATIENT ACCT

PreReq's - Highschool diploma/GED
Assessments - Math/Reading Assessment required;students must contact Gail Wachter to schedule testing
After successful testing, students who elect to register at a location other than Hunt Valley must have a letter from the program coordinator stating that they have passes the assessments.
Students get a certification of completion and transcript after completing the courses.
The course is 15 weeks

Student must register for: AHC 365 - Medical Terminology
AHC 364 - Fundamentals for the Medical Office
AHC 362 - Basic Medical Coding
AHC 363 - Medical Billing and Patient Accounting
AHC 366 - Computer Applications
PCP 230 - Microcomputer Keyboarding
AHC 361 - Professional Devel. Series

Health care careers are in demand. Entry level positions have averaged 14$ per hour.
Wear street clothes
Career opportunities - Medical Receptionist, Career in medical billing, medical clerical assistant
Most positions require an individual to be self-disciplined. Individuals may be required to work alone or in group. Self motivation is always helpful.

Course Objectives:
1. use the computer for patient billing,
2. manage data with a computerized system,
3. develop the ability to enter and use patient information,
4. develop the ability to add new patients and handle transactions,
5. identify how to produce reports,
6. identify how to print statements and insurance forms, and
7. process data at the end of the month.

AHC 364 – FUNDMNTL/FOR/MEDICAL/OFFICE

PreReq's - Highschool diploma/GED
Assessments - Math/Reading Assessment required;students must contact Gail Wachter to schedule testing
After successful testing, students who elect to register at a location other than Hunt Valley must have a letter from the program coordinator stating that they have passes the assessments.
Students get a certification of completion and transcript after completing the courses.
The course is 15 weeks

Student must register for: AHC 365 - Medical Terminology
AHC 364 - Fundamentals for the Medical Office
AHC 362 - Basic Medical Coding
AHC 363 - Medical Billing and Patient Accounting
AHC 366 - Computer Applications
PCP 230 - Microcomputer Keyboarding
AHC 361 - Professional Devel. Series

Health care careers are in demand. Entry level positions have averaged 14$ per hour.
Wear street clothes
Career opportunities - Medical Receptionist, Career in medical billing, medical clerical assistant
Most positions require an individual to be self-disciplined. Individuals may be required to work alone or in group. Self motivation is always helpful.

Course Objectives:
2. categorize information that is necessary to complete insurance forms from patient records and billing statements,
3. locate errors on insurance claim forms,
4. complete insurance claims forms according to insurance regulations,
5. define medical assisting and explain its relationship to other health professions,
6. recognize medical law and ethics as they pertain to the medical office,
7. prepare legally correct medicolegal forms and letters,
8. develop the ability to understand the transformation an individual undergoes when becoming a patient,
9. recognize Federal compliance issues as they pertain to the medical office, and
10. demonstrate an understanding of managed care as it relates to the medical office.

AHC 365 – MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

PreReq's - Highschool diploma/GED
Assessments - Math/Reading Assessment required;students must contact Gail Wachter to schedule testing
After successful testing, students who elect to register at a location other than Hunt Valley must have a letter from the program coordinator stating that they have passes the assessments.
Students get a certification of completion and transcript after completing the courses.
The course is 15 weeks

Student must register for: AHC 365 - Medical Terminology
AHC 364 - Fundamentals for the Medical Office
AHC 362 - Basic Medical Coding
AHC 363 - Medical Billing and Patient Accounting
AHC 366 - Computer Applications
PCP 230 - Microcomputer Keyboarding
AHC 361 - Professional Devel. Series

Health care careers are in demand. Entry level positions have averaged 14$ per hour.
Wear street clothes
Career opportunities - Medical Receptionist, Career in medical billing, medical clerical assistant
Most positions require an individual to be self-disciplined. Individuals may be required to work alone or in group. Self motivation is always helpful.

Course Objectives:
1. interpret the meanings of medical terms through root, prefix, suffix, and whole word recognition;
2. interpret the meanings of medical terms through listening;
3. develop the ability to pronounce medical terms based on phonetic respelling;
4. develop the ability to construct medical terms by combining word elements;
5. utilize medical terms in their appropriate context; and
6. recognize specific medical terms based upon definition.

AHC 366 – Computer Applications for the Medical Office Administrative Assistant

Learn to use the basics of the Microsoft Windows operating system, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. Topics include computer hardware and software; Windows operating system; file and disk management; manipulating windows; navigating in Windows; using the Internet; and designing, creating, editing, formatting, saving and printing in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.

Course Objectives:
1. define computer, hardware, and software;
2. use the mouse;
3. develop the ability to manipulate windows, menus and dialog boxes;
4. use Windows help;
5. perform a shut down of Windows;
6. develop the ability to open, save, print and close files and applications;
7. use My Computer and Windows Explorer to manage folders and files, manage disks, multitask, copy information between applications, and create shortcuts;
8. develop the ability to design, create, edit and enhance MS word documents;
9. identify how to format documents with bullets, page numbers, tabs, headers and footers;
10. create envelopes and labels, and use the mail merge feature; and
11. cite ways to insert text, numbers and formulas into Excel worksheets, and use AutoSum and Paste Function features.

AHC 369 – Medical Transcription I

Apply knowledge of medical terminology, how to transcribe using a computer, production of accurate transcripts and proofreading skills in a variety of medical areas. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Medical Terminology for Health Occupations. Ability to type 35 words per minute.

Course Objectives:
1. demonstrate knowledge of medical transcription practices;
2. develop the ability to transcribe medical information from dictation equipment;
3. identify the most commonly used report formats for medical records;
4. use medical dictionaries, spelling guides, and reference guides; and
5. demonstrate appropriate use of transcribing equipment.

AHC 370 – MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION II

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to transcribe medical dictation from specific specialties with speed and accuracy;
2. identify the various types of medical reports and records;
3. demonstrate knowledge of medical terms, drugs, and instruments;
4. use medical dictionaries, spelling guides, and other medical reference books;
5. demonstrate the ability to use acceptable initials and abbreviations for medical terminology;
6. demonstrate an understanding of the ethical conduct required of persons handing confidential medical data; and
7. demonstrate the appropriate use of transcribing equipment and computers.

AHC 371 – Basic Computerized Medical Billing

This course is designed to introduce the student to computerized medical billing procedures. Using ProtoMed software, the student will learn capabilities of computerized billing programs. The student will also learn how to enter information about patient demographics and charges, and how to post patient and insurance payments. Topics to be covered include entering patient demographics into the system, entering ICD-9 and CPT codes into the system, printing insurance claim forms and patient statements, posting explanation of benefits statements, and demonstrating proficiency in using the patient accounting system.

Course Objectives:
1. develop the ability to enter patient demographics into a patient accounting system,
2. develop the ability to enter ICD-9 and CPT codes into a patient accounting system,
3. develop the ability to print insurance claim forms and patient statements,
4. demonstrate an understanding of how to post explanations of benefits (EOB's),
5. demonstrate proficiency in using a patient accounting system, and
6. demonstrate an understanding of how to print and use practice accounting reports.

AHC 375 – VENIPUNCTURE FOR SUPPORT TECHS

Course Objectives:
1. state the goals of blood collection,
2. list techniques used in the selection of veins for venipuncture,
3. demonstrate an understanding of routine anticubital venipuncture technique, and
4. describe the important aspects of infection control in collecting blood samples.

AHC 376 – ARTERIAL COLLECTION TRAINING

Course Objectives:
1. describe the necessary safety measures,
2. discuss the overall anatomy of the arm,
3. critique assessment of collateral procedures,
4. describe proper collection procedures,
5. describe the necessary equipment needed,
6. discuss complications and dangers of improper collection, and
7. discuss pre-analytical problems/effects related to collections.

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