Medical Coding, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Medical Coders typically work in medical practices, hospitals, or coding agencies. They must use federal diagnostic and procedure codes to express medical services provided. This coding of services provides the basis for billing and collection of money for services. Accurate medical coding is essential to the delivery of quality health care and efficient health care administration. This program features courses that will provide the skills needed to assign valid diagnostic and procedure codes. Students practice assigning codes to complex examples through case studies, scenarios and actual de-identified medical records and obtain an in-depth understanding of intricate coding conventions, terminology, and rules. Students will learn the procedures for reviewing medical record documentation.
This course series prepares students to take the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) national certification exam to become a Certified Professional Coder (CPC). Coding jobs can be found in hospitals, doctor offices, billing agencies, clinics, temp agencies, insurance companies, accountant offices, legal firms, state agencies, and be self-employed.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
- achieve employability skills to work in a variety of medical facilities including physician offices, hospitals, and billing agencies;
- perform to a professional standard the ability to code to the highest level of specificity;
- demonstrate knowledge of reporting guidelines; and
- articulate complex coding conventions and identify correct coding guidelines.