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Medical Coding

The Associate in Applied Science – Medical Coding degree is designed to prepare students to work  in the medical field as coders in a variety of healthcare settings. Recipients of this degree will have the skills and knowledge necessary to use, analyze, and assign the proper codes to medical procedures and diagnoses for the purposes of billing and insurance. Medical coders are essential members of the healthcare field who monitor costs and ensure patient care satisfaction.

This A.A.S. degree requires 64 semester credit hours and is designed to prepare students to take the national Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exam administered by AHIMA. The entire program is available online and can be completed in two years with full-time enrollment.

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Required Program Course Descriptions:

HS 100 Introduction to Health Information Management and Healthcare Delivery Systems (3)

This course provides an introduction to health information management and healthcare delivery systems in the United States. The course will focus on the roles of health professionals, types of healthcare organizations, types and levels of healthcare delivery systems, and healthcare governing bodies.

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HS 103 Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (3)

This course introduces basic legal and ethical issues for healthcare professionals, with emphasis on health information practice. The course will cover healthcare ethics, sources of law, the judicial process, healthcare practitioner liability, fraud, and abuse. Emphasis will be placed on patient record requirements which make the medical record a legal document, consent, confidentiality, special protections for patient records, detailed examination of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), and electronic health information issues. This course will also cover the healthcare professional’s interaction with patients, law enforcement personnel, and government agencies.

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HS 105 Insurance Billing and Reimbursement (3)

This course provides an introduction to multiple health insurances and billing. The course will focus on methods for submitting electronic and paper insurance claim forms, managing billing and reimbursements in healthcare, dealing with multiple coding systems and multiple billing guidelines, and serving as a liaison for medical facilities, insurance companies, and patients.

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HS 106 Health Data Management (3)

This course covers methods for managing health data, content and structure of the health record, and documentation requirements for health records in various healthcare settings.

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HS 109 Pharmacology for Allied Health Professionals (3)

This course introduces the principles of pharmacology, drug classifications, and the effects of selected medication on the human body. The course will cover drug classifications, use of generic name drugs, trade drugs, and drugs to treat various body systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the actions of the drugs, such as absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs by the body, and matching drugs to common conditions and laboratory findings. This course does not meet the current requirements for nursing.

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HS 112 Pathophysiology for Allied Health Professionals (3)

Prerequisites: BS 104, BS 105, BS 109 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course is designed for the Allied Health student to study diseases and disorders that affect the various body systems. This course will focus on diseases of each body system including cause, diagnosis, and treatment. This course does not meet the current requirements for nursing.

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HS 115 Basic Diagnosis Coding Systems (3)

Prerequisite: HS 112 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course provides an introduction to diagnosis coding systems, such as the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) manual. The course will focus on basic diagnosis coding skills and the guidelines associated with the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM manual.

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HS 118 Basic Procedure Coding Systems (3)

Prerequisite: HS 112 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course provides an introduction to basic procedure coding systems. The course will cover basic procedure coding skills and guidelines for basic Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) coding with focus on Current Procedural Terminology (CPT-4) coding for anesthesia, evaluation and management, surgical, pathology, laboratory, radiology, medicine, and HCPCS II codes.

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HS 120 Software Applications in Healthcare (3)

This course provides an introduction to software applications in healthcare.

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HS 210 Advanced Diagnosis Coding Systems (3)

Prerequisite: HS 112 and HS 115 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in using diagnosis coding systems, such as the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) diagnosis coding systems. The course will focus on advanced diagnosis coding skills and the guidelines associated with all three volumes of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM manuals.

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HS 215 Hospital Reimbursement Methodologies (2)

Prerequisite: HS 112 and HS 115 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course provides an introduction to hospital reimbursement methodologies. The course will focus on basic reimbursement methodologies for inpatient settings, including Medicare acute and skilled inpatient reimbursement guidelines, Prospective Payment System, relationship between coding and Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) assignment, and coding compliance.

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HS 216 Physician Reimbursement Methodologies (2)

Prerequisite: HS 112 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course provides an introduction to physician reimbursement methodologies. The course will focus on the principles and application of coding systems such as the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) diagnosis coding system, Current Procedural Terminology Manual (CPT-4), and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).

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HS 220 Health Records Practicum (2)

Prerequisite: Program director permission

This course provides practical experience in the field of medical coding. The course will reinforce skills developed in the medical coding program and provide an opportunity to perform these skills in the workplace.

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MOA 123 Insurance Billing and Coding (3)

This course will cover the mechanics of submitting electronic and paper insurance claim forms. The course will also cover current industry coding for medical office treatments and procedures.

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