Highland Community College

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.

Degree Planning Sheet

Required Program Course Descriptions:

HS 101 Introduction to Health Information (4)

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 and content and structure of the health record, and documentation requirements for health records in various healthcare settings. To ensure clinical coders are familiar with basic health data structure, content and standards; healthcare delivery systems; and information technology and systems.

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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 and Health Information (3)

This course introduces the study of the uses of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all healthcare settings and managed care. Topics will Include contemporary prospective payment systems and key health plans, charge master maintenance, and evaluation of fraudulent billing practices.

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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 110 Pathopharmacology for Health Sciences (4)

This course is designed for the Health Science student to study diseases and disorders that affect the various body systems and the principles of pharmacology, drug classifications, and the effects of selected medication on the human body. This course will focus on diseases of each body system including cause, diagnosis, and treatment. Emphasis is also 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. Syllabus • Locations and Class Schedule

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 International Classification of Disease (ICD) Coding I (3)

Prerequisite: BS 104, BS 105, and BS 109 a grade of “C” or above.

 

This course helps the student develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. It will include the validation of coded clinical information, and case mix/severity of illness data. The course will focus on basic diagnosis coding skill and guidelines associated with International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-CM)

 
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HS 118 Current Procedural Terminology (3)

Prerequisite: BS 104, BS 105, and BS 109 a grade of “C” or above 112 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course helps the student develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. It will include the validation of coded clinical information, and case mix/severity of illness data. The course will focus on basic diagnosis coding skill and guidelines associated with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).

 

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HS 120 SHealthcare Computer Applications and Electronic Encoderoftware Applications in Healthcare (3)

Prerequisite: BUS 130 with a grade of “C” or above or permission

This course provides an introduction to software applications in healthcare.

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HS 125 International Classification of Disease  (3)

Prerequisite: HS 115  with a “C” or higher or permission from program director

This course helps the student develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. It will include the validation of coded clinical information, and case mix/severity of illness data. The course will focus on diagnosis coding skill and guidelines associated with International Classification of Diseases Procedural Coding System (ICD/PCS).

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HS 130 Reimbursement Methodologies (Physician)  (3)

Study the uses of coded data and health information in reimbursement and payment systems appropriate to all healthcare settings and managed care. Include contemporary prospective payment systems and key health plans, charge master maintenance, and evaluation of fraudulent billing practices. 

 

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HS 210 International Classification of Disease (ICD) CodinInternational Classification of Disease (ICD) Coding II (3)

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

 

This cThis course helps the student develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. It will include the validation of coded clinical information, and case mix/severity of illness data. The course will focus on more advanced diagnosis coding skill and guidelines associated with International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-CM).

 
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HS 218 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding II (3)

Prerequisite: HS 118 with a “C” or higher 

 

This course helps the student develop an understanding of coding and classification systems in order to assign valid diagnostic and/or procedure codes. It will include the validation of coded clinical information, and case mix/severity of illness data. The course will focus on more advanced diagnosis coding skill and guidelines associated with Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) and Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS).

 
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HS 225 Healthcare Coding Practicum (3)

Prerequisite: Program director permission

 

To provide the student with coding practices in a hospital, physician’s office, clinical or other healthcare setting, with directed projects common to a clinical coding specialist on the job. This 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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