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Online Medical Coding Curriculum

Curriculum

HIT 1040: Introduction to the Study of Disease

3 credits

This is an introductory course to the study of the etiology (causes) of disease, the signs and symptoms of the disease, the pathophysiology (disease processes), the diagnostic tests associated with the confirmation of the disease, and the medical (pharmacology) and surgical procedures associated with the treatment of the disease. Basic anatomy and physiology for coders is covered. Basic word parts, word division, and pronunciation will be studied, as well as medical terms relating to the body systems studied in this course. This study is completed in the HIT 1051 course.

HIT 1051: Introduction to the Study of Disease

3 credits

This is an introductory course to the study of the etiology (causes) of disease, the signs and symptoms of the disease, the pathophysiology (disease processes), the diagnostic tests associated with the confirmation of the disease, and the medical (pharmacology) and surgical procedures associated with the treatment of the disease. Basic anatomy and physiology for coders is covered. Basic word parts, word division, and pronunciation will be studied as well as medical terms relating to the body systems studied in this course. This course is the completion of study started in the HIT 1040 course.

Prerequisite: HIT 1040

HIT 1250: Healthcare Delivery and Reimbursement

3 credits

This course introduces types of healthcare insurance programs and processes. It reviews the specific processes for each major type of healthcare delivery format (inpatient, outpatient hospital surgery, outpatient, and long-term care). The legal forces governing healthcare payments are reviewed, especially HIPPA. Organizational operations affecting payment are studied in the revenue cycle system.

HIT 1310: Health Information Technology

3 credits

This course introduces computer concepts (hardware components, systems architectures, operating systems and languages, and software packages and tools), communication and Internet technologies (such as networks, Intranet, and technology standards), and common software applications (such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics). This course introduces system architecture and design, data retrieval and maintenance, and data security and data integrity concepts. This course is an introductory course in Health Information Technology regarding the application of technology to health information, specifically in the areas of collection, use, management, research, and storage/retention. This course introduces the standards that apply to health information from a variety of sources (government agencies, accrediting bodies, and third-party payers). Finally, the content, format, evaluation, and completion of medical records are studied in detail for various levels of care.

HIT 2200: Coding ICD (Part 1)

4 credits 

This course introduces the classification of disease and procedures according to International Classification of Diseases 10. All principles for accurate coding of medical records according to this classification system are studied and practiced in depth. Technologies to assist in coding are incorporated to the manual coding process. Healthcare reimbursement history and current practices are introduced. Reimbursement issues affecting coding are practiced. Coding Compliance and Coding Ethics policies and practices are studied. Students are introduced to common data sets, such as UHDDS.

Corequisite: HIT 1040

HIT 2250: Coding ICD (Part 2)

4 credits

This course provides a continuation of HIT 2200 and refinement of the student’s skills in coding diseases and procedures according to International Classification of Diseases 10. The student will practice all processes and techniques at an intermediate level of coding conventions, coding principles, and CMS official coding guidelines (inpatient and outpatient) for ICD. Technologies to assist in coding are incorporated to the manual coding process. Healthcare reimbursement history and current practices are introduced. Healthcare reimbursement issues and current practices are discussed and applied. The student will be required to assign codes to all patient records in addition to textbook cases. The student will analyze and describe the rationale, according to the official guidelines and documentation in the case that supports the code selection.

Prerequisites: HIT 1040 and HIT 2200
Corequisites: HIT 1051

HIT 2301: CPT - Medical

2 credits

This course introduces the medical portion of coding using the Current Procedural Terminology. All principles for accurate coding of medical records according to this classification system is studied and practiced. The use of technologies to assist in coding are incorporated to the manual coding process. Healthcare reimbursement history and current practices are reviewed. Reimbursement issues affecting CPT coding are practiced.

HIT 2302: CPT - Surgical

2 credits

This is an introductory CPT course. It is a continuation from 2301 Introduction to CPT: Medicine. This course is based on the assumption that the student brings forth the competencies of the ability to navigate the CPT naming and classification structure and rules for AMA's coding system used for outpatient services.

HIT 2400: Advanced Coding

2 credits

In this course, the student demonstrates competency in the interpretation of the guidelines required for coding, the coding ethics published by AHA, and the document in the document in the analysis of the verification of the code choice. The student will also summarize accurate billing techniques through coding, charge master, claims management, and bill reconciliation processes. Finally, the student prepares a report evaluating revenue cycle management best practices. This course completes the coding instruction and prepares the student for the capstone project or professional practice experience.

Prerequisites: HIT 1040, HIT 1051, HIT 2200, HIT 2301, and HIT 2302

HIT 2440: Professional Practice Experience - Coding

2 credits

This final course in the coding certificate curriculum provides for a student to demonstrate mastery of coding skills and knowledge of coding and auditing techniques and revenue cycle best practices for proper code submission. The Professional Practice Experience (PPE) assignment may be structured as a virtual coding production project, providing for a simulation of a coding production job on inpatient and outpatient records. The course includes a 90-hour required project (PPE) excluding preparation and reporting time.

Prerequisites: HIT 1040, HIT 1051, HIT 1250, HIT 2200, HIT 2301, and HIT 2302

Corequisite: HIT 2400

The grid below shows a suggested plan of study for completion of the certificate in 1 year. For other plans of study, please contact the Office of Admissions at (617) 322-3575 or admissions@laboure.edu

*Curriculum may change, depending on individual student’s needs.

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