Healthcare and Fitness
Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep
Career Training Program
The Advanced Hospital Medical Coding Online Program and CCS Test Preparation Training Program will prepare you to take the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) official certification exam to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). This program covers ICD-10-CM/PCS medical coding of diagnoses and procedures and will help you meet the challenge of today's changing standards while learning and improving your coding skills.
This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.
When you've successfully completed this program, you'll:
Understand how health information travels within departments of a facility
Be able to define the roles and responsibilities of a coder in both in- and out-patient facilities
Know how to interpret health-record documentation using your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, clinical disease processes, and medical terminology
Accurately assign codes for diagnoses, conditions, problems, or other reasons for patient encounters
Select codes according to Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Sets (UHDDS) definitions and official coding guidelines
Evaluate the effect of code selection on Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) assignment, and verify DRG assignment based on Prospective Payment System (PPS) definitions
Determine proper use of Modifiers, CPT vs. HCPCS Level II codes, and Medical Necessity (linking diagnosis to procedure or service)
Understand reimbursement methodologies and documentation rules and regulations
Identify the Charge Master and its components
Understand the CPT guidelines, with special emphasis on surgery coding
This program will help you become competent in these hospital-based coding areas:
Read and interpret health-record documentation to identify diagnoses and procedures
Apply your knowledge of anatomy and physiology, clinical disease processes, pharmacology, and diagnostic and procedural terminology to assign accurate codes
Apply knowledge of disease processes and surgical procedures to assign non-indexed medical terms to the appropriate class
Use current approved coding guidelines to assign and sequence the correct diagnosis and procedure codes for hospital inpatient services
Apply knowledge of CPT format, guidelines, and notes to locate the correct codes or correctly use an unlisted procedure code for a patient encounter, and sequence the codes correctly
Apply Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set (UHDDS) definitions to select accurate codes
Determine the appropriate principal diagnosis for patients who have more than one ailment
Use the Prospective Payment System to confirm a DRG assignment
Prevent fraud by maintaining approved coding principles and guidelines, including the National Correct Coding Initiative (CCI)
Use the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Payment Groups to confirm ASC assignment and ensure appropriate reimbursement
Use the HCFA Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) to appropriately assign HCPCS codes for outpatient Medicare reimbursement
Understand which diagnoses, conditions, and procedures to exclude from coding
Apply your knowledge of ICD-10-CM instructional notations and conventions to locate, assign, and correctly sequence codes
Facilitate data retrieval by recognizing when more than one code is required to adequately classify a given condition
Clarify conflicting, ambiguous, or nonspecific information appearing in a health record by consulting the appropriate physician
Participate in quality assessment to ensure continuous improvement in ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding and collection of accurate health data
Demonstrate ability to recognize potential coding-quality issues from an array of data
Apply policies and procedures on health-record documentation and coding that are consistent with official coding guidelines
Contribute to the development of facility-specific coding policies and procedures
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