This course emphasizes the basic transformation of verbal descriptions of diseases, injuries, and procedures into numeric designations (coding) by the provider rendering medical care. Today medical codes are utilized to facilitate payment of health services to evaluate utilization patterns and to study the appropriateness of health care costs. To be fairly and adequately reimbursed in a timely fashion by third party payers, physicians and their reimbursement specialists must understand and correctly use these codes. Upon successful completion of this course students will understand and list the purpose of the ICD10-CM and HCPCS, apply coding conventions when assigning codes, identify characteristics of Vol. 1 & 2. Students will also gain further knowledge and understanding of coding as it applies to all body systems.
Required course for the Certified Professional Coder Program