Facility coding (hospital coding) is one of the best-paying sectors of the coding profession. This course is designed for coders who wish to further develop their facility coding skills. This nationally recognized Advanced Hospital Coding Certificate covers advanced ICD-9 & CPT-4 medical coding procedures. You will be prepared to take the American Health Information Management Association's (AHIMA) official certification exam to become a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS). This course will utilize your existing knowledge of medical terminology and healthcare sciences. Your coding skills will be heightened and focused preparing you for employment testing, job performance, and successful completion of the CCS exam.
Note: The CCS Exam was previously scheduled to reflect ICD-10-CM and ICD-10 PCS codes beginning April 7, 2014; however, effective immediately, the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management (CCHIIM) is suspending administration of AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination in all U.S. and Global Pearson Professional Centers indefinitely. Please visit ahima.org/ccs for additional details.
Prerequisite: Medical Billing and Coding Certificate (or equivalent experience). Students should also have a high school diploma/GED and have a minimum of 2 years experience with: Medical Terminology; Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology; ICD-9-CM coding; and CPT-4 coding.
- Understand how health information travels within departments of a facility. List the types of healthcare professionals, both administrative and clerical.
- Learn the current coding and reporting requirements for inpatient services.
- Understand the differences between the hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Record, and identify outpatient record components.
- Understand reimbursement methodologies and documentation rules and regulations.
- Prepare for the Certified Coding Specialist (CSS) Exam.
Materials included: Understanding Hospital Coding and Billing: A Worktext; In- and Outpatient Case and Insurance Claim Billing Practice CD; and Professional Review Guide for the CCS Certification Examination
Note: As a current coder seeking more in-depth knowledge, you should already have a set of coding books. They are not provided. You are expected to have your own current year CPT and ICD-9-CM (Volumes I, II, and III) coding books. Optional: Current Year HealthCare Procedural Coding System (HCPCS)
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Requirements: You will receive a password and log-in information via email within 3-5 business days of registering for this course. Course materials are included and will be mailed to you within 10 business days.
You have 180 days to complete this course. You must make an 70 or higher as your final grade to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion.
There are no refunds for this course.
For questions on this course, please contact the online coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-499-3355.