Advanced Medical Coding Certificate Program
Improve your existing coding skills and perfect your coding accuracy by earning your Advanced Medical Coding certificate. You'll get extended practice assigning codes using the ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS and CPT/HCPCS coding systems and follow the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGCR) for each medical subspecialty presented in the program. This extended, focused coding practice is designed to help boost your coding experience and accuracy on claims submissions. Improved accuracy is essential for coding positions in physician offices and hospitals nationwide. You could finish in as few as 3 months.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career ProgramLearning at Ashworth
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.
Lesson Group 2: ICD-10-CM Coding PracticeICD-10-CM Coding Practice, Part 1
Introduction to ICD-10-CM; guidelines and conventions; neoplasms; symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings; factors influencing health status and contact with health services; external causes of morbidity.
Diseases of the digestive system; endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases; diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissues; diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue; injury, poisoning, and certain other consequences of external causes.
Diseases of the circulatory system; diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs; diseases of the respiratory system; diseases of the nervous system and sense organs; mental, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders; diseases of the eye and adnexa; diseases of the ear and mastoid process.
Infectious and parasitic diseases; diseases of the genitourinary system; pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium; conditions originating in the perinatal period; congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities.
Lesson Group 3: CPT/HCPCS and ICD-10-PCS Coding PracticeCPT/HCPCS Coding Practice, Part 1
Introduction to CPT and HCPCS coding; CPT modifiers; evaluation and management services; medicine procedures.
Surgery coding; anesthesia procedures; digestive, endocrine, integumentary, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular system procedures.
Hemic and lymphatic system procedures; mediastinum and diaphragm procedures; respiratory and nervous system procedures; eye and ocular adnexa procedures; auditory system procedures; operating microscope procedures; urinary, male genital system, reproductive, and intersex surgery procedures; female genital system and maternity care and delivery procedures; radiology services; pathology and laboratory services.
Purpose of ICD-10-PCS; coding manual organization and code structure; coding guidelines and steps; medical and surgical basics; coding for medical and surgical procedures.
Coding for procedures that remove a body part; that put in place or move a body part; that alter the diameter/route of a tubular body part; that remove solids, fluids, or gases; and that involve devices.
Coding overview, abstracting, character assignment, and code arrangement for medical and surgical-related procedures and ancillary procedures.
Why Choose Ashworth College's Advanced Medical Certificate Coding Program? Because You'll Get...
- One of the most affordable and convenient Advanced Medical Coding programs offered with the practice existing coders need to develop the coding precision that takes you to the next level.
- The most up-to-date industry-standard code books currently used in hospitals and physician offices around the country.
- Hundreds of practice exercises that increase your coding speed and refine your ability to identify critical patient data from medical documents.
- Numerous virtual field trips to reinforce advanced concepts and enhance your multimedia experience.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.
Your Advanced Medical Coding Certificate Course
Our Advanced Medical Coding certificate program is designed for healthcare professionals who have a basic understanding of coding knowledge who want simulated practice that will help them advance in their careers. You'll build on your existing skills and work to increase your speed and accuracy to code and sequence more complicated diagnoses and procedures according to nationally established guidelines. You'll be provided with the techniques experts use to quickly distinguish between similar codes.
Coders who want to advance in their careers need to be able to do the following:
- Identify, compile, abstract and code patient data, using standard classification systems
- Resolve, clarify, and diagnose codes that have conflicting, missing or unclear information by consulting with doctors and others
- Participate in coding team regular meetings
- Consult classification manuals to locate information about disease processes
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Your Advanced Medical Coding Certificate Course Includes the Following:
- Medical coding textbook, code books and online learning guides
- Hundreds of practice exercises that increase coding speed and accuracy
- Online exams and assessments
- Access to Academic Advisors
- Access to a learning resource center and library via Proquest
- Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the Student Portal
- Personalized career guidance
- Ability to interact with peer students, faculty and staff via Ashworth's online community
What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Advanced Medical Coding certificate program compared to other schools' programs?
It's important that the program you choose includes the advanced coding practice required for diagnosis coding, physician procedure coding and inpatient hospital coding using the most up-to-date ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT/HCPCS coding systems. Look for a program that has only the lesson content you need to know; a program that's focused on the advanced coding skills you need to broaden your medical coding career and increase your accuracy in code assignment. Your program should include in-depth instruction on the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting (OGCR) and CPT Guidelines for each medical subspecialty.
Is this course all online or do I get books?
You take the Advanced Medical Coding certificate course entirely online but you get books too! The program textbook and coding books will be shipped to you. Learning guides are available online.