This is a beginning medical coding course designed to provide students with the essential information and working knowledge of health care coding systems used in billing insurance companies for medical services to ensure optimum reimbursement. The course offers practical and easy-to-follow instructions on how to code procedures and diagnoses using the CPT, ICD-9 and HCPCS systems. Other aspects of healthcare reimbursement will be covered such as HIPAA guidelines, abstracting information from patient records for correct placement on claim forms, inpatient and outpatient health care settings, and third party reimbursement issues.
Prerequisite: OFFT 250
3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester